Community Greening Resources
This year’s Making Brooklyn Bloom event, Seeds of Hope and Healing, was intended to sow inspiration. Below are some resources to help you further explore urban and community farming, seed starting, and more.
More From Making Brooklyn Bloom's Speakers
Rise & Root Farm
This five-acre co-op farm in Orange County, NY, was founded by Making Brooklyn Bloom speaker Karen Washington. Shop online for produce and seedlings to be delivered in NYC, donate to local food pantries, and learn about volunteer opportunities.
Sankofa Farm at Bartram’s Garden
Making Brooklyn Bloom speaker Chris Bolden-Newsome is farmer and codirector of this four-acre farm within Philadelphia’s Bartram’s Garden. Learn more about the farm’s ties to the community, check farm stand locations and hours, and find out how to volunteer.
Founded by MBB speakers Owen Taylor and Chris Bolden-Newsome, Truelove Seeds produces rare, open-pollinated, and culturally important vegetable, herb, and flower seeds.
Plants of the African Diaspora
Landscapes of Resistance: Crops of the African Diaspora
Owen Taylor writes about some of the African American farmers who are growing ancestral crops.
Seeds of Memory: Botanical Legacies of the African Diaspora
UCLA geography professor Judith Carney writes about the movement of traditional African food, medicinal plants, and food animals across the Atlantic.
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New York City–Based Greening Programs
Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Community Greening
BBG’s urban gardening education programs include not only Making Brooklyn Bloom, but also the Community Garden Alliance, the Brooklyn Urban Gardener certificate program, the Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest, the Street Tree Stewards initiative, and more.
Devoted to food access and conservation, Grow NYC runs the city’s dozens of Greenmarkets, as well as food scrap collection and recycling sites.
Grow to Learn
GrowNYC’s environmental education arm offers training for school gardens, zero-waste schools, and more. They also run a teaching garden on Governor’s Island.
Gowanus Canal Conservancy
This environmental stewardship and urban greening organization centered on the Gowanus Canal also runs a nursery and several gardens.
Community Garden and Urban Farm Resources
GreenThumb, NYC Parks
The New York City Parks Department offers workshops and online resources to support hundreds of community gardens.
New York Restoration Project
This citywide conservancy founded by Bette Middler plants trees, restores parks, and renovates gardens with a mission to give all New Yorkers access to a green space within walking distance of home.
Brooklyn Queens Land Trust
Find a community garden in Brooklyn or Queens and learn more about community garden advocacy.
East New York Farms
Connect with this active neighborhood organization that runs two community farms, farmers’ markets, and a compost collection site, holds workshops, and more.
NYC Community Garden Coalition
This grassroots organization advocates to protect community gardens.
Citizens Committee for New York City
This grant-making organization issues neighborhood mini-grants, currently dedicated to COVID-related projects.
Compost, Soil, and Water
NYC Compost Project Hosted by BBG
Compost resources of all kinds centered on Brooklyn funding by the city’s Department of Sanitation.
Urban Soils Institute
NYC-based organization offers soil testing and training for gardeners and performs research on the city’s soil.
Explore online resources on composting and learn about on-site workshops and facilities on Governor’s Island.
NYC Department of Environmental Protection Rain Garden Stewardship Program
Stewards receive training and equipment to help care for city rain gardens near them.
A Black Lives Matters Reading List for Adults
Brooklyn Public Library has curated an anti-racism reading list for adults, with suggestions for younger readers, too.
Seed and Plant Sellers
- Truelove Seeds
- Renee’s Garden Seeds
- Botanical Interests
- Hart Seed Company
- Park Seed
- Victory Seeds
- Territorial Seed Company
- John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds
- Hudson Valley Seed Company
- Pinetree Garden Seeds
- Kitazawa Seed Company
- Fedco Seeds
- Lowlands Nursery
Brooklyn Botanic Garden gratefully acknowledges support for these programs from Brooklyn Community Foundation, the Family of Wilbur A. Levin, National Grid, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the NYS Assembly and NYS Senate, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, the NYC Department of Sanitation, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, Councilmembers Laurie Cumbo, Mathieu Eugene, and Alicka Ampry-Samuel, and the NYC Council.
Leadership Support, Community Greening Programs
Major Sponsor, Community Greening Programs