From GreenThumb: Grow-Together, Garden Community News, Learn Microbes/Fungi/Soil [Tonight!] & Other Useful Tips!

From Anthony Rueter our GreenThumb Outreach Coordinator!

Allen/Pike Mall photo by Justin Ladda

“Happy (almost) spring!  It’s that time of year when we’re all busy gearing up for the growing season and planning events, open hours, and more!  GreenThumb’s GrowTogether conference is almost here, in a new lower Manhattan and Staten Island friendly location at Borough of Manhattan Community College, and tickets are selling super quickly so make sure to buy your ticket ASAP!




The LUNGS (Loisada United Neighborhood Gardens) Spring Awakening Earth Day parade is coming up quickly!  On Earth Day, Sunday April 22nd, 2018 gardeners and community members will march from El Sol Brillante to El Jardin del Paraiso, stopping at 27 community gardens along the route ending with a celebration of educational workshops, music, and food.  Join us for a planning meeting TONIGHT, March 15th at 7pm at 428 East 10th Street otherwise we’ll see you at the parade and celebration on Earth Day!

Welcome Sage’s Garden to the NYC Parks and GreenThumb family, officially!  I’m excited and proud to announce a new addition to the GreenThumb garden family.  Sage’s Garden’s mission is to honor the legacy of Sage Payton, a community member who passed away and used to maintain the lot at 281 East 4th Street that has become this garden.  The gardeners want to restore and improve the space in his honor!  I’m really impressed and excited by all the work these gardeners have already done building strong group structure, rules, and bylaws, and now they get to dive into the (more fun) physical work!

The Spring Supply Distribution is approaching! On Saturday April 14th, from 10:00am-1:00pm at Green Oasis Community Garden in lower Manhattan …we will be distributing spring supplies!  The list of supplies is still being finalized [Anthony will] email it out.  RSVP is required to pick up so please be sure to RSVP at the link…Coordinate with garden members so that there is only one RSVP per garden!

As we get ready for the 2019 relicensing of all GreenThumb community gardens, we’d like to inform you that GreenThumb will be requiring all community garden groups under Parks jurisdiction to submit copies of their bylaws to their Outreach Coordinators as a prerequisite to being licensed.  Read more here for what we want to see in bylaws, links to our super helpful bylaws worksheet, and check the program guide for upcoming workshops on the topic!

Prevent heavy metals from entering your food by adhering to the GreenThumb requirement of growing food crops in containers or raised beds lined with landscaping fabric and filled with clean topsoil and compost.  Read more about our recommendations here!


Highlighted Upcoming Events

Click the link to register for each workshop and find out more details.  There are even more workshops in the program guide & on our website!  Download the spring program guide here.


TONIGHT!! Microbes and Fungi: The Life of the Soil Party

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018


GreenThumb Office, Manhattan


34th Annual GreenThumb GrowTogether Conference

Saturday March 31st, 2018


Borough of Manhattan Community College

Tickets are only $5 at the link and will be $10 at the door so secure your ticket today!  Tickets are selling fast!


Fruit Tree Care

Saturday, April 7th, 2018


Jardin la Roca, Bronx


Happy Hydrating with your Hydrant

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018


6BC Botanical Garden, Manhattan

More upcoming events here!

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