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EARTH WEEK - Tuesday, April 20 - Thursday, April 22:
Join us for Earth Week at GreenThumb, where we'll be learning about and uplifting the ecological benefits of native plants and pollinators in community gardens. All workshops will be virtual, free, open to the public, and will be recorded and made available on our YouTube channel. Please RSVP using the links below to receive the Zoom link.


Dig deep and further your gardening knowledge and leadership skills with NYC Parks GreenThumb Trainings!
*These programs are reserved for members of registered GreenThumb community gardens in good standing.

GreenThumb Pruning Brigade
GreenThumb has reserved a limited number of seats for community gardeners to get certified as Citizen Pruners through the Trees New York Citizen Pruner course. After getting certified, GreenThumb citizen pruners will be asked to complete 8 supervised volunteer hours to help with minor pruning needs at other community gardens.
Applications due: Monday, April 13, 2021, at 5:00 p.m.
Link to Application: For program details, training dates, and to apply, visit:


Please review Important Service Changes (Cambios Importantes en el Servicio) which details changes to GreenThumb's community garden public access, COVID-19 protocols, and food distribution policies. Changes are also in place for programs and services.

GreenThumb garden groups, please visit our Gardener Resources page for more information on factors to consider when reopening to the public, safety and hygiene practices, social distancing in gardens, downloadable garden signage in multiple languages, and more.

GreenThumb supports community gardeners in growing food through educational workshops and materials. The GreenThumb Growing Food Toolkit has many of our workshop handouts, webinar recordings, and many resources from partnering organizations including: Cornell Cooperative ExtensionBrooklyn Botanic GardenNew York Botanical Garden, and Truelove Seeds, on topics related to food production. We will continue to add to this page and update our educational resources as time and capacity allows.

Many GreenThumb gardens host volunteer-run community composting operations or host food scrap drop-off sites. Due to COVID-19, curbside organics collection by the NYC Department of Sanitation is temporarily suspended and some food scrap drop-offs are currently closed. Because of these changes in the composting landscape, GreenThumb gardeners are seeing a growing public interest in composting at community gardens.

  • The COVID-19 Compost Safety Guide provides guidance to existing compost sites on best practices for preventing the spread of COVID-19 during compost drop-offs or during use of the compost area. 
  • Gardens that are curious to learn more about the art and science of composting can refer to the Compost Resource Guide, a compilation of webinars, videos, and publications from partners and compost experts.


To watch past GreenThumb webinars, please visit our Webinar Video Recordings page and our YouTube Channel: NYC Parks GreenThumb


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