An Effective Practice
GreenThumb is a community gardening program in New York City that provides support to help strengthen gardens, strengthen gardener skills, and strengthen communities. GreenThumb's services take the form of materials and technical assistance, including educational workshops. Community gardens provide important green space, thus improving air quality, bio-diversity, and the well-being of residents. In addition, community gardens serve as important community resources, offering public programs that improve quality of life for residents of all ages.
Goal / Mission
The goal of this program is to foster civic participation and encourage neighborhood revitalization while preserving open space. Community gardens provide green space and easily accessible recreational opportunities in the areas that need them most.
Results / Accomplishments
Established in 1978, GreenThumb remains the nation's largest urban gardening program, assisting over 600 gardens and nearly 20,000 garden members throughout New York City. Active garden sites create a stable force in the community that serve as anchors for area re-development initiatives, while making the city safer, healthier, and cleaner.
About this Promising Practice
- Primary Contact
- Edie Stone
49 Chambers Street, Rm 1020
New York, New York 10007
Environment / Built Environment
Social Environment / Neighborhood/Community Attachment
Art & Recreation / Sports Recreation & Parks
- Date of publication
- Date of implementation
- Geographic Type
- New York, NY