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Bronx Green-Up offers the chance to discover the urban outdoors and learn by doing in local community and school gardens and urban farms. We offer seasonal, garden-based workshops and partner with sites on projects from planting and pruning to food production and light carpentry. We also offer more in-depth instruction through our certificate programs: Grow More Vegetables, Pruning, and Soil is Alive.

 

Available Workshops

To host a workshop at your Bronx garden, contact us. Topics include but are not limited to:

Beekeeping Garlic Planting Season Extension
Companion Planting Native Plant Gardening & Design Seed Saving
Cover Crops Native Plants Seed Starting
Drip Irrigation Preparing for Winter (Farm School NYC) The Many Uses of Herbs
Fruit Tree Care Pruning Weed & Herb ID
Fruit Tree Pruning Raised Bed Building Why Grow Food?
Garden Planning Wreath-Making

River Garden

P.S. 87
 

Certificate Programs


New Roots Community Farm

The Grow More Vegetables Certificate Series is an edible gardening course designed to equip community gardeners, teachers, and city residents with the best organic techniques for growing vegetables safely and effectively, particularly in an urban setting. The program combines instruction in the classroom with hands-on gardening instruction in the field. Consisting of six classes, each student will have the opportunity to design his or her own urban vegetable gardening project as a final component of the course. The projects are open-ended with two main goals: to grow more food and to pass on what you have learned to an identified group in your community. For an application or for more information, call 718.817.8026 or e-mail bronxgreenup@nybg.org. Priority will be given to Bronx community gardeners.


Ward's Island Farm (Randall's Island)

The Underground: Soil Is Alive! is a three-part workshop focusing on maintaining and building healthy soil, whether you grow vegetables, trees, or flowers. Learn what soil is, how to enrich it the organic way, and what concerns exist for urban soils. Parts 1 and 2 will take place at The New York Botanical Garden, and Part 3 will be hands-on at a local community garden. Pre-registration is required. Priority will be given to Bronx community gardeners. For more information, call 718.817.8026 or e-mail bronxgreenup@nybg.org.


Drew Gardens

The Pruning Certificate Series has been designed to help you learn to prune properly and improve your community garden. This course is ideal for community gardeners who want to keep their gardens in good shape while protecting the health of trees. The focus of the class will be on pruning small trees and shrubs, with a full class devoted to fruit tree pruning. To receive a pruning certificate you must attend the four classes listed below and demonstrate your pruning skills through eight hours of practice at community garden workdays. Pre-registration is required. Priority will be given to Bronx community gardeners. To register or for more information, call 718.817.8026 or e-mail bronxgreenup@nybg.org.

 

Curricula

Our Grow More Vegetables curriculum is available free for download. Created for adult learners, the lesson plans can be adapted for all ages. Click on an individual lesson below or download all five for the full series.

 

Tip Sheets

Choose a tip-sheet below for more information on a variety of urban gardening topics.