Bronx Green-Up (BGU) has been the centerpiece of the Garden’s commitment to serving its neighbors by providing horticultural advice, technological assistance, and hands-on gardening training to community gardens, urban farms, and school gardens. During any given year, BGU conducts more than 300 activities that include hosting events, workdays, workshops, site visits, and plant deliveries to more than 70 community gardens. BGU also oversees nearly 200 community gardening sites throughout the Bronx, and each year the BGU team focuses on certain sites for extensive improvements and overhauls.
Additionally, NYBG maintains active partnerships with more than 190 community-based organizations and provides open access, hosting free community festivals such as Bronx Day and Fiesta de Flores and distributing Family Passes to partner organizations. A farmers market takes place on Wednesdays (June–November) and is free to the public, encouraging healthful eating and lifestyles through cooking demonstrations, recipes, flyers and health screenings.
Economic Development and Neighborhood Improvements
NYBG has become an important anchor institution by focusing on developing the economy of the Borough of the Bronx through ongoing employment opportunities and capital projects, and the well-being of its residents through urban farming and community garden programs, such as Bronx Green-Up. The Garden has a significant economic impact on the Bronx and New York, and its investment in capital projects has resulted in more than 2,680 construction jobs over the past 10 years.
The Garden is also an important member of the Four Bronx Institutions Alliance (FBIA), which includes the Bronx Zoo, Montefiore Hospital, and Fordham University. The FBIA is a catalyst for initiatives that all Bronx residents and visitors can enjoy.