Grow to Learn Fall 2017 Workshop Registration
Welcome to the Fall 2017 registration page for all Grow to Learn workshops and events! As you all return to the classroom and gear up for the fall planting and harvest season we have a number of wonderful events where you will learn alongside your fellow school gardeners and also potentially be able to access physical resources to bring back to your schools.We have lots of topics for you to select, and will be adding to this form as the season goes on- check back regularly on our events calendar for more workshops from Grow to Learn and our partner organizations. You must register to attend any Grow to Learn workshop- fill out the information below to sign up for one or more workshops of your choice.

Please register with a valid email address that you plan to check regularly- a registration reminder will be sent to you one week prior to your workshop with detailed access information for the workshop location. We will also use your registration email to get in touch should we need to postpone the event due to weather. If you are not connected with a registered school garden you are still welcome to attend any workshop. Learning is open to anyone, but only registered schools will be eligible to receive the free materials or give-away. If you would like to register your school garden (or check if your school is registered), visit and click on the top right hand button that says ‘register your garden’.

Grow to Learn is administered through a partnership between GrowNYC and the NYC Parks Department’s Green Thumb division. Additional programming support is provided by the NYC DOE Office of School Food’s Garden to Café program.
For questions or more information, get in touch with the Grow to Learn team at or call #212-788-7900. You can always visit our website for more information:

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Fall 2017 Workshops List
The following workshops are free and open to the public. Register for a workshop by clicking the button that says 'Register' under the workshop title. You can register for more than one workshop at a time, and you can always come back and sign up for more as the season goes on.

(G): Workshop includes a Give-away
(L): You can pick up a lumber request form at this workshop
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East Village School Garden Walking Tour (G)
October 3, 2017: 4:30pm-6:30pm. Tour Start Location: The Earth School - 600 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009. Tour End Location: Elizabeth Street Garden - Elizabeth Street between Prince and Spring Streets. Tour route here: School gardens are blooming all across the city! Teachers and schools aren’t always able to get out and see what’s growing in gardens in their own neighborhoods, or ones farther afield so here’s your opportunity. Join us on a walking tour of school gardens in the east Village neighborhood of Manhattan. We will be visiting The Earth School's rooftop garden, STAR Academy and The Neighborhood School's collaborative 3rd Street Garden and the Elizabeth Street Community Garden. Come see and (possibly!) taste the fall harvest, talk garden-curriculum connections, meet veteran school gardeners and get connected to resources for gardens all over the city. Please be aware that this tour will involve walking to a few sites, so please wear walking shoes. Light refreshments provided. Registered GTL school gardens will receive seeds and garden books.
Raised Bed Building 101 (L, S)
October 4, 2017: 4:00pm-6:00pm. Location: Pelham Gardens Middle School - 2545 Gunther Avenue Bronx, NY - 10469. Planning for a Spring build day, but new to building raised beds? Join Grow to Learn as we cover all the bed building basics: materials and sourcing, tool use and safety, and construction. We'll use the skills taught in the workshop to construct a raised bed on site! Registered Grow to Learn schools will be able to receive forms to request lumber and soil through NYC Parks GreenThumb at this workshop.
Grant Writing and Garden Design
Various (October 2017). 100 Gold Street, Suite 3300, NY NY 10038. Select ONE session from the list to register. This introduction to the Grow to Learn mini-grant will give you all the information you need to create an incredible application for a new or expansion garden project. The Fall 2017 Grow to Learn mini-grant RFP is open for applications from September 25 - October 27, 2017. ***Please note that the October 19th workshop is an online webinar, not an in-person workshop. Details on how to log on to the webinar will be sent out one week before the workshop.
Season Extension and Cover Crops (G)
October 10, 2017: 4:30pm-6:30pm. Location: The High School for Environmental Studies' garden - 444 West 56th Street New York, NY - 10019. Learn how to make the most of this fall season at our season extension and cover crops workshop! We'll go over different techniques you can use in your school gardens that keep your crops warm and toasty (and growing!) as the temperatures begin to drop, as well as crop varieties that can thrive in colder weather. In addition, we will go over the use of cover crops to protect and grow your soil through the cold season so that when spring comes you can provide a 'green manure' that will get you off to a great start. Registered Grow to Learn schools will receive season extension materials and cover crop seeds.
GTL + ioby Crowdfunding Matching Grant Info Session and Workshop
October 12, 2017: 5:00pm-7:00pm. Location: GrowNYC - 100 Gold Street, Suite 3300 New York, NY 10038. Have a great idea for a grant project that costs more than $2000? Want to raise project funds while involving your neighbors and finding volunteers? The Grow to Learn Crowdfunding Matching Grant provides NYC's school gardeners applying for a Fall 2017 mini grant with up to $2,000 of matching funds on an ioby crowdfunding campaign, plus one-on-one fundraising coaching from an experienced ioby Success Strategist. Fundraising with the GTL Crowdfunding Matching Grant means that every dollar you raise will be doubled, up to $2000! Not sure what it takes to crowd-fund? This info session and workshop will cover how the match program works, best practices for effective crowfunding campaigns, success stories from other funded school garden projects, an overview on ioby’s platform and services and much more.
Low Tunnel Building (L,S)
October 16, 2017: 4:30pm-6:30pm. Location: PS 376K 's garden - 224 Wilson Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11237 (garden is on the corner of Wilson and Himrod). Learn how to build raised beds for your gardens and extend your growing season! There are many different ways you can tailor your beds to your garden space and we will go over a few of these techniques. We will be installing infrastructure that will allow you to turn your raised beds into low tunnels that will protect your crops from the cooler temperature. If you are skittish about using power tools this is a great place to practice and overcome your fears. Make sure to wear close toed shoes and not to wear loose fitting clothing for safety if you plan to participate in the hands-on portion of this workshop. Registered Grow to Learn schools will receive season extension materials and can request lumber and soil for Spring 2018 delivery.
Fall Bulb Giveaway (G)
October 18, 2017: 3:00-6:00pm. Location: GreenThumb Compound - 10th Street and Queens Plaza South Long Island City, NY - 11101. The garden season is coming to an end soon, but you can make steps to beautify and enhance your garden space by planting bulbs near the entryway or on the perimeter. These are daffodil bulbs and each school will be able to pick up at least 100 bulbs for planting in the current fall season.
Butterfly Project NYC Fall Native Plant Share
October 21, 2017: 1:00-2:30 pm. Location: Morris Campus Farm - East 167th Street and Boston Road Bronx, NY - 10456. Join us for our fall native plant giveaway. Share tips with other community and school gardener for growing and planting in gardens that offer needed resources for beneficial insects - butterflies, bees and others! Plants will be available for pick-up, to be used in schoolyards, community gardens and other public spaces, while supplies last. Many thanks to our Butterfly Project NYC partners: Bronx Green-Up/New York Botanical Garden, City Parks Foundation, Grow to Learn NYC, and NYC Parks GreenThumb. Please see link to RSVP: ***There is no register checkbox here because the previous link is what is needed to RSVP***
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Building an Outdoor Classroom: Bench & Table Construction (L,S)
November 2, 2017: 3:00pm-5:00pm. Location: P.S. 154X - 470 Jackson Avenue Bronx, NY 10455. You may already have a thriving garden, but that doesn't necessarily mean your work is done as an educator. You may want to take the next step and create an outdoor classroom or learning garden. In this workshop we will broadly cover different strategies to cultivate a rich learning environment in outdoor settings with students of all ages. While the discussion will be broad, we will move forward with the remainder of the workshop to focus in on middle school and high school settings and the construction of outdoor furniture to facilitate group or individual work. In this case we will focus on bench and table building using primarily the same lumber that is distributed by GreenThumb to Grow to Learn Schools. ***Please note: this workshop offers the opportunity to place a request for lumber and/or soil deliveries. Only registered Grow to Learn Gardens are eligible for these deliveries and they will occur in the first week of December (12/4-12/8)***
Fall Supply Giveaway (G)
November 6, 2017: 3:00pm -6:00pm. Location: IS 68 Isaac Bildersee - 956 E 82nd St, Brooklyn, NY 11236. Grow to Learn is giving away garden supplies this Fall! Stop by our supply giveaway to pick up tools, gloves, watering cans and other materials for working with kids in the garden! A vehicle or several garden members might be necessary to transport these materials. All supplies are first-come, first-served to Grow to Learn registered schools.
Fundraising Strategies For Your Community Greening Projects
December 5, 2017: 6:00pm-8:00pm. Location: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Room 236 -1000 Washington Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11225. Thinking about starting a crowd-funding campaign or writing grants to support your community or school garden but not sure where to start? Join IOBY and Citizens Committee for NYC to discuss the options, strategies, and opportunities available to get you started. We'll share tips for becoming a confident, successful fundraiser and share resources for further support. This workshop is in partnership with Citizens Committee for NYC, IOBY, BBG Community Garden Alliance, and GreenThumb. **RSVP through this link -**
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Hydroponic Garden Tour
December 16, 2017: 10:00am-12:00pm. Location: Harlem Grown - 118 W. 134th Street New York, NY 10030. Thinking about trying to start growing plants in water? This is the tour for you! We will be visiting sites that use hydroponic growing methods to grow food-producing plants and learn about how these systems work. We will also cover a quick and easy miniature hydroponic set up you can use in your classroom, garden or at home to get first-hand experience using this technology.
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