Our mission is to help develop and sustain community gardens in New York by leveraging resources across state agencies. This mission is based on Article 2-C of the Agriculture and Markets Law – Community Gardens (see back) mandating the Department of Agriculture & Markets:
- Assist in the identification of vacant public land for community gardening purposes
- Coordinate on behalf of interested community groups and state or local agencies to facilitate the use of vacant public lands for community gardens
- Support and encourage networking among community garden programs around the state.
Through this program we also promote community gardening and urban agriculture, connect gardeners to resources in their communities, and help to identify supportive community and school gardening policies.