Department of Agriculture & Markets

 The Community Gardens Program
(718) 722-2891

Community Gardening Resources

Gardening on State Land

Joining or Starting a Community Garden

Soil Testing for Nutrients and Other Properties

General Resources

School Gardening

Gardening on State Land

New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets
There are a number of gardens and urban farms on state-owned land, including land belonging to the Department of Transportation, Department of Environmental Conservation, and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. If you are interested in gardening on a state-owned parcel you have identified, contact us at by phone or on our 'Contact Us' page.

Join a Community Garden

  • Beautify your neighborhood
  • Grow nutritious foods
  • Reduce your food budget
  • Get to know your neighbors
  • Enjoy healthy exercise
  • Preserve green space
  • Decrease storm water runoff
  • Compost your food waste
  • and more!

Joining or Starting a Community Garden in Your Area

Capital District (Albany, Troy & Schenectady)
Capital District Community Gardens

Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments (VINES)

Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo
(716) 851-4647

Cornell Cooperative Extension
(607) 272-229

New York City
GreenThumb, City of New York Parks and Recreation
(212) 788-8070

NYC Community Gardens Coalition
(212) 926-8648

City of Rochester Horticulture Technical Assistance
(585) 428-8820

Cornell Cooperative Extension
(315) 424-9485

Greyston Community Gardens Program
(914) 375-9002

Soil Testing for Nutrients and Other Properties

Cornell University
Cornell Nutrient Analysis Laboratory (CNAL)
(607) 255-4540

Environmental Testing of Soils for Lead and Other Toxic Metals

See laboratories that are certified under NYS’s Environmental Laboratory Approval Program
(Select a laboratory certified for “solid and hazardous waste”.)

General Resources

American Community Gardening Association

Cornell Cooperative Extension

Cornell Cooperative Extension Gardening Portal

National Gardening Association

The Horticultural Society of New York

School Gardening

American Horticultural Society: Youth Gardening

The Edible Schoolyard

Garden Mosaics, Cornell University

National Gardening Association

New York Agriculture in the Classroom

School Garden Wizard