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The Community Gardens Program
(718) 722-2830


Community Gardening Resources

Gardening on State Land

Joining or Starting a Community Garden

Soil Testing for Nutrients and Other Properties

General Resources

School Gardening

Rain Water harvest

Gardening on State Land

New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets
There are a number of gardens and urban farms in NY growing on state-owned land, including Department of Transportation, Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), and NY State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation property.  If you are interested in gardening on a state-owned parcel you have identified, contact us to find out the availability and viability of the site.
718-722-2830

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!

Join a Community Garden

Joining or Starting a Community Garden in Your Area

Capital District (Albany, Troy & Schenectady)
Capital District Community Gardens
www.cdcg.org
518-274-8685 info@cdcg.org

Binghamton
Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments (VINES)
http://www.binghamtonneighbors.org/communitygardens/tabid/117/default.aspx
607-748-9849 jon@myedst.org

Buffalo
Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo
www.grassrootsgardens.org
(716) 851-4647 grgbuffalo@hotmail.com

Ithaca
Cornell Cooperative Extension
counties.cce.cornell.edu/Onondaga
(607) 272-229 mr55@cornell.edu

New York City
GreenThumb, City of New York Parks and Recreation
www.greenthumbnyc.org
(212) 788-8070

NYC Community Gardens Coalition
www.nyccgc.org
(212) 926-8648

Rochester
City of Rochester Horticulture Technical Assistance
(585) 428-8820 estrichs@cityofrochester.gov

Syracuse
Cornell Cooperative Extension
counties.cce.corenll.edu/Onondaga
(315) 424-9485

Yonkers
Greyston Community Gardens Program
www.greyston.org
(914) 375-9002

Soil Testing for Nutrients and Other Properties

Cornell University
Cornell Nutrient Analysis Laboratory (CNAL)
cnal.cals.cornell.edu
(607) 255-4540
soiltest@cornell.edu

University of Massachusetts
Soil and Plant Tissue Testing Laboratory
www.umass.edu/plsoils/soiltest/
(413) 545-2311
soiltest@psis.umass.edu

Environmental Testing of Soils for Lead and Other Toxic Metals


See laboratories that are certified under NYS’s Environmental Laboratory Approval Program
http://www.wadsworth.org/labcert/elap/elap.html
ELAP@health.state.ny.us
(Select a laboratory certified for “solid and hazardous waste”.)

General Resources

American Community Gardening Association
http://www.communitygarden.org

Cornell Cooperative Extension
counties.cce.cornell.edu

Cornell Cooperative Extension Gardening Portal
www.gardening.cornell.edu

National Gardening Association
www.garden.org

School Gardening

American Horticultural Society: Youth Gardening
www.ahs.org/youth_gardening/index.htm

The Edible Schoolyard
www.edibleschoolyard.org

Garden Mosaics, Cornell University
www.gardenmosaics.cornell.edu

National Gardening Association
www.kidsgardening.com

New York Agriculture in the Classroom
www.nyaged.org

School Garden Wizard
www.schoolgardenwizard.org