Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
 Division of Ag Development NYC Office
(718) 722-2891


Planning Your Garden

Ground Rules: A Legal Toolkit for Community Gardens

Measuring Your Results

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) provides free and low cost energy audits:

The Five Borough Farm Data Collection Toolkit, project of Design Trust for Public Space in collaboration with Farming Concrete.

Store your data:
Download your data:
Pdf of toolkit:

Healthy Soils, Healthy Communities Project Resources

Healthy Soils, Healthy Communities Project

Resources from Healthy Soils, Healthy Communities project (

Cornell Waste Management Institute fact sheets and other Resources for Healthy Soils:

NYSDOH brochure Healthy Gardening: Tips for New and Experienced Gardeners:

NYSDOH Lead Poisoning Prevention website:

U. S. Environmental Protection Agency Brownfields program has compiled resources about Urban Agriculture and Improving Local, Sustainable Food Systems:

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry ToxFAQsTM - Information about contaminants:

Soil Testing

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

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

New York City Soil and Water Conservation District

General Resources

USDA's Urban Ag Toolkit

City Growers

Gardening at Home with Kids

Green Infrastructure Toolkit

Resilient NYC Community Gardening Guide
Practical tips to make your garden more resilient. Step-by-step guidelines to minimize damage to your garden before and after the storm.

New York Botanical Garden

Brooklyn Botanical Garden

Queens Botanical Garden

New York City Community Garden Coalition

American Community Gardening Association

Cornell Cooperative Extension

Cornell Cooperative Extension Gardening Portal

National Gardening Association

The Horticultural Society of New York

School Gardening

Grow to Learn NYC: The Citywide School Gardens Initiative

American Horticultural Society: Youth Gardening

The Edible Schoolyard

Garden Mosaics, Cornell University

National Gardening Association

New York Agriculture in the Classroom

School Garden Wizard