Become a NYCHA Gardener!
NYCHA residents interested in starting a garden must submit a 2015 Garden Registry Application to their Property Management Office.
For each garden entry approved by the Property Manager, the Garden and Greening Program offers technical support and free gardening materials: vegetable, flower and herb seeds in the spring; spring-flowering bulbs in the fall; and other materials such as compost, woody shrubs and summer flowering bulbs. Petty cash in the amount of $40.00 will be reimbursed in the form of a check sent directly to your residence, when receipts are submitted to your Property Management Office for the purchase of seeds and/or plants.
Each approved garden may be entered into the Annual Garden and Greening Program Competition. The Competition consists of awards for Flower, Vegetable and Theme Gardens. A panel of horticulture professionals judges each garden registered as “competitive”, with an emphasis on quality. Houseplants are not permitted to be used in the competition unless the garden is registered as “non-competitive.” A citywide winner in each category is chosen from first-placed borough winners. Selected winners are recognized at the Annual Citywide Garden Competition Awards Ceremony.
Read the complete updated Garden & Greening Program Garden Rules, and Program/Competition Registration Agreement for more information.
Have Your Soil Tested
Soil testing is required for all vegetable gardens cultivated for the first time on NYCHA grounds, and every 2-4 years, subsequently, to ensure soil safety in crop production for human consumption.
The Garden and Greening Program coordinates with resident gardeners and the City University of New York Soil Lab to conduct soil analyses at no cost for residents. Please call 212-306-3268 to have your soil tested.