Long Island City community garden, photo via Quench Your Eyes on Flickr
With nearly 600 community gardens across New York City, picking just one to join can be difficult. GreenThumb, the largest community garden program in the country, wants to help connect New Yorkers with local gardens by hosting the first-ever Open Garden Day NYC. This Saturday, the organization will celebrate their 40th anniversary by opening more than 70 community gardens to the public, with lots of free, environmentally-friendly activities.
Photo via GreenThumb
For both novice gardeners and seasoned green thumbs alike, there is no shortage of fun and free activities. These include arts and crafts, exercise classes, live music, cooking demonstrations and of course, opportunities to get your hands dirty and actually garden.
GreenThumb has provided programming and technical assistance to over 550 community gardens in NYC for four decades. Impressively, more than 20,000 community gardeners volunteer to manage these open spaces.
The rain or shine event takes place this Saturday, July 14 from 11 am to 3 pm. Learn more about the special event and find an open garden here.
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