Sure, the season for being knee deep in the soil, toiling over seedlings and bulbs may seem a distant memory this time of year, but for some of us, late summer is the perfect time to start daydreaming about the planting season ahead.
As you figure out your fall veggies, consider working for one of these seven orgs who could put your green thumb to work in various community, public, and educational gardens.
Brooklyn Urban Gardens, Brooklyn, NY
BUGS’ mission is to create a vibrant and rigorous learning community that will prepare middle school students for success in the 21st century via the interdisciplinary study of the science of sustainability. Students master the core academic subjects by exploring real-world problems and challenges, and will develop the problem-solving, collaborative and critical thinking skills to succeed in high school, college, and the future workforce.
City Growers, Queens, NY
City Growers connects urban communities with agriculture, food, and environment through farm education and advocacy, in order to foster a culture of health and sustainability. By providing hands-on, experiential, farm-based education programs to young people using Brooklyn Grange rooftop farms as learning laboratories, City Growers aims to increase environmental and food literacy among urban youth.
Experimental Station, Chicago, IL
The Experimental Station is working to build independent cultural infrastructure on the South Side of Chicago by fostering a dynamic ecology of innovative educational and cultural programs, small business enterprises and community initiatives.
Grow NYC, New York, NY
GrowNYC is a hands-on nonprofit which improves New York City’s quality of life through environmental programs that transform communities block by block and empower all New Yorkers to secure a clean and healthy environment for future generations.
Pennsylvania Horticulture Society, Philadelphia, PA
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society motivates people to improve the quality of life and create a sense of community through horticulture.
Manna Meal, Charleston, WV
Manna Meal Inc. (MMI) operates a soup kitchen located inside St. John’s Episcopal Church in the heart of downtown Charleston, WV, serving two meals a day, 365 days a year, to individuals and families that include the homeless, mentally challenged, and under-employed service workers as well as people who simply cannot make ends meet.
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, Seattle, WA
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods provides resources and opportunities for community members to build strong communities and improve their quality of life. Through their programs and services, they meet people where they are and help neighbors develop a stronger sense of place, build closer ties, and engage with their community and city government.
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