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Small plastic covered greenhouse or hothouse interior with tomat

Workshop: Build a Hoophouse (Greenhouse)

Join us for another DIY workshop to learn how to build a hoophouse in your community garden! A hoophouse is a simple greenhouse structure that can extend your growing season and protect your plants and seedlings from harsh weather. We will be working in a community garden so that participants get the hands-on experience of planning and building a hoophouse.

Sponsored by the generous support of the National Grid Foundation.

This workshop has been rescheduled from June 28th – there are still spaces available on the new date.

Saturday, July 12
East New York, Brooklyn
10:30 AM – 3:30 PM

This is a free workshop, but space is limited.
To RSVP, contact Arif Ullah: | 212.822.9580
Link to the event and a flyer.

Workshop: Build a Tree Guard

Learn how to build a tree guard from scratch. Join us to pick up the skills necessary to construct a sturdy, simple, attractive, and affordable wooden tree guard.

Sponsored by the generous support of National Grid Foundation.

Saturday, July 12
Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn
10:30 AM – 1:30 PM

To RSVP, contact Arif Ullah at or 212.822.9580

Citizens Committee is Hiring!

Citizens Committee for New York City is hiring a Program Coordinator to join our team.

If you know of qualified, community-minded people who would be excited to support grassroots groups working all over the city, please share this job description with them. Applications due July 14.

Community Events and Opportunities

Stay up to date on events happening around the city by ‘liking’ our facebook page! We post information daily about events, workshops, and other resources for community groups.

Summer Movies with CariBeing: Join grantee CariBeing for summer movies and family events! The first showing will be of Akeelah and the Bee, accompanied by a spelling contest, prizes, and snacks for kids and families. July 9 and various dates throughout the summer.

Harlem Green Workshop Series: Project Harmony is holding a series of workshops in uptown community gardens; visit their facebook page for more information.

  • Sustainable Seedlings: JD Wilson Memorial Garden, 219 West 122nd Street. 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM. Wednesdays in July: July 9, 16, 23, 30.
  • Let’s Preserve Those Tasty Berries, Canning Demo: Carrie McCracken/TRUCE Garden with Cindy Worley et al —118th & St. Nicholas Ave. 12:00 PM- 2:00 PM, July 12.
  • Smush it! Wine-Making for the holidays and Any day!: The JD Wilson Memorial Garden 216 West 122nd Street. 5:00 PM. July 17.
  • All About Bees—A to ZZZZZZZZZ!: Help construct a bee hive from the ground up! The JD Wilson Memorial Garden, 219 West 122nd Street. 2:00 PM. July 19.
  • Composting In Every Way!: The William B. Washington Garden, 127th/St. Nicholas, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. July 23.
  • Put the Sour in Sauerkraut!: The JD Wilson Memorial Garden-219 West 122nd Street. 5:00 PM. July 24.
  • “Renewal & Restoration!-Lessons for Mind, Body and Spirit” with Vivian Kurutz, Founder and CEO of The Harlem Wellness Center /HWC: Place, Date and Time TBA
  • Thursday, July 31st, 5PM: “Lacto-Fermentation” with Alison Ogden—Healing Coach & Fermentation Expert at the JD Wilson Memorial Garden-219 West 122nd Street.

Beautify Our Bike Lane with BIG!Compost: Learn how to keep trees happy and healthy with the NYC Compost Project hosted at Build It Green!NYC! Help prepare local tree beds along the Vernon Boulevard bike lane in Long Island City for the hot summer months ahead. They will be weeding, cultivating the soil, and amending tree beds with locally made compost and mulch to help them thrive in our urban environment. Please wear sun protection, closed toed shoes and bring a water bottle with you. BIG! Compost will provide water, snacks, gloves, and gardening tools. RSVP is required, please email to sign up for this event.

  • Wednesday, July 2: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM; meet at south side of 36th Ave at Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, Queens 11101
  • Wednesday, July 9: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM; meet at north side of 36th Ave at Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, Queens 11101

Herb Workshops: Sustainable Flatbush is partnering with Sacred Vibes apothecary to offer free herb classes at the herb garden. The series will kick off with two workshops: Remembering your Passion at 10:00 AM and Healing for Healers at 1:00 PM at the Flatbush Reformed Church, East 21 Street at Kenmore Terrace, Brooklyn. July 12.

H.E.A.L.T.H. for Youths Tree Stewardship: Join H.E.A.L.T.H. for Youths and Million Trees NYC at a tree stewardship day. Learn how to care for street trees and help to steward these new trees planted on Staten Island. See the Million Trees NYC calendar for other tree care workdays. July 16.

How Much Does Your Garden Grow? Learn how to track your community garden produce with Bronx Green-Up and the Leave it Better Kid’s Garden. Participants will learn how to weigh crops and receive a record-keeping toolkit from the Design Trust for Public Space. Register by emailing or calling 718-817-8026. Garden is at the corner of West Tremont and Grand Avenue, across the street from MS 331. 10:00 – 11:30 AM. July 19.

Tree Giveaways: Through the MillionTreesNYC Tree Giveaway Program, New York Restoration Project has built a network of over 75 organizations throughout the five-boroughs giving away tens of thousands of trees to New Yorkers! Join this community by applying to host a Tree Giveaway in your neighborhood this fall! Fall is the ideal time for planting trees – giving the tree plenty of time to establish roots before the stress of the hot summer months. For questions regarding the tree giveaway program please contact Claire Turner at July 23.

How Can I Improve My Park? Launch: Join Partnerships for Parks, the Center for Urban Pedagogy, and New Yorkers for Parks for the launch of the informational publication, “How Can I Improve My Park?” Attendees will receive a copy of the publication that they can use to plan for improving their local green space. July 24.

Community Garden Survey: Help Grow NYC keep track of community gardens in the city by adding your garden to the Oasis map. Take the quick garden survey to help them keep track of how people use gardens and highlight the positive impact that community gardens have on our city.

NYC Hotels and Development: NYC is changing and hotels are popping up in places we never would’ve guessed. Community organizations across the city are asking what they can do about the serious side effects of hotel development. Noise, traffic, and the loss of space for housing, community and cultural uses are real concerns. Until now, many longtime residents and community groups have been left on the sideline as hotels are built as-of-right, but it does not have to be that way. Want to know more about how you can have a seat at the table when it comes to hotel development? The Hotel Trades Council is working to do just that. Call us at 347-946-0094 or email them at to get involved.



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