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Grow More Vegetables Citywide Certificate Series


Darcy Hector – Queens Botanical Garden
718-886-3800, ext. 330


Flushing, NY- February 6, 2013—Queens Botanical Garden announces the opening of registration for the “Grow More Vegetables” program which will be held at the Garden beginning in April.  

The Grow More Vegetables Certificate Series is a free edible gardening course designed to equip community gardeners, teachers, and city residents with the best organic techniques for growing vegetables safely and effectively, particularly in urban settings. The program, with hands-on gardening instruction, consists of six classes, both in the classroom and in the field. Each student will have the opportunity to design their own urban vegetable gardening project as a component of the course. The projects are open-ended, with two main goals: to grow more food, and to pass on the information to an identified group in the community.

This program, a collaboration of Bronx Green-Up of The New York Botanical Garden, Just Food in Manhattan, and Queens Botanical Garden, will be offered in three locations, with each partner hosting a Certificate series in their respective boroughs.

There is an application process for this program, and preference will be given to participants who work, live, or garden in Queens. The course runs for six weeks in April and May.  Participants are expected to volunteer at Queens Botanical Garden for a total of 8 hours. These volunteer hours also provide hands-on learning opportunities to reinforce the information provided during the classroom sessions.

The class will be held on Thursdays, April 4-May 9, 6-8pm. Course topics will include Why Grow Food?, Seed-starting, Soils & Compost, Organic Growing Techniques and Pest Control.  For more information and a downloadable application form, visit QBG’s website at under the Programs and Events tab.  Space is limited, so act now to secure your registration.



Queens Botanical Garden is an urban oasis where people, plants and cultures are celebrated through inspiring gardens, innovative educational programs and demonstrations of environmental stewardship.  Located at 43-50 Main Street in Flushing, Queens Botanical Garden us easily accessible by car, train, or bus.  Parking is available in the Garden’s lot on Crommelin Street.  For travel directions and more information visit or call (718) 886-3800.  QBG is located on property owned by the City of New York, and its operation is made possible in part by public funds provided through the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.




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