City Grow’s mission is not just to be a retail store, but to cultivate a community of passionate urban farmers that will influence the habit and diets of New Yorkers in the five boroughs. Each Saturday, City Grow’s Greenpoint location offers classes on creating your own hydroponic garden, encouraging New Yorkers to raise their own fresh veggies year round. The also have a rotating selection of seasonal workshops that are taught by their expert staff.
City Grow is also a proponent of vegetative roofs. Encouraging landlords and building owners to save money and the environment, they can create a customized green roof for any building. Some energy efficient options include installing solar panels, rainwater recycling systems, and both edible and non edible plant life. They teach their customers that the vegetative roofs can save money by reducing solar gain, extending the life of the roof membrane, capturing rainwater before it can clog sewers and sump pumps and keep the building’s interior cooler, not to mention the food it could yield!
Aside from free community education, the store also has all the supplies needed for hydroponic or aeroponic growing systems, which are both perfect for the urban farmer who lacks the outdoor soil space to tend a garden. City Grow is a one stop shop for greening your living space and educating yourself about how you can help New York become a greener, greater city.