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Sustainable
Gardens
Project

 

Open Call for Applications

The Sustainable Gardens Project is a High Line pilot program that supports the initiation or expansion of innovative urban gardening projects across New York City. We are currently seeking projects that address one of our greatest environmental concerns: the protection and promotion of pollinators.

 

 

Open Call for Applications

The Sustainable Gardens Project is a High Line pilot program that supports the initiation or expansion of innovative urban gardening projects across New York City. We are currently seeking projects that address one of our greatest environmental concerns: the protection and promotion of pollinators.

 

Why?

Worldwide, pollinators and insects are under increased threat of extinction. As a park committed to environmental sustainability, including integrated pest management, composting onsite, and pollinator-friendly practices, we recognize the urgency in addressing this critical issue.

The High Line is home to 110,000 plants, nearly 530 species, 15 distinct ecosystems, and over 30 species of wild bees, including small carpenter bees and seven of the 15 Hylaeus (masked bee) species that live in New York State. On the park, bees and other pollinators are essential partners in keeping our plants healthy. But many of the species that visit or live on here are threatened by disease, pesticides, mold, and habitat loss.

Studies show that even the smallest of urban gardens offer an important opportunity for assisting ailing pollinator species and improving community quality of life, particularly in low-income neighborhoods. Often a single tree or pond is enough to support entire populations of insects within their confines. As such, we seek to ignite civic connection by creating a cohort of active-learning gardeners who will rise to the imminent challenges presented by climate change.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the High Line’s opening to the public, and the 20th anniversary of the High Line nonprofit that stewards the park and its gardens. As we reflect on our past and look toward our collective future, we’re compelled to deepen our connections to community, residential, and individual gardens throughout the city in order to strengthen networks of learning and practice in ecological horticulture.

Structure

The High Line Sustainable Gardens Project will award up to five community-based garden projects with a stipend ranging from $500 to $1,000. The stipend supports the initiation or expansion of a solutions-based project that addresses the rising threat of pollinator extinction and sustainable practices.

In addition to financial support, recipients will join a peer learning network. Over the course of the year award recipients will be able to participate in three professional development workshops led by experts in the field. Topics will include project management, sustainable garden design, and organic land management. Participants can also schedule one-on-one consultations and site assessments with the High Line horticulture department to help support the long-term development of their projects.

The High Line horticulture department consists of 12 gardeners with expertise ranging from beekeeping, native plants, urban agriculture, green roof design, irrigation, composting, and bioremediation.

Eligibility

We invite gardens and individual gardeners working in or with New York City community gardens of all types to apply. Examples include, but are not limited to: residential gardens, NYCHA gardens, public school rooftop gardens, and playing fields. Eligible projects will have a clear goal of advancing pollinators through gardens created for community use. Ideally, projects will seek to serve communities located in low-income neighborhoods. Applications will be reviewed by our horticulturalists and community partners.

Timeline

September 28, 2019: Application deadline

November 1, 2019: Applicants notified

November 15, 2019: Project kick-off and teach-in on the High Line

Workshops and consultations will be scheduled at a later date and will take place between November 2019 – November 2020.

How to apply

Applicants are required to apply by 11:59pm on September 28, 2019.

Apply online now
Or download a PDF application

Why?

Worldwide, pollinators and insects are under increased threat of extinction. As a park committed to environmental sustainability, including integrated pest management, composting onsite, and pollinator-friendly practices, we recognize the urgency in addressing this critical issue.

The High Line is home to 110,000 plants, nearly 530 species, 15 distinct ecosystems, and over 30 species of wild bees, including small carpenter bees and seven of the 15 Hylaeus (masked bee) species that live in New York State. On the park, bees and other pollinators are essential partners in keeping our plants healthy. But many of the species that visit or live on here are threatened by disease, pesticides, mold, and habitat loss.

Studies show that even the smallest of urban gardens offer an important opportunity for assisting ailing pollinator species and improving community quality of life, particularly in low-income neighborhoods. Often a single tree or pond is enough to support entire populations of insects within their confines. As such, we seek to ignite civic connection by creating a cohort of active-learning gardeners who will rise to the imminent challenges presented by climate change.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the High Line’s opening to the public, and the 20th anniversary of the High Line nonprofit that stewards the park and its gardens. As we reflect on our past and look toward our collective future, we’re compelled to deepen our connections to community, residential, and individual gardens throughout the city in order to strengthen networks of learning and practice in ecological horticulture.

Structure

The High Line Sustainable Gardens Project will award up to five community-based garden projects with a stipend ranging from $500 to $1,000. The stipend supports the initiation or expansion of a solutions-based project that addresses the rising threat of pollinator extinction and sustainable practices.

In addition to financial support, recipients will join a peer learning network. Over the course of the year award recipients will be able to participate in three professional development workshops led by experts in the field. Topics will include project management, sustainable garden design, and organic land management. Participants can also schedule one-on-one consultations and site assessments with the High Line horticulture department to help support the long-term development of their projects.

The High Line horticulture department consists of 12 gardeners with expertise ranging from beekeeping, native plants, urban agriculture, green roof design, irrigation, composting, and bioremediation.

Eligibility

We invite gardens and individual gardeners working in or with New York City community gardens of all types to apply. Examples include, but are not limited to: residential gardens, NYCHA gardens, public school rooftop gardens, and playing fields. Eligible projects will have a clear goal of advancing pollinators through gardens created for community use. Ideally, projects will seek to serve communities located in low-income neighborhoods. Applications will be reviewed by our horticulturalists and community partners.

Timeline

September 28, 2019: Application deadline

November 1, 2019: Applicants notified

November 15, 2019: Project kick-off and teach-in on the High Line

Workshops and consultations will be scheduled at a later date and will take place between November 2019 – November 2020.

How to apply

Applicants are required to apply by 11:59pm on September 28, 2019.

Apply online now
Or download a PDF application

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