Welcome to the Garden Ecology Project (GEP) website! The GEP is a community-research partnership based in New York City. Our goals are:
- To document the roles of community gardens in providing healthy food, green space, and environmental education, in order to build support for community gardening in urban policy and planning.
- To develop environmentally friendly vegetable gardening practices like cover cropping, with and for urban gardeners.
- To enhance educational programs in urban gardening by incorporating collaborative, discovery-based learning methods that increases gardeners’ understanding of ecology.
Whether you are a gardener, researcher, or concerned citizen, we invite you to browse this website and consider getting involved in urban agriculture and food justice movements in your community!
About: Visit this page to learn more about specific projects, including studies on cover crops for enriching urban garden soils, and a study on pest and beneficial insects in urban gardens.
Blog: The latest in Garden Ecology Project workshops, seasonal gardening tips, and project results.
Gardeners: Get gardening fact-sheets in English and Spanish developed by Garden Ecology Project collaborators, including the latest on selecting and planting winter cover crops.
Researchers: Read a more detailed description of the Garden Ecology Project and its diverse goals in the fields of horticulture, urban ecology, soil science, entomology, community-based education and organizing, and civic engagement. Consider contributing your skills and expertise to the efforts to create more just and sustainable urban food systems.
Discussion Board: Do you have questions about gardening practices or urban agriculture education? Add your ideas to the list of questions you’d like to see researched.
Resources: Links to other great organizations working in sustainable agriculture, urban gardening, and food justice.