Please be advised that our permit system is currently undergoing maintenance and will be unavailable today, Monday, February 19, to return tomorrow, February 20.


Compost Learning Center

Urban Farm

The NYC Compost Projected hosted by Earth Matter NY hosts visitor open hours every weekend at our Compost Learning Center.

The Compost Learning Center is our sustainable home base on Governors Island. At the Center, we showcase numerous devices and methods for making compost. We also compost yard waste from Governors Island and food scraps from Governors Island and NYC community members each month! The Compost Learning Center is a place where you can learn about composting, dig your hands in the earth, and help us ensure that there is “no waste wasted” on Governors Island.

Visit us between 12-4 pm on Saturdays and Sundays to learn more about composting. Families welcome.

Teaching Garden

Urban Farm

GrowNYC’s Teaching Garden is an 8,000 sq ft urban farm that aims to engage, excite, and educate the public in all aspects of urban agriculture and green infrastructure through workshops and family appropriate activities. We have 30 vegetable and fruit beds made from recycled plastic lumber, an outdoor kitchen, a high tunnel, NYC’s largest solar cooker, and more!