Policy Summary

Establishes licensing for "GreenThumb" (urban) gardens. Also establishes certain procedures with respect to the transfer of the lots upon which such gardens are located; and requires, with some exceptions, city-owned land under the jurisdiction of the Housing Preservation and Development Department that contains a garden to be used as gardens unless the land is mapped as parkland.

Background Information

State New York
Jurisdiction Name New York
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 800,000+
Legal Strategies
  • Requires something, sets standards
  • Expressly allows something
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Grow; Get;
Evidence for Health

This policy may correspond to diet-related strategies identified by the County Health Rankings’ What Works for Health tool, including:

For research on the potential effectiveness, please review the category links above.

We understand that this information is not comprehensive. It also does not include other important forms of evidence such as community members’ lived experiences and practice-based evidence.

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?

Health-related goal?

Environmental goal?

Economic goal?

Includes findings?

Has a stated intent or purpose?

Although not entitled "intent" or "purpose" this language is provided: "This chapter establishes certain procedures with respect to the operation of Gardens registered and licensed on September 17, 2010, or first registered and licensed within the exercise of DPR's and HPD's discretion after September 17, 2010. This chapter also establishes certain procedures with respect to the Transfer of the Lots upon which such Gardens are located." (See § 42-02, which is titled "Application".)

Includes definitions?

§ 42-01

Addresses implementation?

Licensing criteria and a garden review process are set forth in sections 42-03 and 42.05. §§ 42-03; 42.05.

Enforcement provisions?

Default, loss of license (sec. 42-03(a)).

Evaluation component?

Requires extra investment?

Code context and ordinance history

Chapter 42: Greenthumb Gardens is located in Title 28: Housing Preservation and Development. History: the enacting/amending ordinance is not specified.


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