Keene Community Garden Connections (CGC) serves to build our local capacity to grow food and address issues of food insecurity related to climate change, personal and communal health, and resiliency. With the help of a private donation from the Rashti Foundation, CGC supports the installation and cooperative maintenance of raised gardens in partnership with local service agencies, students and community members. These funds also support educational outreach to meet the specific gardening interests of community partners.
In 2011 and 2012, CGC facilitated the implementation of raised-bed gardens at 6 local agencies in Keene. Beginning in spring 2013, additional sites will be built and planted. Furthermore, CGC plans to contribute to a longer-term (3 to 5 year) goal of establishing an interdisciplinary, cross-departmental research and education center to support faculty and student work related to agriculture, restoration, and sustainability. This center will serve to expand upon community-identified priorities, particularly those of traditionally marginalized and underserved populations with less access to healthy food and healthy built and non-built environments.
Why Community Gardens?
Community gardens provide access to healthy landscapes, enhance our connections to outdoor environments, create strong social networks, increases self-sufficiency and local food security, and increases wellness. Gardening provides an affordable, nutritious food source and cuts across social, economic, and racial barriers to bring together people of all ages and backgrounds. Please view our Resources page for more information on Community Gardens.