Community Garden Connections (CGC) serves to build our local capacity to grow food. It addresses 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.
Between 2011 and 2016, the CGC facilitated the installation of 68 garden beds at thirteen social service agencies. In addition to our sites in Keene, the CGC rejuvenated a one-acre plot on an abandoned prison site in Westmoreland, NH. Run by student volunteers and community members, the Westmoreland Garden Site donates 100% of its produce to traditionally underserved and marginalized members of the community by means of the Keene Community Kitchen. In 2015, the CGC donated 4326 pounds of food.
In the coming years we want to expand educational opportunities for our gardeners, deepen our relationship with community partners and continue to increase access to healthy food and healthy environments.
Why Community Gardens?
Community gardens provide access to healthy landscapes, enhance our connections to outdoor environments, create strong social networks, increase self-sufficiency and local food security, and increase wellness. Gardening provides an affordable, nutritious food source. It 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.