Recent grants to the Eastern Connecticut Community Gardens Association will support ongoing projects in Groton and New London.
A grant from the Newman’s Own Foundation, awarded as part of the foundation’s food access and education mission, will support farm-to-table programming at Grasso Technical High School. Students in the school’s department of biological sciences and environmental technologies will be able to expand their product production to include gardening at the Groton family farm; the funds were used to build fences, spread mulch and establish new beds on the property. Seedlings grown by students are distributed to other schools and community organizations through ECCGA, and project products are used in the school’s culinary arts program and local soup kitchens.
Another grant from the New London Water Authority Community Fund Grant Board was used to create an outdoor education space at the Nathan Hale Arts Magnet School in New London. The money was used to provide fencing material for the space, according to a plan devised by FoodCorps intern Brandee Kitzmiller. In a statement, she said several students, parents, teachers and staff came to help install the fence over the weekend of June 22, which will separate the outdoor teaching space from the distractions of the playground.
Since 2011, ECCGA has helped start more than 150 local community gardens to teach market gardening techniques and support the production of fresh produce for local charity food centers. For more information, visit getgrowingct.org.
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