Gardening the Community helps Springfield’s youth turn empty lots into organic gardens

Participants load a wheelbarrow with compost, which they will use to plant corn and squash

Participants load a wheelbarrow with compost, which they will use to plant corn and squash

Gardening the Community is a community-based agriculture program that works with youth to turn formerly abandoned lots into organic fruit and vegetable gardens. The produce is sold through a market stand and local businesses, with all deliveries made via bicycle.

The youth receive some payment for their time, but most don’t participate in the program for the money. When asked, the participants all say that they stay with the program because they enjoy gardening, the people in the program, and having something fun to do with their time that also helps the environment.

Gardening the Community will be doing an urban agriculture demonstration project at the Springfield Institute office, reclaiming an unused planting space as they have reclaimed unused lots around Springfield. Plants are being donated by Atlas Farm. We will be hosting a demonstration event next month to show off the progress they’ve made in our space and help bring urban agriculture to the attention of the wider community.

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2 Responses

  1. I have been watching this group work for the past couple of years and remain consistently impressed. I would encourage everyone reading this to check out their produce stand every Saturday at the Mason Square Market starting soon.

  2. […] part of our ongoing work with Gardening the Community, The Springfield Institute and its interns (That’s us!) were […]

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