We support communities to build, organize, maintain and grow gardens and farms in their neighborhoods.
Community agriculture is growing in popularity across the country. Community-owned gardens have a bridging effect their immediate surroundings. Businesses, families, religious organizations, and farmers connect with one another to support a shared agricultural space in their neighborhood. Often found in urban environments, community agriculture reduces the pressures of food insecurity by connecting growers and their community to fresh, healthy produce. This access, in turn, improves the health of the community, both nutritionally and by strengthening the community ties.
Community agriculture gives growers ownership, responsibility, and accountability within their community. This can manifest in leadership development, community integration, pride, and independence.
These qualities are vital for New Americans coming into the country, fleeing instability and uncertainty. Community agriculture grants stability and purpose through the planning and caring for garden plots. New growers join a network of support and gain connection to new land in a meaningful way. This mutually-beneficial relationship between New American growers and their U.S.-born counterparts brings hope and renewed ties within existing communities.Thanks to its sustainable nature, community agriculture thrives and grows from its state of independence.