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Organization Name
West Haven Community Garden
About Us
West Haven Community Garden (WHCG) is an all-volunteer organization, dedicated to the promotion of locally grown, organic produce. It will be located on approximately one acre of Molloy School property and will have 100 individual plots. WHCG will be open from April 1 to October 31. WHCG is non-profit, non-partisan, and non-discriminatory. It is a multi-cultural and multi-generational program that provides West Haven residents with the opportunity to meet people and create community, get exercise through gardening, learn new skills, enrich the environment, and grow healthy, accessible food for themselves, food banks, and local charitable organizations. There will be a communal garden included among the plots to raise food to donate to local food banks. Educational programs will be offered students K-12 and to the general public as possible. A gathering space will be provided for gardeners to rest and communicate with each other. We also have plans to have a bee hive once the garden is established.
We Participate Because
West Haven Community Garden is participating because community gardens are a great way for our residents with no farmable areas of their own to have access to fresh, healthful food. Community gardens also foster a sense of community and improve the quality of life for the people in the garden. It encourages self-reliance and instills self-confidence. When you can grow your own food, it feels good. Community gardens forge inter-generational and cross-cultural connections – young, old, black, white, hispanic, asian – all walks of life come together in a common quest to grow things. And community gardens help the environment by reducing the amount of energy it takes to transport food.