Gardening the Community Urban Farm, Springfield, MA
Gardening the Community (GTC) is a food justice organization engaged in youth development, urban agriculture and sustainable living. GTC’s programs include engaging youth in growing food, building organic farms on formerly abandoned lots, increasing healthy food access through affordable neighborhood farm stands, and increasing access to farmers markets.
In July 2014 GTC purchased two adjacent vacant lots in Springfield, MA, and approached Regenerative Design Group to help them transform the site into a vibrant urban farm and training center. This is the first community-controlled urban agriculture site in Springfield, and will serve as a demonstration project for others wanting to regenerate vacant, poor quality urban plots by creating productive green spaces.
As of Spring 2017, the Walnut Street Farm is up and running. Our team continues to work closely with the leaders and youth of GTC. Ongoing efforts include refinements to the greenhouse, construction oversight, and developing outdoor classroom concepts.