Top Community Gardens In Connecticut

July 4, 2016 8:00 AM

File photo of tomatoes in a garden. (JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images)

Gardening can be fun and peaceful for those who enjoy the outdoor cultivating experience, but sometimes the outdoor space surrounding your personal home limits growing a garden of beautiful crops. This is why most areas offer beautiful, well maintained community gardens, especially in Connecticut. Here’s a list of top community gardens in Connecticut.
Winchester Community Garden
Webster St.
New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 562-6655
www.newhavenlandtrust.org

Winchester Community Garden is located in the Greater New Haven “Newhallville” area of New Haven. The garden is open to experienced and non-experienced gardeners and is one of two community gardens owned by New Haven Land Trust. The other plot, Grand Acres, is located in the Fair Haven area on the corner of Grand and Perkins Avenue. Both sites provide 4×8 raised beds for small families or individuals who select their own choice of crops. The company does provide seeds and seedlings to gardeners upon request, but does not sell any produce as the crops belong to the gardeners who grow them.

Wooster Square Community Garden
Wooster St.
New Haven, CT
(203) 562-6655
www.newhavenlandtrust.org

Wooster Square Community Garden provides a smaller plot for area gardeners who grow their own produce and/or crops. The site offers workshops for interested gardeners and trains on how to provide the proper maintenance and care for each individual plot. To apply for a plot, visit the website or contact the garden directly.

New Community Garden
Middletown, CT
(860) 347-4441
www.newcommunitygarden.com

New Community Garden is an outreach garden started by St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church to provide fresh fruit and vegetables to the Amazing Grace Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen. The gardening is done by area volunteers who either choose to help cultivate or simply learn the skills necessary to maintain the land. The garden is composed of four plots with many tomatoes, green beans, green peppers and corn during harvest. To donate seeds or seedlings, contact Lindsay Scheindlum at (563) 357-1440.

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Town of Groton Community Garden
2 Fort Hill Road
Groton, CT 06340
(860)-536-5687
www.groton-ct.gov

Groton’s community garden is composed of 42 individual lots which are either rented to community gardeners or maintained by volunteers for donation purposes. The individual plots are about 10×10, with an overall garden size of 9,000 sq. feet. Produce is sold by individual renters from their rented plots, with each gardener determining their choice of plants or vegetables. Most of the garden contributors grow popular fruits and vegetables like broccoli, carrots, green beans, apples and tomatoes.

Branford Community Garden
53 Seaview Ave.
Branford, CT 06405
(203) 488-8563
www.branfordctgardens.org

The Branford Community Garden is open to volunteer Branford residents. The garden is comprised of 22 plots, sized at either 20×20 or 10×20. All produce cultivated from an additional 20×50 plot is donated to families in need, while all other rented plots are at the discretion of the renter. Gardeners here love to share tips with one another and add to their cultivating skills.

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Wanda Coppage is a resident of New Haven, CT where she works as a Music Director and On-Air personality for anUrban/AC radio station. Her passion for life, music and great entertainment is reflected in all of her endeavors, as a radio personality, thinker and writer, and all things that allow her to creatively express herself. Read more of her work on Examiner.com.

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