Community Gardens

Since 1972, KNOX has transformed acres of vacant lots into edible, productive gardens to combat food insecurity in Hartford. KNOX currently oversees 20 community gardens that serve over 350 local families.

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Most of the community gardens are located in the central part of the city and reflect the city’s ethnic diversity – cultural backgrounds including Somali, West Indian, Puerto Rican, African American and Vietnamese. While providing healthy, safe and affordable foods for families, KNOX’s community gardens offer the opportunity to establish relationships within and across social and physical barriers. These green spaces beautify and enhance a neighborhood, form outdoor classrooms that enrich one’s understanding of environmental responsibility and are vehicles for fostering community self-reliance.

Be a part of our growing and diverse family of community gardeners today! Garden plot sizes range from 300 square feet (15×20) to 625 square feet (25×25). KNOX gardeners receive free seeds, water, liability insurance, and as much advice as needed! KNOX staff, workshops, and library are wonderful resources for both new and experienced gardeners.

For rates and additional information, please download our brochure or call 860-951-7694. To apply for a garden plot, please contact Chelsea Morrison, Farm & Grounds Manager.

“Digging In,” a video of community gardening in CT

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History

In 1972, KNOX established its first community garden in Keney Park, making Hartford one of the first cities in the United States to do so since World War II. In the late 1970’s, KNOX’s former Executive Director Jack Hale helped to establish the American Community Garden Association and served on its board for many years, including a term as its president. KNOX also participated in the creation of the Connecticut Community Gardening Association and its Community Outreach Director now serves as the organization’s President.

Excess Produce

With the privilege of community gardening comes great responsibility for the land and food grown. KNOX wants to ensure produce from our community gardens is not wasted and is instead eaten by members of the Hartford community. If you have any extra produce or would like to grow extra, please donate this food to a local food pantry. KNOX partners with Hands on Hartford who will collect fresh produce and process it for their food pantry. The donated food will be given out to the families, women, and children in the community who would otherwise have no means to feed themselves.

Drop off produce at:
Hands on Hartford
Monday through Friday, 9 am – 5 pm
55 Bartholomew Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106

During non-business hours, contact Hands on Hartford first by phone.
Janet:  860-706-1528
Kate: 860-706-1505

Program Sponsors

   
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