Thank you everyone that participated in the gardens this year to feed the community.  Stay tuned for what will happen with the gardens in 2021!

Valley United Way understands there is major food insecurity in the Valley. With the help of the sponsors and donors, they made it possible for the neighborhoods in Ansonia, Derby, Seymour, Shelton, and Oxford to have community gardens. These gardens were built to help food insecure residents obtain fresh fruit and vegetables.

“Grow Your Own” was established four years ago, and the gardens consisted of plants, soil and tools and that were provided to Valley residents in need for backyard gardening. This year, we are partnering with Massaro Community Farm who will be managing the gardens.

This project would not be possible this growing season without the underwriting of a very generous and long-standing donor of Valley United Way, the Raymond P. Lavietes Foundation.  For decades, Mr. Lavietes and the Foundation have been passionate about Valley United Way’s work.  We are so grateful to the Foundation’s directors for their support.




Gatison Park– 4th Street

Pine Lot Park– 28 Howard Ave

Beaver Brook– 96 Central St.

Salvation Army– 26 Lester St.

YMCA– 12 State St. 


Irving School– 9 Garden Pl.

Derby Library– 313 Elizabeth St.

Griffin Hospital– 130 Division St.

5th & Olivia– 5th and Olivia St.


Community Center– 20 Pine St.

Trinity- 91 Church St. 


Good Shepherd– 182 Coram St.


Immanuel– 25 Great Hill Rd.

If you are interested in volunteering, email Corey Thomas at or call 203-736-8618 to get involved!

We ask that all volunteers follow the below guidelines to keep all individuals safe and healthy.

1. Please do not visit the community gardens if you are feeling unwell, or if someone in your household is exhibiting symptoms of covid-19. If there is an issue getting to the gardens due to health concerns, please let us know and we can coordinate.
2. Please wear a mask when visiting and working in the community gardens. 
3.Please maintain a distance of 6 feet when working alongside other volunteers in the garden. 
4.Please wash or use hand sanitizer on your hands both before and after visiting the garden site. 


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