Grow Your Own

Mother always told you to eat your vegetables, but what if you couldn’t afford them?

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Thanks to Valley United Way, its sponsors and donors like you, now neighbors in Ansonia and Derby have three new neighborhood community gardens to help food insecure residents obtain fresh fruit and vegetables to supplement what they are currently getting from the food pantries. The Program called “Grow Your Own” started three years ago and at that time consisted of plants, soil and tools provided to Valley residents in need for backyard and container gardening. Today, the three locations of the community gardens will reach and serve a greater number of people. The locations are Pine Lot Park, Gatison Park and the Irving School.

VUW is in collaboration with Griffin Hospital, Massaro Community Farm, TEAM Inc., Ansonia Nature Center and Yale-Griffin PRC. Other local businesses have volunteered their time to help including Peralta Design, Prudential, Joseph A. Banks, Ansonia Nature Center, Life Care, Irving School, Team Inc., Trusted Properties and Alderman Richard Kaslaitis.

This free program offers not only the resources to create a garden but also training on nutrition, cooking, and canning. The hope is that Valley residents will be able to preserve the fresh food year-round.

Sharon Gibson, President, Valley United Way is seeking more members of the community to volunteer to help with the garden. It is not too late for gardeners to sign up. For more information call Susan Meek at (203) 926-9478.

I didn’t think it would happen but I am so glad it did, it has really brought the neighborhood together.

George Beal

We are so excited to have our very own neighborhood garden.

Charlene Martinez