Valley United Way understood there was a 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, 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 three years ago, the gardens consisted of plants, soil and tools and they were provided to Valley residents in need for backyard gardening. Today, the 10 locations of the community gardens will reach and serve a greater number of people. 



  1. Gatison Park 
  2. Pine Lot Park
  3. Beaver Brook
  4. YMCA


  1. Seymour Community Center 


  1. Irving School
  2. Derby Library 
  3. Griffin Hospital 
  4. 5th & Olivia 


  1. Immanuel Lutheran Church 

Valley United Way is in collaboration with Griffin Hospital, Massaro Community Farm, TEAM Inc., Circut Breaker Sales Northeast, Home Depot, and Yale-Griffin PRC. Other local businesses have also volunteered their time to help including Peralta Design, Prudential, Irving School, Trusted Properties and Alderman Richard Kaslaitis.

Premier Sponsor







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 contact Valley United Way (203)538-6343.