Our team is supporting “New Haven Land Trust / New Haven Farms” and all donations to our team page will be allocated to this organization. Fundraising is not mandatory to participate, but we are encouraging our team members to select New Haven Farms/New Haven Land Trust when signing up to make the biggest impact.
New Haven Farms/New Haven Land Trust offers a platform of innovative programs that coactively impact the interrelated spheres of urban agriculture, public health, participatory community development, youth entrepreneurship, and environmental education and stewardship.
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The seven farms and more than fifty community gardens managed by NHLT-NHF have a significant urban agricultural footprint in New Haven. The farms and gardens promote community development and public health, most notably through the innovative Farm-Based Wellness Program, which engages people with diet-related chronic disease risk factors in gardening and learning about nutrition and cooking healthy meals at two of the seven farms, The Hill and Phoenix Press.
All graduates of this program are invited to grow food in their own garden plots at one of the community gardens as part of the Incubator Garden Program, and exemplary graduates of the program can become Community Health Ambassadors in their communities through training in leadership and behavior change methodologies. Community Garden members are encouraged to serve on the Community Garden Committee, which supports the Garden Manager in stewarding the health of both the gardens and the community of growers.
Equally important is our focus on accessing the natural environment through education and recreation, land conservation and environmental stewardship, and a commitment to youth development. The organization manages six nature preserves, featuring important natural resources and habitats located throughout New Haven. The preserves play host to field trips and guided nature walks as a means to connect people to the abundance of nature in the city, reinforcing the importance of conservation in urban areas.
We incorporate youth development in our mission in a number of ways, from including an adjacent session to our Farm-Based Wellness Program to educational programs developed specifically with youth in mind. Our innovative Growing Entrepreneurs Program works with New Haven high school students to develop small-business ventures with an overall positive impact on the environment and the New Haven community. Schooner Camp is a highly successful summer camp program that brings kids ages 6-14 to the Connecticut shoreline to learn about the rich coastal habitat of the Long Island Sound through shore exploration and sailing.