Our Mission

To encourage and support community gardens in Eastern Connecticut in order to create healthful food choices for all residents and to increase food security in the region. 

Our Values
  • We believe that bountiful amounts of affordable, healthy food can and should be grown in and around Eastern Connecticut using simple, environmentally appropriate technology and renewable resources. We value sustainable growing practices as essential to our responsible participation in the restoration and preservation of our ecosystem.

  • We value learning through growing food, a process rooted in observation, reflection, and action, that deepens our understanding of the world around us and strengthens our capacity for problem solving.

  • We believe that when people work together to grow food and re-connect with the land, communities and families grow strong, hopeful, confident and healthy.

  • We value local knowledge and experience, and community dialogue. We believe that through collaboration we overcome barriers to sharing power and resources with community members and partner organizations to nurture healthy, powerful communities.

About the Eastern CT Community Gardens Association

ECCGA is a non-profit organization that helps organizations and residents plant community gardens in order to raise fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables for consumption. All materials, plants, fencing and seeds we use to help establish the gardens are either donated or purchased through grant funding. We teach environmentally sound practices, such as rain barrel collection for water, composting, soil amendment and gleaning. By encouraging small community gardens, we educate the public on health issues and their relationship to food.

How We Started

In 2008, Dave Fairman, Community Activist, learned from Homeland Security that residents of Eastern Connecticut had only a three day supply of food available to them at any given time. Eastern Connecticut Community Gardens Association (ECCGA) was subsequently established in 2011 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit to continue the Community Garden movement and to act as an educational catalyst for the planning, development and harvesting of organic fruits, vegetables, spices and herbs from Community Gardens. ECCGA works with existing organizations, schools and neighborhoods to establish new gardens to feed local residents and to glean unharvested produce for distribution to local food banks. Over 100 Community Gardens have been started in Eastern Connecticut.

Our Board Members

Marcia Benvenuti, Waterford - President

Mike Herod, Groton

Diana Hunt, North Stonington

Bambi Poppick, Groton

Allyson Angelini, Ledyard

Dr. Jamie Lee, Groton

Founder and President Emeritus

Dave Fairman, Stonington

Eunice Sutphen - Director of Outreach

Merrijo Logan - Executive Director

Emma Sutphen - Asst. Director

Craig Floyd - Advisor

Eastern Connecticut Community Gardens Association | 300 State Street, Suite 220 | New London, CT 06320 | 860.857.1269

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