Eastern CT Community Gardens Association is raising funds to build a fence surrounding Whitfield's Giving Garden. Your donations will be matched by Sustainable CT. ECCGA Whitfield's Giving Garden has been helping to decrease food insecurity in eatern Connecticut since 2020. Employing regenerative farming practices, no-till, no-chemicals, this garden has produced and donated over 9,500 pounds of nutrient dense vegetables!
Thank you to all for your generosity in supporting the New Fencing with $7,500! We are so grateful to Sustainable CT Foundations for matching all donations with an additional $7,500 in funds.
In 2022, ECCGA collaborated with Thrive 55+ (Groton Senior Center) and the Thames Valley Sustainable Connections Fund to offer a free Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) program to 44 Groton Seniors. Each week, for 12 weeks, Kale, Collards, Swiss Chard, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Peppers, Carrots, Turnips, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Squash, Onions, Potatoes, Garlic, and Leeks were harvested by the Whitfield's Giving Garden Farm Manager, packed in compostable bags and delivered to the Center in Groton. Produce was also delivered to The New London Community Meal Center and numerous Food Pantries in New London. The produce was so well received, that we are hoping to increase the number of CSA patrons from 44 to 60 in 2023.
The existing fence around the Whitfield Giving Garden is temporary and has had numerous animal breaches. A new and permanent fence will enclose an expanded garden area, thus increasing our yield and saving us from sharing too much of our produce with the deer, rabbits, and chipmunks. This Amish-built fence will enclose 10,000 square feet and will be constructed of Larchwood posts, high tensile wire, and substantial metal gates easy.
Through generous community support $7,500 was raised and matched dollar for dollar by Sustainable CT for a total of $15,000. We are most greatly appreciative of everyone for contributing to this campaign. The fencing project is underway!