GTC is a dynamic food justice organization based in Springfield focused on youth development and urban agriculture. Join us!
Do you care about Springfield and want to support young people in building positive leadership and life skills?
Do you want to do your part to create a vibrant, just food system that works for all of us?
Do you see an abandoned lot and imagine what good things could grow there?
If you answered YES, then consider a gift to Gardening the Community, a food justice organization based in Springfield dedicated to youth development, urban agriculture and sustainable living. We grow food, leadership and community.
“I like being able to grow food in my community with my friends…. I think I have better relationships with my friends, have learned self responsibility, and am more aware of food justice and gardening than before.” GTC Youth participant, 2012
“I see my son becoming more responsible, caring more about what he eats, and being interested in the types of produce we grow in our community; GTC has really brightened his outlook on the world. I am grateful to have my son be part of a group that is helping me teach him how to become not just a young man, but also a leader. GTC shows him there are plenty of good and rich things that come from our community.” Tasha, GTC parent, 2012
What will your gift allow us to do?
Provide support to 40 Springfield youth as they learn about growing food, food justice, healthy eating,youth leadership and sustainability.
Grow over 1,000 pounds of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables for our community on abandoned lots.
Secure land where we can grow year round – land we control and that will be our base in the community
Operate GTC EATS!, an affordable CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) project we run in partnership with the Next Barn Over Farm. Through this program we provide over 7,500 pounds of fresh produce to families who pay using a sliding scale.
Provide leadership to community food justice efforts including organizing to bring back a full line grocery store to Mason Square, create healthy corner stores, educate families about healthy eating and support school and community gardens in Springfield.
Teach college students and Springfield public school students of all ages about the importance of urban agriculture, healthy food access and food justice.
JOIN US! Your gift, large or small, will make a tremendous difference.
Consider making a monthly gift, becoming a GTC sustainer. Its easier on you and provides us with a reliable stream of funding.
We are located in Springfield, MA in the Mason Square community. You can reach us by calling 413.693.5340 or through email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please visit us at www.gardeningthecommunity.org and sign up to be on our mailing list or like us on facebook.
Our mailing address is: GTC, PO Box 90774, Springfield, MA 01109
Third Sector New England is our fiscal sponsor.
GTC has been around for 11 years, touching the lives of more than 300 youth and countless other adults. For many years we were a small program that operated only during the growing season.
During the past two years, we have grown to a year round program serving more youth and playing a leadership role in Springfield’s growing food justice movement. Being able to sustain this level of impact requires that we grow our community funding base. Valley Gives is an amazing opportunity to do just that!
We promise to use any gift you give us with integrity and passion!