The Community Garden at Grace Farms is used as a tool to foster a sense of community and educate visitors on how to grow delicious and sustainable produce. The organic garden, which is managed by our operations team, interns, and volunteers, is always open to the public. We welcome visitors to stroll through the rows of garden beds, witness honeybees pollinating flowers, and discover how local agriculture influences our environment. The harvested goods are put to use in the Commons, Grace Farms’ on-site food and beverage amenity, to create healthy and original dishes. The remaining produce extends beyond our property to help local, charitable organizations. Since opening, our staff has donated over 550lbs of produce to Person-To-Person, a not-for-profit that offers emergency aid to individuals and families in the Norwalk area.
Throughout the year, Ashley Kenney, our Operations Manager, will host on-site programs that span a variety of topics, including sustainable agricultural production, food waste management, inequity in the food system, and living an eco-conscious lifestyle. Leveraging her expertise as a food justice educator, sustainability lecturer, and farmer, Ashley has helped make the Community Garden a resource for beginning and advanced gardeners alike. Her passion lies in teaching people how to grow their own food and live a less wasteful and more sustainable lifestyle.
On June 24th, Grace Farms will hold the kickoff event for this programming series, Living Sustainably | Going Green. The outdoor event will feature a mix of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations that serve as valuable partners in promoting sustainability within our community and will teach participants how to make a positive impact on their environment. We look forward to seeing you there!