The Global Gardens Project is a three year program that works to develop vacant lots into garden spaces for refugees to grow. Many refugees come from agricultural backgrounds, and when they find themselves living in apartments in the urban core, they long for land to grow vegetables that are familiar to them. We find suitable lots in refugees’ neighborhoods, transforming them to gardens, and connecting refugees with a garden plot. JVS provides educational workshops to train refugees about growing in the U.S., climate, soils, water, organic growing methods, and nutrition are offered. Gardeners are given the chance to sell at the Northeast Farmers Market as well as tour other Community Garden spaces to assist as they transition out of the program after year three. The goals of the Global Gardens Project are to increase access to and consumption of healthy food, improve physical health indicators, improve mental health indicators, and increase social integration of refugees.
For additional information, please contact:
Sarah Sommerkamp, Global Gardens Coordinator, ext. 8893