Overview

We care about community gardens because they provide Springfield residents with the ability to grow their own food, support local farmers and businesses, and therefore enhance the overall resilience of Springfield and its residents. Springfield created a Food Policy Council in 2010, which supports nutrition and obesity education, healthy school initiatives such as farm to school and school gardening programs, and adopted a community garden ordinance in 2012. The ordinance has been featured in the MA Healthy Community Design Toolkit–Food Access Update.

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Number of Gardens

We measure community gardens by the number of total gardens.

Our Data & Goals
  • 3

     

    2014

    Baseline
  • 15

     

    2017

Our Data & Goals
2014

Baseline

3

 
2017

15

 
Charts & Graphs

What Does this Chart Show Us?

The chart at the left is showing the increase in the number of community gardens within Springfield from 2014 to 2017.

How You Can Get Involved

  • Turn that Vacant Lot into a Community Garden

    If there is a vacant or underused parcel of land in your neighborhood that you would like to turn into a community garden, fill out the Springfield Food Policy Council’s application form here:


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  • Volunteer

    Support your local community garden! Register for a plot, volunteer to help maintain the grounds and tools, or show up for community work days. Find your local garden here:

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  • Check the Fresh Mobile Market

    Have you checked out the Fresh Mobile Market? It is a great place to shop for local, healthy produce for your family. Hear what your neighbors are saying about it.

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