Building Human Resilience
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.
We measure community gardens by the number of total gardens.
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:
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:More Information
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.More Information
Can’t get to one of Springfield Community Gardens? Then grow one on your windowsill!More Information
The City of Springfield has announced the creation of the Facilities and Sustainability Engineer position for the City of Springfield.Full Article
- Yes! Magazine
- Tree Hugger
- The Boston Globe