Learn More

Are you interested in learning more about gardening or those who support our mission? Part of the joy of growing food is that there is always more to learn. Here are several ways to get started.

Giving Garden Education Programs

A significant part of our mission is providing educational programs for the community on topics like starting a garden; nutrition; the impact of sustainable agriculture; sustainable soil maintenance; and so much more. We welcome community groups and work with the East Lyme school system on field trip opportunities for children of all ages. Watch our website calendar as well as our social media sites for a schedule of upcoming programs.

Gardening

Our garden tries to be ecologically responsible, which means building soil health, using organic fertilizing methods, being mindful of water usage, using natural pest control, and minimizing other pesticides and herbicides. Here are some of our favorite seed companies and sources of information about sustainable gardening.

Sustainable CT

Sustainable CT has been an invaluable partner during our early years as they helped sponsor some of our early fund drives. With their help and matching dollar grants from Patronicity, we raised over $30,000 during late 2020 and 2021.

Pollinator Pathway

The Pollinator Pathway of East Lyme (PPEL) is a non-profit organization that creates pollinator friendly habitats to support insect and other wildlife species. They are creating a 2-acre meadow adjacent to our garden and we are delighted to have them as neighbors.

Food Insecurity (United Way, Shoreline Food Kitchens)

Many groups are providing invaluable services to help the less fortunate in our area. See their websites for information about food distribution and other services they can offer to those in need.

United Way of Southeastern CT

Shoreline Soup Kitchens

Care & Share of East Lyme

Eastern Connecticut Community Garden Association

The Eastern Connecticut Community Garden Association builds and encourages small community gardens to educate the public on health issues and their relationship to food.

Donate Now

We are gratefully accepting donations through PayPal. 100% of all donations go towards growing food and educating our community. Your gift is fully tax deductible.

“Working the earth, making things grow, and meeting fabulous people. What could be better?”

- Dan, Garden Volunteer