I also always remind our youth that we are able to do what we do because of the investments made by our donors and sustainers. Thank You for making all that we do possible!"
Your generosity this spring will help us:
Your gift today supports the work of GTC to build a more equitable food system and grow youth leadership. Thank you.
Our valley thrives because our valley grows, and we're excited to keep growing in 2021. Food access and farm organizations across western Massachusetts have worked rapidly and tirelessly responding to the rising rates of food insecurity which have been exacerbated due to the lasting impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many are disproportionately impacted, including low income individuals and people of color. Show your support for farming and food justice in western Massachusetts by donating to local food access, farming and food justice organizations working to ensure that the food we grow here, reaches those most in need now!
Valley Grows Day is a collective effort among small, community-based nonprofits throughout western Massachusetts that are working to grow just and sustainable food systems for our communities. Wednesday, May 19th marks Valley Grows 2021, a day of giving and unity. Visit www.valleygrows.org to learn about other partner organizations who are participating, how they are working to address food insecurity and how your gift can help!
Our 2021 Plant Sale kicks off on March 15th!
Get your pre-orders in using our online store between March 15th and May 1st. We offer a variety of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers that are perfect for your home gardens. Order online using a credit/debit card or with SNAP by using coupon code SNAP at checkout - remember, all fruit, vegetable, and herb purchases earn HIP benefits! We will be scheduling pick up times for all pre-order customers starting on May 7th. We will also have times for shoppers who do not wish to pre-order, although plant availability will be limited for walk-in customers.
Check out information and tips on how to perfect your home garden by making sure your soil is safe and plants are happy! Visit our Gardener’s Gathering resource page for educational videos and other resources.
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Thanks to the amazing support of our community, we have far exceeded our original fundraising goal, raising a total of $53,406!!!
While 2020 was a challenging year for us all, we are so honored that this community has stepped up to support Gardening the Community, ensuring that we will be able to start 2021 on strong footing. As always, we have big dreams for this year, and cannot thank you enough for being a part of them! Our ENTIRE donation amount is also being matched by generous friends of GTC, making this the largest fundraising campaign in our 12-year history! You have helped to build the capacity of GTC's organization and leadership as we continue operating our youth leadership program and our winter GTC EATS! farm share, and look forward to planting and growing with you this spring.
Thank you for your generosity and belief in the power of food justice and systems change here in Springfield. As always, we have big dreams for this year, and cannot thank you enough for being a part of them!
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Buy your fruits and veggies at GTC with SNAP and get FREE FOOD with your HIP* benefit
*The HIP program gives families using their SNAP card $40 - $80 MORE SNAP dollars each month (depending on family size) when they buy fresh fruits and veggies from GTC and other qualified farms!