Community Gardens

Garden
Location
Sponsor
Beaudoin Villages’ Hidden Treasure
Little Ave Holyoke MA 01040 USA
Cuenta Conmigo
99 Miller St Holyoke MA 01040 USA
El Flamboyan
24 Jones Ferry Rd, Holyoke MA 01040
El Girasol
99 N East St Holyoke MA 01040
El Jardin Saludable
24 Jones Ferry Rd, Holyoke, MA 01040

Harvard-Pilgrim-Health-Insurance

Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare
Falcetti Towers
475 Maple Street Holyoke, MA 01040

Carlos_Vega_Fund

Carlos Vega Foundation

Holyoke Housing Authority - LOGO

Holyoke Housing Authority
Jarvis Heights’ El Renacer
Gerard Way Holyoke MA 01040 USA
La Finquita
Cabot and S. East Street Holyoke Ma 01040
La Piedra
Sargeant and Walnut Street Holyoke MA 01040

True-Value

Haberman True Value
Lyman Terrace
99 East Ct Holyoke MA 01040
Youth Garden
116 West St Holyoke MA 01040 USA

Nuestras Raíces currently manages 11 community gardens and one youth garden. Nuestras Raíces’ newest garden is “El Flamboyan,” located at our farm site, La Finca.

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Significance of Our Community Gardens

Many of the vacant lots of Holyoke Nuestras Raices began managing as gardens were once filled with garbage, needles, and the remains of demolished buildings. They presented health problems for residents, negatively impacted community pride, reduced investment, and created spaces for criminal activities. These sites are now flourishing community spaces creating fundamental changes to the city of Holyoke and are serving to empower community members.

The beauty of the gardens has heightened a sense of pride in belonging to Holyoke neighborhoods. The gardens better the overall environment of Holyoke. Holyoke property value increases. The gardens serve to increase air quality. They create safer communities. The gardens improve the environment of Holyoke. Neighbors and community members of all ages and ethnicities have come together to transform Holyoke’s abandoned urban lots into colorful and active spaces where both gardens and new relationships grow.

Intergenerational connections are strengthened when children, teenagers, adults, and elders are able to partake in a common project and learn from each other. The gardens create access to cheaper foods for low income people. People are learning about nutrition and have more control over and knowledge of their nutritional intake. Through eating fresh and healthy foods, nutritional levels have increased both within individual families and within the broader community. People are learning the significance of organic foods and also the practical methods of organic growing. On average families are producing over $1,000 dollars of organic produce per year. Some families sell their produce creating additional income.

Presently there are over 100 families participating, 1 homeless shelter, and 5 youth plots.

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