GROW Windham

At A Glance

Contact: 

Sally Milius

Location: 

Willimantic, Connecticut

Primary Issue Area:

  • Food
  • Living Economies
  • Land & Water
  • Environmental Health

Active since:

2012

Grants Received In:

  • 2011

Tax Status:

Ad-hoc

Core volunteers:

20

Community Size:

24,647

Our Purpose

GROW Windham cultivates relationships and creates space for youth, community members, and food system partners to build a stronger local food system and community.  We do this in three ways: by building youth power, through our Windham Youth CORE program and collaborations with school- and community-based youth programs; by generating resources in local growing spaces, including our own Thread City Family Garden; and by integrating our food system, through backbone support of the Windham Community Food Network.

Summary of Projects

GROW Windham received a grant in 2011 to create community gardens as a means both to empower local residents to grow their own food, as well as to foster a local culture that celebrates environmental stewardship, civic unity and responsibility, and healthy, local food. Specifically, Green Up will build raised beds at Terry Court, a low-income housing complex, and create a youth organic produce garden in a vacant lot next to Windham Youth Services, to be cultivated by the "Positive Steps" Youth Program (PSYP).