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Our mission is to provide access to land, education and other resources so people in Rhode Island can grow food in environmentally sustainable ways and create community systems where locally produced, affordable and healthy food is available.
Southside Community Land Trust (SCLT) serves people in economically challenged urban neighborhoods where fresh produce is scare and who, as a result, are at risk for life threatening, diet-related, chronic diseases.
We help by:
- educating people about diet and nutrition, agriculture and the environment
- building and managing community gardens and farms
- providing low-cost agricultural resources and support to community gardeners
- training beginning farmers and enabling them to sell their produce to members of their communities.
SCLT owns or directly manages 21 community gardens in Providence, Pawtucket and Central Falls, and partners with schools, housing and community organizations to manager another 37. We also own or manage land used by 25 farmers to supply fresh fruits and vegetables to farmers markets, food businesses, restaurants and CSAs. Lastly, we operate three production farms in Providence and Pawtucket where we practice and demonstrate bio intensive, small scale agricultural production.