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Green Village Initiative is a non-profit in Bridgeport, CT whose mission is to create social, economic and environmental change through a unified network of urban farms, community gardens and school gardens. Through our programs, we promote and educate about nutrition, healthy eating, agriculture and gardening in an urban setting.
Reservoir Community Farm
Our urban farm hosts educational school field trips and volunteer days, and is a knowledge resource hub for our school and community garden network. It is a community gathering place that offers fresh, affordable produce through a twice-weekly farm stand. The farm is a source of hundreds of pounds of produce for high school students through Bridgeport’s universal free lunch.
Students and educators flourish in Green Village Initiative’s 23 edible gardens, located in nearly all of Bridgeport’s public schools. Skill-building workshops, lesson plans and supplies are provided through our educator workshop series. Students enjoy their gardens’ vegetables during annual "Harvest Days."
Urban Roots Community Gardens
Urban Roots is a network of 14 neighborhood organic gardens dedicated to nourishing and developing the community. Hundreds of Bridgeporters swap seeds, grow food for their families and enjoy a diverse array of produce that is not otherwise readily available.
Youth Leadership Program
Our Youth Leadership Program annually engages youth from Bridgeport in a paid internship program focused on urban agriculture skills, food justice and creating meaningful change in the community. Youth are the soul of GVI, taking the lead in farm production, school garden support, community outreach and healthy food and gardening education.
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