Growing Food

FRESH reclaims urban spaces as farms and gardens. We test soil and build raised beds. Growing food in the city offsets the community’s basic needs while inspiring them to grow their own.

You can grow food too! We have spaces available at each of our three community gardens, and we also build and install raised garden beds at people’s homes. Would you like to come help out? Starting March 19, we have volunteer days every Saturday, 10:00AM-noon.

If you don’t want a garden, but would like fresh herbs and vegetables through the growing months, we have CSA shares available for purchase, as well as public snack beds, which are free and available for anyone to pick from. Each of our gardens sites throughout New London are on the map below! Be sure to be respectful of community garden beds at each location. If you have any questions, please email

Mercer St (community garden and snack beds)
Our Urban Farm and Education Center includes a large unheated greenhouse, a pavilion that we use as an outdoor classroom and event space, a brick oven, community garden beds, snack beds and fruit trees!

McDonald Park (community garden and snack beds)
FRESH began redeveloping this quarter-acre city park as a community garden and green space in 2017. Now, it boasts fruit trees, berry bushes, community garden beds and a play area. 

Ledyard St (community garden and snack beds)
This pocket park is owned by the Community Land Trust. We built 16 garden beds here in 2019, erected a small three-season green house and put in snack beds.

Winthrop (school garden, not open to the public)
The school gardens at Winthrop Elementary provide hands on learning to students and fresh food to staff, families and kids! The school has a science and technology focus, so the heated greenhouse is a living laboratory for the young people! 

127 Hempstead (private garden)
These garden plots are tended by residents of the 100 unit public housing development for elderly and disabled community members. FRESH checks in on these beds and the gardeners, and helps out with soil, advice and end of season cleanup! 

Cottage St (CSA garden and snack beds)
This dramatic terraced property belongs to friends and collaborators of FRESH New London. They imagine beehives, rainwater catchment, solar power generation, fruit trees and FRESH grown crops. We began partnering with them in 2019, so watch this space for the dream to slowly become a reality!  

FRESH New London

Call us: 860-574-9006

Write to us: PO Box 285, New London, CT 06320