This Week at Common Ground

December 7th - December 13th!

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The Winter Festival is this Saturday, December 12th from 9:30am - 2:30pm!


All are welcome to this fun community celebration! Admission to the event is free.


  • There will be a craft fair featuring local vendors selling handmade wares
  • A bake sale with goods for purchase to eat or take home
  • A holiday-themed tag sale
  • Lunch will be available for purchase
  • Our annual wreath making activity is open to all ages- $8 per wreath
  • And children's activities


Hope to see you there! Snow or shine!

Winter Festival

Saturday, Dec. 12th, 9:30am-2:30pm

358 Springside Avenue

New Haven, CT

Common Ground’s 18th Annual Wreath Making from the Farm & Forest
Celebrate nature’s ornaments with a beautiful wreath made from fresh greens, vines, pinecones, and other natural materials from the farm and forest. Hot cider will be provided- food will be for sale at the event. Wreath or swag: $8, all tools, materials, and instructions provided. 10AM -2PM.


Craft Fair, Bake Sale & Tag Sale
to benefit Common Ground High School, organized by our parents

All Common Ground’s classrooms will be full with local artisans & crafters of all kinds. There will be handmade jewelry, clothing, ornaments, keepsakes and more! There will be a tag sale offering a fun array of holiday items. In addition, there will be baked goods and food for purchase to enjoy while you’re at the festival or to take home. There will also be an area for children’s activities, so please bring the family!

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Winter Home School Adventures

Tuesday, Dec. 15th, 9:30am-12pm

358 Springside Avenue

New Haven, CT

Join us this winter for any or all of our winter drop-in classes. Invite a friend – this is great time for new families to check out our program in advance of our spring session!


  • Tuesday, December 15: Fiber Arts
  • Wednesday, January 6: Cooking & Nature
  • Wednesday, February 17: Winter Survival
  • Wednesday, March 9: Maple Sugaring


Who: Children ages 3 and up with a parent or caregiver (no drop-off option available for winter classes). Program fee: $15 for the first child ages 3 and up, $10 for each additional child (ages 3 and up). No charge for children ages 2 and under who are attending with a sibling.


Questions? Call 203-389-4333 x 1213 or email rholcombe@commongroundct.org

or find more information HERE.

Opportunities in our community!

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Intro to Gardening Workshops

Saturday, Jan. 23rd 2016 at 10am to Saturday, March 26th 2016 at 12pm

333 Sherman Avenue

New Haven, CT

Join Rachel Ziesk, Advanced Master Gardener, for a series of classes that will cover everything you need to be a successful gardener come Spring 2016!


This series is being co-hosted by Common Ground and Neighborhood Housing Services with support from the USDA Risk Management Agency, UCONN, and the CT Dept. of Agriculture.



  • January 23: Soil & Garden Planning
  • January 30: Cool Weather Crops
  • February 13: Warm Weather Crops
  • February 27: Container Gardening & Seed Starting
  • March 12: Edible Landscaping & Edible/Invasive Weeds
  • March 26: Pests, Disease & Organic Controls



Note: Discounts may be available. If you'd like to inquire, please call 203-562-0598. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.


If you'd like to pay for the workshop(s) in person, you may bring a check or money order to Norma Pantoja at Neighborhood Housing Services (333 Sherman Avenue, New Haven) before the date of the class.

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