This Week at Common Ground

January 4th - January 11th

Happy New Year!

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Here's to a happy new year full of health, adventure, and joy!

Winter is upon us but as you can see, our campus is still bustling!

Our winter homeschool sessions continue through the colder months (pictured above eating New Years kale from the high tunnel); high school open houses are regularly scheduled and open to students of all ages; and we have workshops for educators or family programs for everyone to enjoy!

Please join us this Winter and this coming year for adventures in the high school, on the farm, and in our community programs!

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Schoolyard Habitat Curriculum Workshop

Monday, Jan. 11th, 9am-3pm

358 Springside Avenue

New Haven, CT

This workshop will explore the Audubon Schoolyard Habitat Curriculum guide and offer lessons that can be taught outside in any schoolyard. We will also spend the afternoons focused on student products connected to an outdoor learning space such as field guides, short films and presentations. Ideal for K-8 process-based science lessons that can be used in any schoolyard. All lessons aligned to Common Core and NGSS.

FREE for Schoolyard Habitat Partner schools. $20 for all others.

Questions? Email Jill at or register online.

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Winter Home School Adventures

Wednesday, Feb. 17th, 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!

  • 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

or find more information HERE.

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Intro to Gardening Workshops

Saturday, Jan. 23rd, 10am to Saturday, March 26th, 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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