This Week at Common Ground

April 4th - April 10th

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Though March may not have gone out like a lamb and the unpredictability of New England Spring is upon us, it is still most definitely Springtime at Common Ground!


We have a really fun, exciting week ahead of us:


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Wednesday, April 6th, 9-10:30am

358 Springside Avenue

New Haven, CT

Enrolled and potentially interested NatureYear families are encouraged to come to an Information Session and/or Open House to see if the NatureYear Program is a good fit for your family.


RSVP HERE for the Open House »


Parent Information Sessions are for parents/caregivers(children welcome, however the information and conversation is adult-centered!). Meet program teachers and the program director, tour our campus, hear about program plans, and have an opportunity to ask questions.


About NatureYear: Children ages 3 – 5 and 5 – 12 are invited to come together in a small community of 12 children and two or three Teacher Naturalists to explore, imagine, and learn on the farm and in the forest! Visit the NatureYear pages to learn more!


See all dates for info sessions & open houses here.

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Investigations in the Garden: Process-Based K-5 Garden Curriculum

Thursday, April 7th, 9am-12pm

358 Springside Avenue

New Haven, CT

This workshop is all about teaching science skills in your school garden. We will explore several ways to adapt your life science curriculum into engaging investigations that develop process skills.


$20 workshop fee.


Questions? Contact Jill at jherbst@commongroundct.org or call (203) 389-4333 x1212.

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Spring Open Farm Days

Saturday, April 9th, 10am-2pm

358 Springside Avenue

New Haven, CT

Enjoy Open Farm Day at Common Ground every Saturday from April through the end of November. Explore our beautiful urban farm, help dig and plant in the children’s garden, and ask farm staff your backyard gardening and composting questions. The animal yards are open for visitors to meet our chickens, ducks, turkeys, goats, sheep, and pigs. Trail maps are available for self-guided hikes in West Rock Park, including the family-friendly Old Oak Nature Trail.


COMMUNITY GROUPS can schedule a free visit to Common Ground during Open Farm Day. Contact Jesse at 203-389-4333 x1221 or jdelia@commongroundct.org for more information or to schedule a visit! Preference will be given to New Haven-based community groups.

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Farm Volunteer Hours

Saturday, April 9th, 10am-1pm

358 Springside Avenue

New Haven, CT

You make our garden flourish! Meet awesome people and green up your thumb by volunteering on our sustainably managed market garden!


Spring farm work can include: preparing beds, transplanting, and working in the greenhouses. Get your wheelbarrowing on and join the fun...


Meet at the Harvest Pavilion at the lower garden. Drop in anytime Saturdays between 10am-1pmand stay for as little or as much as you would like. If you are under 18 years old you must be accompanied by a parent or guardian please. We LOVE groups! Call to schedule a group to come and volunteer. Contact Farmer Shannon at sraider@commongroundct.org or call 203.389.4333 ext. 1217

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Rock to Rock Day of Service

Saturday, April 9th, 10am-1pm

358 Springside Avenue

New Haven, CT

Help get Common Ground’s production garden ready for the growing season! And help get Common Ground ready for Rock to Rock — making signs for our rest stops, stuffing prize bags for riders, and helping ready our site to welcome 1500 riders. There are both indoor and outdoor volunteer options at Common Ground. If you want to work in the garden, come ready for outdoor work — closed toe shoes, clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, etc.


Questions? Contact Joel at jtolman@commongroundct.org or call (203)389-4333 x1214.

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Spring Seed Starting Day!

Saturday, April 9th, 10am-2pm

358 Springside Avenue

New Haven, CT

Join us anytime during Open Farm Day to start your own seeds for a spring garden! Bring your green thumb– we’ll provide the seeds, soil, and seed trays! Open to all ages- $10 per seedling tray.


Questions? Contact Jesse at jdelia@commongroundct.org or call (203)389-4333 x1221.

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NatureYear Open House

Saturday, April 9th, 10:30am-12pm

358 Springside Avenue

New Haven, CT

Family Open House Days are for children and parents/caregivers together. Several activity stations will be open and staffed by our program teachers. These days are a great opportunity for your child to explore our campus and meet some teachers. Our Program Director will be available to answer your questions!


About NatureYear: Children ages 3 – 5 and 5 – 12 are invited to come together in a small community of 12 children and two or three Teacher Naturalists to explore, imagine, and learn on the farm and in the forest! Visit the NatureYear pages to learn more!


See all dates for info sessions & open houses here.

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