This Week at Common Ground

February 8th - February 14th

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The new CT School Garden Resource Center website is LIVE!


Your stories, pictures, and ideas will help grow this school garden community and resource-- visit ctschoolgardens.org and register, add your garden profile, share a lesson or tell your story!


Join the conversation on Facebook in the CT School Garden Resource Center Group!

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Planning Your School Garden

Thursday, Feb. 11th, 3-6pm

358 Springside Avenue

New Haven, CT

An introductory workshop for planning, building and sustaining a school garden program including construction and maintenance, fund-raising, community engagement and curriculum integration. Connect to others who are trying to create or sustain an educational garden program in a local school; come with questions, challenges and success stories to share!
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Warm Weather Crops

Saturday, Feb. 13th, 10am-12pm

333 Sherman Avenue

New Haven, CT

Third class in a series of six designed to help gardeners get ready for spring. Everything you'll need to know about warm weather crops; which ones are best started indoors, or direct seeded into the ground. What fertilizers to use, what conditions each crop prefers, all the information for a productive growing season.


To register: contact Norma at (203) 562-0598 ext. 226 or sign up online!

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Sugar House Open to the Public

Saturday, Feb. 27th, 12-2pm

358 Springside Avenue

New Haven, CT

Come for a winter visit to our sugar house! Depending on weather, we’ll be tapping trees, tasting sap, or boiling down sap for maple syrup. This is an informal, drop-in program intended for adults and families with children of all ages. FREE, donations accepted.


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

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Families Cook on the Farm: Maple Syrup!

Saturday, Feb. 27th, 1-3pm

358 Springside Avenue

New Haven, CT

Enjoy an afternoon of wintry fun and cooking! We’ll visit our sugar house, taste raw sap, see how maple syrup is made, and make delicious maple creations using maple syrup and eggs from our farm!


This class is for families to enjoy together. Please bring at least one adult for every 2 children – all ages welcome. $10 per person. Children ages 3 and under attend for free.


Questions? Want to register? Contact Jesse at jdelia@commongroundct.org or call (203) 389-4333 x 1221

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Grow it! Intro to Gardening Workshops

Saturday, Feb. 27th, 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.


  • February 27: Container Gardening & Seed Starting
  • March 12: Edible Landscaping & Edible/Invasive Weeds
  • March 26: Pests, Disease & Organic Controls


$20-$30 per class, sliding scale; $100 to register for the full series.


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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