This Week at Common Ground

May 4th - May 10th!

Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms out there!

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Did you miss last night's panel discussion?

Check out images from the New Haven Register from the panel discussion focusing on experiences of students of color in predominantly white colleges.
Great Give 2015--Give Great!

GIVE GREAT!

Tuesday, May 5th, 8am to Wednesday, May 6th, 8pm

This is an online event.

Make a donation today or tomorrow support Common Ground and help us win great prizes! With your help, Common Ground will begin a new growing season. Together, we will:


  1. Plant seeds - doubling farm production, and making sure ever serving of food feeds a stronger community
  2. Change lives - growing our community programs to reach 15,000 children and adults each year
  3. Grow leaders - expanding Common Ground High School to reach 225 students
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7th Grade Shadow Day

Thursday, May 7th, 8am-1pm

358 Springside Ave

New Haven, CT

Students will have a chance to:


- Meet teachers and staff

- Experience high school environmental science classes

- Enjoy lunch in the farm-to-table cafe

- Make friends with current students as they get familiar with our culture


Any student or parent wishing to register can contact: ana.rosa@commongroundct.org or 203-389-4333 ext 1200

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SMAP Networking Mixer

Friday, May 8th, 6-8pm

20 Church Street

New Haven, CT


Common Ground’s Student Mentoring and Ambassador Program (SMAP) has partnered with Higher Heights Youth Empowerment Program for our 2nd Annual Networking Mixer. This event will highlight the successes of our youth this school year and create opportunities for our students to meet potential mentors in attendance.

Light dinner and drinks will be served.


Interested in attending/acting as a mentor? Email Jennifer Quaye, Jennifer.quaye@nhep.com

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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Saturday, May 9th, 10am-1pm

358 Springside Ave

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-1pm and 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

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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Open Farm Day

Saturday, May 9th, 10am-2pm

358 Springside Ave

New Haven, CT

Explore our beautiful urban farm, help dig and plant in the children’s garden, and visit with the animals. 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.


This is a free event, donations welcomed.

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Growing Up WILD: Garden and Nature Activities for Early Childhood Educators

Monday, May 11th, 1-4pm

358 Springside Ave

New Haven, CT


Formal and non-formal educators are welcome to join us for this workshop focusing on environmental education activities for young children focused on gardening and nutrition. The Growing Up WILD curriculum is designed for ages 4-7 and includes interdisciplinary thematic units that work in a classroom, preschool, daycare or in a non-formal setting.


$15 workshop only $45 includes curriculum guide


Questions? Email schoolgardens@commongroundct.org
or call 203-389-4333 ext1212.

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Farm Festival & Seedling Sale

Saturday, May 16th, 10am-3pm

358 Springside Ave

New Haven, CT

Purchase strong, healthy vegetable and herb starts for your home garden grown at Common Ground using sustainable farming practices. Seedlings are $2 – $5- SNAP accepted. Learn about planting and care of new seedlings at a tutorial at 12PM.


At the Farm Festival, celebrate community and the beginning of a new growing season. Festivities include music, face-painting, and sheep shearing!


Free admission- all are welcome!

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