Over the past decade, the Benson-Crump Memorial Community Gardens Program and the Connecticut Food Bank have enjoyed an active partnership through its participation in the Connecticut PAR (Plant a Row for the Hungry) program. We plant, maintain, and harvest three PAR plots at the community gardens, with vegetable plants donated by local family farms.
All food grown in the three PAR plots is donated to local food banks including, St. Gabe's, St. Mary's, Beth-El Shelter, Milford Senior Center, Home for the Brave, Milford Christian Academy, and Grace Baptist Church. During the 2020 season, 1,536 pounds of fresh organic food was grown and donated to these organizations, so that they could have access to fresh and nutritious food.
The Benson-Crump Memorial Community Gardens Program has been the recipient of
the Connecticut Food Bank's Certificate of Appreciation - Plant a Row for the Hungry, each year since since 2013.
We also have many opportunities at the community gardens for Eagle Scout projects. Past projects include an extended in ground watering system, a new front entrance sign and posts, and an informational kiosk.
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