Who We Are

GROW Windham cultivates relationships and creates space for youth, community members, and food system partners to work together to build a stronger community and local food system.

Our Story:

GROW Windham was founded in 2011 as a collaboration between the Willimantic Food Coop and the Town of Windham to support the development of school and community vegetable gardens in the Windham region. From three pilot sites in its first year, the program has expanded to support a range of initiatives, including GROW Windham’s own year-round high school program, the Windham Youth CORE, in which members develop leadership, career and advocacy skills through youth-led community enterprises that promote access to healthy food in the community; the Lauter Park Community Gardens, where youth and community members grow food for the community and host workshops, workdays, and community events; K-12 classroom and afterschool programming at area schools; and facilitating community food projects, such as the Windham Community Food Network, the Willimantic Farmers’ Market, and Solid Ground Farmer Trainings.

Our staff has also expanded to include a Youth Program Coordinator, Garden Coordinator, and two AmeriCorps VISTA Service Members, to build the capacity of the Windham Community Food Network and embed GROW Windham’s programs into the community.