Local Collaborators

  • The Willimantic Food Coop is one of the founding members of the GROW Windham collaborative. They provide financial and logistical support for both youth and community programs.
  • The Town of Windham supports GROW Windham at many levels.
    • The Public Works Department hosts our Thread City Family Garden in Lauter Park, and regularly donates material and services to local garden projects.
    • The Agriculture/Open Space/Conservation Commission provides financial and logistical support for GROW Windham projects, and is a partner with GROW Windham in support of the Willimantic Farmers Market.
    • The Department of Recreation Summer Camp, located at Lauter Park, is one of our Partner Youth Programs.
  • The Windham Public Schools partner with GROW Windham at three levels.
    • The Before and After School Programs partner with GROW Windham to support garden- and food-based activities for local youth.
    • The Food Services Director partners with GROW Windham staff to work with middle school students to develop recipes for the school lunch menu.
    • Classroom Teachers work with GROW Windham to develop food- and garden-based curriculum units that are implemented and then stored in “lesson kits” that are made available to other teachers in the district and across the state.
  • EASTCONN partners with GROW Windham through its Summer Youth Employment Program, which provides stipends for Windham Youth CORE Participants.
  • The Windham Area Interfaith Ministry (WAIM) is the coordinator of the Lauter Park Community Garden. GROW Windham supports the communal half of that garden by sponsoring volunteer workdays and youth garden activities, and coordinated the construction of a new shed and outdoor classroom at the site.
  • The Garden Club of Windham has supported many GROW Windham projects with materials and expertise, and contributes financial support toward the cost share for GROW Windham’s AmeriCorps service members.
  • UCONN and ECSU Student Organizations partner with GROW Windham to support community projects and also to serve as volunteers and mentors for the Windham Youth CORE.
  • Local Food Providers (The Covenant Soup Kitchen, The ACCESS Agency) partner with GROW Windham on a variety of community food projects, including the SNAP “Double Bucks” Program and the Produce Prescription Program.
  • The EO Smith Agriculture/Technical Program partners with GROW Windham at the Thread City Family Garden, providing expertise, student interns, and resources particularly from the greenhouse, which grows hundreds of seedlings for area community gardens and the Plant-a-Row Program.