Local Collaborators

  • The Windham Regional Community Council, Inc. is our home, providing administrative and logistical support for our programming. It was also the site of the Windham Youth Services Bureau’s “Positive Steps” Youth Program, which was one of our founding Partner Youth Programs.
  • 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 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 Food Services Director is a co-mentor with GROW Windham for the Windham FoodCorps Service Member.
    • The Before and After School Programs at all six district schools partner with GROW Windham to support garden- and food-based activities for local youth.
    • Classroom Teachers work with GROW Windham to develop 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.
  • CLiCK (Commercially Licensed Cooperative Kitchen)  is a 501c3 run on cooperative principles that serves the local food system by providing opportunities for community food needs and assets to be brought together for the benefit of all.  It is an emerging licensed food preparation facility that will provide opportunities for and support local farm-to-table micro-enterprise development, education and training in the culinary arts, nutrition, and education and technical assistance for business incubation.  CLiCK is a founding partner in the network, currently collaborating with GROW Windham to develop the land on the new site into a community farm.   CLiCK dedicates it facility to Network organizing activities and as a site for the pilot and implementation of Network programs.
  • EASTCONN partners with GROW Windham through its Summer Youth Employment Program, which provides stipends for Windham Youth CORE Participants. GROW Windham also provides guidance for EASTCONN’s summer project programming.
  • Eastern Connecticut State University Center For Community Engagement  has arranged for ECSU volunteers in countless GROW Windham projects, and has established a service-learning collaboration between faculty and GROW Windham for students to engage in community service to fulfill academic requirements. Also the Green Campus Committee and Food Justice Committee collaborate with GROW Windham in the new ECSU Community Education Garden and Windham Youth CORE.
  • 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 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 and Emergency Service Providers to the low-income community  (The Covenant Soup Kitchen, the ACCESS Agency) are committed to conducting outreach (for participation and needs assessment) among their clients and about their services, and to advising the Network on how best to meet the food needs of low-income residents.
  • Willimantic Housing Authority is committed to developing projects that bring healthy food to their residents.
  • Windham Regional Transit District is committed to “bringing its transportation resources
  • The EO Smith Agriculture/Technical Program is committed to providing expertise, student interns, and resources (particularly from the greenhouse, which grows hundreds of plants for GROW Windham programs)
  • Windham Area Hour ExchangeAn Access Agency program, the Windham Area Hour Exchange is a network of individuals, businesses, and organizations that exchange services using a time-based currency, where one hour of service equals one “time dollar.”