From the Lynn Food and Fitness Alliance –
Community gardens offer spaces for people to grow fresh produce and connect with their neighbors. These growing spaces are quickly expanding in Lynn. Last summer the Park Commission passed a series of procedures for creating and participating in community gardens on city park lands. The Ames Playground Community Garden was the pilot project, built in partnership with Lynn Food and Fitness Alliance, The Food Project, the Lynn YMCA, The New American Center, and the Department of Public Works. The raised beds allow growing space for 15 Lynn families from diverse backgrounds. In their kick-off meeting last week, the gardners unanimously voted to explore increasing the amount of raised beds to meet the demand that exceeds the available plots.
Organizations such as The Food Project and the Highlands Coalition have spearheaded community gardens on both private and public land over the last decade. The policy is now available on the Lynn Parks and Recreation Department website. It opens the door for all citizens to petition the creation of community gardens in park spaces around the city.
Lynn Food and Fitness Alliance, who wrote the garden policies, has hired a Community Garden Network Coordinator to assist in the technical support and implementation. Abigail Conner is a resident of Lynn and a fluent Spanish-speaker. She can offer support by answering questions about the process, linking community gardens to support and resources from community partners, and advising community garden members on organizational structures and management.
To learn more about starting or getting involved with community gardens around Lynn, check out the process on the Lynn Parks and Recreation Department website or contact Abigail Conner with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lynn Food and Fitness Alliance (LFFA), based out of the Lynn Public Health Department, works to bring together diverse networks of stakeholders in the city of Lynn to identify, develop, and implement policy and environmental changes that promote healthy eating and active living for all residents. They are funded in part by North Shore Medical Center and Partners HealthCare and Mass in Motion – an initiative of the Mass Department of Public Health. For more on LFFA, find them on Facebook!