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History Timeline of Gather New Haven

Timeline

1982
1982

The New Haven Land Trust was founded in February 1982 “with the aim of preserving remaining open space in the City and finding innovative ways for neighborhoods to use open lands.”

1986
1986

The New Haven Land Trust begins focusing thorough energy on environmental education. The Land Trust soon began leading out regular walks in both potential and current land preserves.

1991
1991

As community members began viewing the vacant lots in their neighborhoods as an opportunity, clearing out the lots for garden space, NHLT extended their focus beyond conservation into community gardening.

2005
2005

Years later, parts of Meadow View, South End Marsh, Quinnipiac River Marsh, and Essex Street Marsh were preserved and the mission and work expanding from land preservation to include education and community development.

2008
2008

A local Fair Haven business, Chabaso Bakery, started an organic vegetable garden for its employees.

2010
2010

Chabaso partnered with Fair Haven Community Health Center (FHCHC)’s Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) to manage the garden. Rebecca Kline, the garden manager called a meeting with community members to scale up the garden initiative.

2011
2011

New Haven Farms (NHF) applies to receive 501c3 status. NHF began accepting donations with FHCHC as a fiscal agent.

2012
2012

NHF receives 501c3 status. NHF plants farms at Market & James St., Shelter and Clay and Liberty Street. NHF begins preparing a plot for their Phoenix Press Farm. NHF works with Cooking Matters to deliver first FBWP.

2013
2013

A Farm Manager is hired. NHF serves 40 families through Farm-Based Wellness Program (FBWP). Classes are offered bilingually in English & Spanish. Phoenix Press Farm is added.

2015
2015

NHF breaks ground on Ferry Street Farm site and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is launched.

2015

The collaboration of NHLT and NHF begins. In collaboration with the New Haven Land Trust (NHLT), 20 families joined the inaugural Incubator Garden Program, providing families with garden beds & teaching them to grow their own food.

2016
2016

NHLT initiates a year-long Growing Entrepreneurs program designed for High School Students.

2016

NHF’s Community Health Ambassador (CHA) program is launched, inviting past graduates to serve as mentors to new participants. NHF installs its first heated greenhouse in December. Farm Stand is launched on Ferry Street.

2016

By 2016, 30 families are involved in the Incubator Garden Program.

2017
2017

Groundbreaking of Ward St. Farm in the Hill North. NHF partners with CARE to launch garden at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) & pilot FBWP.

2017

NHLT absorbs Schooner Inc., introducing the Schooner Camp as new program for youth. The Growing Entrepreneurs Program official curriculum is established, expanding the program to a two-year experience.

2018
2018

For the first time, NHF offers the FBWP separately in English & Spanish.

2018

New Haven Farms and New Haven Land Trust relocate to a new, shared office space on Grand Ave and begin working side by side.

2019
2019

New Haven Farms ceases the Community Supported Agriculture Program in an effort to better allocate their resources for the purpose of their mission, replacing the CSA with Farm Stand Pre-Pay.

2019

New Haven Farms partners with the Growing Entrepreneurs program, offering a farming track as a second option to the pre-existing business track.

2020
2020

New Haven Land Trust and New Haven Farms officially merge, becoming Gather New Haven.

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