Everett Community Growers (www.everettcommunitygrowers.wordpress.com), a program of the Everett Community Health Partnership (ECHP), is working to improve health outcomes and increase civic engagement among Everett residents through urban agriculture and other food justice initiatives. Membership is comprised of residents and local organizational leaders committed to food justice.
Everett Community Growers (ECG) is one of three recipients of a US$15,000 grant from the Nature’s Path Organic Foods Gardens for Good contest. The grant will allow ECG to expand urban agriculture initiatives in Everett and begin donating organic produce to Bread of Life, an emergency food bank in Malden.
ECG will celebrate this victory for urban agriculture in Everett at a Food Day celebration on October 24, 2015 at Common Ground Coffee Roasters, located at 1727 Revere Beach Parkway in Everett from 10 AM – 2 PM. Residents will have the opportunity to engage with a map of potential sites, provide input to the planning process, share their food stories, and enter to win a beautiful gift basket.
Surveys will take place in 2015 to ensure that ECHP and ECG reach intended demographics with nutritious foods. Residents of Everett have demonstrated a high need for urban agriculture in the City of Everett, which is characterized by urban density, low healthy food access, high prevalence of nutrition-related diseases, and high rates of environmental injustice.
ECG currently operates two community gardens on Florence St. and on Tremont St., administrating 30 garden plots and planning events for many garden members. A land assessment completed in summer of 2014 by an ECG team identified vacant parcels suitable for urban gardening and urban farming, from which a third site for a new garden will be chosen for the summer of 2016. ECG is soliciting new member applications, and the expansion made possible by the grant will allow new gardening spaces for community members who are currently on a waiting list.