Gardening The Community in Springfield receives more than $13,000 in grant for equipment

Hampden County

The state has provided important recognition to Springfield’s inner city farmers called “Gardening The Community.”

For the past few years, Gardening The Community on Walnut Street has grown and sold a variety of vegetables to families living in Springfield’s Old Hill neighborhood.

The state granted Gardening The Community with more than $13,000 for equipment to improve their growing area.

They appreciate the communities support.

“It’s great, it’s like we’re neighbors, they come by, they ask for the vegetables, family oriented, it’s amazing, it’s amazing,” said Karla Travieso from Gardening The Community.

Since Gardening The Community began its work, vacant lots on Walnut Street have been turned into farmland.

So far, neighborhood residents have purchased 23,000 pounds of the vegetables grown on Walnut Street.

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