In order to shed light on the abundance of vibrant community gardens scattered throughout the Newhallville neighborhood, a group of community leaders have begun a project to construct and make use of a greenhouse. After much deliberation, the group selected the Ivy Street Community Garden as the site for Newhallville’s first greenhouse.
 
The Ivy Street Community Garden, located at the corner of Ivy Street and Shelton Avenue, is an ideal location for a greenhouse that can feasibly be used both exisitng gardeners and new youth participants. Lincoln-Bassett School is located just one block away and St. Andrews Church is across the street, which houses the Solar Youth after-school program. Furthermore, the garden continues to be meticulously maintained by avid neighborhood gardeners who have become an integral party in the planning process. Eight additional groups have committed to the success of the greenhouse project: the City of New Haven’s Livable City Initiative, the New Haven Land Trust, Lincoln-Bassett School, Solar Youth, SEEDnh, Common Ground High School, and Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven.
 
The planning committee wants to ensure that this greenhouse will be a neighborhood icon, built to stand all tests of time and weather. The greenhouse measures 15 feet wide by 30 feet long and aims to feature passive heating and cooling systems. It will serve as a model facility where gardeners will be able to extend their growing season while both students and community residents will be invited to learn urban farming practices and sustainable energy techniques. It is our desire for this greenhouse to be a tangible inspiration for the construction of similar structures in other Newhallville gardens.
 
The Ivy Street Community Garden Greenhouse Planning Committee continues to gather together to explore ways this new facility can serve its community. For more information, contact Stephen Cremin-Endes, Director of Community Building & Organzing, at (203) 562-0598 ext. 222 or scremin-endes@nhsofnewhaven.org
 

New Haven Independent - Greenhouse Launch Event (2014): It Took a City to Raise a Greenhouse

 

New Haven Register - Greenhouse Project (2013): New Haven Community Garden Getting a Greenhouse

 

New Haven Independent - Greenhouse Project (2013): A Greenhouse Rises in Newhallville