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GAF Mission

"to TEACH inner city youth and/or underprivileged persons to be successful entrepreneurs while revitalizing inner city neighborhoods with a concentration on socially responsible/sustainable business practices"

GAF is the
Western Mass Office for

New Growth Gardens

…to grow healthy food, in more places, with more people.

Basically, New Growth Gardens (NGG) guides urban and suburban communities towards building sustainable gardens.

Old logic suggests urban areas are not for farmers – that we live “here” and food is grown “way out there.”

NGG’s mission shatters that misconception. Busy city people can grow their own food.

Health and sustainability don’t have to be out of reach.

Organic food can be grown here and now.

NGG’s common sense solutions show how inexpensive, recycled materials can create beautiful and easy-to-manage gardens for anyone. All the resources for creating and taking care of in-home, on-porch and in-the-community gardens are entirely sustainable.

NGG puts sustainable gardens into reach for (sub)urbanites. Targeting the Western MA area, NGG provides cities like Springfield and Holyoke with significant opportunities for revitalization. Sure, gardens seem like a small-scale improvement, but their benefits are abundant.

Education is a key component of NGG’s mission.

By coupling garden installations with trainings and workshops, urban gardens become platforms for education as well as opportunities to enjoy spaces of beauty and renewal.

Some problems require simple solutions. NGG believes that new growth starts from the ground up – one garden at a time.

Bottom line, New Growth Gardens makes it easy for people in cities and suburbs to grow healthy food. Why let underused space remain vacant? Join the movement to turn yards, parking lots, windowsills and porches into edible gardens!