Employment, education, food security, and neighborhood safety are leading social determinants of chronic disease. Lower-income adults are more likely to be obese than higher-income adults, and they consequently experience higher rates of diabetes and other diet-related diseases.
New Haven Farms was founded in 2012 to respond to these intersecting crises of diabetes, obesity, environmental degradation, and poverty by promoting health and community development through urban agriculture. New Haven Farms transforms vacant, urban spaces into small organic farms in New Haven’s under-resourced neighborhoods.
On our farms, we grow high quality organic produce and host educational programming for families in the community.
We imagine a world where every family has access to fresh and healthy foods, food is used to prevent disease, and cities are health hubs filled with gardens, green spaces, and educational programs that promote community vitality.
New Haven Farms’ signature program, the Farm-Based Wellness Program, demonstrates how regular exposure to and participation in growing food, combined with cooking and nutrition education and behavior change interventions, positively impacts the participants’ health, social capital, and food security.
Explore our other programs: Incubator Garden Program, Community Health Ambassadors, and Youth@Work.
We also offer a Community Supported Agriculture Program.