The Incubator Garden Program is an innovative joint venture between New Haven Farms and the New Haven Land Trust. Graduates of the Farm-Based Wellness Program are invited to grow food in their own garden plots, using what they have learned in the Farm-Based Wellness Program.
Each family receives a 4’x8’ garden bed, and is supported in the gardening with compost, seeds, seedlings, and access to water. Incubator gardeners are able to join weekly garden workshops in which a member of our farm staff works with the gardeners to maximize production in their plots. Families are responsible for planting, watering and caring for their plots. The Incubator Gardeners then can share their produce and knowledge with their families, friends, and neighbors, marking their path from patients to producers.
This program has grown from 20 families in 2015 to 50 families in the 2017 growing season. The success of this program demonstrates the long lasting impact our programming has on families in the neighborhood.
The Incubator Garden Program is a partnership with the New Haven Land Trust through the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation.