Thank you all for a fabulous 30th Anniversary Year. 2011 was truly a magnificent year full of celebration, reflection, and hope for the future. Cheers to another 30 years of growing food everywhere!
Together, we have grown our founder’s vision in exciting ways.
• We have preserved and transformed 55 acres of land into productive, beautiful, and safe gardens and farms in Greater Providence while revitalizing surrounding neighborhoods
• We have built and sustained over 35 community gardens around the city, enabling more than 750 families to grow an abundance of their own food
• We have put hundreds of thousands of savings back in the pockets of low income growers who are eating from their gardens
• We have introduced thousands of kids to the wonder of growing and eating their own healthy food
• We have created a sense of place in Providence’s most needy neighborhoods, bridging a diversity of nationalities, ages, and incomes, to allow community to flourish
Founded in 1981, the Community Land Trust is still growing after all these years. In celebration, throughout 2011 we will be honoring our past, and envisioning our future. As part of this honoring, the Community Land Trust wants to thank people like YOU—our community gardeners, our program partners, and our supporters and friends—who have been crucial to our success.
The 30th Anniversary Committee has put together this short video, commemorating the voices and stories of the last three decades (Music - Papillon, written and performed by Chris Monti). Read more about SCLT's history in this interview transcript with Sally Godfrey, longtime friend of SCLT and one of the Plant Sale founders! To read community poet Rick Benjamin's Land Trust, a commemorative poem written in honor of our 30th anniversary, please click here.
30th Anniversary Honorary Committee
Governor Lincoln and Stephanie Chafee • U.S. Senator Jack Reed • U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse • Congressman Jim Langevin • Congressman David Cicilline • Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts • Mayor Angel Taveras, City of Providence • Mayor Allan Fung, City of Cranston • RI Senator Harold Metts • RI Senator Juan Pichardo • Gertrude Blakey Jones, Lifespan • Andy Fisher, Community Food Security Coalition • Ned and Polly Handy • Michael Pollan • John Schenck, Edible Rhody • Peggy and Henry Sharpe • Jyothi and Shivan Subramaniam • Mary and Rick Worrell • Barbara Van Beuren • James Vincent, NAACP