Everyone needs access to healthy food. Since 1981, the Land Trust has been a forceful change agent for community food security, providing land, education, tools, and support for people to grow food for themselves in greater Providence, Rhode Island.
Our efforts have strengthened community, increased health, and enhanced the biodiversity of our natural environment. In collaboration with neighbors and community partners we have transformed more than five acres of urban land into safe, healthy, and productive spaces to grow food, and preserved 50-acres of suburban farmland. Currently, with support from Southside Community Land Trust over 600 families city-wide have transformed vacant lots and under-used land into a network of more than 30 productive inner-city community gardens. Our education programs engage a thousand youth each year in the wonder and art of hands-on gardening.
Southside Community Land Trust’s comprehensive urban agriculture programs empower growers of all ages, including children, youth, and adults with the knowledge, skills and facilitative support to harvest high yields of food from small spaces, and to build meaningful connections to one another and nature. The safe, beautiful, and productive spaces created at SCLT's community and school-based gardens, market farms, and education sites not only allow families to grow food, they also provide places for people to connect across economic and cultural divides to revitalize their neighborhoods, and for innovative farm businesses to thrive.
There are always exciting things happening at Southside Community Land Trust. Whether you are a longtime supporter, a novice gardener interested in learning about urban agriculture, or want to join a community garden, you'll find information here: