We reclaim land for farmers to grow food
We turn undeveloped, urban and rural properties into farms where first-generation and immigrant farmers grow healthy (chemical-free) produce for wholesale and retail outlets, including farmers markets, restaurants and CSAs. Parcels may be managed by one or more farmers or comprise a dozen farm enterprises, such as Urban Edge Farm in Cranston. SCLT’s affordable leases on farmland enables a growing number of people t0 make a living while meeting Rhode Island’s growing demand for locally grown, fresh produce.
The oldest urban farm in Rhode Island, City Farm, is located at 168 West Clifford Street in South Providence. City Farm staff grow and sell chemical-free produce all season long, creating a revenue stream for SCLT. Hundreds of youth, volunteers and beginning farmers learn about planting, growing and harvesting food at the Farm. Over the past three decades neighborhood children have learned about plant cycles and how food is grown there, and adults have benefited from gardening workshops and farm apprenticeships. City Farm produce is sold at weekly farmers markets and to area restaurants featuring hyper-local and organic vegetables, fruit and herbs.
City Farm is changing our food system in four crucial ways, by:
- providing healthy produce to thousands of people every year
- offering workshops on sustainable growing practices that produce high-yield crops in small, urban spaces
- promoting biodiversity, sustainability and community at our annual Rare & Unusual Plant Sale
- operating a composting program that’s kept more than 50,000 lbs. of food and other organic waste out of the landfill since 2013 – in fact, City Farm’s is the second-largest composting facility in the state! (read this great article to learn more)
Galego Community Farm
Galego Community Farm is a large site we manage on behalf of the Pawtucket Housing Authority. It hosts two market growers during the growing seasons, and now has 72 community garden plots. If you’re interested in gardening in one of them, please fill out the waitlist form or contact Andrew Cook at (401) 273-9419, ext.107 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We also offer summer learning and youth employment programs at this site to encourage young people in Pawtucket and Central Falls to learn about growing and eating healthy food, and how to advocate so that all members of their community can access fresh, nutritious and affordable food.
Good Earth Farm
Good Earth Farm (GEF) is our latest land acquisition. This 20-acre property is located a short distance from Urban Edge Farm in Western Cranston. Like UEF, it hosts a variety of small-scale farmers who mostly began growing food on SCLT’s urban community gardens before moving onto larger parcels. Six farm operations, four operated by Hmong farmers and two by East African farmers, are now based at GEF. The farm has two heated greenhouses, automated irrigation, two wells, dry storage, retail space and other shared infrastructure and resources. Farmers sell their produce to farmers markets and wholesale outlets through SCLT’s Farm-to-Market Center. They host a plant and garden resource market on weekends in the late spring.
Somerset Hayward Community Farm
Somerset Hayward Youth Enterprise Farm is a 1/4-acre micro farm located off of Broad Street in South Providence. SCLT’s Providence youth program operates out of the farm from spring through fall, where they learn to seed, tend and harvest crops and learn about urban farm management. They share their harvests with surrounding neighbors as well as use as it in lunches they prepare as part of the summer program. You can read about how the youth farm took shape here.
Urban Edge Farm
Urban Edge Farm comprises 50 acres in Western Cranston, RI, roughly 30 of which are now cultivated. SCLT manages the farm under a long-term lease with the RI Department of Environmental Management. Seventeen farms operate at UEF, employing about 40 people, most of whom are immigrants and refugees from Southeast Asia, Africa and the Dominican Republic. Farmers share equipment, farm infrastructure and other agricultural resources at UEF, and receive technical assistance from SCLT farmer support staff. You can read more about it here.
In addition to growing on the farms above, many urban farmers lease plots in our community gardens, waiting for farmland to open up so they can expand their businesses. SCLT’s Land Fund enables us to renovate abandoned urban parcels and clear undeveloped acreage at UEF for these farmers. Please donate, if you can, to support this Fund.
We operate or support roughly 60 community gardens
and urban farms in Providence, Pawtucket & Central Falls, RI
Due to the demand for plots, many community gardens have waitlists. To find out about specific properties and get on a waitlist, reach out to their contacts below. For information about community gardens throughout Rhode Island, visit the Public Lab website.
These gardens are directly managed by SCLT. (See orange tabs in map below.) We prioritize giving plots to people who live within 1 mile of each garden. If you’re interested in gardening in one of the community gardens we manage below, please fill out the waitlist form or contact Andrew Cook at (401) 273-9419, ext. 107
- Somerset Street Community Garden
- Applegate Community Garden
- Brattle Community Garden
- Burnett Community Garden
- Charles Street Community Garden
- Dexter Street Community Garden
- Galego Community Farm
- Garfield Park Community Garden
- Glenham & Glenham 2 Community Gardens
- Greenwich Street Community Garden
- Janes Street Community Garden
- Laura Street Community Garden
- Manton Bend Farm & Community Garden
- Mystic Miner Community Garden
- Peace & Plenty Community Garden
- Potters Ave & Potters Ave 2 Community Gardens
- Prairie North Community Garden
- Sideyard Community Garden
- Somerset Community Garden
- Somerset-Hayward Youth Enterprise Farm
If you already have a plot and want to use a credit card to pay your plot fee, or to reimburse SCLT for supplies, please click here.
These gardens are located on City Park land around Providence. Gardens are open to anyone in the surrounding community to join. For general information about forming or joining a community garden in your neighborhood, please email the Providence Parks Department Community Gardener in Residence at email@example.com.
- Amos & Earley Park: Tyrone, 603-509-6357
- Brown Street: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Camden Ave Rainbow (Father Lennon Park): Patricia Reaves, email@example.com
- Corliss Park Garden: Kwesi Amoa, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Davis Park: Matthew Ramos, email@example.com; Nina Wang, firstname.lastname@example.org; Lee Smith, email@example.com
- Fox Point: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Joslin Park: Jamela Neal, email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mt. Hope: Joseph Correia, email@example.com
- Riverside Park: Native Green, Cristina Cabrera, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Roger Williams Park: email@example.com
- Sessions Street: Kate Lacouture, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sharing Garden in Billy Taylor Park: Dannie Ritchie, email@example.com
- Summit Neighborhood: SummitGardenPVD@gmail.com
Other Community Gardens
These gardens are owned and managed by local agencies, churches, and schools. Each keeps its own waitlist, though SCLT partners with them to provide gardening resources and training to members. If you’re interested in gardening in one of these gardens, please get in touch with the contacts listed here.
- African Alliance Prairie Ave & Elma St: Julius Kolawole, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Borinquen Street: Jazandra Barros, email@example.com
- Bridgham Street: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Chad Brown: Peter Asen, peterA@pha-providence.com
- Courtland Street: Contact Federal Hill House (401) 421-4722
- D’Abate Elementary School: Tara Cimini, email@example.com
- Davey Lopes: Raffini, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Diamond Street: Julius Searight, email@example.com
- Edgewood Community Garden: firstname.lastname@example.org, 401-461-6426
- Genesis Center: Josh Riazi, email@example.com
- Groundwork (Ring Street): firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hunts Mill Community Garden: email@example.com
- Martin Luther King School: Kate Lacouture, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Parade Street: Julius Searight, email@example.com
- Parkview Nursing Home: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Providence Housing: (401) 751-6400
- Sankofa: Julius Searight, email@example.com
- Saratoga Street: Julius Kolawole, firstname.lastname@example.org
- St. Isadora Garden at St. Michael’s Church: (401) 781-7210