Common Ground
358 Springside Ave.
New Haven, CT 06515
Jill Keating-Herbst
Program Manager, CT School Garden Resource Center

Organization Profile

Common Ground


Common Ground’s mission is to cultivate habits of healthy living and sustainable environmental practice among a diverse community of children, families, and adults.

Support Model

We offer wrap around school garden support to three new schools in New Haven each year through our Partner Program. Acceptance into the program is done through an application process. We believe that a garden to be successful it must be embraced and maintained by a team that represents a cross-section of the school community. We meet regularly with school garden teams, offer monthly training sessions on curriculum, gardening and community engagement and support design and construction.

Supported School Gardens

Katherine Brennan/Clarence Rogers School
200 Wilmot Road
New Haven, CT 06515
Lensley Gay

The Brennan Rogers school garden is used by students and families as a space to gather, eat, learn and be active outdoors.

Celentano Bio Tech Health And Medical Magnet Schoo
185 Goffe Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Kate O'Connor

Expansive garden.

Common Ground
358 Springside Ave
New Haven, CT 06825
Rebecca Holcombe
Director of Community Programs

The Common Ground Children's Garden is an edible learning garden used by thousands of children each year. The garden in planted and maintained by Common Ground educators and all the food is used in Common Ground educational community programs.

Edgewood School
737 Edgewood Avenue
New Haven, CT 06515
Dana Holahan

The Edgewood Schoolyard Habitat was developed in 2015 and is used by classrooms to study ecosystems, insects, birds and more. It is adjacent to the playground and has also served as a playspace and quiet reflective space for students.

Clemente Leadership Academy
360 Columbus Avenue
New Haven, CT 06519
Vivian Jefferson

Courtyard Garden that everyone at Roberto Clemente can enjoy!

The Wexler Grant garden is composed of raised beds nestled throughout the school court yard. The garden has been an integral component for many after school programs, community events, and summer job training programs.