Thanks to a small “Grow grant” from The New England Grassroots Environment Fund (NEGEF) Ganei Beantown is considering how it supports the development of organic, educational vegetable gardens in greater Boston in collaboration with Synagogues or other Jewish community groups (either onsite or not). We want to know…. If you currently operate or were going to start a garden project, what would you want most from Ganei Beantown?
Focused on all things local, NEGEF seeks to energize and nurture long term civic engagement in local initiatives that create and maintain healthy, just, safe and environmentally sustainable communities. Grow grants are geared to established groups who are ready to expand the scope of their work and increase capacity, collaborate, and leverage impact. They are designed for New England groups with no more than 2 full-time paid staff, and an annual operating budget under $100,000.
NEGEF also supports their grantees also via resources, events, and trainings like their RootSkills networking and skills building series. The May 2016 RootSkills focused on “Food as a Right,” and the ability of every person, regardless of race, income, neighborhood, or other identifier, to have access to affordable, local, healthy, food. We heard from Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm on “Undoing Racism in the Food System” and participated in a session on Family and Youth Engagement through Community Gardening with the Marion Institute.
Their web platform allows people to connect and share useful resources and upcoming events. If you’re interested in joining the Ganei Beantown NEGEF group to be a part of the conversation, please email Leora.
We want to hear how best to support your efforts- tell us in this quick three question survey.