EATING BETTER

Community Gardens Policy

Lynn Food and Fitness Alliance, working in collaboration with Lynn’s Parks and Recreation Department, The Food Project, and a variety of community organizations, is working to create a city-wide community garden program that develops spaces for residents to cultivate community and enhance food access, centered around urban gardens.

In spring 2015, the Park Commission passed Lynn’s first ever Community Garden Policy, developed by LFFA staff in partnership with community organizations. This policy allows for any citizen to petition for a community garden on public park lands in Lynn.

Existing community gardens:

  • Ames Playground Community Garden
  • Ingalls Farm (run by The Food Project)
  • Munroe St. Farm (run by The Food Project)
  • Cook St. Garden (run by The Highlands Coalition)
  • Meadow Court Community Garden (run by LHAND)
  • Wall Plaza Community Garden (run by LHAND)
  • McGee House Garden (run by LHAND)
  • Essex Street Garden (run by LHAND and The Food Project)
  • Curwin Circle Garden (run by LHAND) – currently expanding
  • Lynn YMCA Garden (run by Lynn YMCA)

To learn how learn how to join or start your own community garden, visit the City’s Parks and Recreation website or contact our Community Garden Network Coordinator, Mary Gatlin, at lynncommunitygardens@gmail.com or 781-691-5246.

Lynn Youth Health Alliance
School Food Advisory Council

Lynn Youth Health Alliance (LYHA), comprised of two group of students from Lynn Classical and Lynn English High Schools, is piloting a new model of student engagement in the school food environment. In partnership with Lynn Public Schools and Chartwells School Dining Services, LYHA youth engage in student surveying, taste testing, and peer-to-peer outreach to improve the school food environment and increase meal participation.

For more information, Bridget at bpeters@socialcapitalinc.org.

Community Food Assessment

Good food policy requires a strong understanding of the assets and need within Lynn. In partnership with The Food Project, we are using a survey to gather information about where and how people buy their food and what values residents carry with them while shopping. The outcome of this will hopefully be a shareable resource with the Lynn community and a more defined snapshot of the local food landscape.

Past Projects

  • Healthy Corner Stores Initiative (spearheaded by Lynn Youth Health Alliance)
  • School Garden Policy (partnered with Lynn Public Schools)
  • Baby Café at Lynn Community Health Center

Interested in creating your own garden, or joining an existing one?

Start Your Own Garden!

Contact our Community Garden Network Coordinator,
Mary Gatlin at LynnCommunityGardens@gmail.com
And check out the city’s policies and procedures on how to start one of your own!