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8 Great Reasons to Volunteer for the Giving Garden

Giving Garden At Coogan Farm

The Giving Garden at Coogan Farm donates all of its produce to help feed the hungry of SE CT. They are always looking for volunteers and can really use the help!

Here are 8 reasons why you should join the mission!

1. Help feed hungry children and food insecure people of Southeastern CT.

2. Craig Floyd. He’s full of farming knowledge that he’ll bestow upon you. His relationship with the resident rooster and other critters will keep you chuckling.

3. Farming/Gardening is educational and you will learn something new every shift.

4. Flexible hours/volunteer as little or as often as you like! Give an hour, give a day, become a regular, all help is appreciated.

5. Giving your time in the garden is a feel good thing to do. It’s healing, cathartic, and soothes the soul.

6. Gardening burns loads of calories. Whether you’re in shape or out of it, the garden gives you a great workout at your own pace.

7. Free + fun activity for all ages, all skill levels, and even makes for a great corporate team event.

8. Volunteer hours are down this year and the garden needs more hands. New or returning folks welcome!

About the Giving Garden
The Giving Garden is a 30,000 sf plot of land within Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center’s Coogan Farm established in 2014. Tucked between the hustle and bustle of Mystic’s downtown and the busy Golden Triangle area off I-95, the garden is managed by local farming guru Craig Floyd with the help of many at DPNC and his team of wonderful volunteers. Each year the pesticide-free crops help feed thousands of food insecure people who reside in Southeastern Connecticut. The freshly picked produce is distributed to area food pantries and feeding centers by the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center.

Address: 162 Greenmanville Ave, Mystic, CT

How to volunteer

You can sign up online through the DPNC’s website or:
Contact: Chelle Farrand / Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center
PO Box 122, Mystic, CT 06355
Phone 860 536-1216 x22153




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  1. Wonderful article and thank you, Meredith, we who work the soil know the healing powers of Mother Nature so the garden heals on both ends. It helps feed the 23000 food insecure, it provides them with High Brix food that is about 80% more nutritious than what folks can buy in any supermarket and it heals those work the beds and harvest the plants. The rooster….Gurdy is his name, is finally finding his place in our midst, hen-pecked and wimpy I do love to hear him crow.
    Farm on

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