Gardening the Community (GTC)

GTC is a youth-based food justice organization in Springfield who partnered in the fall of 2020 with Revitalize CDCCommunity Foundation of Western MassachusettsNortheast SolarSteve Jablonski ArchitectsGraham Electric, and Kent Hicks Construction to build an outdoor pavilion on GTC’s farm site at 200 Walnut Street in Springfield. The pavilion will serve as a shelter for GTC’s youth program participants working on site, a community gathering spot, and house a new solar panel array that will provide electricity to GTC’s greenhouse, storage, and farm store.

Gardening the Community began in 2002 as a small garden on Springfield’s Central Street, working with just 5 youth. The organization is now a year-round food justice and urban farming program operating with 30 youth on 3 sites. The group distributes 28,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables each year to Springfield families, grown by its youth leaders and by neighboring farms. All produce is grown sustainably, without pesticides or chemicals.

GTC runs a year-round farm store that sells pesticide-free vegetables and fruits to the community at affordable prices, located at 200 Walnut St, Springfield, MA. It is open Wednesday & Thursday from 11am to 6pm, and Friday & Saturday from 11am to 3pm.

For more information go to www.gtcspringfield.org.

The Green House stage at Green River Festival has become a fan favorite feature at the festival!

As part of our ‘Go Greener’ commitment, the house itself highlights smaller, sustainable living and acts as a pop-up stage where our biggest performers let their hair down in an intimate, back porch setting. Come witness unforgettable acoustic jams, storytelling, surprise appearances and more! Watch past performance videos here.

For Green River Festival 2020, we’re taking the 3rd annual tiny house stage up a notch. Students from UMass Amherst’s Building & Construction Technology Program and the Department of Architecture are designing and building with Kent Hicks Construction Co. a locally sourced, natural, repurposed, net zero house! This small, smart home will make its grand debut at the festival and serve as our new Green House stage where you might just catch some of these artists letting loose!


Stay tuned for updates on the house and the students’ journey through construction!

Note: This project has been postponed due to the pandemic. We’re hoping to return to it next year!