Organization Overview – For 36 years, Southside Community Land Trust has been building a fair and sustainable local food system in Rhode Island by:
• offering access to land in community gardens, urban farms and rural farms
• providing training and technical assistance to beginning farmers
• educating people of all ages about diet and nutrition, agriculture and the environment
• providing low-cost agricultural resources and support to community and backyard gardeners and beginning farmers
SCLT was founded in 1981 when residents of South Providence and newly arrived Hmong refugees worked with three Brown University graduates to grow culturally familiar, nutritious food in the area’s first community garden. Somerset Garden not only improved residents’ diets and economic self-reliance, it stabilized a neighborhood weakened by arson, neglect and crime.