Our strategic partners have been instrumental in moving our mission forward to reach as many people as possible. We seek out partners looking to join forces to make positive change.
Partnership for Healthier America
GCG had the pleasure of partnering with FNV, a campaign of Partnership for Healthier America between 2015-2016. Lead by the former First Lady Michelle Obama, PHA “is devoted to working with the private sector to ensure the health of our nation’s youth by solving the childhood obesity crisis”. Our CEO & Founder, Jessie, had the opportunity to join leaders from all over the country to witness the First Lady’s closing of the White House Garden at the end of the Obama’s term. We’re so excited to have had the opportunity to have joined an impressive group of national organizations and influencers on Team FNV and through PHA, all of which are dedicated to eliminating childhood obesity.
Jessie at the White House garden!
Ecological Landscaping Alliance
The Ecological Landscape Alliance (ELA) is a nonprofit, member-based organization made up of professionals, businesses and pro-active community members who believe in using landscape practices that are environmentally safe and beneficial. Our Landscape and Project Manager, Rie Macchiarolo, is the Vice President of the ELA, and our CEO & Founder Jessie Banhazl was also a board member from 2011-2013.
We are proud to partner with Lovin’ Spoonfuls, a local food rescue organization. The main destination for produce donation from most of our corporate farms and gardens, including Fenway Farms, Lovin’ Spoonfuls rescues fresh food – that would otherwise go to waste – and delivers it directly to the community organizations and resources.
Since 2010, Lovin’ Spoonfuls has rescued more than 4 million pounds of fresh food, helping to feed more than 500,000 people.
City of Somerville
In 2012, GCG partnered with the City of Somerville to promote urban agriculture through city-wide initiatives and garden installations. Mayor Curtatone sponsors the Urban Agriculture Ambassador Program every spring, which trains 20 Somerville residents in horticulture skills they can apply at home and in the community. In exchange, Ambassadors volunteer 30 hours in community agriculture projects like the City Hall Garden, Groundwork Somerville gardens, and Somerville’s Mobile Market.
College for Social Innovation
College for Social Innovation brings together college and social sector organizations to create fully credited, hands-on learning experiences that are meaningful, accessible, and life-changing. We’re happy to host interns from CfSI, helping to bring real-world experience and discovery of purpose to the center of students’ college years.