CGRN: Community Greening Resource Network
Established in response to the growing, city-wide need for long-term gardening support, the Community Greening Resource Network (CGRN) is an annual membership program assisting individuals, community gardens, schools and green spaces throughout the City of Baltimore.
By coordinating the resources available in our city, CGRN provides a comprehensive and consistent support network making it easier to maintain the valuable green spaces in your community. For a nominal yearly fee, CGRN provides access to the materials, resources, education, and connections gardens need to have a successful and sustainable green space.
The Parks & People Foundation and the University of Maryland Extension are the founding partners of CGRN. Parks & People Foundation is the primary sponsor of this innovative program.
CGRN welcomes members and partners. If you're interested in gardening, CGRN has a place for you!
Studies show that urban greening and gardening can play a significant role in revitalizing communities and reducing the impacts of poverty. Though a large portion of Baltimore’s green space exists as community gardens in alleyways, restored vacant lots, and inner-block areas, the community volunteers who manage the gardens often depend on unreliable donations and limited sources of funding. There are currently many committed organizations in Baltimore City that are working to support community greeners. The Community Greening Resource Network (CGRN) seeks to coordinate these efforts to create a comprehensive and consistent network, making it easier for citizens to sustain their community’s valuable green spaces. CGRN is based on similar programs in other cities, including the Detroit Gardening Resource Program Collaborative, GreenCorps Chicago, Growing Power in Milwaukee, and The Food Project in Boston. Since its inception in 2008, CGRN has served as a model for other garden resource networks.
CGRN spans the entire city with school, community and private garden members. Click here to take a closer look at the interactive map.