New Harvest Pavilion hosts on-site farmer’s market.

New visitors and old friends have been struck by a beautiful addition to our campus: Common Ground’s new Harvest Pavilion. Now, this structure is receiving recognition beyond our site, as well. The American Institute of Architects, Connecticut Chapter, awarded the building its top honor, along with new structures at Oberlin College, the University of Notre Dame, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and downtown Chicago.

The Harvest Pavilion is the fruit of a community-wide effort. We owe thanks to all those who saw the impact of this structure can create: as an on-site farmer’s market, workshop for getting vegetables from our farm into our school lunch programs, and site of dozens of community programs engaging thousands of our neighbors.

David Thompson, Architect, generously donated the plans for the building. David listened carefully to our hopes for the building and respected the limited budget we had to work with. He integrated early designs created by students in our Sustainable Design course, and incorporated student-developed sustainability features, such as a foundation made of fly ash concrete.

The Connecticut State Department of Agriculture, the City of New Haven, and the State Farm Youth Advisory Board all provided grants to fuel its construction. More than 60 community members made gifts to the Harvest Pavilion through the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven’s GiveGreater challenge. Michael Tripodina and the Suburban Garden Club made a generous donation that pushed the project to completion.

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