New Haven Farm, City Seed, and the New Haven Land Trust are three related non-profit organizations that have decided to combine in one single collective symbiotic entity to house their diverse individual and collective needs. Whereas City Seed and New Haven Farm are clearly organically connected, so are they to The Land Trust that serves as mentor and enabler to many of their activities. Each organization, in overlapping ways, is committed to the making of a more healthy, close knit, interactive and cooperative environment.
The site is a tract of land on Fair Haven’s old industrial area off Water Street that borders the harbor at the mouth of the Quinnipiac River. Within the built facility the three client entities will have both their own, as well as shared spaces. The building will serve not only as productive workspace for the three groups, but also as a demonstration to the wider community of the work that they do. Shared spaces will include a teaching agricultural crop-land, and greenhouse to promote an understanding of the growing and harvesting process, an industrial teaching kitchen facility, space for a farmers market, space for storage of equipment, one or two shared classrooms, and a common meeting space and parking area. Non shared space will include individual offices for each of the three institutions.
The entire size of the project not including agricultural land is approximately 7000 square feet, but much of that space will provide shelter (a roof) and will not need to be designed as full climate controlled interior space.
As the site is on the shore there will be boat access with a shed to store kayaks. The Land Trust’s Schooner School lies directly across the harbor.