Backyard Growers is a grassroots organization helping to reshape Gloucester's relationship with food. We provide support and resources to establish vegetable gardens at homes, housing communities, organizations, and schools. In the end, we create life-long gardeners inspired by the power of growing one's own food.
As this year of service comes to a close I look back and recall the times where I felt at home in myself and in my work. Moments where joy overcame me and I embodied my belief of success. These moments grew more frequent as I became more comfortable with myself as a teacher and mentor and as I gained fluency with my programs and partnerships.
The streets are lined with families, children, dogs, older adults, cousins, and business owners. Flags are waving and candy chants shouting and everyone is smiling at one another as we pass through. Alongside my fellow service members we decided to participate in the 3rd of July parade as a way to showcase our gratitude to the community that gardens with us.
Missed our June Cooking Workshop? Check out the recipes by our guest chef Addy!
On a sunny and blissful Wednesday afternoon, I, alongside several new gardening friends, harvested over 5 pounds of spinach, arugula, baby greens, and radishes from our little corner garden. Guests at Rose Baker were involved in every step of the process; from harvesting, weighing, washing, and enjoying.
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During February break, Backyard Growers hosted over 20 children in our office for 3 days of vegetable-based programming.
Pat exudes joy. She’s a delightful conversationalist, and after an hour spent chatting in her living room, I left her home inspired about the ways gardening has the power to change lives.
Our first installment of Backyard Bloggers- our news blog where we will be featuring blog posts from our service members about our gardens, our gardeners, and their experience serving at BYG. Follow along to get an inside look at what it's like to dig, teach, grow, and cook with us at Backyard Growers!
Whole Cities Foundation, an independent nonprofit foundation established by Whole Foods Market, awarded Gloucester-based Backyard Growers a $5,000 Community First Grant, to fund healthy eating initiatives in the city.