Become a Backyard Gardener
The Backyard Garden Program is Backyard Growers' founding program so it is near and dear to our hearts. This program was launched with major support from The Food Project. Our goal is simple: to encourage a love of fresh vegetables through the act of growing them in your own backyard. Read more on our two programs below to see how you can be a part of the movement.
The Backyard Garden Program
For income-eligible families or residents in Gloucester
At this time, 2018 applications are now closed.
Check back soon! 2019 Backyard Garden Program applications will be open in January 2019
Backyard Garden eligibility guidelines
Low- to moderate-income Gloucester residents (see HUD income guidelines on application).
In 2019, we will be giving preference to households with members ages 62+.
Garden area must have at least 6 hours of full sun and easy access to water.
If a renter, must have permission from landlord to participate in the program (we do not remove gardens once placed).
Commit to attending the mandatory garden training and cooking workshops, paying the sliding-scale participation fee, completing a participant survey, and participating in the program for two years.
Beginner and experienced gardeners are welcome to apply.
We also accept people into the program who already have a garden, but want to take advantage of the training, resources, and garden mentor.
Backyard Garden Participants Receive:
4’ x 8’x 2’ raised garden bed with Brick Ends compost/soil mix (see below)
2 hr Square Foot Garden training and resources
FREE spring and summer seeds & seedlings
Volunteer garden mentor
Services for two years
FREE entry to almost all Backyard Growers workshops, including 3 seasonal cooking workshops
Backyard Garden timeline
March: Square Foot Garden training & garden design with BYG and BYG Mentor
April: Garden installation and spring seeds and seedling distribution at BYG
May: Summer seeds and seedling distribution at BYG
June, August, and October: Cooking Workshops (FREE to attend)