Backyard Growers announces new headquarters and grows its leadership team

We’re excited to announce that on July 1 we relocated our headquarters to 3 Duncan Street in downtown Gloucester. The new space (known locally as the former Alchemy and Happy Belly restaurants) will host Backyard Growers’ gardening workshops, community events, and day-to-day operations. Stop by to say hello and check it out! 

And, our team is growing, too! We’re thrilled to announce Lisbeth Cahill’s appointment as Director of Operations at Backyard Growers. Lis is joining the team after a robust career in banking, operations and human resources, including 25 years at The Food Project. A Gloucester resident, she’s an experienced non-profit manager with a background in farming and youth engagement. Lis will be taking our operations to the next level, helping us become even more effective and impactful in our community. 

This exciting season of change is, of course, bittersweet, as we say goodbye to Meghan Stratton, Associate Director of School Programs. Meg has been a lynchpin of Backyard Growers for the last five years, starting out with us as a FoodCorps service member. She has had a huge impact on our work in Gloucester’s public schools and beyond, leading our farm to school programming locally and pioneering our consulting approach that has made it possible for us to roll out our school garden program model to schools across Massachusetts. We’re wishing Meg the very best on her next adventure, and we know that our Gloucester community is right there with us when we say we know she’ll make a huge impact wherever she goes.

As previously announced, Corinne Lippie started as our new Program Director in May. This is a new position at Backyard Growers that combines both our school and community programs as well as our growing consulting practice. 

We also want to extend a huge thanks to Abby Johnstone, our 2018-2019 FoodCorps service member who served in the Gloucester Public Schools with Backyard Growers for the past school year. We are going to miss Abby’s creativity, enthusiasm, and sunny disposition, and know she will go on to do great things! 

Finally, we would like to welcome our new 2019-2020 FoodCorps service member, Emily Brown, who will be leading the charge in our farm to school programming in the year to come. Emily joined us this spring as our Urban Agriculture intern, and we’re so pleased that she is staying on with us as a service member. Emily studied sustainable horticulture at Essex Agricultural and Technical High School while working at The Food Project. She’s looking forward to serving Gloucester as a 2019-2020 FoodCorps service member with the Backyard Growers team. Welcome, Emily!

Stop by 3 Duncan Street to meet Lis, Corinne and Emily, and check out our new space! We’ll be announcing a fun Open House event in the days to come, but in the meantime, you can reach us at community@backyardgrowers.org or 978-281-0480 with any questions.