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.
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.
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.
You won’t find any marble columns or spacious gardens on this tour! This is your chance to see how regular Gloucester folks are squeezing vegetable gardens into small spaces to grow some of their own food. You will visit backyard, community & school gardens plus a few special guest gardens where you can learn about chickens and bees!