Since 2010 Backyard Growers has built over 200 raised bed gardens, serving hundreds of Gloucester residents. We serve 100% of public school students from preschool to 6th grade, providing true seed-to-fork experiences for Gloucester kids.
This is our story!
Backyard Growers cultivates healthy, connected, environmentally sustainable communities and fights for food justice by teaching people to grow their own food. We provide resources and support to establish vegetable gardens at homes, housing communities, organizations, and schools.
our three-year vision
Gloucester is our roots, and now we’re spreading our wings. Click here to explore our three-year strategic plan for 2019 through 2021, which brings our mission to life and maps out our plans for the future both at home in Gloucester and beyond. We hope you’ll join us in this important work!
Backyard Growers began in 2010 as a program of the Cape Ann Farmers’ Market’s strategic approach to connecting residents with healthy food. With support from The Food Project, we provided backyard gardens to families in downtown neighborhoods. Our program quickly grew to include new backyard gardens every year, community gardens, and school gardens, and, in 2013, we separated from the farmers' market to become our own organization.
Our Impact by the Numbers
Since 2010, we have built gardens for and trained 163 families in Gloucester. That's over 280 adults and 260 children!
We serve 100% low- to moderate-income families
80% of our service sites are located in poverty or food dessert census tracts.
Over 300 individuals a year engage with our community gardens and garden programming
87 garden beds, located at 8 sites
64 family garden plots
18 community garden and food workshops Jan-Dec
We serve the entire Gloucester School District, with a focus on preK-7th grade
1,700 students served each year through our school garden-to-cafeteria events
We recently constructed new gardens for O'Maley and West Parish Schools and the Gloucester Preschool
We have built 80 garden beds district-wide