Gloucester community garden & backyard garden applications are OPEN!

Do you want to garden in Gloucester this year? Backyard Growers is offering two programs to help low- to moderate-income families and seniors grow their own fresh, healthy produce and connect with their communities.  Read on for more information.


 Join a community garden.

Every year, the team at Backyard Growers helps Gloucester residents put fresh food on their tables by managing community gardens in public parks, public housing developments, and at community organizations all over Gloucester.

Participants receive a garden bed as well as free and reduced cost access to our gardening trainings, cooking workshops, seeds, and seedlings, plus support from a garden mentor to help them develop their green thumb.

Click here to download a community garden application.


Apply for a Backyard Garden! 

In 2019, Backyard Growers focused its Backyard Garden Program on low- to moderate-income older adults, providing each participant with a raised garden bed in their own backyard, training, seeds, and seedlings, plus two years of mentorship to help their new garden thrive. Thanks to this program, which has served over 150 households throughout Gloucester, community residents of all ages are growing their own healthy, delicious food.

Interested in growing in your own backyard? Apply by March 1!

Click here to download a Backyard Garden application.

Can’t download or print the application? Stop by the Backyard Growers office at 3 Duncan Street, Gloucester, to pick up a physical copy!

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The second annual free Family Movie and Crafts Day will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2020 from 10:00am to 4:00pm in the Gloucester Meetinghouse, home of the Unitarian Universalist Church.

Kick off school vacation week with games, face painting, craft projects, and prizes. Two popular animated movies will be shown – one about toys and the other about a snowman. Enjoy refreshments all day and a free pizza lunch. Tour the historic 1806 Meetinghouse upstairs and ring the Paul Revere bell in the tower.

Presented by the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation in partnership with Pathways for Children, Maritime Gloucester, and the Cape Ann Community Cinema.

Please note new location this year! The event will be held in the Meetinghouse downstairs, accessed from the side door at 10 Church Street. Parking available on the green, weather permitting, and around the Historic District.


O’Maley Middle School Presents Frozen Jr

O’Maley Middle School Presents Frozen Jr


O’Maley Academy’s Middle School students ‘let it go’ on stage in their performance of Disney’s Frozen Jr. Based on the hit animated film and Broadway musical, this show brings to life Anna, Elsa, and the classic story of sisterhood that you know and love.


It’s fun for the whole family and audiences of all ages, so join us this weekend at O’Maley Middle School to see a performance full of laughter, magic, and the power of true love, Cast Y on Friday 2/7 at 7:00 and Saturday 2/8 at 1:00 and Cast X on Sunday 2/9 at 1:00.

Shows take place in the auditorium at O’Maley Innovation Middle School, 32 Cherry St. in Gloucester. Tickets, $5 for youth and 7$ for adults, may be purchased at the door or online at

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On behalf of the entire cast and crew of Frozen Jr. thank you for helping us share our show with the community!

Seaside Garden Club’s February Meeting

Seaside Garden Club’s February 11 Meeting

Seaside Garden Club returns from its holiday break with a special program: Seed Starting Tips and Tricks. Have you tried starting plants from seed? Successfully? Like people, seeds have their unique personalities. If you don’t know which seeds like it hot, which need a chill, which need to be soaked, or nicked… you might treat them all the same, leading to germination failure. Does it need light or dark? How long to germinate? Deep planting or surface sowing? When should I start them? Can it be planted in the fall? Indoors or out? What soil? When to transplant? Which containers are best? Why are my seedlings wilting? What about damp off? Fungus gnats? Yikes! MariePatrice Masse and Seed Starting Tips and Tricks to the rescue! Get the answers to these and other questions. You’ll soon be starting seeds like a pro!

About MariePatrice Masse, M.Ed.: MariePatrice’s years of focus on personal growth and transformation are easily translated to her passion for seeds and plants. Every year from February to June, her house turns into a plant nursery as she brings these little green babies to life! A former teacher, MariePatrice has a constant thirst for learning and sharing. She is always trying something new at her 5000 square foot organic flower and vegetable garden. But it’s not all about plants and flowers. She’s also known as The Seed Snatcher, The Butterfly Lady, The Worm Lady, Dirt Girl, The Garden Go-To Lady… You won’t want to miss a program with MariePatrice. Her passion for learning, and enthusiasm for life is contagious!

Seaside Garden Club is a group of fun, active, civic-minded and hands-on gardeners. We welcome all types of gardeners from beginners to experienced… there is always something to learn and share. We invite you to become a member of our club and enjoy our monthly programs which feature interesting guest speakers and creative workshops.

We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, September through June, at the Manchester Community Center, located at 40 Harbor Point, Manchester-by-the-Sea. Social time begins with light refreshments at 7:00 pm, followed by the program at 7:30 pm. Guests are always welcome, there is a $5 fee.

Winter Warmer Mixology Party

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Join us at Backyard Growers‘ first Winter Warmer, a mixology party featuring local mixologist Dawn Caraway, Ryan & Wood Distilleries, and Q Mixers. Learn Dawn’s secrets to using local craft spirits to mix artisanal cocktails inspired by the season.

Proceeds support Backyard Growers’ mission to cultivate stronger, healthier, more sustainable communities.

When: Thursday, March 5, 2020, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Where: Backyard Growers HQ, 3 Duncan Street, Gloucester

Tickets: Free event. $25 donation at the door recommended. Reserve your spot in advance by RSVPing here.