Celebrate the Growing Season at Burnham’s Field Community Garden

COME CELEBRATE WITH US! Join Backyard Growers for a special ribbon-cutting to kick off the veggie-growing season in newly-expanded Burnham’s Field Community Garden!

📍 Burnham’s Field Community Garden

📆 Sunday, April 2, 11am

This spring, we are welcoming 55 households to the garden, where they will grow their own fresh food in raised garden beds – a nearly 50 percent increase in capacity 💚

Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce is generously hosting this ribbon-cutting on the same morning as our first Burnham’s Gardener Work Day and our annual Free Seed Swap & Giveaway which is open to the public. It’s going to be a great, vibrant morning down at Burnham’s Field in Gloucester! Join us!

Seaside Garden Club April 4 Meeting

Tuesday, April 4 is the new date for Gardens of New England Artists with Jana Milbocker. (https://www.enchantedgardensdesign.com/) Jana is an experienced lecturer and author. She combines horticulture, design, and travel tips to educate, inspire and delight both new and seasoned gardeners. Jana loves to visit gardens and historic sites in the U.S. and abroad, and share her trips through her books, photos and blog. She published The Garden Tourist: 120 Destination Gardens and Nurseries in the Northeast in 2018, The Garden Tourist’s New England in 2020, and The Garden Tourist’s Florida in 2021.

This program is sponsored by Manchester Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. The program is free and the public is encouraged to attend. We welcome the Manchester Garden Club as a co-sponsor and guest of our April 4 meeting.

Seaside Garden Club meets at the Manchester Community Center. Doors open at 7pm; program begins promptly at 7:30pm.

Don’t miss the Whalemobile at City Hall THIS Friday!

Sawyer Free Library to host Whale Watch Naturalist Cindy McInnis and her life-sized inflatable whale THIS FRIDAY, March 31, 3:30–5:30 pm, at Gloucester City Hall in Kyrouz Auditorium, as part of its Young Gloucester Scientist’s Club

Kids can meet “Nile,” a representation of a 35-year-old adult female humpback whale based on a real humpback whale that frequents Gloucester’s coastal waters. They will have the opportunity to step inside the 43-foot long and 30-foot wide inflatable humpback and learn how whales are similar and different from humans in this interactive program. They will learn about Nile’s migratory path, how many calves she’s had, and how researchers came to this information. Artifacts such as baleen, teeth, and bones will be available for children to see and feel as a part of this interactive program.

The Whalemobile program is suitable for 2nd-8th graders, ages 6 and up. It is free and open to all to attend, although registration is required for each young scientist planning on stepping into the whale.

Please register HERE or sawyerfreelibrary.org. People can sign up in half-hour intervals starting at 4:00 pm and ending at 5:30 pm.  

The event will take place in Kyrouz Auditorium on the second floor of Gloucester City Hall located at 9 Dale Avenue.  

To learn more about the program or upcoming events, visit SawyerFreeLibrary.org or call 978-325-5506.

Gloucester 400+ presents – The Future of Gloucester Panel Series: The Future of our Workforce

March 30th // Doors at 6:00pm // Gloucester Stage Company

The Future of Gloucester Series is a selection of panels throughout our 400th year focused on looking towards our next hundred.

The first panel of our series, The Future of our Workforce, will feature representatives from a selection of local programs geared towards training Gloucester’s next generation in trades from fishing and farming to science and administration. What new skills and practices will be needed from our local workers to ensure the future of our local economy continues to thrive? Find out at this free, open to the public event!

Free | Open to the Public | Beer & Wine Provided by Gloucester Stage Company

GMGI, Live at City Hall!

Please join us Wednesday, March 22nd at 6pm, at Gloucester City Hall’s Kyrouz Auditorium for a live, in-person talk from GMGI Fisheries Scientist Tim O’Donnell. Click here to register! 

Hear from Tim on how he and his team are utilizing state-of-the-art genomic technology to support sustainable fisheries for the future.

All are welcome. The event is free of charge and registration is required.  Can’t make it to City Hall? 1623 Studios will be live-streaming the event on their YouTube and broadcast channels! 

Register now!

Questions? Contact Maggie Costello at maggie.costello@gmgi.org.

For more information on other upcoming GMGI events, please visit GMGI’s tenth anniversary page on our website.

SFL’s Young Gloucester Scientist’s Club to host “The Whalemobile” at Gloucester City Hall on Friday, March 31st

It will be a whale of a time at Gloucester City Hall on Friday afternoon, March 31st, when the Sawyer Free Library hosts Whale Watch Naturalist Cindy McInnis and her life-sized inflatable whale from 3:30–5:30 pm, in Kyrouz Auditorium, as part of its Young Gloucester Scientist’s Club

Young Scientists will have the opportunity to step inside Nile, the 43-foot long and 30-foot wide inflatable humpback, and learn how whales are similar and different from humans in this interactive program. They will learn about Nile’s migratory path, how many calves she’s had, and how researchers came to this information. Artifacts such as baleen, teeth, and bones will be available for children to see and feel as a part of this interactive program.

The Whalemobile program is suitable for 2nd-8th graders, ages 7 and up. It is free and open to all to attend, although registration is required for each young scientist planning on stepping into the whale. Please register on the calendar page of the SFL website. People can sign up in half-hour intervals starting at 3:30 pm and ending at 5:30 pm on the calendar page of SawyerFreeLibrary.org.  The event will take place in Kyrouz Auditorium on the second floor of Gloucester City Hall located at 9 Dale Avenue.

The Young Gloucester Scientists Club is a monthly club for 4th through 8th graders, which takes a hands-on approach to learning, building community connections, and encouraging local youth to actively think like scientists by observing, questioning, and experimenting with the world around them. 

In addition to monthly field trips in the community, circulating Kits and library-produced Digital Content provide children with fun learning activities to do at home and in-person family programming that introduces them to Gloucester Community members with careers across a variety of STEM fields.

To learn more about the program or upcoming events, visit SawyerFreeLibrary.org.

You’re invited to a Natural Wine-Tasting Fundraiser for Backyard Growers

🎨 Sweet little wine bottle summer squash illustration by our talented Garden Educator Hailey Small

🥂 Join Backyard Growers at Helen’s Bottle Shop for a specialty fundraiser, featuring a curated natural wine-tasting and delicious bites. Proceeds support Backyard Growers’ work building healthy, connected, resilient communities by empowering people to grow their own food.

📍 Helen’s Bottle Shop @ 2 School Street, Manchester, MA

📆 Thursday, April 13, 5:30-8pm

🎟 Tickets: $60 donation to Backyard Growers. Please note: This event is split into two sessions to allow the maximum number of people to join us for this special experience – session A, 5:30 – 6:30pm, and session B, 7 – 8pm. Please select your session at check-out.

💚  Thanks to Alexis Harwood, owner of Helen’s Bottle Shop & member of our Board of Directors, for hosting this delicious evening.

See you there!

Interesting in growing your own food with us this year? Learn more about our community programs here and explore our spring workshops here.

New Date for Seaside Garden Club

Due to tomorrow’s nor’easter, our program, Gardens of New England Artists is postponed until April 4, same time, same place.

Seaside Garden Club’s April Meeting is jointly sponsored by the Manchester Garden Club.

On Tuesday, April 4, Seaside Garden Club welcomes Jana Milbocker with a program on the Artists’ Gardens in New England.

Some of our most beloved painters, sculptors and authors were inspired by the gardens they created. Visit the private havens of Edith Wharton, Julian Alden Weir, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Daniel Chester French, Emily Dickinson, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Celia Thaxter and others in this virtual tour. 

Jana Milbocker is the principal of Enchanted Gardens (https://www.enchantedgardensdesign.com/), a lecturer and author. She combines horticulture, design, and travel tips to educate, inspire and delight both new and seasoned gardeners. Jana loves to visit gardens and historic sites in the U.S. and abroad, and share her trips through her books, photos and blog. She published The Garden Tourist: 120 Destination Gardens and Nurseries in the Northeast in 2018, The Garden Tourist’s New England in 2020, and The Garden Tourist’s Florida in 2021. The 2-acre garden surrounding her Victorian home features more than 140 varieties of trees and shrubs, perennial gardens, peony and rose beds, water features and shady retreats.

Seaside Garden Clubs welcomes the public to this free program at the Manchester Community Center. Doors open at 7pm, program begins at 7:30pm.

This program is sponsored by a grant from the Manchester Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. The program is free and the public is welcome to attend.

Grow your own food with Backyard Growers this year!

Backyard Growers is accepting applications for the Backyard Garden Program and the GrowBag Garden Program, which connect low- to moderate-income Cape Ann residents with the resources to grow their own food. Our Community Garden Program is now full for the 2023 season.

🍅 Backyard Garden Program – Backyard Growers builds raised garden beds in low- to moderate-income households’ backyards every spring. Apply for a garden bed built for easy access at your own home.

🥗 GrowBag Garden Program – The GrowBag Garden Program offers modular container gardening. Great for Cape Ann residents who are renters or who don’t have access to traditional outdoor growing space. Apply for a container garden and full veggie-growing resources.

Backyard Growers program participants receive access to growing space, veggie seeds and seedlings started by our friends at Cedar Rock Gardens, admission to gardening and cooking workshops, and an optional garden mentor.

Apply today to take full advantage of all our spring programs and get your garden started asap!

Backyard Growers is a Gloucester-based 501(C)3 nonprofit committed to cultivating healthy, connected, resilient communities by empowering people to grow their own food.