Holiday Workshop: Winter Wreath-Making with Local Flora

✨ Join Backyard Growers and Sunspell Flora to learn how to design and create festive winter wreaths using local flora like amaranth, straw flower, and evergreen. Instructed by North Shore flower farmer Lauren Barnhill of Sunspell Flora, each participant will take home a wreath of their own creation.

When: December 7, 5-6:30pm

Where: Backyard Growers HQ @ 103R Maplewood Ave, Gloucester, MA, 01930

Tickets: $40 general admission / $20 Backyard Growers program participants (e.g. 2022 Community, Backyard Garden, or GrowBag Garden Programs)

🎨 Children are welcome to join for free with a caretaker’s ticket purchase! We will be running a children’s winter craft activity during the workshop. If you plan to bring children, please RSVP for them at

😋 Light refreshments will be provided.

💚 Proceeds from this workshop support Backyard Growers’ mission of cultivating healthy, connected, resilient communities by empowering people to grow their own food. Come have some festive fun and support a great cause!

You’re invited to the Great Gloucester GrowDown

Join Backyard Growers and our awesome community at the 7th Annual Great Gloucester GrowDown. All proceeds from this blow-out fundraiser support our work cultivating healthy, connected, resilient communities by empowering people to grow their own food. Plus, this celebration will take place in-person for the first time since 2019!

📅 Tuesday, September 20, 2022, 6:30pm

📍 Short & Main, 36 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

We’ll be toasting another successful growing season in our communities with farm-fresh drinks and nibbles provided local favorite Short & Main from ingredients grown by some of our favorite North Shore farms. The event will feature entertainment, a live video premiere and fund-a-need auction. We hope you’ll join us!

THANK YOU for making an impact. Our work is your work, and we couldn’t do it without you.

Summer Gardening Workshop at The Open Door: Tomato Care

Join Backyard Growers for a series of Summer Gardening Workshops in The Open Door Food Pantry’s kitchen garden. In the first workshop, attendees will learn about early summer tomato care in order to maximize this year’s harvest. Ask general garden questions and explore what’s going in the Backyard Growers-managed vegetable garden at The Open Door.

The Open Door garden, managed by Backyard Growers, helps put fresh produce on the shelves and into the meals at the food pantry.

📆 June 23, 5-6pm

📍 The Open Door kitchen garden @ 28 Emerson Ave, Gloucester, MA, 01930

Email to RSVP. This event is free of charge.

Workshop: Sensory Gardening for Kids & Families

📆 June 22, 5-6pm

📍 Beeman Elementary School

Families, students, and individuals are welcome to gather at Beeman Elementary School’s sensory garden bed with Backyard Growers Garden Educator Hailey Small to learn more about incorporating plants and flowers into their garden that stimulate all five senses. Sensory gardening is a movement focused on child growth and development to help kids access the natural world and is often used as a healing tool that can provide a sense of calm and restoration.

FREE admission to Backyard Growers Program Participants (e.g. 2022 Community Garden, Backyard Garden & GrowBag Garden) as well as Backyard Growers Community Consulting Clients

$15 General Admission – kids join for free!

Register & buy tickets

May Veggie Seedling Sale

🍅 Our May Seedling Sale is now OPEN to the public! Visit our online shop for tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and MORE, generously grown for our community by our friends at Cedar Rock Gardens. Shop here.

Proceeds from this sale support Backyard Growers’ programs empowering people to grow their own fresh food 🌿 THANK YOU for partnering with us in this work.

Some fine print…

🌱 The sale is open until Thursday, May 19; seedling pick-up is on Saturday May 21, 11am-2pm, at 103 Maplewood Ave, Gloucester. We will also have other growing supplies and any surplus vegetable seedlings available for purchase.

👉🏾 Seedlings marked FREE are reserved for our program participants, who also receive advanced access to our seedling sale to ensure they get the plants they need. Please do not order a FREE seedling if you did not receive a raised bed or GrowBag garden from us this year. Thank you for helping us support our program participants.

Virtual workshop: How to grow your own vegetables in containers

Learn how to grow your own fresh food in containers. This training is perfect for gardeners working with a small or unusual growing space – e.g. a driveway, porch, or sideyard. Program Manager Jess Reid will walk participants through how to plan, care for, and harvest from their vegetable container garden, with a special focus on growing in Backyard Growers’ GrowBags.

May 18, 6-7pm on Zoom

FREE admission to Backyard Growers Program Participants (e.g. 2022 Community Garden, Backyard Garden & GrowBag Garden) as well as Backyard Growers Community Consulting Clients

$15 General Admission

Register & purchase tickets.

Proceeds support Backyard Growers‘ work empowering people to grow their own food in schools, backyards, community gardens, and GrowBags.

Backyard Growers Open House & Lara Farewell Party

Join us for a fun open house at Backyard Growers HQ at 103R Maplewood Ave to wish founder and executive director Lara Lepionka well on her next adventure! We’ll have tasty treats, great garden stories and nostalgia, and the chance to thank Lara together for the incredible impact she has had on our community.

Learn more about this leadership transition and incoming executive director Alison Woitunski DiFiore here:

FREE Seed Giveaway at Burnham’s Field

🌱 Join us at Burnham’s Field to pick up free vegetable seeds. Bring any extras you have to trade with other gardeners.

🙏🏾 We are grateful to Ace Rockport, Corliss Brothers Garden Center & Nursery, and Johnny’s Selected Seeds for their generous donation of seeds to our community.

📖 Author Kari Percival will be signing her book, “How to Say Hello to a Worm.” In this illustrated children’s book, say “hello” to worms, dirt, peas, and more in this gentle how-to guide for connecting with nature. The beautiful simplicity of a garden is depicted through digital woodcut illustrations and engaging nonfiction text presented as a series of sweet questions and gentle replies. Pre-order your copy for pickup at the event in our Online Shop.

🌞 We’ll also be celebrating Opening Day of Burnham’s Field Community Garden!

Virtual Workshop: How to Start Seeds Indoors

In this online workshop, Backyard Growers will guide you through the process of starting your own vegetable seeds indoors, including a materials list, dos and don’ts, and a live Q&A.

FREE for Backyard Growers Program participants (e.g. Community Garden, Backyard Garden, GrowBag Garden Programs)

$15 general admission

Reserve your spot or purchase tickets:

After registering, attendees will receive a link to join the workshop on Zoom.

Proceeds support Backyard Growers‘ community and school garden programs.