You’re invited to the Great Gloucester Growdown!

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Join us for a groovy night out at the Great Gloucester Growdown to support Backyard Growers‘ Community, Backyard, and School Garden Programs! Enjoy delicious farm fresh appetizers, dinner and cocktails, plus music, performances and a live auction.

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Generous local farmers, business sponsors and our amazing friends at Short & Main help us keep event costs very low so that 85% of proceeds go right back into our local programs, helping kids, families and older adults to grow their own healthy, organic food.

Tickets go fast for this event – get yours today!

Thanks to our awesome Growdown sponsors:

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Get your hands dirty with Backyard Growers!

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We need your muscle power! 💪

Backyard Growers’ 10th growing season is off to a great start – in spite of the weather! For our BUILD Day 2019, we’re making a final push to build new garden beds for families and seniors around Cape Ann so that they can enjoy their own fresh veggies this summer and into the fall. But we can’t do it without you! WE NEED YOUR HELP to build these garden beds.

Interested in joining the party? Meet us at Backyard Growers HQ (271 Main Street) in downtown Gloucester at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, ready to get your hands dirty, make a difference, and have an awesome time! Rumor has it it’s going to be SUNNY🌞, too!

Where: Backyard Growers HQ, 271 Main Street, Gloucester, MA

When: Saturday, May 11, 9 am – 1 pm

Click here to let us know you’ll be there!

Gloucester Grow Fest – June 9!


The Gloucester Grow Fest is a fun, inclusive, FREE community event hosted by Backyard Growers at Burnham’s Field in downtown Gloucester. Join us for hands-on, family-friendly activities to raise awareness about healthy eating, green living, and personal wellness, while celebrating the arrival of warm weather and the beginning of the growing season on Cape Ann!
Where: Burnham’s Field, 75 Pleasant Street, Gloucester
When: June 9, 12 pm – 3 pm
Activities and treats for the whole family include live music, yummy food, community yoga, art projects, games, GOATS!, gardening how-to’s, dancing, sunshine and good vibes! Click here for more information.

Get a Garden and Give a Garden with Backyard Growers this spring

Are you interested in enjoying a thriving veggie garden in your own backyard, while also giving back to the community? Check out Backyard Growers’ Get-a-Garden, Give-a-Garden program.

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For a $1,000 donation ($500 of which is tax deductible), you receive your own 8’x4’x2’ raised vegetable garden bed built by the Backyard Growers team, with access to all the support you need to make it flourish, like this one:


Your donation also gives a low-income Gloucester family or senior a garden of their own. All program participants have free access to Backyard Growers’ gardening trainings and cooking workshops, giving them the tools to grow their own produce and enjoy it in delicious, healthy meals.

For more information or to get started, contact or call 978-281-0480.

Seed Swap & Seed Starting Workshop

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Looking to refresh your seed collection this year and grow something exciting and new? Bring your seeds to trade at the Backyard Growers Seed Swap, where you can exchange seeeds and connect with other gardeners in the Gloucester community.

And don’t forget to stick around from 6 – 7 p.m. for our Seed Starting Workshop, where you’ll learn the best technique for starting your own veggies from seed. The Workshop is FREE for gardeners in our programs and $10 for other community members. The Seed Swap is free for everyone!

RSVP for the Seed Swap here and let us know you’ll be attending the Seed Starting Workshop here!

Backyard Growers Volunteer Info Session


Volunteer with Backyard Growers!

Volunteers are our backbone. Whether they’re helping us build new garden beds, mentoring beginner gardeners, helping us organize events or assisting with special programs, they are indispensible. Our volunteers are parents, professionals, retirees, chefs, advocates, mentors and more! Each opportunity requires different skill sets and time commitments, so anyone can get involved.

Join us at our Volunteer Information Session on February 23 to learn how you can play a part.

When: Saturday, February 23, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Where: BYG HQ, 271 Main Street, Gloucester

RSVP here or visit our Volunteer page at!