Shop for a cause at Backyard Growers’ Online Holiday Pop-Up Shop!

❄ Our Annual Holiday Pop-Up Shop is OPEN for the season! And, this year, it’s all online, so you can shop for a cause from the comfort of your own home 🙌🏽 Explore unique veggie-themed, garden- and nature-inspired goodies for all your family and friends, while supporting a great cause.

Proceeds support Backyard Growers‘ community, backyard, and school garden programs, connecting kids, seniors, and families to healthy, fresh produce by teaching people to grow their own food.

A Shop sneak peek:

Click here to shop!

Curbside pick-up only.

The Shop is open through December 22 🎁

Backyard Growers is hiring!

Backyard Growers is seeking a full-time Program Coordinator to join our small but mighty team and manage our school and community gardens in Gloucester.

Are you (or is someone you know!) a dynamic people person with vegetable farming and/or urban agriculture experience who is passionate about connecting communities, bringing diverse populations together, and honoring different perspectives? If so, this role could be a great fit!

Check it out here, apply by 12/6/2020, and help Backyard Growers continue to connect seniors, kids, and families to the resources they need to grow their own food! 💚

You’re invited to the 5th Annual Great Gloucester GrowDown – now virtual!

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This year, Backyard Growers‘ annual fall fundraiser, the Great Gloucester GrowDown, has gone virtual for the safety of our awesome community. At a time when more than one in five American households is experiencing food insecurity, our mission to empower people with the resources they need to grow some of their own food is more important than ever before. The GrowDown is raising funds for our essential work putting fresh produce on families’ tables through school, community, and backyard gardens.

Join us for a “party to go”, featuring…

🍅 Three-course pick-up picnic dinners for guests to enjoy in their own homes or picnic spot of choice, prepared by the incredible chefs at Short & Main using fresh, local ingredients from North Shore producers, and featuring a take-out signature cocktail

🥕 Incredible desserts from local bakeries Sandpiper Bakery and Mayflour Cake + Confections

🎬 A digital movie premiere exploring how we’ve been responding to our community’s food access needs during the pandemic – meet our gardeners, learn the impact of Backyard Growers’ programs, and see how our team pivoted to provide gardening resources, tools, support, and more, in a rapidly changing global health crisis

Curbside pick-up times for meals, as well as information on how to access our movie premiere, will be provided following ticket purchase.

Click here to learn more and purchase your tickets.

Thank you to our generous sponsors…

$2500 GD sponsors

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A blog from Backyard Growers: what you should be doing in the garden right now

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🥕 Check out the latest blog post from Backyard Growers‘ founder & executive director Lara Lepionka, where she’s sharing guidance on what you should be doing in your veggie garden NOW, and the three attributes of a successful vegetable gardener during the pandemic growing season 🌿🍅🦋  Happy growing!

Here’s an excerpt:

“Don’t forget to mulch around your veggies to keep the weeds down and the soil moist. Thin your carrots. Those tomato seedlings look small now, but they will soon take over so stake or cage them now. Eat your spinach before the leaf miners wreak havoc or before it bolts in the heat. There’s nothing sadder than a bolting spinach. Nothing.

As we move forward into the heart of the growing season and into the great ridiculous unknown, I would like to share with you what I think are the top three attributes of a successful vegetable gardener during the pandemic growing season.”

Click here to read on.

Backyard Growers’ Virtual Seedling Sale + curbside pickup

🌱🌞🎺🙌🏽 Our Online Shop is BACK, selling warm weather seedlings like tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and more! Don’t wait to place your order – these are super popular seedlings and they’re going to get snapped up quick! Also explore our shop for other garden supplies from Black Earth Compost and Neptune’s Harvest, garden-themed 🌺 cloth face masks, and our own coffee blend made in collaboration with our neighbors Breakwater Roasters 

CLICK HERE TO SHOP.

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The fine print: Curb-side pick-up only, next Friday May 22, outside Maritime Gloucester at Harbor Loop. We’ll once again be observing social distancing and assigning pick-up times based on alphabetical order. Pre-orders only; no seedlings available for purchase on the day.

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Online workshop “Gardening for the Zombie Apocalypse” with Backyard Growers – a second session!

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It’s spring, and even though it’s the zombie apocalypse out there, we have people to feed! So what to plant? What crops will produce the most food? With the most calories? And the most beneficial nutrients? With the best storage capacity? In the least amount of time?

To find out, register for the second session of our Gardening for the Zombie Apocalypse on-line workshop, which will take place on Tuesday, May 12 from 4-5:30 pm. Your workshop fee of $20 will help support our urgent zombie apocalypse work in the community. You’ll receive an overview on how to:

🌿 Plan a small urban garden for the greatest yield in terms of calories and amounts of veggies
🌿 Maximize small growing spaces with the square foot gardening method and succession planting
🌿 Sheet mulching and container gardening to grow food anywhere
🌿 Harvest water, save seeds, find free local growing resources, and be a general DIY garden ninja
🌿 Cooperate with the humans around you to support yourself and others
🌿 Kill zombies with gardening implements

Click here to purchase tickets.

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Gardening for the Zombie Apocalypse: an online workshop with Backyard Growers

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It’s spring, and even though it’s the zombie apocalypse out there, we have people to feed! So what to plant? What crops will produce the most food? With the most calories? And the most beneficial nutrients? With the best storage capacity? In the least amount of time?

To find out, register for Backyard GrowersGardening for the Zombie Apocalypse on-line workshop, which will take place on Tuesday, May 5 from 9-10:30 AM.

Your workshop fee of $20 will help support our urgent zombie apocalypse work in the community. You’ll receive an overview on how to:

🌿 Plan a small urban garden for the greatest yield in terms of calories and amounts of veggies

🌿 Maximize small growing spaces with the square foot gardening method and succession planting

🌿 Sheet mulching and container gardening to grow food anywhere

🌿 Harvest water, save seeds, find free local growing resources, and be a general DIY garden ninja

🌿 Cooperate with the humans around you to support yourself and others

🌿 Kill zombies with gardening implements

 

Click here to purchase a ticket.

Buy Early Spring Seedlings from Backyard Growers’ Online Shop

In response to COVID-19, we’re excited to bring you our annual Early Seedling Sale in virtual format, with contact-free curbside pick-up. Visit our Online Shop to pick from a selection of great organic early spring seedlings grown by our friends at Cedar Rock Gardens, now available for purchase.

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Seedlings at the start of their journey

The selection includes tasty treats like broccoli 🥦, brussels sprouts, kale 🥬, cabbage, onions 🧅, swiss chard, and more! (Look for late spring seedlings like tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, basil, and more, available in May!) DEADLINE FOR ORDERS is Thursday, April 23, at noon.

The fine print: Pick-up will take place on Friday, April 24, in front of Maritime Gloucester at 23 Harbor Loop. We will send you an email with your specific pick-up time based on alphabetical order.

THANK YOU to Maritime Gloucester for supporting our community, hosting our pick-up operations, and helping us keep our gardeners safe 💚 👊🏽

Backyard Growers’ online store brings veggie-growing resources to Gloucester residents during COVID-19 crisis

Backyard Growers has launched a new on-line store in response to COVID-19 to get veggie growing resources to all Gloucester residents with contact-free payments and home delivery. Items include:

🌻COMPOST bags from Black Earth Compost
🌱 SEEDS of all kinds!
🍅 GROW BAGS *New custom grow bags to help you grow veggies in tight places
🌿 SEEDLINGS from Cedar Rock Gardens available later this month
DISCOUNTS: Anyone who has participated in the Backyard Garden Program since 2010 will receive a discount. Check your email for the promo code.
FREE + DISCOUNTS: 2020 community gardeners and NEW 2020 backyard gardeners will receive an email that lists the free seeds and seedlings you will receive through the program and a promo code if you want to buy additional items at a discount.
Interested in becoming a 2020 Backyard Gardener? We still have gardens available for income-eligible participants. Learn more and download an application here.