Learn how to grow your own food online with Backyard Growers

Backyard Growers has launched a blog series to help Gloucester residents learn how to grow their own food from the comfort of their own home during the current public health crisis. Check it out here, and dive into the first three posts:

Start here…

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  • Why growing your own food matters more than ever during a public health crisis
  • What Backyard Growers is doing for the community during this challenging time to help increase food access and self-sufficiency
  •  What capacity we still have in our community and backyard garden programs for the 2020 growing season
  • How you can get involved

Then read…

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I Want a Garden Something Fierce, But…


  • Tips and tricks for gardening with limited resources, everywhere from raised garden beds and containers to front steps and windowsills


Then graduate to…

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  •  Where to get soil and compost to make your veggies grow like gangbusters!
  •  Source untreated lumber for raised garden beds
  • How to have a garden built FOR you, and gift one to a local family or senior in need

Tune in to the Backyard Growers blog and follow us on Facebook for more regular how-to guides on gardening during the COVID-19 crisis.

Get a Garden and Give a Garden with Backyard Growers & Black Earth Compost

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We’ve partnered with the crew at Black Earth Compost, a local company with a mission to collect food waste, process it into nutrient-rich raised bed soil, and return it to the community. Through this partnership and our Get-a-Garden, Give-a-Garden program, you get a garden of your own and give a garden to a local low- to moderate-income family or senior in need.

As our joint thank you, in addition to a raised bed full of powerful soil, you will receive a Garden Welcome Pack, access to Backyard Growers’ garden resources, and reduced price workshops, all while providing the same benefits to a local family or senior in need.  Backyard Growers will acknowledge your tax deductible $500 donation.

Click here for more information and to order a garden for you AND a family or senior in need.

Join the 2020 Backyard Garden Program

🌱 Backyard Growers has extended the deadline for this year’s Backyard Garden Program to next Friday, March 20! The 2020 Backyard Garden Program makes affordable, fresh vegetables accessible to income-eligible older adults (62+) in their own backyards 🥕🍅🥔🥒💚

We provide participants with a raised vegetable garden bed full of a compost-soil mix from Black Earth Compost, and the resources they need to grow their own food.

Click here to download an application.

Join the 2020 Backyard Garden Program

The Backyard Garden Program is made possible in large part through support from the Boston Foundation, the Cummings Foundation, and Community Development Block Grant funding from the City of Gloucester.

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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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.

Natural Skincare Workshop with Backyard Growers

Backyard Growers Natural Skincare Workshop

🌿 Join Backyard Growers at our Natural Skincare Workshop learn how to incorporate botanicals into your skincare routine through homemade products. By making your own skincare, you take full control of what you put on your body, avoiding the harmful chemicals and additives that the beauty industry uses to increase the shelf-life of their products.

So, treat your skin to a restorative break this winter at this workshop! Participants will leave with a take-home face mask and a “how to” lesson on making their own hand cream.

When: Thursday, February 13, 6 – 8 p.m.

Where: Backyard Growers HQ, 3 Duncan Street, Gloucester

Tickets: $20 general admission. Purchase your ticket here or call 978-281-0480.

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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