Make your own sauerkraut at Backyard Growers’ Fermentation Workshop!

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We’re teaming up with our friends at Pigeon Cove Ferments again this winter to offer a Fermentation Workshop! Join us at PCF’s downtown Gloucester Fermentorium to learn about the benefits of fermentation and how to make your own sauerkraut.

We will begin with a short overview of the fermentation process, fermented foods and the health benefits of fermentation. Then we will chop, grate, mix, and begin fermenting our own sauerkraut for participants to take home!

When: Thursday, January 17, 2018, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Where: Pigeon Cove Ferments, 44 Whittemore Street Unit #10, Gloucester, MA

This workshop often sells out, so get your tickets today! Tickets are $20 per person, with a 50% discount for Backyard Growers Program gardeners.

Questions? Please contact Backyard Growers at 978-281-0480,, or visit us at 271 Main St.


Backyard Growers’ Holiday Pop-Up Shop Open for Business!

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Backyard Growers‘ Holiday Pop-up Shop is back!

Stop by BYG headquarters (271 Main St) to check out our veggie ornaments, animal socks, *new* BYG tees, kitchen implements and other goodies for all the gardeners and foodies in your life. And all for a great cause! Each year, the pop-up shop helps BYG raise a little extra cash to start off the new year right.

Get some holiday shopping done and help spread love for gardens and veggies throughout Gloucester by shopping at our pop-up shop this holiday season 🙂

Open weekdays, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Join us for some late night shopping on Ladies’ Night (December 6, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.) and Men’s Night (December 20, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.)

A sneak peek at some of the goodies in our shop…


See you there!

2018 Baking Workshop with Backyard Growers

Baking workshop

Join us as we explore the joys of storage vegetables and their many uses in baking! Learn how to highlight or hide hardy winter roots like carrots and beets among more traditional items like apples or pumpkins. Participants will be led by community gardeners and Backyard Growers staff, alongside our fabulous guest chef Sarah Wonson. You’ll leave with recipes, tips, and tricks to incorporate these seasonal recipes into your holidays meals! Not an experienced cook? No problem! We’ll go over the basics, so all levels of cooking experience are welcome.

  • When: November 6, 2018, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: The Open Door, 28 Emerson Ave, Gloucester, MA
  • Tickets: RSVP and purchase tickets here. $20 per family, $15 per individual and FREE for gardeners in Backyard Growers’ programs.

Please notify us in advance of any allergies in your party.


Premium, organic compost top-offs for your garden available from Backyard Growers

Compost top offs
We will be making deliveries of Brick Ends Farm’s premium compost/top soil blend on November 15 and 17. Your garden bed must be cleared by then for us to deliver your soil. You do not need to be home to receive your delivery.

How to order: 

1. Go to and pay $30 per 4 x 8’ garden bed.

2. Then, contact Anna Swanson at to confirm receipt of payment, number of beds, address, and to review any details. If you prefer to pay by cash or check you can arrange payment at this time. We must have your payment to make the delivery. 

Once you’ve had your compost top-off, you can put your garden to bed for winter! We recommend mulching with straw (not hay – it can have seeds in it that will sprout!), leaves from your yard OR any dead plants you pull up from your garden bed, as long as they don’t have any fruit attached.

Then… get dreaming about what your garden will look like next year!

Are you a Backyard Gardener who joined our program in 2017 or 2018? If so, your top-off is free! Top-offs for our Gardeners will be taking place November 5 – 7. You don’t need to be present to receive your compost top-off – just ensure that your garden bed is clear of all plants. We’ll take care of the rest!

You’re invited to the Great Gloucester Growdown!

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Join us for a fun and funky evening with friends to support our Community Gardening and Farm to School programs. Enjoy delicious farm fresh appetizers, dinner and cocktails, plus garden tales with Phoebe Potts and a live auction, followed by a karaoke after-party!

Generous local farmers, business sponsors and our amazing frieinds 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 grow their own healthy, organic food.

What: Great Gloucester Growdown

When: September 25, 2018, 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Where: Short & Main, 36 Main Street, Gloucester

Tickets go fast, so purchase yours today at this link!

If you can’t make it, you can still make a gift to Backyard Growers here.

Hope to see you at the Growdown!

Join us cooking workshop- this Tuesday!

It’s summer time and our gardens are overflowing with everything from tomatoes to herbs to zucchini! Come join us for a cooking workshop to learn how you can put all those summer fruits to good use and learn some new recipes.

This year our workshop will be led by one of our community gardeners who will focus on recipes from her home country Syria.  Learn how to make well-know classics like hummus as well as a few lesser known Syrian recipes.

Email, call, or click here to reserve your spot today! More information below.

2018 Summer Cooking Workshop