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:
- 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
- Tips and tricks for gardening with limited resources, everywhere from raised garden beds and containers to front steps and windowsills
Then graduate to…
- 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
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.
🌱 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.
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.
A Celtic Evening for St. Patrick’s Day and Manchester-Essex Rotary Club Scholarship Fund
Tim and Shoshy Collins and Chris Shea invite the public to an evening of Celtic music with the Erstwhiles on Friday, March 13, 6-9pm. Get your green on for an early St. Pat’s celebration at the Antique Table, 2nd floor. There is a $5 donation at the door and a 50/50 raffle, proceeds going to the Rotary’s scholarship fund. The public is invited to attend and may order food and beverages from the restaurant. Reservations are accepted at Antique Table. Tim and Shoshy won a performance by the Erstwhiles at a recent auction and they generously choose to take the opportunity to raise money for the Manchester-Essex Rotary scholarship fund. Applications are currently being accepted for graduating seniors, go to https://manchesteressexrotary.org/page/scholarship-application-1 to download the application.
Performing around the North Shore for the past 10 years, The Erstwhiles concentrate primarily on traditional Irish music while drifting occasionally into American folk and hillbilly genres. Their interactive shows are usually sprinkled with Irish humor, toasts and trivia. Band members include Arthur McGeown and Glenn Daly of Marblehead on lead guitar and vocals, Fiona French from Hamilton on vocals and Chris Shea of Manchester on bodhran and vocals. Sitting in with them for the March 13th show will be fiddle player Kate Hudson and Mike McGeown on guitar with a possible cameo bagpipe performance by Manchester’s Pat Meehan. Usual mainstay and local Irish tenor Austin O’Keefe will unfortunately miss the event.