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.

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…

BYG 2010 Beacon Street Farm Build Pre Fill (1)Stop Fooling Around and Tell Me Where To Get Soil, Compost, and Lumber!


  •  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.

A Celtic Evening for St. Patrick’s Day

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 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.