Greening Gloucester

one backyard at a time.

Get A Garden

Backyard Growers offers raised-bed gardens for residential, educational, and organizational use.

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Give a Garden

Learn how donating to Backyard Growers' programs help the community

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Grow a Garden

Check out Backyard Growers' rich resources, including kids' guides to gardening!

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Blog

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Salad Days

Wow! That’s a big picture of lettuce, but it’s nothing compared to the lettuce the students planted and harvested at the school gardens this spring!  In April, all 1,300 Gloucester public elementary school students came out to plant lettuce with us in their school gardens.  As each grade circled up around their garden bed, we talked […]

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Fall Harvest Days

Having a Blast at Beeman Harvest Days The students of Beeman spent the past two days harvesting, weighing, washing, and eating the vegetables they planted last spring with Backyard Growers! Over 100 pounds of pumpkin, squash, beans, potatoes, carrots, and beats were harvested right out of the Beeman school garden to kick off the week. On Tuesday, […]

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School Spotlight

East Gloucester School had an awesome harvest last fall! Featured above is Willow, who is looking particularly adorable holding carrots! Below is her mom, Amy Barry. Amy, along with Joanna Bushfield, are the leaders of the East Gloucester School Garden Team. They are the awesome people who act as liaisons between Backyard Growers and the […]

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Grower Spotlight

This is the lovely Amy Clayton. She’s a 4th grade teacher at Veterans’ School and a fabulous mom! And she also happens to be my neighbor and one of the very first people to participate in Backyard Growers! Her gardening expertise grows every year, and she has gnome-power working for her too!

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Volunteer Spotlight

Our volunteers from Endicott College were featured on North Shore United Way’s website talking all about their volunteer experience with us.  These volunteers put their muscles to work, lifting dozens of bins of compost to all our first year growers around Gloucester. Read more about their volunteers experience here. Thank you Endicott football team!! A […]

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Upcoming Events

Backyard Growers Summer Seedling Distribution! Coming up at the May Farmers’ Market is our annual summer seedling distribution! This is when our new and returning Backyard Growers pick up seeds and seedlings for their summer fruiting crops. Available this year we have tomato, eggplant, red peppers, basil, Brussels sprouts, Swiss chard, kale, cauliflower, and broccoli seedlings. […]

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Visit us on FaceBook

We’re always posting the latest and greatest to our Backyard Growers FaceBook page. Like us! Love us! If we’re on your news feed you’ll be apprised of all our upcoming events!  

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Impact Map

We are currently working on an interactive map where you can meet our growers and see their gardens. In the meantime, check out our latest snapshot above to see our impact in Gloucester. Over 120 gardens constructed since 2010! Below is a map that highlights the four census tracts that comprise downtown Gloucester where roughly […]

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Seasonal Recipes

Check back here often for seasonal recipes. We will endeavor to post simple, seasonal dishes that aren’t too fussy to prepare! So just the deliciousness of veggies shine through! Check out our archived recipes organized by vegetable here!

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Fun Pages

Check out our super-easy, 4-page visual guide on how to start a raised garden garden! Start with the basics and expand from there! Visit the FUN PAGES to learn how! Local artist, Phoebe Potts, created the FUN PAGES. She has been a Backyard Grower since the program began in 2010. Check out Phoebe’s art work […]

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