For Schools.

Backyard Growers has a variety of school programs, from schoolyard gardens with annual planting and harvesting days to afterschool programs serving elementary, middle, and high school students. Click below to learn more about our school offerings!

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For Families

Backyard Growers provides low and middle income families with raised-bed gardens. To learn more about our families, as well as how to participate in the backyard programs (including the Get a Garden/Give a Garden program), click here.

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For Communities

Learn how Backyard Growers partners with other community-based local organizations to provide and manage community gardens, promote healthy eating habits and increase the production of locally-grown sustainable food.

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Help Us Build Gardens on November 1

We're looking for volunteers to help us build 20 raised-bed gardens -- 10 for West Parish Elementary School and 10 for low- to moderate-income participants in our Backyard Gardens program. And when West Parish returns to West Gloucester, the schoolyard gardens will become part of the Burnham's Field Community Gardens.

Volunteers should come prepared to have fun. We'll provide all tools and materials. All you need to bring is your enthusiasm.

So, join us on Saturday, November 1, at Burnham's Field (next to the Yellow Sub Shop, 73 Pleasant Street, in Gloucester). We'll be working from 8:30 to 2:30. If it rains, we'll move the fun to Sunday, November 2.

To volunteer, sign up online or contact You can sign up for one 90-minute shift or several. And bring the family!

Sign up to volunteer on November 1

Apply for a Backyard Garden!

Would you like to pick fresh vegetables from your own backyard garden next summer? If so, you should apply for the 2015 Backyard Garden program.

Now is the time to apply, because we'll be reducing the number of backyard gardens we offer next year. Low- to moderate-income Gloucester families are invited to apply. The deadline has been extended to Friday, October 24.

You can download the application to your computer, fill it out, and email it back to You can also print it out and send it to us by snail mail.


Check out our latest from Facebook!

7 successful Food Day events at 7 wonderful schools!

It was a great day to be in the schools, and we were happy to be a part of it!

Thank you so much to our wonderful kitchen managers Cathy, Grace, Diane, Cindy, Stacy, and Carol! You women are amazing! And to all our parent volunteers, you guys are the best!

Happy Food Day to all and to all a good night!
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The 8th graders at O'Maley loved their squash so much they wrote a song about it!

"If you like fun so very much, then please try some squash." sounded better when they sang it...
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It's a Food Day Massachusetts miracle!

The rain has stopped and 6 out of 7 Vets students that tried our butternut squash samples said they liked it in our very official lunchtime vote!
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