Green City Growers is a mission-driven company transforming underutilized spaces into biodiverse productive landscapes, providing our clients with immediate access to hyper-local food while inspiring self-sufficiency through engagement.
Your Farm, Anywhere.
In 2008, Jessie Banhazl, along with a college friend, founded Green City Growers. Jessie had previously worked in reality television (“Wife Swap”, “Throwdown with Bobby Flay”, “The Hills”) and was seeking a more meaningful career.
GCG’s original mission was to provide home owners with the infrastructure, tools, and education to grow their own produce at home and help create more environmentally sustainable, nutrient-dense food sources from small urban and suburban spaces. By spring of 2009, GCG had expanded to serve both residential and commercial customers by forging long-standing partnerships with companies like Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare and B.good restaurants.
Jessie and her team saw huge potential in growing food, anywhere. Looking to advance its mission, GCG took part in the startup accelerator program MassChallenge in 2013. Through MassChallenge, the company won an award for social impact from the John Henry Foundation.
Around the same time, GCG began managing New England’s largest rooftop farm on top Whole Foods Market in Lynnfield, MA. Expanding further, GCG became the garden education services provider for the Beverly school system. This program provided every third grader in Beverly, MA the opportunity to learn hands-on how to grow their own food. GCG also became a certified benefit corporation.
In 2015, GCG became the Red Sox’s “Other Farm Team” by managing Fenway Park’s rooftop farm. The company also began programs with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston and Boston Properties. With funding from the Target Foundation, GCG also implemented a comprehensive school garden program for the Boston Public Schools. Also in 2015, the company welcomed Christopher Grallert, GCG’s then Managing Director and now President, to the team.
With Chris and Jessie’s leadership, GCG has grown significantly. The company now manages 170 unique farm and garden locations throughout the Northeast, including locations in MA, RI, CT, and NY. With plans to expand throughout the region, GCG is excited about the future of urban farming and the value GCG can bring to communities far and wide.
Our Core Values:
Culture of Community
We engage with community stakeholders, weaving our experiences with those of others to facilitate connection within and between people and their places.
Dedication to Quality
We take pride in holding ourselves to the highest standards from installation to final harvest, striving to ensure the best possible projects, both for our clients and for ourselves.
At every step of the process, from site design, to sustainable sourcing, to organic garden management, we acknowledge our role and evaluate our actions as a part of an interconnected ecosystem.
Commitment to Transformative Potential
We continuously reimagine our relationship to our environment, our food, our health, and our cities, and envision our work will inspire future innovation in the urban landscape.
We commit to providing meaningful careers with living wages to an emerging workforce, and to proving a model that values social and environmental good alongside financial stability.
We Are a B Corp!
Green City Growers is pleased to be a Certified B Corp (Benefit Corporation.) With this certification comes a dual mission that combines bottom-line success and social responsibility. As a B Corp we believe that business can be a source for good by serving our community and society as a whole. Like other companies with B Corp certification, we are change-makers that use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.
Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)
As of 2021 we have launched an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) allowing employees to become partial owners of our company.
the Ecological Landscape Alliance
GCG is a member of the Ecological Landscape Alliance (ELA). ELA is a nonprofit, member-based organization made up of professionals, businesses and pro-active community members who believe in using landscape practices that are environmentally safe and beneficial.