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An Interview with Rie Macchiarolo, Design & Project Manager

How did you get into farming? I grew up in rural Pennsylvania, surrounded by dairy farms. As a young queer person in rural “dairy land” Pennsylvania, I struggled to feel comfortable in a rural area that was very conservative. I believed that all farmers were conservative people. Then I started […]

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Jessie’s EF Journey

This blog is written by GCG Founder & CEO, Jessie Banhazl For 5 weeks, I travelling through Germany, Sweden, and France to learn more about how other countries approach urban farming through an Eisenhower Fellowship . I am so thankful for this amazing opportunity, and I hope to that you […]

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An Interview with Carissa Unger, Production Farmer

How did you get into farming? I got interested in farming when I was ten or eleven years old. My whole family moved out to the country, and my dad started a large garden that produced food for my family to eat in the summer. I am the youngest sibling […]

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GCG Happenings: 2017 Edition

The 2017 growing season is finally here, and there are a lot of new and exciting things happening here at GCG! New Installations New raised bed gardens at Mass Med in Waltham, MA! New beds for Mapfre in Webster, MA! New beds for Boston Teachers Union K-8, one of our Boston […]

Quality vs. Quantity

Bigger isn’t always better. Large-scale monoculture farming may result in a large quantity of produce, but it can be harmful to the environment and the food grown often lacks quality. On the contrary, polyculture farming offers a sustainable way to grow a variety of different food on the same piece of land […]

Stand Against Sitting

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the average American sits for 6-8 hours per day. Research indicates that sitting for long periods of time is linked to increased risk for heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Retrieved from NextDesk   Unfortunately, many jobs today require us to be at our desk, glued to a computer. […]

Local Food Movement With Less Movement

A unique way to set yourself apart from other restaurants is an on-site farm that provides locally grown organic food to consumers. It represents dedication to supplying healthy, fresh food, while adding beauty to the community and protecting the environment. “Our Boylston location’s indoor garden has generated more attention and buzz than any sign or anything else we’ve done to […]

Using Gardening as Therapy

According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness, depression impacts up to 6.5 million adults over 65. Research indicates that senior citizens who engage in gardening show increased levels of energy, improved physical, mental and emotional health, and an overall higher quality of life. On-site gardens at senior living facilities offer a therapeutic activity that connects residents […]

10 Reasons to Grow Your Own Food

Growing your own food is a simple solution to numerous health, environmental, and economic problems. Whether you’re just growing a single tomato plant or have an entire backyard farm, here are our top ten reasons to grow your own food. 1. Save Money By growing your own food, you are saving […]

5 Brainfoods to Boost Your Memory

It kind of seems like a no brainer that fruits and vegetables are important for your health, but do you know which ones are key to improving your memory and overall cognitive health? Check out these 5fivevegetables and herbs you should be eating to boost your memory and they can all be […]

Mental and Physical Health Prescription: Nature

People who live near green spaces are generally happier and report improved physical and mental health. The unfortunate truth, according to a recent article by Grist, we only spend about 5% of our time outside. Maybe the answer to some of the largest health problems we face in today’s society isn’t as complicated as we […]

BEE Smart, Add Value to Your Business

Help bees help you. Bees need flowers for food, while flowers need bees to reproduce. It’s an ongoing cycle that you have the ability to play a crucial role in. Although a backyard is a great place to create a beneficial environment for bees, it is important to consider other commercial […]