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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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Create a Healthier Self and Environment

Growing your own food is the best way to ensure a constant supply of fresh, healthy produce, while helping the environment. Imagine having the freedom to step right outside of your home with fresh fruits and veggies right at your fingertips. At the same time, that means less trucks on the road transporting produce to […]

You’ll Feel the Sting

The increasing decline of bees is one of the single greatest threats to our natural environment today. We paired up with The Best Bees Company to help prevent the loss of more bees. As pollinators of more than 100 fruit and vegetable crops in the United States, honey bees are an essential piece to […]

Raise Your Glass for Raised Bed Gardens

Raised bed gardens offer a simple and innovative way to create a healthy and productive garden. Raised beds can be installed for a range of people in a variety of locations. From apartments with only small patios, to people with large back yards, they are a popular choice. Benefits of Raised Bed […]

A Buzzing Garden

We need bees and they need us.  Urban bees are essential to the food system. Over 100 fruits and vegetable crops rely on pollinators. Without the help from our fuzzy friends, our diets would be limited. Unfortunately, over the past century, the bee population has been declining. The good news is, you […]

Make Your Backyard Look (and Taste) Sweeter

Fruit trees and bushes are one of the easiest things you can grow and maintain. They are also pretty delicious if you ask me! What more could you ask for? We can help you create the mini orchard of your dreams. Not only are fruit trees and bushes aesthetically pleasing, but […]

Garden Goals: Planning Your Garden for Success

Winter is finally coming to an end as snow melts and song birds start singing, which means spring (and your garden) are right around the corner! But even though it may be a bit premature to start planting, it’s certainly time to start planning out your garden. If you’re new […]

French Kitchen Garden in Your Own Backyard

Though the French are perhaps best known for their butter-laden pastries and rich, creamy meals, the French garden is nearly as iconic. Now, drawing inspiration from the potager, or French kitchen garden, our Landscape Specialist Marie Macchiarolo is creating beautiful ecoscapes. So what, exactly, does this traditional garden do? The French […]

Improve Your Community One Plant at a Time

Day by day, seed by seed, you can positively impact the community that you know and love. All it takes is some basic gardening. Benefits of a Community Garden A community garden can be defined as a single piece of land gardened collectively by a group of people. Community gardens play an important […]

And That’s a Wrap!

By making the growing process highly visible in urban spaces, urban farming does a lot to educate those who otherwise may not have the opportunity to learn about it. Across more than 150 gardens, our farmers grew over 30,000 pounds of fresh produce during the 2016 growing season. What We Care About According […]