Our Target-Funded Program
The GCG-BPS Garden Education program is a comprehensive cross-curricular vegetable garden enrichment program for students in K-12 classes. These garden programs make use of the limited space available in Boston’s densely populated urban centers by converting blacktops and schoolyards into productive spaces for educating and engaging students, and for growing food.
Our USDA Farm-to-School Program
Green City Growers, in partnership with the Boston Public Schools, BPS Facilities Management, Friends of the Boston Schoolyards, and the BPS STRIVE program, are pleased to announce they are the recipient of a 2019 Farm-to-School grant from the USDA. Thanks to this generous grant, Green City Growers will work in collaboration with BPS Facilities Management to provide BPS STRIVE special needs students to hands-on vocational training. Skills taught will include building agricultural infrastructure, crop cultivation, and landscape maintenance, with program sessions hosted at four BPS elementary school sites that will receive new garden beds. The gardens will also be used by the elementary school students, with each school receiving teacher training and hands-on education sessions focused on nutrition, gardening and farming. This program will impact 60 special needs students and 500 elementary aged students within the Boston Public School system over the 2 year grant timeline.
Green City Growers is a wonderful program and has had tremendously positive impact on our students; they look forward to the classes each week. This partnership is invaluable. -BPS Teacher