E3, a National Development Community, is one of Boston’s premier “Green Districts,” promoting green living spaces and healthy lifestyles for a community of engaged residents. By providing organic rooftop farm spaces with flexible options, the collaboration between National Development and GCG is a great example of a cutting edge and attractive amenity for green-minded residents in Greater Boston, and beyond!
The System We Created
As one of many urban agriculture sites installed and maintained by Green City Growers, E3 offers residents the opportunity to grow and harvest a bountiful selection of organic produce right on the roof deck in custom-built beds, with a beautiful view of the Boston skyline. The E3 Garden Program offers raised bed communal gardening and a unique feature, with resident-reserved raised beds. Included in this eco-minded amenity is weekly support from a GCG farmer providing maintenance and urban ag education for any and all interested residents.
The resident-reserved raised beds are currently assigned on a first-come first-serve basis. The beds are a point of personal pride for participating residents - with help from our farmers, they choose what they want to grow and can harvest at any time. GCG farmers aid in the maintenance and harvesting processes, but the leave the rest up to the individual. With a total of eight communal beds, and twenty-four private beds, that’s a lot of growing space for the E3 resident community!
Where Does the Food Go?
Food is distributed amongst tenants with a percentage of the harvest going to GCG food rescue partners.
GCG farmers provides support and maintenance weekly, guiding residents and providing on-site expertise. As one resident says, “I haven’t gardened since I was a child. It is really nice that GCG brings everything with them, from seeds to plants and everything else, and all we have to do is show up!”