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GCG Awarded 2019 USDA Farm-to-School Grant

Green City Growers, in partnership with the Boston Public Schools, Friends of the Boston Schoolyards, and the BPS STRIVE program, are pleased to announce that we are the recipient of a 2019 Farm-to-School grant from the USDA.

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An Interview With Chris Grallert, GCG’s Managing Director

How did you get into farming? When I was a little kid, I asked my father for candy money. I was 12 or 13 at the time. He said to talk to Mr. Morrison, who owned an apple orchard down the road. My best friend Jimmy and I picked up […]

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Why We are a Bcorp

Certified B Corporations are a new kind of business classification that balances purpose and profit.

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Plant Fall Crops Now for a Bounti-fall Harvest

Summer may be ending, but the fall growing season is just beginning. The days are getting shorter, and the nights are getting colder. School shopping is well underway. But urban farming is only rounding the corner into 3rd period! Use this fall crop list to help you make the most of […]

Herbs Gone Wild! 3 Simple Steps to Tame Bolting

On hot summer days herbs are known for bolting out of control and going to seed. There are 3 simple steps to tame your herb garden to enjoy a continued harvest. The urban farming Boston movement has taken off this summer. And herbs are an incredible way to get the […]

Toxic Harvest: the Case for Raised-Beds in Urban Agriculture

It’s hard to overstate the importance of good soil.  Tomatoes with rotten bottoms, plants with yellow leaves, and stunted growth are all symptoms of nutrient-deprived soil.  Fortunately, with the right organic fertilizers these problems can be easily remedied.  What is more troublesome are the soil problems that don’t affect the […]

Garden Recipe: Kale Pesto

Kale is a fabulous cool weather crop, one that actually tastes SWEETER when the weather turns cold, losing the bitter taste it can have when grown in warmer months. And unless you’re installing cold frames on your garden this week or next, a crop that you should harvest before the […]

Thinning your urban farm produces a fuller head

… Of lettuce? As counter-intuitive as it may feel, thinning is an extremely important step in urban farming and will actually improve yield when working in small spaces. Less really is more! Thinning determines the space a plant is allowed to grow. Root crops such as carrots, beets and radishes, […]

Our 5 Favorite Creative Crops

Green City Growers can’t wait to begin the March Urban Farming Course, where we get to help you gain the skills you need to plan, plant, harvest and maintain gardens at home and in your community. Think you’ve seen it all? We are also going to spend some time teaching you how […]

Don’t Let Plastic Touch Your Food. Ever.

Don’t let plastic touch your food, really? EVER? Why? HOW? If you caught the On Point segment “The Safety of Plastics, Beyond B.P.A.” with Tom Ashbrook this week, you heard the strong warnings from Mariah Blake, the reporter for Mother Jones on “The Scary New Evidence on BPA-Free Plastics,” and […]

3 Steps to Overwintering an Olympic-Sized Harvest

If Russia can turn Sochi, a summer resort village, into a Winter Olympic host city, why can’t we also flip the seasons and make a successful growing season out of our cold New England winter (without the environmental impact of refrigerating 710,000 cubic meters of snow through the summer to […]

Did You Know 30% of Our Food Supply is in Jeopardy?

Honey bees account for the necessary pollination of one third of everything we eat. One third! The increase in use of lawn chemicals, pesticides on crops and in gardens, and chemicals in the home is in large part to blame for the decimation of our bees… And there is something we […]