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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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Converting a Food Desert to a Food Oasis

America’s urban neighborhoods may be vibrant, teeming-with-life, cornucopias of activity, but all too often they are also food deserts. What is a food desert? A food desert is a geographic area, generally in poor urban areas, where affordable & healthy food is difficult to obtain, particularly for those without access […]

Top 10 Heart-Healthy Vegetables and Fruits

Today, the first Friday in February, is the American Heart Association Go Red For Women Day. The staff at Green City Growers is 75% women, so we’re celebrating! We realize it takes more than one day of wearing red to end heart disease, the number one killer of women in America. Why […]

How Far Does Your Food Travel?

You don’t need to be a scientist to figure out that fresh food tastes better. There’s just no comparison between the robust flavor of a hand-picked cherry tomato, still warm from the sun, and the bland taste of a tomato grabbed from the stark, fluorescent aisle of a grocery store. […]

Green City Growers Celebrates Food Day!

Food Day is a nationwide holiday that celebrates people and the food that we eat. Its efforts are to connect people back to their food – where it comes from, what it is, if its in season, etc. All across the nation, kids are learning how to chop veggies in school, […]

Whole Foods Market, Lynnfield: The Rooftop Farming Movement

Living in a metropolitan city like Boston, many people don’t reside in areas that have immediate access to garden space and if they do, it’s in a place with contaminated soil that makes growing difficult and unsafe. More and more gardens have been popping up in unused area around the city, from […]

Why You Need a Green City Growers Cold Frame

Combine your cold frame with the purchase of one of our raised beds! We’ve compiled the top 4 ways a cold frame can change the way you garden. 1. Overwinter cold-hardy crops. There’s no need to let your garden stay empty during the winter. Instead of clearing off an empty […]

Will You Have a Part in Victory? Will You “Grow Your Own?”

“Will you have a part in victory?” was an important question posed twice to the American people in the first half of the 20th Century; in 1917 during World War I and again in 1939 during World War II. A national campaign was launched promoting the cultivation of available private lands […]

Four-Step Berry Jam, Fresh From the Garden

Although berries can take a few years to get going, the wait is worth it. Once you’ve developed a berry crop, you can harvest from the start of summer, to well into the fall. There’s really nothing better than having several months’ worth of fresh-picked berries from a backyard garden. […]

Making the Most Out of Sunflowers

The sunflowers in front of Green City Growers’ Somerville office are bright and in bloom, stretching high above the rest of the garden. With their soaring stalks and bright yellow petals, sunflowers bring color to almost any plot of land. But, sunflowers can do more than just add aesthetic appeal; […]