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An Interview with Eric Dawson, Farmer and Educator

“I’ve come to recognize that caring for a garden can also be a way of caring for one’s self. It’s extremely inspiring to see first-hand how our programs help lift people up.” Read the full interview with our farmer and educator Eric Dawson to find out what led Eric to Green City Growers and how he sees his work here engaging and inspiring local communities.

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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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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. However, sunflowers can do more than just add aesthetic appeal; […]

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Farm-To-Counter: A Food Trend Goes Casual

Farm-to-Table is somewhat of a ubiquitous term these days…and typically brings with it a host of assumptions: $90 prix fixe menus, impossibly small portions, and the inaccessibility of snobbish foodie culture. But, without debating the validity of such assumptions, the farm to table movement is creating some big shifts in […]

Crop Mapping Your Garden in 4 Easy Steps

With Spring just around the corner, there’s no better way to get excited about warmer weather than to start planning out your backyard farm by creating your crop map!  Ideally, you want to start creating your crop map when seed catalogs arrive in the early Spring. Thumb through the catalogs, […]

Growing a “True” Baby Carrot

Each February, as Director of Horticulture Laura Feddersen prepares the seed order for the upcoming growing season, we get to indulge in vegetable fantasy. From peanuts to quinoa, our research and development garden becomes a place where Laura and our farmers test the limits of what’s possible to grow in […]

TEDx BeaconStreet: The Future of Food

James Miner, Principal and head of planning and urban design practice at Sasaki Associates, delivered a TEDx Talk during the 2015 TEDxBeaconStreet Conference. In “The Future of Food,” Miner discusses the divide between agricultural production and (sub)urban development, calling attention to the perverse food American system where rural Iowans are […]

What is Value in Urban Agriculture?

When potential customers are considering installing a garden on site, we’re often asked what the value of their produce will be, and if the cost of an installation will be absorbed over time by the yield of their garden. The short answer: it depends on what you’re growing, what you’re […]

The Endless Battle of Dark and Light (As it Pertains to Chickens)

Reposted with permission from Green City Growers’ poultry expert, Khrysti Smyth. See the original here. Egg laying in winter… Shed some light, or embrace the darkness? Some questions I get asked a lot around this time of year are about light and heat in the winter… “They need a heater, […]

Farm-to-Table Goes Big with Houston-area ‘agrihood’

Edible landscaping is no longer a fringe concept. And lately, real estate developers are getting in on the trend. From Boston Properties, to Federal Realty’s Assembly Row, to WS Development, the team behind MarketStreet Lynnfield and The Street in Chestnut Hill, Green City Growers is working hands-on to bring edibles […]

What’s an Urban Farmer to Do During the Winter?

We’re often asked what happens at Green City Growers in the, well, leaner months. The sun sets early, and you just can’t grow tomatoes – or even most greens – with such low light. While many of our farmers are taking a much-needed break after a busy growing season, there […]

Thank You for A Big 2015!

‘Tis the season for giving thanks, and we truly have a lot to be thankful for! With the bountiful summer now a fading memory, and the quiet winter months fully upon us, we have a chance to pause and reflect on our biggest year yet! April saw the launch of […]