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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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So You Have a Backyard Urban Farm, What’s Next?

Already have a backyard urban farm, but curious about more ways to provide more local, fresh food for your family or even neighbors? Here are some ideas so you can continue to transform your backyard into a vibrant, productive space and reduce your carbon footprint at the same time! Urban Bees. Bees […]

5 Inspiring and Innovative Urban Agriculture Projects

1. The Green Machine Mobile Food Market Memphis, Tennessee The Green Machine is a mobile food market that brings local, nutritious food to neighborhoods in Memphis with limited access to fresh produce. Kenneth Reardon started the The Green Machine in 2013 to address the issue of food security in Memphis. According […]

What’s Hot in 2016? Hyper-Local Vegetable Production

What does the NRA have to do with farming!? Well, if we’re talking about the National Rifle Association, not that much…but if we’re talking about the other NRA – the National Restaurant Association – the two share quite a lot. Earlier this month, the NRA released its Whats Hot in […]

There are Eggs in Eggnog?!

Despite “egg” being in the name, people are often have no idea how eggnog is made or that there are actually eggs in it. What with soy-nog, coconut kefir eggnog, eggnog lattes (surely no egg in there!), etcetera, this is not terribly surprising. How many of us have actually MADE […]

Boston’s Top 10 Urban Farming Green Spaces

Are you looking for respite from your busy city life or interested in local food and want to grow your own urban garden? In Boston there are a number of urban farming green spaces that are accessible to the public where you can find escape from the bustle of the city. Whether you […]

Dirty Hands are Happy Hands: Antidepressants in The Soil

Gardeners often to refer to their gardens as their “happy place” and now there may be a biological reason for it. Researchers have discovered a strain of bacterium in soil that may be responsible for increasing serotonin and decreasing anxiety. How Dirt Makes You Happy The soil microbe, Mycobacterium vaccae, […]

What to Do With A Big Pre-Frost Harvest

It’s going to be cold this weekend. With the forecast anticipating at least one night at freezing temperatures, and the potential for multiple nights of cold weather, we will likely see the demise of many of our crops. While hardier fall plants like kale and lettuce can hold up to a […]

Husk (Ground) Cherry Recipe

“What is it and how do I use it?” is a common question we hear this time of year when referring to husk cherries, also known as ground cherries or husk tomatoes. They are small pale orange fruits wrapped up in what looks like a brown paper bag (or very […]

Vegan & Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread

It’s time to take back pumpkin. Listen, I get it. There are few things more quintessentially “fall” than the sights of changing leaves, the gentle nip of an autumn breeze, and above all else, the smells and tastes of warm apple and pumpkin confectionaries. With the arrival of cool autumn […]