Become a Garden Mentor at Backyard Growers!


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


271 Main StreetGloucester, MA 01930


What is the Garden Mentor Program?

In 2011, with a team of just one, -- founder and current Executive Director Lara Lepionka -- Backyard Growers (BYG) needed help training new BYG gardeners. She chose leaders who became our first Mentors! Over the years, we have grown the mentor program into a holistic volunteer opportunity that pairs mentors with our backyard gardeners, community gardeners, or with one of our partner gardens. From the distribution of seeds and seedlings and throughout entire process including the harvest, Mentors provide guidance, know-how and support to their gardeners!

Who is a BYG Garden Mentor?

A gardener, a trainer, a volunteer, and an invaluable part of the BYG team. Mentors must be over 18 and have experience gardening or farming; be a part of the Cape Ann community and committed to helping ensure access to fresh vegetables for community members in Cape Ann.

The Commitment:

The garden mentor program is a 10 month, February-November, volunteer commitment. Mentors will be involved in garden trainings, building garden beds, growing and distributing seedlings, leading community workshops to build skills, and maintaining community and school gardens. While some parts are flexible, we ask mentors to commit to the following:


  • Gardening
  • Farming
  • Community Outreach

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 4 hrs a month for 9 months

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