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Backyard Growers is a grassroots organization helping to reshape Gloucester's relationship with food. We provide resources and support to establish vegetable gardens at homes, housing communities, organizations, and schools. In the end we create life-long gardeners inspired by the power of growing one's own food.
Backyard Growers began in 2010 as a program of the Cape Ann Farmers’ Market as part of their strategic approach to connect residents with healthy food. With support from The Food Project, we provided backyard gardens to families in downtown neighbors. Our program quickly grew to include new backyard gardens every year, community gardens, and school gardens, and in 2013 we separated from the farmers' market to become our own organization.Since 2010, Backyard Growers has built over 150 raised bed gardens, serving hundreds of Gloucester residents. We serve 100% of public school students from preschool to 6th grade, providing true seed-to-fork experiences for Gloucester kids.