Gardening in Gloucester

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Gardening Opportunities in Gloucester

Mass in Motion-Cape Ann is committed to increasing access to fresh, affordable produce through supporting backyard, community, and school garden initiatives.

Backyard Growers: Backyard Growers, a local non-profit, leads many gardening initiatives in Gloucester. Backyard Growers partners with the City of Gloucester, Gloucester Schools, The Food Project, FoodCorps, MassLIFT, and The Open Door to achieve its goals and relies on community volunteers to sustain its work in Gloucester. For more information on Backyard Growers or to get involved, visit Backyard Growers or contact their staff at or (978) 281-0480. You can also stop by their office at 269 Main Street.

Community Gardens: Like to Garden - But Do Not Have Space?

Backyard Growers Community Garden Program facilitates gardens in Riverdale Park (with Gloucester Housing Authority), McPherson Park (with Gloucester Housing Authority), Pond View Village (with The Caleb Group), and Burnham’s Field (with Burnham’s Field Community Garden Committee and The City of Gloucester). To inquire about community garden participation, contact Backyard Growers at or call (978) 281-0480.

The Lanesville Community Garden at Young’s Farm allows residents of North Gloucester to enjoy gardening on large plots. Contact Essex County Greenbelt Association for information on becoming a gardener in Lanesville.

Backyard Gardening: Do You Want to Pick Fresh Vegetables From Your Own Backyard?

Backyard Growers Backyard Garden Program offers raised-bed gardens, garden training, seeds and seedlings, and ongoing support for income-eligible families.

Backyard Growers Get-a-Garden/Give-a-Garden Program provides gardens for a fee. When you participate in this program, not only do you get a garden, but you make it possible for a low-income Gloucester family to have a garden just like yours.

If you are interested in either of these programs, contact Backyard Growers at or (978) 281-0480.

Too much produce on your hands?

Plant a row for The Open Door! Donate your surplus to The Open Door food pantry.

Sell your surplus at the Cape Ann Farmers Market Backyard Growers table.

Important tips

Always test your soil for lead contamination before planting. Inexpensive soil tests may be obtained from UMass Extension.

For more gardening resources, visit the Backyard Growers Resource Page.

Schoolyard Gardens: Learning to Love Healthy Foods

School gardens give students an opportunity to experience where real food comes from—by growing it themselves! All eight of Gloucester’s schools — from Pre-K to high school — have active school gardens. The Backyard Growers School Garden Program includes Salad Days and Fall Harvest Days, Pre-K Stone Soup Program, 6th Grade Popcorn Program, in-school enrichment programs, after-school programs at O’Maley and Gloucester High School, and cafeteria tastings of fresh, local produce.