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Grassroots and Open Space Development

The Grassroots program supports the development of community gardens, urban farms, and other open space. You can find resources online on gardening and farming safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This program supports the development of community gardens and other open spaces. The program provides grant funds, City-owned land, and technical assistance to neighborhood groups and nonprofits that want to organize, develop, own, manage, and maintain community gardens and open space in the low and moderate income neighborhoods.  

Typically, projects are funded in two phases. Requests for Proposals are issued offering land and funding to help with the creation of community garden space. These spaces will provide low- and moderate-income residents with the opportunity to establish gardens. Our goal is to grow healthy food for families and the community.  

Neighborhood Development will make a tentative designation and award of funds to the selected development entity. Then, we work with them to finalize their proposal.

Have questions? Contact:

Shani Fletcher

Funding Available

The Grassroots Program is currently offering funding of up to $100,000 per project in the City of Boston for:

  • open space capital projects on private land, or
  • public land that is not in Neighborhood Development's inventory.

Funding is available, for projects small and large, to 501(c)(3) organizations only, in neighborhoods where over 51% of the population are low-moderate income. Funding is on a rolling first-come, first-served basis. Please see the Grassroots Open Space Funding FY21 Request for Proposals for more information.

Land acquisition process

If you’re interested in creating an open space project on City-owned land, the Grassroots Program is here to help. Please note that this process can take as long as 18 months.

Find Your Parcel

Are you an individual or neighborhood group looking to turn a specific parcel into your neighborhood into an open space project? Reach out to the Grassroots Program Manager to find out if this parcel is already in a pre-development phase for another project.

Are you an individual or organization with a specific project in mind, but not a specific location? Contact the Grassroots Program Manager for help finding a parcel that might be a good potential fit.

EngageMent

Engage with:

  • immediate abutters
  • local neighborhood associations, and
  • other community stakeholders.

Find out what they think of your idea. Work with them to come up with a community vision.

Community Meeting

Neighborhood Development (DND) will hold a community meeting. We will invite neighbors who live within a 300-foot radius. At the meeting, we will invite community input on the proposed use of a parcel. We will also ask for guidance on the development guidelines that will be included in a future Request for Proposals (RFP).

Request for Proposals

If community support indicates an RFP for sale of a parcel for a specific use is warranted, DND will issue one. Massachusetts’ anti-corruption laws require that property acquisition be made through an open and competitive process. Therefore, a Request for Proposals must be issued. That allows anyone interested in buying the parcel — for the community’s expressed preferred use — to apply.

If Grassroots funds are available and likely to be needed for a particular use, an RFP may include an offer of grant funds for open space project development.

An RFP is issued and available online. Once issued, there is usually a four- to six-week window where proposals are accepted. Due to the challenges presented by COVID-19, proposals are currently being accepted for two months from the issued date. 

Selection

After the RFP deadline, an internal selection committee reviews all proposals for eligibility. The committee compares responses to the RFP’s comparative evaluation criteria. The committee selects the proposal that:

  • meets eligibility criteria, and
  • is considered most “advantageous”, based on that comparative criteria.

If funding has been offered, an award decision is also made.

Question Period

DND staff will work with the recommended developer. We will answer any questions or complete any necessary additional documentation before taking the next steps.

Tentative Designation

DND will schedule a Tentative Developer Designation (TD) vote at the Public Facilities Commission (PFC). The PFC will vote on whether to declare an “intent to sell” the parcel to the recommended developer.

Finalize Design

If the PFC votes to designate the applicant, the applicant then has a year to finalize their:

  • design and budget
  • permitting, and
  • funding, with technical help from the Grassroots Program.

DND will take the project before the PFC for a Conveyance vote if the applicant:

  • has been able to finalize these items in two to 12 months, and
  • is ready to begin construction.
Closing

If the PFC votes to convey the land to the applicant, Neighborhood Development and the applicant will close on the sale of the land about four weeks after the meeting. If grant funds are being dedicated to this project, the grant agreement will be finalized upon closing. 

After closing, construction may begin. If Neighborhood Development provided Grassroots funding, we must monitor construction until it is complete.

Project highlights

Highlights
Eastie Farm

This 3,100-square-foot property in East Boston, conveyed in June of 2019, received $132,000 of funding. It is used as a gardening education tool for a local school.

Clark Cooper community garden

This 87,047-square-foot nature center and wildlife sanctuary in Mattapan received $51,524 in funding. The property, managed by Mass Audubon, offers educational activities.

Windermere Road Garden

This 4,100-square-foot terraced garden in Dorchester received $75,000 in funding.

Recent updates

Edgewater Food Forest

The parcel is almost completely landlocked and was used primarily as a cut-through for decades. Once completed, the Food Forest will include: 

  • multiple paths,
  • art installations,
  • a platform and other areas for gathering,
  • a walnut processing station,
  • a rain catchment system,
  • a shade garden,
  • berry bushes,
  • fruit trees, and
  • a tiny library.

This project is located in Mattapan. It is being created by Boston Food Forest Coalition and will be managed by them in partnership with Edgewater Drive Neighborhood Association.

Micro Healing Forest

The Micro Healing Forest is modeled on the Japanese concept of forest bathing — shinrin-yoku — and meant to bring a healing space to Codman Square. Once completed, it will include:

  • the addition of trees known to have healing properties,
  • a new pathway and wall, and
  • a gathering space for educational and community use.

This project is located in Dorchester and will be created and managed by the Codman Academy Foundation.

John Eliot Square Urban Wild

The Urban Wild is an effort by Paige Academy, whose school grounds abut the property, to address climate change impacts in their neighborhood. They have created a growing and gathering space for their school and the broader community. Near completion, it includes:

  • water retention and anti-erosion measures,
  • a hillside pathway,
  • native plantings,
  • community growing beds, and
  • a small greenhouse.

This project is located in the Highland Park neighborhood of Roxbury.

6 Chelsea Terrace Urban Farm

The Urban Farm will feature food grown by the community, for the community. It will serve as a new site for Eastie Farm, who has been growing in a communal way for donation as well as community consumption on Sumner Street for several years. Once completed, the project will include:

  • raised beds,
  • a greenhouse,
  • rain catchment systems,
  • a performance and gathering space, and
  • the preservation of the existing fruit trees.

This project is located in East Boston and managed by Eastie Farm, Inc.

Community Garden Directory

Garden Directory
Penniman Road Community Garden

Boston Parks and Recreation Department
21 Penniman Road

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 27
Annual Fee: $10
Wait List as of Fall 2021: Between 5 and 15 people
Contact daveminichiello@gmail.com or oneruthie@gmail.com for more information

Chestnut Hill Reservoir Community Garden

Chestnut Hill Driveway

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 23

Charlestown Sprouts Community Garden

Charlestown Sprouts
Terminal Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 38
Annual Fee: $30 minimum (sliding scale)
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: Between 15 and 25 people
Contact gmrobbins@yahoo.com for more information

Gardens for Charlestown

Gardens for Charlestown
499 Main Street at Bunker Hill Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 65
Annual Fee: $65 (plus $25 application fee)
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: Between 50 and 100 people (about two years)
Contact clerk@gardensforcharlestown.org for more information

10 josephine community garden

The Trustees of Reservations
10 Josephine Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 8 
Annual Fee: $30
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: Yes
Contact
communitygardens@trustees.org for more information

29 Josephine Community Garden

The Trustees of Reservations
29 Josephine Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 25 
Annual Fee: $30
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: Fewer than 5 people
Contact
communitygardens@trustees.org for more information

Audrey Jacobs Community Garden

The Trustees of Reservations
32 Bullard Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 8 
Contact
communitygardens@trustees.org for more information

Barry Community Garden

The Trustees of Reservations
39 Barry Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 13
Contact
communitygardens@trustees.org for more information

Bullard Community Garden

The Trustees of Reservations
33 Bullard Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 17
Annual Fee: $30
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: No
Contact
communitygardens@trustees.org for more information

Claybourne Street Dorchester Garden

Dorchester Gardenlands
40-44 Claybourne Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 13
Annual Fee: $30
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: No
Contact jureneck@comcast.net or lynnettef1@comcast.net for more information

Dacia & Woodcliff Community Garden

The Trustees of Reservations
31-37 Woodcliff Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 34
Annual Fee: $30
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: Yes
Contact
communitygardens@trustees.org for more information

Ellington Community Food Forest Garden

Boston Food Forest Coalition
103 Ellington Street

Type of Green Space: Garden/Food Forest
Number of Garden Plots: 20
Annual Fee: $20
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: No
Contact info@bostonfoodforest.org for more information (local neighbors are encouraged to get involved)

Everett Ave

Boston Food Forest Coalition
11A Everett Avenue

Type of Green Space: Garden/Food Forest
Number of Garden Plots: No individual plots
Contact info@bostonfoodforest.org for more information (local neighbors are encouraged to get involved)

Fannie Lou Hamer Community Garden

Dorchester Gardenlands
97 Greenbrier Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 4 collective; 9 individual
Annual Fee: $10 to $20 (depending on affordability and water bill)
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: About one year
Contact flhgarden@gmail.com for more information

Folsom Street Community Garden

The Folsom Group
25-27 Folsom Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 17
Annual Fee: $50 ($25 for smaller plots)
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: Between 5 and 15 people (waitlist shared with Woodward Park Healing Garden)
Contact
folsomstreetgarden@gmail.com or (617) 297-7390 for more information

Greenwood Community Garden

The Trustees of Reservations
140-142 Greenwood Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 12
Annual Fee: $30
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: Between 5 and 15 people
Contact
communitygardens@thetrustees.org for more information

H.E.R.O. Hope Garden

Farmers Collaborative
424-428A Geneva Avenue

Type of Green Space: Food Forest/Greenhouse
Number of Garden Plots: No individual plots
Contact info@bostonfoodforest.org for more information (local neighbors are encouraged to get involved)

Julian, Judson & Dean Community Garden

The Trustees of Reservations
48 Julian Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 36
Contact
communitygardens@thetrustees.org for more information

Leyland Community Garden

The Trustees of Reservations
6-20 Leyland Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 70
Contact
communitygardens@thetrustees.org for more information

Lucerne, Balsam & Irma Community Garden

The Trustees of Reservations
74-76 Lucerne Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 42
Annual Fee: $30
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: Yes
Contact
communitygardens@thetrustees.org for more information

Lydon Community Garden

The Trustees of Reservations
57 Msgr. Lydon Way

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 21
Annual Fee: $45 ($30 for a half plot) 
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: Yes
Contact
communitygardens@thetrustees.org for more information

Monadnock Community Garden

The Trustees of Reservations
21-23 Monadnock Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 24
Annual Fee: $30
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: Fewer than 5 people
Contact
communitygardens@thetrustees.org for more information

Nightingale Community Garden

The Trustees of Reservations
512 Park Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 133
Annual Fee: $35
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: Fewer than 5 people
Contact
communitygardens@thetrustees.org for more information

Norton & Stonehurst Community Garden

The Trustees of Reservations
88 Norton Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 8
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: No (but all plots are currently filled)
Contact jlfrench@bidmc.harvard.edu​​​​​​​ for more information

Peace (An Binh) Community Garden

Viet-AID
35 Faulkner Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 8-10
Annual Fee: None
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: No
Contact contact@vietaid.org or (617) 822-3717 for more information

Pierce Cooke Garden

The Guild
Quincy/Coleman Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: All communal space
Annual Fee: None
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: No
Contact engage@theguild.works or (877) 797-7938 for more information

Spencer Community Garden

The Trustees of Reservations
96 Spencer Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 20
Annual Fee: $30 (water bill is an additional charge)
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: No 
Contact
communitygardens@thetrustees.org​​​​​​​ for more information

Wheatland Community Garden

The Trustees of Reservations
86 Wheatland Avenue

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 18
Annual Fee: $40
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: No
Contact
communitygardens@thetrustees.org for more information

Windermere Community Garden

The Trustees of Reservations
9A Windermere Road

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 13
Annual Fee: $70 for a household or $50 for an individual
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: Between 5 and 15 people
Contact
communitygardens@thetrustees.org for more information

Woodward Park Healing Garden

The Folsom Group
20 Woodward Park Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 6
Annual Fee: $50
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: Between 5 and 15 people (waitlist shared with Folsom Street Community Garden)
Contact information is included in the online application

Aligheri School Garden

Eastie Farm, Inc.
37 Gove Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: No individual plots
Annual Fee: None
Contact info@eastiefarm.com or (617) 419-0791 for more information (local neighbors are encouraged to get involved)

Bradley School Garden

Eastie Farm, Inc.
110 Beachview Road

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: No individual plots
Annual Fee: None
Contact info@eastiefarm.com or (617) 419-0790 for more information (local neighbors are encouraged to get involved)

Donald McKay School Garden

Eastie Farm, Inc.
122 Cottage Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: No individual plots
Annual Fee: None
Contact info@eastiefarm.com or (617) 419-0792 for more information (local neighbors are encouraged to get involved)

Eagle Hill Community Garden

The Trustees of Reservations
339 Border Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 21
Annual Fee: $40 ($20 for raised beds)
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: Between 5 and 15 people
Contact 
communitygardens@thetrustees.org for more information

Garden at the Rockies Community Garden

Boston Parks and Recreation Department
144 Marginal Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 12
Annual Fee: $25
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: Between 5 and 15 people
Contact ddellolio5k@gmail.com or (617) 635-4505 for more information

Joe Ciampa Community Garden

The Trustees of Reservations
124 Marginal Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 24
Annual Fee: $45
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: About 2 to 3 years
Contact ciampagarden@gmail.com for more information

Our Garden

Eastie Farm, Inc.
Border Street and Meridian Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: No individual plots
Annual Fee: None
Contact info@eastiefarm.com or (617) 419-0787 for more information (local neighbors are encouraged to get involved)

Sam Adams Elementary School Garden

Eastie Farm, Inc.
165 Webster Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: No individual plots
Annual Fee: None
Contact info@eastiefarm.com or (617) 419-0789 for more information (local neighbors are encouraged to get involved)

Shore Plaza East Garden

Shore Plaza East
408-826 Border Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Contact (617) 569-7710 for more information

Fenway Victory Gardens

Boston Parks and Recreation Department
20 Park Drive

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 500
Annual Fee: $40 ($25 if 65 or older) 
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: Over 100 people (to join the waitlist, fill out this form)
Contact 
info@fenwayvictorygardens.org or (857) 244-0262 for more information

Symphony Community Garden

The Trustees of Reservations
56-72 Symphony Road

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 42
Annual Fee: $50
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: Between 5 and 15 people
Contact srcgboston@yahoo.com for more information

Saranac Community Garden

Southwest Corridor Park
380 Northampton Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Contact gardens@swcpc.org for more information

Anson/Spaulding Community Garden

Southwest Corridor Park
Between Green Street and Forest Hills Stations (closer to Forest Hills)

Type of Green Space: Garden
Contact gardens@swcpc.org for more information

Green Street Garden

Pine Street Inn
84-88 Green Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 6
Contact info@pinestreetinn.org or (617) 892-9100 for more information

Brookside Community Garden

The Trustees of Reservations
36-55 Merriam Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 23
Annual Fee: $40
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: Between 15 and 25 people
Contact 
communitygardens@thetrustees.org for more information

Chilcott & Granada Community Garden

The Trustees of Reservations
23 Granada Park

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 11
Annual Fee: $50
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: Fewer than 5 people
Contact granadagarden20@gmail.com for more information

Day & Roundhill Community Garden

The Trustees of Reservations
69 Roundhill Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 20
Annual Fee: $30
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: Between 15 and 25 people
Contact 
daystreetroundhillgarden@gmail.com for more information

Egleston Community Orchard

Boston Food Forest Coalition
195 Boylston Street

Type of Green Space: Food Forest
Number of Garden Plots: No individual plots
Contact info@bostonfoodforest.org for more information (local neighbors are encouraged to get involved)

Forbes Community Garden

The Trustees of Reservations
19-31 Forbes Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 28
Annual Fee: $40
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: Yes
Contact 
communitygardens@thetrustees.org for more information

Hall/Boynton Community Garden

Southwest Corridor Park
Between Green Street and Forest Hills Stations

Type of Green Space: Garden
Contact gardens@swcpc.org​​​​​​​ for more information

LaMartine/Hubbard Community Garden

Southwest Corridor Park

Type of Green Space: Garden
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: Over 100 people
Contact gardens@swcpc.org for more information

Lawn Street Garden

Back of the Hill Community Development Corporation
63 Lawn Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 30
Annual Fee: $0.35 per square foot
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: Yes
Contact lawnstreetgarden@gmail.com for more information

Lawndale Community Garden

Southwest Corridor Park

Type of Green Space: Garden
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: Over 100 people
Contact gardens@swcpc.org for more information

Leland Community Garden

The Trustees of Reservations
2-6 Leland Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: No individual plots
Contact lelandgardeninfo@gmail.com for more information

McBride/Boynton Community Garden

Southwest Corridor Park
Between Green Street and Forest Hills Stations (closer to Green Street)

Type of Green Space: Garden
Contact gardens@swcpc.org for more information

Minton Stable Community Garden

The Trustees of Reservations
110 Williams Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 52
Annual Fee: $40
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: Between 50 and 100 people (to join the waitlist, fill out this form)
Contact 
mintonstablecommunitygarden@gmail.com for more information

Nira Community Garden

The Trustees of Reservations
10 Nira Avenue

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 7
Contact 
communitygardens@thetrustees.org for more information

Oakdale Street Community Garden

Southwest Corridor Park

Type of Green Space: Garden
Contact gardens@swcpc.org for more information

Paul Gore & Beecher Community Garden

The Trustees of Reservations
105 Paul Gore Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 48
Annual Fee: $50
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: Between 5 and 15 people
Contact 
pgbssteeringcommittee@gmail.com​​​​​​​ for more information

Paul Gore Community Garden

Boston Parks and Recreation Department
60 Paul Gore Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 40
Annual Fee: $30
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: Between 15 and 25 people
Contact juneleone@aol.com for more information

Saint Rose Community Garden

The Trustees of Reservations
34-36 Saint Rose Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 12
Annual Fee: $40 ($20 for shared plot)
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: Yes
Contact strosegarden@gmail.com for more information

South Street Community Garden

South Street Community Garden
271 South Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 37
Annual Fee: $40
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: No
Contact deaconmarvel@gmail.com, erin.twohig@gmail.com, or toby.ritterhoff@gmail.com for more information

Southwest Corridor Community Farm

The Trustees of Reservations
57 Lamartine Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 56
Contact jpswccf@gmail.com for more information

Walden Street Garden

Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation
15-15R Walden Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Contact Cristal Martinez at cmartinez@jpndc.org or (617) 522-2424 for more information

Boston Nature Center

Boston Food Forest Coalition
500 Walk Hill Street

Type of Green Space: Food Forest
Number of Garden Plots: No individual plots
Contact info@bostonfoodforest.org for more information (local neighbors are encouraged to get involved)

Clark/Cooper Community Garden

Massachusetts Audubon Society
510 American Legion Highway

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 300
Annual Fee: $65
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: No
Contact cccgarden@yahoo.com for more information

Morton Street

Farmers Collaborative
632 Morton Street

Type of Green Space: Food Forest
Number of Garden Plots: No individual plots
Contact info@bostonfoodforest.org for more information

Shangri-la Community Gardens

Boston Parks and Recreation Department
74 Orlando Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 22
Annual Fee: $20 to $90 (depends on plot size)
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: Between 5 and 15 people
Contact (617) 635-4505 for more information

Woolson Community Garden

The Trustees of Reservations
44 Woolson Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 11
Annual Fee: $30
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: Fewer than 5 people
Contact communitygardens@thetrustees.org for more information

Mission Hill Community Garden

The Trustees of Reservations
750-752 Parker Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 51
Annual Fee: $30
Wait List as of Fall 2021: Yes
Contact missionhillgarden@gmail.com for more information

Tobin Community Center Garden

Sociedad Latina
1481 Tremont Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Contact (617) 442-4299 for more information

Healy Field Garden

Boston Parks and Recreation Department
160 Florence Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 62 to 64
Annual Fee: $40
Contact gardenathealy@gmail.com or (617) 635-4505 for more information

Southwest Boston Community Garden

Boston Parks and Recreation Department
236 Cummins Highway

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 60
Annual Fee: $40 minimum (depends on plot size)
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: Yes
Contact information included on application form

Alvah Kittredge Community Garden

The Trustees of Reservations
10-14 Highland Avenue

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 12
Annual Fee: $35
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: No
Contact 
communitygardens@thetrustees.org for more information

Bessie Barnes Community Garden

The Trustees of Reservations
25-29 Warwick Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 16
Annual Fee: $50
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: No
Contact 
communitygardens@thetrustees.org for more information

Cooper Garden

Edward L. Cooper Community Gardening and Education Center

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 30
Annual Fee: $55
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: No
Contact cooper.crite@gmail.com for more information

Crite Garden

Edward L. Cooper Community Gardening and Education Center

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 25
Annual Fee: $55
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: No
Contact cooper.crite@gmail.com for more information

Dennis/Huckins Street Garden

Dudley Neighbors, Inc.
26 Huckins Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Contact (617) 442-9670 or visit the website for more information

Dudley Greenhouse

The Food Project
11 Brook Avenue

Type of Green Space: Greenhouse
Number of Garden Plots: 32
Annual Fee: $35
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: Yes (to apply fill out this form)
Contact dandrews@thefoodproject.org or (617) 442-1322 ext. 13 for more information

El Jardin de la Amistad

The Trustees of Reservations
403-405 Dudley Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 15
Annual Fee: $40
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: Between 5 and 15 people
Contact 
communitygardens@thetrustees.org for more information

Esparanza Garden

Project Hope
57 Magnolia Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Contact info@prohope.org or (617) 442-1880 for more information

Lenox and Kendall Community Garden

The Trustees of Reservations
900 Tremont Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 32
Annual Fee: $35 for a small plot; $45 for a medium plot; $55 for a large plot
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: No
Contact 
communitygardens@thetrustees.org for more information

Lewis Place Orchard

Dudley Neighbors, Inc.
Lewis Place

Type of Green Space: Orchard
Contact (617) 442-9670 or visit the website for more information

Madison Park Garden

Madison Park Development Corporation
55 Malcolm X Boulevard

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 78
Annual Fee: None
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: No
Contact lstafford@madison-park.org or (617) 946-6460 for more information

Magazine Community Garden

The Trustees of Reservations
29 Magazine Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 23
Annual Fee: $30
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: No
Contact 
communitygardens@thetrustees.org for more information

Maple/Schuyler Garden

Sonoma Maple Schuyler Tenants Association
Maple Street/Schuyler Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 33
Annual Fee: None
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: 1 year
Contact (617) 445-0060 for more information

Margaret Wright Memorial Garden

Fort Avenue

Type of Green Space: Garden
Contact 
margaretwrightgarden@gmail.com for more information

McKinley Garden

Haley House
23 Dartmouth Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 35
Annual Fee: $1 per square foot (suggested)
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: No
Contact info@haleyhouse.org for more information

Northampton Community Garden

The Trustees of Reservations
75-87 Northampton Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 32
Annual Fee: $50 ($25 for a half plot)
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: Between 5 and 15 people (about 1 to 2 years)
Contact 
communitygardens@thetrustees.org for more information

Savin & Maywood Community Garden

The Trustees of Reservations
54-60 Savin Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 32
Annual Fee: $32.10
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: Fewer than 5 people
Contact 
communitygardens@thetrustees.org for more information

Thornton Street Garden

Haley House
95r Thornton Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 25
Annual Fee: $1 per square foot (suggested)
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: Yes
Contact info@haleyhouse.org for more information

United Neighborhood of Lower Roxbury Community Garden

United Neighborhood of Lower Roxbury
90 Windsor Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Contact 
unlravillageatwork@gmail.com for more information

Wakullah Street Community Garden

Hewes Street/Wakullah Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Contact (347) 278-7760 for more information

Winthrop Community Garden

The Trustees of Reservations
25 Winthrop Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 16
Contact 
communitygardens@thetrustees.org for more information

D Street Fire Station

South Boston Neighborhood Development Corporation
273 D Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 4
Annual Fee: No
Contact garden@sbndc.org or (617) 268-9610 for more information

West First Street Garden

South Boston Neighborhood Development Corporation
175-179 W First Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 21
Annual Fee: $20
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: Between 50 and 100 people
Contact garden@sbndc.org or (617) 268-9609 for more information

Berkeley Community Garden

The Trustees of Reservations
500 Tremont Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 150
Annual Fee: $65 (lock and key fee additional $10)
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: About 2 years
Contact information is available on the website

Blackwood/Claremont Community Garden

Southwest Corridor Park
Near Mass Ave Station (Across from Claremont Street)

Type of Green Space: Garden
Contact gardens@swcpc.org for more information

Braddock Park Community Garden

Southwest Corridor Park
Near Braddock Park (Between Mass Ave and Back Bay Stations)

Type of Green Space: Garden
Contact gardens@swcpc.org for more information

 

Follen Community Garden

Southwest Corridor Park
Near Follen Street (between Mass Ave and Back Bay Stations)

Type of Green Space: Garden
Contact gardens@swcpc.org for more information

Greenwich/Cumberland Community Garden

Southwest Corridor Park
Near Greenwich Park (between Mass Ave and Back Bay Stations)

Type of Green Space: Garden
Contact gardens@swcpc.org for more information

Harcourt Community Garden

Southwest Corridor Park

Type of Green Space: Garden
Contact gardens@swcpc.org for more information

Harrison Urban Garden

The Trustees of Reservations
700 Harrison Avenue

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 29
Annual Fee: $45 to $60 (two plots are $35 and reserved for seniors)
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: Between 15 and 25 people
Contact 
communitygardens@thetrustees.org for more information

Rutland & Washington Community Garden

The Trustees of Reservations
1561-1565 Washington Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 45
Annual Fee: $20 to $148
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: About 2 years
Contact gazebogarden@gmail.com for more information

Rutland Green

The Trustees of Reservations
74 Rutland Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 15
Annual Fee: $50
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: No
Contact 
communitygardens@thetrustees.org for more information

Rutland’s Haven

The Trustees of Reservations
Rutland Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 26
Annual Fee: $60 (key fee additional $15) 
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: Between 5 and 15 people (About 2 to 3 years)
Contact jhmcqueen@verizon.net for more information

Unity Tower Garden

Torre Unidad
West Dedham Street/Shawmut Avenue

Type of Green Space: Garden
Contact (617) 988-5377 for more information (garden is only for Torre Unidad residents)

Warren & Clarendon Community Garden

The Trustees of Reservations
20-22 Clarendon Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 20
Annual Fee: $60
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: Between 5 and 15 people
Contact 
communitygardens@thetrustees.org for more information

West Springfield Community Garden

The Trustees of Reservations
106-116 West Springfield Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 35
Annual Fee: $60
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: Between 5 and 15 people
Contact communitygardens@thetrustees.org for more information

Worcester Community Garden

The Trustees of Reservations
108-138 Worcester Street

Type of Green Space: Garden
Number of Garden Plots: 157
Annual Fee: $65
Waitlist as of Fall 2021: Between 50 and 100 people
Contact worcesterstreetcommunitygarden@gmail.com for more information

Old West Church

Boston Food Forest Coalition
131 Cambridge Street

Type of Green Space: Food Forest
Number of Garden Plots: No individual plots
Contact info@bostonfoodforest.org for more information (local neighbors are encouraged to get involved)

Urban Farm Directory

Farm Directory
Glenway Farm

Urban Farming Institute
131 Glenway Street

As of summer 2021, produce from Glenway Farm is sold at the Farmstand at Fowler Clark Farm (487 Norfolk Street) Fridays from 1pm to 4pm. Produce is also sold through the Urban Farming Institute’s CSA Program. To learn more or to volunteer at the farm, email info@urbanfarminginstitute.org.

The West Cottage Farm

The Food Project
40 West Cottage Street

As of summer 2021, produce from The West Cottage Farm is sold at the Dudley Town Common and Ashmont farmers markets. The farm also donates to Rosie's place, the Mosque for Praising Allah, Rounding the Bases, the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative food pantry, and the Project Hope Shelter. Volunteer opportunities are currently limited due to high demand. To learn more, email dandrews@thefoodproject.org.

87-89 Callender Street

NUBIA

As of summer 2021, produce from 87-89 Callender Street is sold at the Brighton farmers' market and the Copley farmers' market. To learn more or to volunteer, email a.sayed@nubianet.net, or call (617) 669-2642.

Sportsmen's Tennis and Enrichment Center

Urban Farming Institute
950 Blue Hill Avenue

As of summer 2021, produce from the farm at Sportsmen’s Tennis and Enrichment Center is sold at the Farmstand at Fowler Clark Farm (487 Norfolk Street) Fridays from 1pm to 4pm. Produce is also sold through the Urban Farming Institute’s CSA Program. To learn more or to volunteer at the farm, email info@urbanfarminginstitute.org.

Corner Stalk Farm

101 Condor Street

Corner Stalk Farm grows in a recycled shipping container year-round. To order produce from Corner Stalk Farm, visit www.cornerstalk.com/shop.

Eastie Farm

294 Sumner Street

As of summer 2021, produce from Eastie Farm can be purchased through their CSA program: sign up at eastiefarm.com/csa. Eastie Farm also donates to local community organizations or directly to community members. Local neighbors are welcome to help care for the food and reap what is sown. To volunteer, visit eastiefarm.com/volunteer, and learn about upcoming events at eastiefarm.com/calendar-of-events. Contact Eastie Farm at info@eastiefarm.com or (617) 419-0788.

Fenway Farms

Green City Growers
Fenway Park

As of summer 2021, produce from Fenway Farms is used at all Fenway Park food venues. Fenway Farms also donates to Lovin’ Spoonfuls Food Rescue. To learn more, visit greencitygrowers.com/fenway-farms.

We Grow Microgreens

21 Norton Street

As of summer 2021, produce from We Grow Microgreens is sold at its Hyde Park Farmstand at 21 Norton St. Hyde Park, Thursdays from 3:00pm to 6:30pm. In the summer and fall, We Grow Microgreens sells at these farmers’ markets: Natick Farmers' Market at Common Street Church, 13 Common Street, every Saturday from 9:00am to 1:00pm; Roslindale Farmers' Market at Adam's Park in Roslindale Square, select Saturdays June until October from 9:00am to 1:30pm; Watertown Farmers' Market at Saltonstall Park, Main Street & Whites Avenue, Watertown MA, every other Wednesday beginning June 16th from 2:30pm to 6:30pm; Newton Summer Market at Newton South High School, every other Tuesday beginning July 6th from 2:00pm to 6:00pm; Mattapan Farmers' Market. In the winter, We Grow Microgreens sells at these farmers’ markets: Natick Winter Farmer's Market at Common Street Church, 13 Common Street, Natick, MA, Saturdays, October to April; Wayland Winter Farmers' Market at Russell's Garden Center, 397 Boston Post Road Wayland, MA, Saturdays, January 9th to March 13th, 2020, from 11:00am to 2:00pm; Roslindale Winter Farmers' Market at 32 Birch Street, Roslindale, MA, Sundays, January 17th to March 2020, from 12:00pm to 2:00pm. To learn more or to volunteer, visit www.wegrowmicrogreens.com or email wegrowmicrogreens@gmail.com.

Allandale Farm

259 Allandale Road, Chestnut Hill

As of summer 2021, produce from Allandale Farm is sold at their farm stand from 9:00am to 6:00pm daily. Allandale Farm also sells through their CSA program and through their online shop at allandalefarm.com/shop. To learn more, visit allandalefarm.com, email allandale@allandalefarm.com, or call 617-524-1531.

Astoria Farm

Urban Farming Institute
15 Flint Street

As of summer 2021, produce from Astoria farm is sold at the Farmstand at Fowler Clark Farm (487 Norfolk Street) Fridays from 1pm to 4pm. Produce is also sold through the Urban Farming Institute’s CSA Program. To learn more or to volunteer at the farm, email info@urbanfarminginstitute.org.

Fowler Clark Farm

Urban Farming Institute
487 Norfolk Street

As of summer 2021, produce from Fowler Clark Farm is sold at its Farmstand at 487 Norfolk Street Fridays from 1pm to 4pm. Produce is also sold through the Urban Farming Institute’s CSA Program. To learn more or to volunteer at the farm, email info@urbanfarminginstitute.org.

ReVision Urban Farm

Victory Programs
38 Fabyan Street and 23-29 Tucker Street

As of summer 2021, produce from ReVision Urban Farm is sold at the ReVision Urban Farm Stand, Dot House Farmers’ market, Roslindale Farmers’ Market, and distributed at the Boston Living Center and ReVision Family Home. To learn more or to volunteer, email volunteer@vpi.org.

Ballou Urban Farm

Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation
100 Ballou Avenue

To learn more about Ballou Urban farm, email apolojcatala@gmail.com.

Garrison-Trotter Farm

Urban Farming Institute
225-227 Harold Street

As of summer 2021, produce from Garrison-Trotter farm is sold at the Farmstand at Fowler Clark Farm (487 Norfolk Street) Fridays from 1pm to 4 pm. Produce is also sold through the Urban Farming Institute’s CSA Program. To learn more or to volunteer at the farm, email info@urbanfarminginstitute.org.

Tommy's Rock Farm

Boston Farms Community Land Trust
1-3 Akron Street

As of summer 2021, produce from Tommy’s Rock Farm is sold directly to customers. Flowers grown at the farm are sold through a CSA program. To learn more or to volunteer at the farm, email info@bostonfarms.org.

Langdon Street Farm

The Food Project
37-43 Langdon Street/ 123-133r George Street

As of summer 2021, produce from the Langdon Street Farm is sold at the Dudley Town Common and Ashmont farmers markets. The farm also donates to Rosie's place, the Mosque for Praising Allah, Rounding the Bases, the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative food pantry, and the Project Hope Shelter. Volunteer opportunities are currently limited due to high demand. To learn more, email dandrews@thefoodproject.org.

Thornton Street Farm

Haley House
95r Thornton Street

Produce from the Thornton Street Farm is distributed at the Haley House Soup Kitchen, at the Haley House Bakery and Cafe, at Paige Academy, and through a program for senior living in Highland Park, as of summer 2021. To learn more or to volunteer, visit haleyhouse.org/give/volunteer-2.

17 Dixwell Street

NUBIA

As of summer 2021, produce from 17 Dixwell Street is sold at the Brighton farmers' market and the Copley farmers' market. To learn more or to volunteer, email a.sayed@nubianet.net, or call (617) 669-2642.

Boston Medical Center Rooftop Farm

Higher Ground Farms
One Boston Medical Center Place

Produce from the Boston Medical Center Rooftop Farm is used in the Boston Medical Center food pantry, cafeteria, and teaching kitchen, and is sold at the Boston Medical Center’s farmers’ market, as of summer 2021. There are no volunteer opportunities currently due to COVID-19. To learn more, visit www.highergroundrooftopfarm.com/volunteer-and-tour.html.

Hannah Farm

B. Good and Camp Harbor View
Long Island Road, Long Island

As of summer 2021, produce from Hannah Farm is used at Camp Harbor View, and B. Good’s Summer Street, Seaport, and Washington Street locations. The farm has a volunteer program with Camp Harbor View. To learn more, visit www.bgood.com/our-farm.

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