Who We Are

Our Mission

At Growing Places (GP), we believe in the power of gardening to improve lives. We help low-income individuals, families, and communities in North Central Massachusetts realize the many health, economic, and social benefits of growing their own produce by building food gardens and teaching the skills to maintain them. Each sustainable garden is designed to meet individual needs and built by a team of volunteers. Working in partnership with individuals, families, non-profit organizations, schools, and public agencies, we identify opportunities in which gardening can:

  • Increase access, affordability, and consumption of fresh, healthy vegetables and fruits
  • Increase physical, outdoor activity
  • Improve mental and emotional well-being
  • Promote pride in and enjoyment of neighborhoods
  • Increase social and interpersonal connections
  • Provide satisfying volunteer opportunities
  • And enhance strategies to create a socially-just, regional food system for all.

Part of a network of organizations and agencies addressing related issues – such as hunger, nutrition, food security, and community health and wellness – we actively seek opportunities in which gardening can complement and enhance regional strategic initiatives.

Our Goal
Our goal is to grow proficient gardeners who maintain their gardens on their own and, through our encouragement and support, continue to grow fresh, healthy food for themselves and their loved ones year after year.

Our Guiding Philosophy
We have witnessed the positive impact of teaching families to garden and the change that occurs when individuals are empowered and encouraged along the way. Something truly amazing occurs when a group of people come together to move soil, plant seeds, and watch them grow. The entire community is nourished and reminded that the potential to create abundance in our own lives is always within reach.