Build a Garden Application


PLEASE READ: Thank you for your interest! We are currently at capacity for our summer builds. Applications received now will be reviewed with the possibility of being built this Fall. 


The Food Project's Build-a-Garden initiative supports Boston residents and organizations who want to grow their own food in raised-bed gardens. We provide you with: 
  • A raised-bed garden filled with healthy, safe soil
  • 12 free seedlings in May of your first year 
  • Free gardening workshops and a Growing Guide
  • Ongoing support through drop-in open hours at the Dudley Greenhouse

Residents of Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan are welcome to apply. Priority is given to those with financial need and to families with children. No prior gardening experience is required; enthusiasm and a willingness to learn are all you need! 

To make the program accessible to all, The Food Project has a pay-what-you-can policy, with a minimum contribution of $25 from individuals or families. Because we have limited funding, we ask that you contribute as much as possible toward the full cost of materials and labor, which is $250 per bed. We ask that organizations pay the full cost of each bed. 

Apply now! 
We accept applications year­-round and schedule builds on a rolling basis. Contact us with any questions or concerns at: or 540-230-3261.

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