Build-a-Garden Application


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 high quality, safe soil. The raised-bed gardens we provide are 4 feet wide, 8 feet long, and 10 inches tall. Unfortunately, we cannot build higher beds.
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 (11 Brook Ave, Roxbury, MA, 02119)
 
Eligibility: 
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! 
 
Cost: 
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.
 
For organizations:
If you are applying to receive a raised-bed garden for an organization (such as a school, community center, etc.) instead of a private residence, our staff will need to meet with you and at least one permanent staff member at your organization to discuss your plans for the garden(s) and draft a memorandum of understanding. We ask that organizations pay the full $250 cost of each bed. If applying as an organization, please select “Organization” when you begin the application.
 
Apply now! 
We accept applications year-round. Contact us with any questions or concerns at buildagarden@thefoodproject.org or 617-442-1322x12.


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