Build a Garden Application

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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. 

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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

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. 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: buildagarden@thefoodproject.org or 540-230-3261.

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