Build-a-Garden Application

Please read this page carefully before beginning your 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 at home.


We provide you with a raised bed garden filled with high quality, safe soil. The raised bed gardens we usually provide are 4 feet wide, 8 feet long, and 10 inches tall, although the size can vary depending on your available space.

Build a Garden bed

If the height of 10 inches does not work for you because of accessibility concerns, please indicate so in your application.

Additional program offerings:

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)



Residents of the City of Boston are welcome to apply, with priority given towards residents of Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan. 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! 



We currently are able to offer the beds at no cost. If you are able and would like to make a donation towards the cost of materials and labor (up to $250), you can do so at the time of the installation. 


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). 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.

** We currently (as of May) have a long waitlist for garden beds in 2023. Please note that if you apply during the spring/summer, you may not receive your garden bed until fall or later, depending on demand and capacity. **


Apply now! 

We accept applications year-round. Contact us with any questions or concerns at or (857) 217-4884

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