PLEASE READ: Thank you for your interest! We are currently at capacity for our fall builds. Applications received now will be considered for the spring build season beginning in March 2022 and we will be in touch about whether your application has been approved as soon as we are able to.
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)
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.
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.
We accept applications year-round. Contact us with any questions or concerns at email@example.com or 617-442-1322x12.