Green City Growers news, ideas, specials and upcoming events in the month of November!
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The GROWvember Project 

By now, almost everyone is familiar with Movember. And Bostonians likely know the November Project. Let us be the first to introduce you to GROWvember: our challenge to YOU to help us convert rooftops and vacant lots into common and productive places to grow food for 2015, as this growing season comes to a close. November isn't just for growing mustaches anymore.

GCG has been working closely with local governments all year to break ground on several large scale urban farming projects slated for Somerville, Boston and East Boston in 2015.

At Food Day 2014 we spread the word about how individuals can get involved in this challenge locally via Groundwork Somerville and MA Urban Farming Network, or by becoming an Urban Ag Ambassador. GCG also attended the momentous groundbreaking ceremony for the long-awaited Boston Public Market.

Urban agriculture is a return to our roots. It beautifies our city landscapes while cultivating a network of food sustainability and security shared by all. MassUFN calls it the 3 A's: local produce that's Accessible, Affordable and Abundant. Break ground on your own garden this month. Join GROWvember!

Going Going Gone

Erik and Zack, our Builds Crew, have been hard at work building cold frames to cover clients' raised beds before the first frost hits Greater Boston. There are only 3 left!

"It's unfortunate, but most people don't begin to think about adding cold frames to their garden until the weather turns," Erik explains. "We try to predict in August how many cold frames we'll need to make, but sell out every year." 

This year is no exception. Our Builds Department built 50 cold frames this fall, and as of this week there are only 3 left. Contact Sarah to place an order before they're gone, or order now for spring!


Our most popular Facebook post last week, by far, addressed a common weed, purslane

Q: What makes a weed a weed, and are there circumstance where it's beneficial NOT to pull them? 

A: "A weed is defined as any plant growing where it's not wanted," explains Adrienne, GCG's Director of Education.

"Mint, for example, is a useful herb AND an invasive plant that will quickly spread and take over - a weed. When a weed is not robbing other plants of nutrients, space or light, and has beneficial properties of its own, like purslane, it's fine to leave it and not pull it." Got a question? Ask!

Garden Ed.

Adrienne and Leilani, the core of GCG's Garden Education Team, work with hundreds of adults at corporate gardens, kids at school gardens, and families at residential gardens every week. 

Each spring, GCG holds an intensive weekend-long Urban Agriculture Course, and the Urban Ag Ambassador Program for the City of Somerville.

GCG's book, Urban Bounty, was developed and published specifically as the ultimate guide to make growing-your-own accessible and easy.

Garden education is at the core of our mission to empower all with the ability to grow their own.

Chowder of Love

One bite and you'll know why we call it the Chowder of Love. Hardy, warming and delicious, it's got all the staples from your fall harvest - carrots, onions, potatoes, herbs. Plus a few unexpected surprises like cashews, what? Another reason this garden recipe is a GCG favorite? Like our Sweet Potato Chili Recipe, it's an easy one-pot meal.

Winter Workshops

We're adding a series of 2-hour workshops to start while the ground is still frozen this coming February. Topics will be pulled from the Urban Farming Course, and offered individually for people to pick and choose from for only $40 per workshop.

Preview upcoming workshops, register online, or purchase a bundle.

Meet Herb 

Our resident herbalist, Adrienne, shared her remedies for boosting your natural immunity this time of year, urging the whole office to stock an herbal pharmacy. Lots of herbs grow easily indoors, providing you with fresh herbal teas during the winter months. One of our favorite herbs is rosemary, for its many medicinal and culinary qualities. 


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