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Build-a-Garden inspires and supports people to grow food by providing essential material and educational resources. Our approach focuses on raised bed and container gardening and demonstrates that being a producer of food is simple, fun, and rewarding. Every year, we witness the transformative experience that gardens have on participating individuals and families.

Our intention is to share our educational resources and technical support at no cost with all people who are interested in growing food, while continuing to install gardens for low-income to moderate-income families in Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, Lynn, and Gloucester. In order to accommodate our community members’ increasing interest in growing food, we are now offering two levels of engagement within Build-a-Garden.


Levels of Engagement

Level 1: Garden Support and Skill Building Resources

Level 2: Garden Materials and Installations


Level 1: Garden Support and Skill Building Resources - Available for the general public

The following resources are available to the general public at no cost. If you are interested in joining the Build-a-Garden events email list, please email [email protected].

Level 2: Garden Materials and Installations - Application required, specific eligibility criteria apply

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English  •  Español  •  Haitian Creole  •  Português  •  Tiếng Việt Nam

We strive to provide materials and install gardens at minimal cost for low- to moderate-income families. We have a limited supply of gardens, as they are funded by grants and private donations. Applicants are reviewed on a case-by-case basis to ensure that families who meet our eligibility priorities have access to an affordable garden.

What You Get:

Gardener Expectations:

  • Attend a 2-hour introduction to gardening workshop session and complete a post-season survey.
  • Plant and maintain your garden on a weekly basis. We generally recommend spending at least 1-2 hours per week.
  • While not required, our hope is that participants will become engaged with our programs and other gardeners in their neighborhood.

Eligibility Priorities:

  • Residency - residents of Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, Lynn, and Gloucester
  • Financial Need - low- to moderate-income families


How do I apply?

Frequently Asked Questions

Resources and Guides

For more information about Build-a-Garden, please contact the Build-a-Garden Coordinator at 617-442-1322 x55 or [email protected].

The Food Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit.

Tax ID: 04-3262532


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