Since my first day at Green City Growers, back in May, I’ve taken away a lot more than I thought I would. Being an Environmental Science major concentrating in Geology and minoring in Mathematics and Physics, I don’t study anything outside the realms of science in school. This internship not only progressed my understanding of plant and soil science, it taught me the in and outs of how a business is run. Being a business development intern, a lot of my responsibilities include marketing, client outreach and sales; again, nothing I would learn or take a class on in school. Although I am excited to go back to classes in January at Northeastern, it has been an awesome change of pace.
Apart from all of the marketing and business development tactics I learned, this internship has made me […]
You don’t need to be a scientist to figure out that fresh food tastes better. There’s just no comparison between the robust flavor of a hand-picked cherry tomato, still warm from the sun, and the bland taste of a tomato grabbed from the stark, fluorescent aisle of a grocery store.
After all, when a plant comes from your backyard, as opposed to an industrial farm many miles away, the difference is evident in both taste and nutritional quality.
As Michael Pollan explains in The Omnivore’s Dilemma, an illuminating looking at our troubled food system, the average fruit or vegetable on an American’s plate travels roughly 1,500 miles to get there, and is “frequently better traveled and more worldly than its eater.”
All of those miles traveled and hours spent in transit – packed away in 18-wheeler trucks, […]
Scout Somerville just released the autumn edition of its magazine, featuring Green City Growers’ how-to book, The Urban Bounty: Growing Your Own Fresh Organic Produce, Anywhere, in its selection of best holiday gifts for locavores.
Whether you’re looking to grow your own, or want to give a gift of learning to someone else, you can’t go wrong with The Urban Bounty.
More than than 20 years of education and experience has lent Green City Growers a plethora of practical knowledge about growing fresh food in the city. Former Horticultural Director and urban farmer, Allison Houghton, has compiled that wealth of information in The Urban Bounty.
The start to finish “how-to” guide for growing food in urban spaces and unconventional places is designed to help readers learn how to create and maintain bountiful gardens that thrive […]
Today at Green City Growers, we celebrated National Eating Healthy Day. This is a day created to promote healthy eating among Americans and to get them thinking about making small steps towards better eating habits. Check out a video our intern Dan made commenting on healthy eating!
Food Day is a Nation wide holiday that celebrates people and the food we eat. It’s efforts are to connect people back to their food e.i. where it comes from, what it is, if its in season ect. All across the nation kids are learning how to chop veggies in school, how to eat healthy and where their food comes from.
Check out GCG’s Food Day video on our Facebook page and join us in making a simple Virgin Garden Bloody Mary!
Juicer – (Virgin) Garden Bloody Mary 1 C Chopped Tomatoes 1/3 Cucumber 1/2 Celery Stalk 1/2 Red Bell Pepper 1/4 Small Onion 1/4 Jalapeno 1/2 Lemon Salt & Pepper the rim and add Herb Garnish
Living in a metropolitan city like Boston, many people don’t reside in areas that have immediate access to garden space and if they do, it’s in a place with contaminated soil that makes growing difficult and unsafe. More and more gardens have been popping up in unused area around the city, from alleyways to rooftops. Now imagine if these gardens not only beautified the city, but provided another essential use; imagine they provided an access to locally grown vegetables too!
This is exactly what Whole Foods is doing in Lynnfield, Massachusetts with the help of Green City Growers and Recover Green Roofs. Now, the patrons at this super market have the option to purchase their “regular” produce, or produce that was grown locally… so local in fact, it is actually grown on the roof above their heads! Completed in […]
For all of October, Green City Growers is offering our unique cold frames at a 5% discount. Combine your cold frame with the purchase of one of our raised beds, and enjoy 10% off your whole purchase! To celebrate this offer, we’ve compiled the top 4 ways a cold frame can change the way you garden.
1. Overwinter cold-hardy crops.
There’s no need to let your garden stay empty during the winter. Instead of clearing off an empty patch of soil in April, why not enjoy a garden full of ready-to-eat spinach? Cold-hardy crops planted in your cold frame in late fall will grow slowly through the winter and be ready to harvest as soon as spring arrives.
2. Plant early in the spring…
GCG cold frames can advance your growing season by 6 […]
“Will you have a part in victory?” was an important question posed twice to the American people in the first half of the 20th Century; in 1917 during World War I and again in 1939 during World War II. A national campaign was launched promoting the cultivation of available private lands to increase local food production thereby greatly reducing shipping costs and helping the war effort. The Great Wars may be over, but the many benefits of “Grow your own!” are applicable today more than ever. So applicable in fact, one New England town teaches gardening to every 3rd grader as part of their “Be Healthy Beverly” initiative. 5 great reasons to grow your own:
1. Growing your own conserves energy and spares the environment. Today, the average distance food travels from the farm where it’s picked to your […]
Although berries can take a few years to get going, the wait is worth it. Once you’ve developed a berry crop, you can harvest from the start of summer, to well into the fall. There’s really nothing better than having several months’ worth of fresh-picked berries from a backyard garden.
Not only does the taste surpass that of the store-bought variety, but, you can freeze or preserve your berries for flavorful fruit throughout the winter.
One delicious way to make use of your berries is to make a simple jam. Whether you choose to use blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, or a combination of all three, jam is easy to make and is an instant crowd-pleaser to complement almost any meal.
The berries pictured here – picked fresh from our office garden – are perfect for jam, as the […]
The sunflowers in front of Green City Growers’ Somerville office are bright and in bloom, stretching high above the rest of the garden. With their soaring stalks and bright yellow petals, sunflowers bring color to almost any plot of land. But, sunflowers can do more than just add aesthetic appeal; in fact, sunflowers are an entirely edible plant.
From root to leaf, sprout to stalk, you can use your sunflowers to make everything from salads to sunflower tea. Before chowing down, though, make sure the sunflower you’re about to enjoy has been grown organically, without pesticides, or any other toxic substances that might not be so kitchen-friendly.
Once you’ve confirmed your plant is safe to eat, there are plenty of ways to make the most of your sunflower. With a little creativity, you can […]