Generations of Hope Community Garden Reopening, May 27

Partnership for Greening Blue Hill AveNuestra Comunidad Development Corporation (Nuestra) and YouthBuild Boston are pleased to announce the grand reopening of the Generations of Hope Community Garden! You are invited to join YouthBuild Boston students and staff, local gardeners, Nuestra employees, and seniors from Nuestra’s nearby GrandFamilies and Hope in Dorchester housing developments at a reopening event on Friday, May 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 87-89 Nightingale Street in Dorchester. Plant apple trees, vegetable seedlings and ornamental plantings and celebrate the culmination of the redesign and renovation process! The 9 to 11:30 a.m. work session will be followed by an apple tree planting and ceremony 11:30 to 12 p.m. 

For more information, contact Zachary Arnold, Project Manager, The Partnership for Greening Blue Hill Avenue, Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation at (617) 989-1219 or

History and background

In 2005, neighborhood residents and Nuestra staff began transforming a vacant lot on Nightingale Street in Dorchester owned by Nuestra into a community garden and gathering space. After extensive soil remediation, removal of buried oil tanks, and the installation of garden beds, the Generations of Hope Community Garden was born. In 2007, the garden was hailed as the Community Garden “Rookie of the Year” by the Boston Natural Areas Network.

Unfortunately, security and maintenance concerns mounted over the following years as the surrounding neighborhood struggled with gang activity, drug use, and vandalism. Earlier this year, Nuestra, YouthBuild Boston, and students from the Boston Architectural College worked with community members to craft a redesign and renovation strategy to address these concerns. The garden’s new design, developed over the course of several community meetings, features improved fencing and security lighting, increased growing space, new, durable equipment, and better visibility from the street, along with two new apple trees courtesy of the Boston Tree Party, a local fruit tree planting initiative.

The renovation of the Generations of Hope Community Garden is the latest project of the Partnership for Greening Blue Hill Avenue, an ongoing collaboration between Nuestra and YouthBuild Boston that seeks to promote sustainability and generate “green jobs” throughout Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan. Over the coming weeks, YouthBuild Boston landscaping students will install the garden’s new layout and equipment. YouthBuild Boston students and staff will also work with community members to maintain the space in the following years, and will offer free workshops on a variety of gardening topics.

What: Grand Reopening of the Generations of Hope Community Garden
Who: Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation; YouthBuild Boston; community residents
Where: 87-89 Nightingale St., Dorchester, MA 02124
When: May 27, 2011. Work session 9-11:30; ceremony and apple tree planting 11:30-12.

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