Community Gardening

Harvest Festival & Perennial Divide Oct. 1

The 6th annual Harvest Festival and Perennial Divide will be taking place on October 1st from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Gardeners can exchange, donate or take home plants, as well as shop for compost, honey, and hard-to-find plants. The Clover Food Truck will also be there to provide a quick snack or vegetarian meal. The festival will include live music, cider pressing, and tours of a demo vegetable garden. The event will be at City Natives, 30 Edgewater Drive in Mattapan. For more information, visit the facebook page here or the event's website.

Food Coop Potluck Get-Together, Aug. 25

Collaborate for food access; cooperate for community. The Dorchester Community Food Co-op will hold a Pot Luck Dinner and general get together at 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 25 at the Nightingale Community Garden—recently renovated by the Boston Natural Area Network near the corner of Park St. and Washington St. in Dorchester. The garden is alive with activity, and is a model for creating a space that brings together the full diversity of Dorchester residents. Please come and bring friends and neighbors who are interested in a Food Co-op in Dorchester!

Nightingale Community Garden Grand Opening, Aug. 6

Nightingale Community GardenYou are invited to the Nightingale Community Garden Grand Opening on Saturday, August 6, 2011! Join Mayor Thomas M. Menino, gardeners, neighbors, supporters and special guests at 12:30 p.m. to celebrate the inaugural season of bounty at the expanded and renovated Community Garden. Explore 130 individual garden plots full of vegetables, herbs and flowers. Listen to music and enjoy the refreshments. Nightingale Community Garden, located at 512 Park Street, Dorchester, is part of BIGG, BNAN’s Boston Is Growing Gardens program. For more information call 617-542-7696 or email Grantley Payne at

Grow Greens All Fall @ Nightingale Community Garden, Aug. 27

Boston is Growing GardensNot ready for the growing season to end? In this hands on workshop, participants will learn the easy, affordable techniques for growing delicious salads into the cold months. Workshop takes place on Saturday August 27, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Nightingale Community Garden, 512 Park Street, Dorchester, MA. Sustain your greens for months to come with this Boston is Growing Gardens/Boston Natural Areas Network program!

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 >> Read More

Dorchester Garden Council meets every 1st Tuesday

Boston Natural Areas NetworkAs community gardening gains momentum with the renovation of the Nightingale Community Garden, Boston Natural Areas network (BNAN) has created the Dorchester Garden Council, the first neighborhood garden council in the city. The Dorchester Garden Council is comprised of gardeners and garden supporters and staffed by BNAN, and will be a local clearinghouse of support and ideas for gardening in Dorchester, connecting to residents, local groups and institutions and programs serving all ages.  The council meets in Dorchester the first Tuesday of the month from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  If you would like to learn more about the garden council, or how to get involved in community gardening in your Dorchester neighborhood, please contact BNAN at or call the BIGG Project Manager Grantley Payne at 617-542-7696 x21. >> Read More

Boston Natural Areas Network





Boston Natural Areas Network (BNAN), organized in 1977, works to preserve, expand and improve urban open space through community organizing, acquisition, ownership, programming, development and management of special kinds of urban land.


62 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02110-1016
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

You can join, volunteer or donate to BNAN Here

Key Programs Offered: 

The Greenways to Boston Harbor program - Working with the community and public officials to create and maintain the Neposet River and East Boston Greenways. Thie project facilitates the development of a voluntary neighborhood strategy for preserving the scenic, natural, historic, cultural and recreational resources while encouraging compatible economic development and land use.

Master Urban Gardener Program - The MUG program is an intensive 8-session "Master Gardener-model" program for people who want to increase their community garden knowledge, meet other community gardeners and provide volunteer service to community gardens.

Youth Conservation Corps - The YCC will have served over 500 girls and boys ranging in age from 15-17. Teams will work along the Neponset River Greenway, the East Boston Greenway and in Boston’s Urban Wilds. The teens learn teamwork and job skills while engaged in environmental improvement projects involving environmental restoration, trail building, landscaping and more.

Boston Gardeners' Council - The BGC meets regularly to organize and promote sustainable urban gardening efforts and community gardening. We believe that gardens are as integral to Boston as its parks and playgrounds, and that they are to be included in city planning and are to receive regular municipal support and services. We want every neighborhood to have access to gardens, where all diverse residents can enjoy the benefits of healthy food, recreation and community beautification, with neighbors working together for their common interest.

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