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Our intention is to grow food by helping to revitalize ecological systems. It starts with the soil. Restoring the microbiome in the soil produces healthy nutritious plants. Healthy soils equal healthy plants equal healthy people.

The suburbs in a sense are a waste land for large scale food production. True, in a few towns, they have been diverting land from development by turning them into community farms. But mostly here in the suburbs what we have are miles of lawns that have almost no ecological value.

We are tapping the experience of our local organic farmer at Wright-Locke Farm, Adrienne Altstatt, and make use of the resources provided by groups like the NRCS and NOFA-MA.

How Our First Year in 2023 Went

Our first year we recruited 12 homeowners, 2 churches (Parish of the Epiphany & Winchester Unitarian Society), and one elementary school, Linscott-Rumford in Woburn. We have had help from several dozen volunteer gardeners, of all ages and backgrounds. We expanded existing gardens, converted lawns into new gardens and installed new gated fences in gardens where needed.

We started from scratch a harvesting, distribution and transportation system to bring our produce from the gardens to the pantries in the freshest,ripest condition possible.

We conducted online classes on subjects ranging from soil health to seed starting to plant health. The US Department of Agriculture’s, Natural Resources Conservation Services, conducted a soil health seminar for G4G in the spring.

There are several homeowners on the waiting list. The Unitarian Church had committed their congregation for a day of service last fall. to convert the lawn of one of the homeowners on the waiting into a fenced in, fully composted garden for 2024.