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Master Urban Gardner
Have you been wondering how to start growing your own food? The Fall Master Urban Gardening (MUG) program is now open for enrollment.

Mass Cultural Council

Boston Natural Areas Network – an affiliate of The Trustees that is now part of our Boston Region - was created to preserve and protect urban open green space by encouraging stewardship, and inviting the community to experience a host of interesting and informative programs and events. Join us in one of our many urban landscapes!

Start Your Own Seeds
Monday, March 5 | 6-7:30PM


Starting your own vegetable, herb, and flower seedlings allows you to get the exact varieties you want, save money, and see the whole life cycle of your plants. Join us to learn what you need to grow thriving seedlings and get your garden off to a healthy start! We'll cover seed selection, soil mix, containers, lighting, and timing.

After going over the info, we'll get our hands dirty planting some seeds to take home.

The KITCHEN at the Boston Public Market is adjacent to Haymarket T stop on the Orange Line. Validated parking is available in the Parcel 7 Garage attached to the Boston Public Market. You can enter the Kitchen through the market on 100 Hanover Street or though its own entrance on the corner of Congress and Sudbury Streets.

43rd Annual Gardeners' Gathering
Saturday, March 31 | 10AM-5PM
Shillman Hall, Northeastern University

 Are you ready to start dreaming of spring? There’s no better place than the Gardeners’ Gathering: the annual forum for gardeners to shrug off the winter chill and come together to celebrate urban gardening in Boston and beyond.

On March 31st, you’re invited to join Trustees, Mayor Marty Walsh, and over 400 gardeners in Boston, Shillman Hall, Northeastern University,115 Forsyth Street, for a day of learning and connecting with other gardeners and urban environmental organizations.

Free and open to all, the 43rd Annual Gardeners’ Gathering will feature a host of gardening, urban homesteading, and community organizing workshops, an 11AM keynote address and presentation of the Community Garden Awards by Mayor Walsh, guest speaker Reverend Doctor Heber Brown III, and an information gallery full of Boston-area agriculture, gardening, and environmental organizations.

We're excited to welcome guest speaker Rev. Dr. Heber M. Brown III, a community organizer, beginner farmer, social entrepreneur and Senior Pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland. 

"In 2015 in the midst of the Baltimore Uprising which sparked after the death of Freddie Gray, he launched the Black Church Food Security Network which combats food apartheid by providing seed funding and support to help congregations begin growing food on church-owned land. The Network also works to partner Black Churches and Black Farmers in the Mid Atlantic region in an effort to create a community-controlled, alternative food system based on self-sufficiency and Black food and land sovereignty."*

Rev. Dr. Brown has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Ella Baker Freedom Fighter Award and The Afro American Newspaper’s “25 Under 40 Emerging Black History Leaders” award. Publications including Urbanite Magazine, Grist.org, and Baltimore Magazine have recognized his work.

The opening plenary will also feature the popular Annual Community Garden Awards presentations by Mayor Marty Walsh. Individuals, garden groups, and non-profit organizations that have made significant contributions to the Boston gardening community will be honored with the “Hall of Fame,” “Rookie Gardener of the Year,” and “Most Valuable Gardener” awards.

The Gardeners’ Gathering offers more than two dozen skill-building workshops for both vegetable and ornamental gardeners, from novices to experts. If you’re looking to hone your vegetable-growing skills, you can learn from experts about things like No-Till Gardening, Water-Wise Gardening, Indoor Seed Starting, Garden Diseases, Container Gardening and much more. If it’s urban homesteading expertise you seek, you can choose from a host of workshops like Backyard Chickens, Sauerkraut, Urban Foraging, and Herbal Medicine. If your interest is in community organizing, join us for the Garden Coordinators’ Roundtable and Starting a Community Garden.

A complete list of workshops and exhibitors will be linked here once available. Contact Boston Community Gardens Engagement Site Manager Michelle de Lima at mdelima@thetrustees.org or 617.542.7696 x2115 with questions.