Community gardens are green spaces that are communally cultivated and cared for; these spaces may consist of individually worked plots, communally tended areas, sitting areas, and small-scale children's play areas. They are the result of the shared collective effort of people working together. Community gardening is an effective community-building strategy that contributes to neighborhood renewal, preservation, and stabilization. Community Gardens provide a source of inexpensive, nutritious food and a rewarding personal experience. Enduring stewardship is needed to ensure success. Community gardens demonstrate the impact of sustained volunteer effort.
Boston Natural Areas Network helps coordinate activities related to all of the Boston area's community and school gardens, involving over 10,000 individuals and families, many of them low-income. In partnership with nonprofit organizations and government agencies that own community gardens, we work to increase communication and sharing among gardeners through annual events such as the citywide Gardeners Gathering, and the Master Urban Gardener, and Seed, Sow & Grow educational programs.
BNAN believes that community gardens must be open, accessible, and accountable to the communities that they serve. In recognition of the importance of community level stewardship, BNAN organized gardeners to create the Boston Gardeners Council, a citizen-based group dedicated to the promotion of urban gardening in Boston. BNAN also encourages gardens to engage their neighbors by organizing the annual Sounds of the Garden concert series.
In addition to support for all the city’s gardens, Boston Natural Areas Network permanently protects through ownership 59 community gardens; in effect one of Boston’s largest land trusts. We provide a range of land management services and programs necessary to enhance stewardship and support individual garden self-reliance. BNAN helps communities plan for gardens while managing capital improvements and renovations of its gardens.
60 Paul Gore St. CG 60 Paul Gore St. Jamaica Plain
Agassiz Community Orchard and Garden South St. and Child St.
Anson Street CG Southwest Corridor Parkland at Anson Street
Arcola St. Park Arcola St. and Day St.
Bowditch School Bldg. Garden 90 Green St.
Brookside CG Merriam St. and Minton St.
Egleston Square Peace Garden Washington St. and School St.
Farnsworth House Garden South St. and Child St.
Forbes Street CG 19-31 Forbes St.
Granada Park (BNAN) 23 Granada Park
Hall/Boynton Sts. CG Southwest Corridor Parkland at Hall St.
Hennigan School Garden 200 Heath St.; garden at Schiller St. and Minden St.
Lamartine & Hubbard Sts. CG Southwest Corridor Parkland at Lamartine St. and Hubbard St.
Lawndale Terrace CG Southwest Corridor Parkland at Lawndale Terrace
Leland St. Herb CG 2-6 Leland St.
McBride/Boynton Streets CG Southwest Corridor Parkland at Boynton
Minton Stable CG 110-112 Williams Street
Nira Ave.Garden 10 Nira Ave.
Oakdale Terrace CG Oakdale St. and Oakdale St.
Paul Gore / Beecher Sts. CG Paul Gore St. and Beecher St.
Roundhill St. CG Roundhill St. and Day St.
Saint Rose St. CG 34-36 Saint Rose St.
South Street BHA CG 119 South St. - garden is off St. Rose St.
South Street CG South St. across from Asticou Rd.
Southwest Corridor Community Farm Lamartine St. and Hoffman St.
Starr Lane Park 17 Starr Lane
Stonybrook CG Behind 57-59 Lamartine St.,Stony Brook Housing Coop
Walden St. CG 13-15 Walden St.
Conley School Garden Poplar St. and Dale St.
Haley Elementary School 570 American Legion Highway
Longfellow House Garden South St. between Farquhar St. and Hewlett
Philbrick School Garden 40 Philbrick St.
Southwest Boston Garden Club Rowe Street at Cummins Highway
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