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Natural Awakenings Greater Boston - Rhode Island

Boston Community Gardens

Open space is critical to the health and well-being of city neighborhoods. The Trustees of Reservations has 56 community gardens— totaling 15 acres across eight Boston neighborhoods—that are tended and cared for by local residents. These oases of green are sources of neighborhood pride that connect people and place. They turn neighbors into friends, strengthen family bonds and traditions and inspire joy in the shared work of growing fresh, healthy and delicious food.

From Roxbury to the South End, Dorchester to Back Bay, every one of the community gardens is unique. Whether it’s a group of individual plots or common areas cared for by small groups, a vegetable garden or a pocket park, each garden has passionate people working together to create a thriving neighborhood asset that benefits everyone in the community. What’s more, the gardens provide healthy sustenance to the families and individuals that tend them, producing an annual crop valued at approximately $650,000 each year.

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