REC’s UGROW (Urban Gardens Resources of Worcester) program supports a network of gardens and gardeners across the city, enhancing both food access and urban greenspaces
UGROW began in 1995 with 1 garden and 1 volunteer gardener with a vision to grow food in the city. Today, the network has grown to include over 60 community gardens throughout the city of Worcester involving more than 500 volunteer gardeners.
The community garden network includes neighborhood gardens, school/learning gardens, organizational/institutional gardens, and urban farms. Becoming a member of our UGROW network is free and provides you with a number of benefits.
Our Network Includes:
Organizational / Institutional Gardens
Used by residents or participants at community organizations, public housing, and nonprofits; they are not open to the public
Gardens where at least a portion of the produce is grown to be sold for markets rather than personal consumption
*Resource Guides &
(developing garden plans, creating project budgets, and identifying small grants and funding opportunities)
*Free City Compost Delivery
*Soil Testing Support
*Free Seedlings from our Annual Plant Sale
*An Official Garden Sign
How To Get Involved
How do I join a neighborhood garden?
If you are primarily looking for a place to grow for yourself, please email our UGROW Coordinator UGROW@recworcester.org who can review our existing garden list and connect you to the garden coordinators at sites that have availability.
Can I volunteer with the UGROW network?
I'm looking for help with my backyard garden.
While we support and encourage home growing, we are not currently able to provide material support for home gardens serving a single household.