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Meet Our New Community Farmers Market Program Coordinator!

We are so excited to introduce Ashley Carter, our new Community Farmers Market Program Coordinator, to you! Ashley’s relationship with The REC began with her work at Ascentria New Lands Farm, a community farm run by new Americans, which was for many years a mainstay at our Saturday farmers market! She's excited to now be on the other side as the new Community Farmers Market Program Coordinator. Ashley grew up in central Massachusetts, but lived and farmed in Vermont after going to school for sustainable landscape horticulture. She spent time experimenting with tropical food systems on a permaculture farm in Nicaragua before settling back in Worcester County to drop roots and raise her gro

Get to Know Our Newest Junior Staff!

YouthGROW provides such an amazing opportunity for us to get to know some truly incredibly Worcester youth. They grow and learn so much throughout their years in the program, and the Junior Staff positions provide an opportunity for some youth to have an integral leadership role. They truly have an impact on the program and their peers. We are so excited to introduce our newest YouthGROW Junior Staff member, David Peal, to you! My name is David S. Peal, I am a senior at Holy Name High School. I started working with YouthGROW in the summer of 2015 as a Core Youth. Within my three-year span, I was able to move from a Core Youth to a Youth Leader by my second summer in the program. After the su

Join Us in Saying "Congratulations" to Our New Director of Programs!

In 2017, we said farewell to our Food Justice Program Coordinator, Casey Burns, as she moved on to to a new adventure as Director of the Coalition for a Healthy Greater Worcester. After eleven years, it was hard to part ways, but luckily we had an excellent internal candidate to promote! You probably know Grace Sliwoski, pictured left, as our longtime YouthGROW Program Coordinator. We are extremely happy to announce that she has been promoted and is now our new Director of Programs! Grace is doing an incredible job guiding our programs forward and building on the strong foundations of all three of our programs. In Grace's own words, "I fell in love with REC and the YouthGROW Program in 20

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