EAT Center

The Education and Agriculture Training (EAT) Center was launched in 2011 as a joint partnership of the REC, Ascentria, Worcester Common Ground and the City of Worcester Mayor’s Office.  A pilot initiative, the EAT Center seeks to utilize undeveloped tax levy parcels in the city of Worcester that are suitable for agriculture by transferring ownership to this partnership for a nominal cost.  Community members, including recently arrived refugees with an agricultural background identified by Ascentria Care Alliance (Worcester’s largest refugee resettlement agency), are provided an opportunity to receive training on urban agriculture and an opportunity to grow produce on a larger scale than is otherwise available via the REC’s community gardens network.   In 2012, three Nepali refugee farmers completed their first full season on our pilot site on Oread Place in Worcester. The EAT Center project has since grown to three additional sites around the city with a total of fourteen farmers and their families.



YouthGROW Oread St. Urban Farm

YouthGROW Grant Square Farm

EAT Center Oread

EAT Center Preston

EAT Center Jacques

Nuestro Huerto Urban Farm, In Collaboration with EAT Center