Eliza Lawrence has been working with the REC for four years now, and was recently promoted from AmeriCorps Massachusetts Promise Fellow to School Gardens Manager.

Q: What type of food do you like to grow?

A: "Snap peas, because they’re my favorite vegetable and they...


We spoke with Anh Vu Sawyer, the Executive Director of the Southeast Asian Coalition of Massachusetts (SEAC) and longtime friend of the REC. The Southeast Asian Coalition’s Urban Gardens Project began when Anh saw an empty lot collecting garbage and unsafe items in dow...


If you have been to an REC Mobile or Farmers Market recently then you may have met Ted, a Mobile Market and Farmers Market intern with the REC. Ted started working with the REC this year when the Academic Health Collaborative of Worcester (AHCW) placed him with us for...


Congratulations to our YouthGROW Coordinator, Stacie Brimmage, on receiving the 2019 Youth Worker Award!

Given by the City Manager's Commission on Youth and City of Worcester Division of Youth Opportunities, this award is given to someone who exemplifies the following:



For 5 years, Steven has volunteered with the REC, and recently accepted the position of Office Administrator.

He attended Framingham State University as an undergraduate student and received his Masters Degree in Community Development & Planning at Clark University.



 It’s 2008.  You’re just about to turn 14.  Your neighbor tells you that you can make some money with a local nonprofit if you want to work outside and farm.  What do you do?  For Amanda Velazquez, this was an easy decision.

In the past 10 years, Ama...


Meet Tirtha, one of the farmers who supplies fresh, local produce for our mobile markets!  She arrived in America as a Nepali refugee, and is now proud to call herself a new American.

The Nuestro Huerto Urban Farm welcomed her with open arms, allowing Tirtha to become a...


On the afternoon of Tuesday, October 2nd, the Worcester Senior Center and Quinsigamond Community College Hospitality Program came together with us to teach a  garden-fresh cooking class for a diverse group of our senior gardeners.

We made ratatouille and spagh...


This was a big summer season for YouthGROW. We employed 38 youth, the highest to date, and put them to work for six weeks at our Main South and Grant Square urban farm sites.

We kicked off the summer with an overnight orientation at AMC’s Nobleview Cottage and enjoyed a...


If you find yourself driving down Mill Street in Worcester, you're likely to spot a beautiful patch of colorful, medicinal, soil-regenerating flowers and plants in the median strip.

In 2006, Pam Saffer's sister started this garden and named it "Bread and Roses."  Since...

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