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...


What is your educational background?

I received my bachelor's in 2017 in Geography and International Development, and  I earned by master's in Community Development and Planning in 2018, both from Clark University.

What is your professional background?

Youth Mentor at the...


The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps, has been partnered with the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) in Massachusetts since 2017. 

Through HIP, SNAP users receive $1 for every dollar they spend on eligible fruits and vegetabl...


August 5 - August 11, 2018 is National Farmers Market Week!  Started by the Farmers Market Coalition (FMC), this week is a time to recognize all the work farmers put into providing fresh, local food, and why it is important to support them.

The local food move...


Meet Ashley Jeznach!

What's your educational background?

After graduating high school in Central MA and two years at UConn, I ultimately and happily graduated from Worcester State University with a bachelors degree in Communications, specializing in media production.



As we enter the best season for community gardening, we would love to introduce you to Fallon Health, one of our biggest UGROW (Urban Garden Resources of Worcester) supporters! 

What is Fallon Health?

"Founded in 1977, Fallon Health is a leading health care services orga...


We are so excited to have McKenzie Gratton as our Mobile Farmers Market Lead Manager this season! McKenzie started her journey with the REC in 2009 as a YouthGROW participant. Within YouthGROW, she moved up to hold the positions of Youth Leader, Assistant Youth Coordin...


Three of our beloved team members, Chris Humphrey and Rita Mary Hennigan, and Morgan Kolinski are heading out on new adventures this June! We are so grateful to them for the hard work they put into our programs, and wish them the best on their next adventures!



Laura McNaughton (pictured left) served on the REC Board of Directors for 19 years, helping lead the REC through years of growth and progress. Last year, Laura made the largest single gift to the REC by an individual in our history. This incredibly generous gift of $13...

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