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Worcester University Park Farmers Market Users In Market Season

        The Patch - June 2024

Regional Environmental Council kicks off University Park Farmers Market

        Spectrum News - June 2024

Worcester’s Regional Environmental Council Leverages MFTP Funds to Combat Food Insecurity

        Franklin County Community Development Corporation - June 2024

Fielding a Farm Above Fenway Park

        Blue Dot Living Boston - May 2024

Worcester youth decorate Grant Square Park plant boxes in light of recent gun violence

        Spectrum News - May 2024
Worcester preschoolers visit a YouthGROW Farm

        Spectrum News - May 2024

Farming Season In Worcester Underway After Annual Seedling Sort

        The Patch - May 2024

Volunteers unload thousands of seedlings for Worcester school and community gardens

        Spectrum News - May 2024

REC program gets preschoolers outside and gardening, focusing on food justice

        Telegram & Gazette - May 2024

Record number to participate in Worcester's Earth Day clean-ups

        The Worcester Guardian - April 2024
Worcester holds 34th annual Regional Environmental Council Earth Day clean ups

        Spectrum News - April 2024

Worcester Earth Day Neighborhood Litter Cleanups Coming In April

        The Patch - April 2024

Stacie Brimmage ‘24 MSW degree is a full circle accomplishment

        Anna Maria College - March 2024

Annual Worcester Spring Plant Sale Supporting Urban Agriculture Begins

        The Patch - March 2024

REC Worcester sees benefits of HIP at Winter Mobile Market

        The Worcester Guardian - February 2024
Somerville Homeless Coalition awarded Sincere Foundation grant

        The Somerville Times - January 2024

Regional Environmental Council Awarded $50K Bank of America Grant

        The Patch - November 2023

Project Bread provides grants to 9 local organizations to fight food insecurity

        Mass Nonprofit News - November 2023

REC Receives $30,000 Grant to Fight Hunger

        This Week in Worcester - November 2023

REC to Benefit from Project Bread's Community Investment Program

        The Patch - November 2023

Farm Party In Worcester Supports Main South Youth, Food Programs

        The Patch - September 2023

Rainy summer causing problems for many central Mass. farms

        Spectrum - September 2023

REC Worcester’s YouthGROW farm program celebrates 20 years

        MassLive - August 2023

Grown here: Farmers markets in Central Mass.

        Telegram and Gazette - August 2023

Senior Speak 904 Regional Environmental Council

        Internet Archive - July 2023

Beyond baseball: WooSox Farms, YouthGROW partner to provide fresh food for Worcester

        Spectrum News 1 - July 2023

Worcester students learn the value of gardening with YouthGROW

        Spectrum News 1 - June 2023

REC Worcester School Garden Program Shows Students Agrarian World

        Patch - June 2023

REC Mobile Farmers Market back on the road to fight food insecurity

        Spectrum News 1 - June 2023

Polar Park in Worcester helps feed community with rooftop vegetable garden

        MassLive - June 2023

Julie Orozco to become executive director of Abby's House

         Telegram and Gazette - June 2023

See the REC 2023 Farmers Markets Schedule

           This Week in Worcester - June 2023

Community farmers markets sprouting up in June across Worcester County

           Telegram and Gazette - June 2023

Worcester 2023 Farmers Markets: See Schedules, Locations

           Patch - May 2023

Regional Environmental Council plans city-wide Earth Day cleanups April 22

           Telegram and Gazette - April 2023
Worcester's Regional En­vi­ron­mental Council hosts Earth Day clean ups across the city

           Spectrum News 1 - April 2023
Promoting diverse landscapes in local food accessibility

           USDA Agricultural Marketing Service - March 2023

Learn to Plant and Harvest Fresh Vegetables in Early Spring

           This Week in Worcester - March 2023

Farmers Market at the Tri-Community YMCA

           Southbridge Community Television - January 2023

Worcesteria: Into the heart of history, A Seat at the Table

           Telegram and Gazette - January 2023


Baker-Polito Administration Announces $28.5 Million in Available Funding for FY24 Food Security Infrastructure Grants 

           Newswires - December 2022

Giving Tuesday: 12 Worcester Nonprofits That Could Use Your Help

           Patch - November 2022

5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester

           This Week in Worcester - November 2022

Cultivating food justice, one garden at a time

          Harvard Public Health - October 2022

GWCF grants $1.6M to 19 nonprofits to improve food insecurity

           Worcester Business Journal - October 2022

US Rep. McGovern brings hunger up close to seats of power — again

           Telegram and Gazette - October 2022

REC Farm Party Celebrates 50 Years of Positive Impact on Worcester

           MassLive - October 2022

Local Leaders Attend White House Conference on Hunger

           Spectrum News 1 - September 2022

5 Things You Need To Know Today In Worcester

           This week in Worcester  - September 2022

Project Bread helps connect healthy food to those who need it

           Worcester Magazine - September 2022

Worcester’s Regional Environmental Council to celebrate 50 years with farm party

           MassLive - September 2022

Growing both fresh food and leaders at YouthGROW in Worcester

           Telegram and Gazette - August 2022 

Commissioner’s Weekly Update

           Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education - August 2022

'Deeply appreciative': United Way of Central Massachusetts Day of Caring set for Sept. 16

           Telegram and Gazette - August 2022 

Farmers market offers more than produce

           Telegram and Gazette - August 2022 

5 Things You Need To Know Today In Worcester

           This week in Worcester - August 2022 

Farmers markets in Central Mass.: Shopping, browsing and neighbors

           Telegram and Gazette - August 2022 

REC'S Mobile Farmer's Market produce prices are higher this year due to inflation

           Spectrum News 1 - July 2022 

5 Things You Need To Know Today In Worcester 

           This week in Worcester - July 2022

Table Hoppin': Strawberries first up in pick-your-own season

           Telegram and Gazette - June 2022 

Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce Podcast featuring the REC 

           Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce - June 2022 

Country Bank commercial 

           Country Bank - June 2022

Worcester Housing Authority residents receive free food for healthy meals 

           Spectrum News 1 - May 2022

5 Things You Need To Know Today In Worcester 

           This week in Worcester - May 2022

Regional Environmental Council sells plants to fund community garden programs [video]

           Spectrum News 1 - May 2022

Health equity and racial justice grow alongside the vegetables at Massachusetts urban farms

           New England Public Media - May 2022

REC and Edward Street Partner to help young children learn about gardening, food and nutrition

           Edward Street - May 2022

UMass Memorial Garden Commercial

           Umass Memorial - April 2022

Chamber Exchange: Earth Day

           Worcester Regional Chamber Of Commerce -  April 2022

5 Things You Need To Know Today In Worcester - April 6

           This Week In Worcester - April 2022

Worcester Regional Food Hub receives $3 million boost for Union Station headquarters

           Telegram & Gazette - April 2022

Carbon emissions fall in Worcester, but more 'urgency' needed to fight climate change

           Telegram & Gazette - April 2022

Clark to participate in worldwide climate teach-in March 18

           ClarkNOW - March 2022

Pre-Order Seedlings from the Regional Environmental Council

           This Week In Worcester - March 2022

Three U.S. Congressional Reps. in Worcester Roundtable on Hunger

           This Week In Worcester - March 2022

This Week in Worcester: Winter Markets

           This Week In Worcester - January 2022

WAC Newsletter Market Update

           Cultural Coalition - January 2022

Worcester food pantries managing to keep cupboards full, despite challenges

           Worcester Magazine - January 2022


New England Recipients of the 2021 USDA LAMP Grants

           Farm to Institution New England - December 2021

Commonwealth Corps Newsletter  

           Commonwealth  Corps - November 2021

This weekend is Rec Worcester's final Farmer's Market of the season!

           Discover CM Event Features - November 2021 

Livability, Worcester MA 

           Livability - November 2021

United Way of Central Massachusetts announces organizations that won $1 million Worcester Community Challenge

           Mass Live - November 2021

Worcester Regional Food Hub is a perfect fit for ARPA funding

           Telegram & Gazette - November 2021 

Worcester Community Action Council among 14 programs and agencies to win United Way's Community Challenge

           Spectrum News 1 - November 2021 

Worcester Common Oval outdoor ice rink reopens to enthusiastic skaters

           Telegram & Gazette - November 2021

Project Bread and Regional Environmental Council are raising more awareness for food justice and local access [video]

           Spectrum News 1 - October 2021 

Massachusetts Farm to School Newsletter

           Massachusetts Farm to School - October 2021

‘A win-win’: Farmers, advocates call for state to make permanent a program that allows 100,000 people to use SNAP benefits at farmer’s markets

           Mass live - October 2021

Worcester farmers markets offer fresh produce for all budgets to target food insecurity

           Telegram & Gazette - October 2021

Worcester among 10 in US to receive national award for programs that address public health

           Telegram & Gazette - October 2021

The 2020-2021 Culture of Health Prize Winners 

           Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - October 2021 

Redevelopment of Lagrange St. Approved

           Telegram & Gazette - September 2021

WPI student launches breakfast stand to address food insecurity throughout Worcester

           Telegram & Gazette - September 2021

Community rolls up sleeves for annual United Way Day of Caring

           Telegram & Gazette - September 2021

Connell Sanders: Pay what you can to party on the YouthGROW farm 

           Telegram & Gazette - September 2021

Growing in the heart of Main South

           Discover CM Event Features - August 2021

5 Things You Need To Know Today In Worcester - August 19

           This Week In Worcester - August 2021

'Hope and joy': POW! WOW! Worcester underway with artists, murals to paint in Main South

           Worcester Magazine - August 2021 

Monano Art at UPark Farmers Market

           Hulafrog - August 2021 

Politics and the City: Food security delivered to mayor's agenda

           Telegram & Gazette - August 2021 

 Growing School Garden Partnerships at North High School - The Dirt

           The Dirt - August 2021

You're invited to Regional Environmental Council's Annual Farm Party Fundraiser!

           Discover CM Event Features - August 2021

Redevelopment of Lagrange Street factories goes before Planning Board

           Telegram & Gazette - August 2021 

SHREWSBURY DAILY: What's Happening Today

           The Shrewsbury Daily Patch - August 2021

Regional Environmental Council, Grace Sliwoski

           Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce Podcast - August 2021 

Worcester Zip Trip | Gets Real about Fighting Hunger

           Boston 25 News - July 2021

Farmers markets return to Worcester, including Beaver Brook and University parks

           Worcester Telegram & Gazette - June 2021

Regional Environmental Council summer farmers market season opens Monday

           Worcester Business Journal - June 2021

UGROW Garden Network Puts Permaculture into Practice

           Center for Nutrition Studies - June 2021

The Regional Environmental Council's farmers market returns this week in Worcester

           Spectrum News 1 - June 2021

GWCF grants $142K to nonprofits for hunger help

           Worcester Business Journal - May 2021

New Main South art to be unveiled Tuesday

           Worcester Business Journal - May 2021

New Piece of Public Art Unveiled in Main South

           This Week in Worcester - May 2021
Main South art installation latest in movement to spruce up business corridor

           Worcester Telegram & Gazette - May 2021

Pow! Wow! Worcester’s fifth art festival will focus on amplifying youth voices in Main South neighborhood

           Mass Live - May 2021

POW! WOW! Worcester mural and arts festival returns in August with Main South in the picture

           Worcester Telegram & Gazette - May 2021

Worcester cleans up streets during Earth Day week

           Worcester Telegram & Gazette - April 2021

City leaders, community members in Worcester commemorate Earth Day

           Spectrum News 1 - April 2021

Worcester Community Teaching Garden Literacy Project Opens

           Worcester Patch - April 2021

How a garden does grow: Worcester Community Teaching Garden launched

           Worcester Telegram & Gazette - April 2021

Efforts to 'Save Duffy Field' Continue Saturday

           Spectrum News 1 - April 2021

Worcester's Regional Environmental Council Celebrates Earth Day Early, Cleans Up City Saturday

           Spectrum News 1 - April 2021

5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester - April 9

           This Week in Worcester - April 2021

Worcester Earth Day Returns In 2021 With 50 Cleanup Events

           Worcester Patch - April 2021

Worcester Together fund gives $1M in final campaign phase

           Worcester Business Journal - March 2021
Last Call with Andrea Cameron, Forest Grove teacher and community gardener

           Worcester Magazine - March 2021

New Community Garden in Worcester Hopes to Educate Students on Climate Change

           Spectrum News 1 - March 2021

'Living laboratory' will address global issues in student collaboration between Worcester and Africa

           Worcester Telegram & Gazette - February 2021

Polar Park to house urban garden for locally sourced produce

           Worcester Magazine - January 2021


Ep 98 - w/ Stacie, Owen, & Kieran of REC’s YouthGROW

           Seltzer Time Podcast - December 2020

Regional Environmental Council Celebrating Giving Tuesday

           Spectrum News 1 - December 2020

Last Call with Simone Barjolo and Cristian Carrasquillo, YouthGROWers

           Worcester Magazine - October 2020

Liberty and Food Justice For All

           Worcester Telegram & Gazette - September 2020

A Card Worth Paying for Good Health

           Worcester Telegram & Gazette - September 2020

Worcester con el Mercado de Agricultores

           El Mundo Boston - September 2020

USDA Gives Out $12.1 Million in Largest-Ever Farm to School Grant Awards

  - June 2020

Helping meet a need: Regional Environmental Council moves annual plant sale online
          Worcester Telegram & Gazette - April 2020

As I See It: Local farmers help state respond to COVID-19

          Worcester Telegram & Gazette - April 2020

Worcester Together fund announces $150K in grant awards

          Worcester Business Journal - April 2020

Table Hoppin’: Worcester Regional Food Hub offering pick-up service of locally sourced products

          Worcester Magazine - March 2020

The Next Draft: Not just beer, but charitable donations also flowing at Redemption Rock Brewing Co.

          Worcester Telegram & Gazette - February 2020

Last Call with Ivette Olmeda, Transformative Development Initiative Fellow

          Worcester Telegram & Gazette - February 2020

As I See It: Healthy Incentives Program worth year-round investment

          Worcester Telegram & Gazette - February 2020

February Nonprofit: Regional Environmental Council (REC)

          Redemption Rock Brewing Co. Blog - February 2020

Healthy Food, Healthy Community: REC nears a half-century of tending Worcester's gardens

          Edible Worcester - February 2020

REC gets $40K for garden and arts project in Main South

          Worcester Telegram & Gazette - January 2020

Worcester Arts Council Awards Over $163,000 in Grants for Local Arts and Cultural Programs in 2020

          Worcester Cultural Coalition - January 2020







Greater Worcester Community Foundation awards $1.5M to local charities

          Worcester Business Journal - December 2019

For 20th Year, Youth for Community Improvement Awards Funds to Local Youth-Driven Organizations

          Greater Worcester Community Foundation - December 2019

November Project welcomes Christmas with workout on the Worcester Common

          Worcester Telegram & Gazette - December 2019

Making it work: On the job in Central Massachusetts

          Worcester Telegram & Gazette - September 2019

Busy day at Beaver Brook Park Farmers Market

          Worcester Telegram & Gazette - August 2019

Proposed change in SNAP eligibility threatens access to healthy food for low-income households

          Worcester Telegram & Gazette - August 2019

Regional Environmental Council Spring Garden Festival & Plant Sale on Worcester Common

          Worcester Telegram & Gazette - May 2019

REC Farmers Market on WCCA TV's "Soapbox"

          Worcester Community Cable Access TV - May 2019

Worcester’s REC Leads the Way on Earth Day

          This Week In Worcester - April 2019

REC Earth Day cleanups tackle Worcester’s trash

          Worcester Telegram & Gazette - April 2019

Regional Environmental Council to Host 30th Annual Neighborhood & Garden Cleanups Event

 - April 2019

Last Call with Eliza Lawrence and Mackenzie May, school garden advocates

          Worcester Magazine - February 2019

One on One: Steven Fischer, Regional Environmental Council executive director

          Worcester Telegram & Gazette - February 2019

Worcester council adopts urban farming amendment

          Worcester Telegram & Gazette - January 2019


REC Winter Mobile Farmers Market continues its mission of food security

          Worcester Magazine - December 2018

Greater Worcester Community Foundation Grantees

  - December 2018

Fruit trees planted in Worcester's Grand Square Park

           Worcester Telegram and Gazette - October 2018

Volunteers spend gray day beautifying Worcester with cleanup project

Worcester Telegram and Gazette - April 2018

Plogging: November Project Worcester runners make a clean sweep

Worcester Telegram and Gazette - April 2018

Student organizers prepare for Saturday’s March For Our Lives down Main Street

Worcester Magazine - March 2018

Table Hoppin':  Giacomo's Gourmet Foods in Hubbardston offers granola and more

Worcester Telegram and Gazette - March 2018

6 Worcester organizations receive Fallon Health grants

Worcester Telegram and Gazette - February 2018

Hanover awards $50K in education grants 

Worcester Telegram and Gazette - January 2018


Regional Environmental Council Gets $28,000 Grant for Program

            Worcester Patch - December 2017

Charlton Farm to Table Program Thrives at Bay Path

            Worcester Telegram and Gazette - November 2017

Steve Fischer dishes on Worcester's urban farms

            Worcester Magazine - October 2017

Environmental Council Celebrates 45 Years of Community Service

            This Week in Worcester - October 2017

In Lunenburg, farmers call for a commercial kitchen (Video)

            Sentinel and Enterprise - October 2017

Regional Food Hubs: Connecting Dots for Small Businesses

            Rootstock - September 2017

McGovern Visits Food Hub

           Worcester News Tonight - September 2017

Food Hub Has Served as Incubator for 16 Tenants

           Worcester Business Journal - September 2017

Healthy Food Hits the Road: Making Good Food Available (and Affordable) in New England’s Food Deserts

Grant Makers Health - July 2017

COVER STORY: Going Green-How Worcester, Central Mass are leading the way

Worcester Magazine- July 13, 2017

Table Hoppin': Lilac Hedge Farm hosting 'Back 40' festival July 22-23

Worcester Telegram & Gazette - July 13, 2017

Making It in Central Mass: Farm families face changing markets

Worcester Telegram & Gazette - July 1, 2017

Urban Gardening Seminars Slated for June 26, July 3 at the Worcester Public Library

Worcester Telegram & Gazette - June 23, 2017

6th Annual Spring Garden Festival to Benefit Environment & Food Justice Programs

GoLocalWorcester News- May 15, 2017

YouthGROW's Urban Garden

Center for Nonviolent Solutions- May 11, 2017

Farm to cafeteria: Worcester Regional Food Hub receives new box truck

Worcester Magazine- May 8, 2017

Urban farming in Worcester is a natural for Earth Day

Worcester Telegram & Gazette- April 21, 2017

Former Niche chef training Worcester up-and-comers 

Worcester Business Journal- April 17, 2017

Editorial: Want to make Worcester a better place? Step up by stepping out 

Worcester Sun- April 12, 2017

Zoning ordinance change mulled for urban farms 

Worcester Magazine- April 6, 2017

Regional Environmental Council collects volunteers for April 8 spring cleaning in Worcester 

Telegram & Gazette- March 31, 2017

Worcester Regional Food Hub Hires Local Chef for Kitchen Operations Manager Position 

REC Blog - March 25, 2017

Niche Executive Chef leaves for Worcester food incubator 

Worcester Business Journal - March 24, 2017

2 Worcester Organizations Awarded Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation Grants

 GoLocalWorcester News- February 9, 2017, 2017

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation awards $2.5 million to 900 organizations across Massachusetts

Mass Live- February 8, 2017, 2017


Goodness to go at Worcester's REC farmers markets

Telegram & Gazette- July 29, 2016

SLIDESHOW: 2016 REC Farmers Gala. 

Telegram & Gazette- June 8, 2016

State should put $10.5M toward Mass. Food Trust. 

Worcester Business Journal Online - May 23, 2016

Boston youth rally against unemployment, incarceration. 

The Groundtruth Project - February 23, 2016.

Teens March Through Boston for State Funded Jobs. 

Metro - February 18, 2016.

Food Hub aims to expand markets, opportunities for farmers, consumers. 

Telegram & Gazette - February 17, 2016.

Central Mass. food hub launched to improve farm-to-table pipeline. 

Telegram & Gazette - February 17, 2016.

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