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REC’s UGROW (Urban Gardens Resources of Worcester) program supports a network of gardens and gardeners across the city, enhancing both food access and urban greenspaces

Our Story

UGROW began in 1995 with 1 garden and 1 volunteer gardener with a vision to grow food in the city. Today, the network has grown to include over 60 community gardens throughout the city of Worcester involving more than 500 volunteer gardeners.


The community garden network includes neighborhood gardens, school/learning gardens, organizational/institutional gardens, and urban farms. Becoming a member of our UGROW network is free and provides you with a number of benefits. 

Woman in front of garden

Our Network Includes:

Neighborhood Gardens

Neighborhood Gardens

Shared plots for neighbors to collectively maintain

Institutional Gardens

Organizational / Institutional Gardens

Used by residents or participants at community organizations, public housing, and nonprofits; they are not open to the public 

Girl smiling at school garden

School / Learning Gardens

Gardens located at schools and/or involve educational programs

Urban Farm

Urban Farms

Gardens where at least a portion of the produce is grown to be sold for markets rather than personal consumption

Group smiling at youthGROW farm

Community Gardens
Across Worcester


Membership Benefits


*Resource Guides &

Technical Support

(developing garden plans, creating project budgets, and identifying small grants and funding opportunities)

*Free City Compost Delivery
*Soil Testing Support
*Free Seedlings from our Annual Plant Sale
*An Official Garden Sign



Thank You to Our Lead UGROW Sponsors!

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