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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. 


Our Network Includes:


Neighborhood Gardens

Shared plots for neighbors to collectively maintain


Organizational / Institutional Gardens

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


School / Learning Gardens

Gardens located at schools and/or involve educational programs


Urban Farms

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


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



How To Get Involved

How do I join a neighborhood garden?

If you are primarily looking for a place to grow for yourself, please email our UGROW Coordinator who can review our existing garden list and connect you to the garden coordinators at sites that have availability. Learn more about neighborhood gardens here!

Can I volunteer with the UGROW network?

Yes! We post available community garden volunteer opportunites on our Volunteer page. If you want to see how you can help out at our School Gardens, email our School Gardens Manager at to express interest.

I'm looking for help with my backyard garden.

While we support and encourage home growing, we are not currently able to provide material support for home gardens serving a single household. You can check out our Gardening Resource page for tips, tricks and helpful guides. For those interested in larger scale growing projects on your own property, please check out our Urban Agriculture Resource page.

Thank You to Our Lead UGROW Sponsors!