South Boston Grows

At A Glance


Phoebe Flemming


Boston, Ma, Massachusetts

Primary Issue Area:

  • Food

Active since:


Grants Received In:

  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010

Tax Status:


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Our Purpose

to engage community members who may be at risk for lack of food access in growing edible vegetable gardens and edible fruit trees.To engage community members who are interested in increasing tree cover in the South Boston Neighborhood that has one of the lowest tree covers in a nearby urban environment. To collaborate and join more the Southie Trees and the South Boston Grows group that has already been working together on environmental initiatives necessary for the community to survive to for the last five years.

Summary of Projects

South Boston Grows received a Grow grant in 2014 to support its summer garden-based nutrition education programs for youth living in 3 housing developments, this year expanded to include tree planting activities and education, programs traditionally managed by other grantee groups Southie Trees and the West Broadway Neighborhood Association.

The group received a grant in 2013 to increase program capacity and expand summer programming that allows youth to learn about many of the aspects urban agriculture and food security while engaging in nutrition education.

The group received a Grow grant in 2012 to expand its urban growing space from 3,000 sq ft to 10,000 sq ft or more, double the number of volunteers and participants involved, and expand community meals from one monthly to five monthly.

South Boston Grows received a grant in 2011 for stipends to support the youth program and to to start up a new community garden at the West Broadway housing development in South Boston.

The group received a grant through the Boston Grants Initiative in 2010 to improve community greenspace and to increase knowledge of growing edible plants with the long term goal of increasing access and exposure to and intake of fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs in South Boston. SBG will educate youth and the community about growing and preparing (cooking, canning, etc) fresh food.

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