Community Projects & Initiatives

Compost Pail (100)

Residential Compost Pilot 
From August 2013 through October 2013, the City of Boston is piloting a free program, where residents may drop off compostable food scraps at three farmers’ markets, to be converted into compost at a local farm. This pilot is Boston’s first public composting program. It was inspired by feedback during community presentations around the City’s urban agricultural zoning amendment Article 89, and contributes to the Mayor’s Greenovate Boston initiative, which seeks to educate the public on climate actions like recycling and waste management. Follow the conversation using #CompostBos.
Mayor Menino Announces Compost Pilot

Urban Farm (100)Urban Farms
Urban agriculture improves access to affordable, fresh, healthy food with lower carbon and transportation costs. It provides opportunities for entrepreneurs to operate a farm right in the City and is a powerful tool for educating underprivileged youth. In 2011, the City created an Urban Overlay District, which currently supports two vibrant urban farms operated by City Growers and ReVision Urban Farm. The Office of Food Initiatives is committed to expanding the potential for urban agriculture and is actively working with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), the Mayor's Urban Agriculture Working Group, and community stakeholders to make additional opportunities for urban food production available for Bostonians through the Urban Agriculture Rezoning Initiative (Article 89).
Article 89 Rezoning Initiative
City Growers Year 1 Report
ReVision House Year 1 Report 
Community Garden (100)Community Gardens
There are over 200 community garden spaces in Boston, covering nearly 50 acres in total. Neighborhoods across the City boast community gardens and plots of every size, worked by 10,000 enterprising gardeners. Community gardening is an opportunity to learn about growing food, to take stewardship of common land, and become involved with and build your community. For more information about community gardening in Boston and to find out how you can become involved, please contact the Boston Natural Areas Network (BNAN).
Boston Natural Areas Network (BNAN)
Community Gardens
School Garden (100)School Gardens
Over 100 of Boston's public schools include school gardens as a powerful teaching tool. While providing an opportunity to understand how food grows and fostering a spirit of inquiry, school gardens can be used as learning labs for every subject, including math, nutrition, language arts, and the sciences. School gardens can also provide an alternative source of fresh, healthy food for school lunches. Many of the BPS gardens are served by Food Crops volunteers and BNAN's Students Learning through Urban Gardens (SLUG) program.
School Gardens
Food Corps Volunteers
Peaches (100)Urban Orchards
Boston offers a wealth of public orchards and other types of edible landscaping across the city, including apples, peaches, cherries, and berries of all kinds. The Office of Food Initiative is working hard on mapping these urban orchards to make them even more accessible or everyone. We welcome additional location and updates on dozens of orchards already mapped.
Urban Orchards
Eating Oyster (100)

Public Access Fishing
Love that dirty water? Thanks to remediation efforts, it's now clean enough to fish in Boston's waterways. There are are over twenty locations where the public can access Boston's ponds, rivers, and oceanfront to fish. For more information about access conditions, permitting and regulations reference the State Department of Fish and Game.
Public Access Fishing
State Department of Fish and Game

Higher Ground Farm

Located on the rooftop of the Design Center, Higher Ground Farm yields its first crop as the City of Boston's rezoning initiative nears adoption. Video courtesy of NECN.