Urban Agriculture

la pagina en español

Groundwork Lawrence operates a growing network of community gardens, providing another source of fresh food to Lawrence residents, while transforming formerly vacant and often contaminated open space into attractive and productive community gathering spots. Gardens are located at Union/Mechanic, Dr. Nina Scarito Park, Manchester Street Park, Cronin Park, Spruce/Myrtle Street, Cross/Cedar Street and Giuffrida are cultivated and maintained by local resident gardeners. We are always aiming to expand the Neighborhood Community Gardens Initiative to ensure safe, gardening locations for Lawrence residents. These gardens are full however if you would like to be added to the wait list or learn more email Maria or call her at (978) 974-0770 x7006. View More Photos

Upcoming Garden Workshops!

Groundwork Lawrence hosts a variety of garden workshops to show folks fun and easy ways to grow their own food! 

How to Start a Garden 

Monday, April 23, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Interested in growing your own herbs, tomatoes, lettuce or other vegetables, but you're not sure how? This workshop will help you get started.

Starting Seeds

Monday, May 21, 6:00— 8:00pm
Would you like to learn how to save money by starting your garden with seeds instead of buying starter plants? Then join us!

Soil & Compost

Monday June 18, 6:00— 8:00pm
Learn about the importance of soil and how to create and add your own compost to create nutrient rich soil for a thriving garden.

For more information or to register for any of these garden workshops, contact Maria

The Garden Workshop Series and other Groundwork Lawrence food programs are supported, in part, by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation. ​ ​


Costello Park Garden and Urban Farm

Opened during the Spring of 2012, Costello has 32 raised garden beds and serves as an urban farm teaching tool for Green Team.

Spruce & Myrtle Ribbon Cutting

Spruce & Myrtle Street Garden

The Spruce & Myrtle Street community garden was opened in July 2011 with a ribbon cutting ceremony, as shown in the photo. At the ceremony, Mayor Lantigua noted, "If you came by this site last year you would have seen a lot with illegal dumping and littered with debris. Now we have given the land back to the community for a positive use.” The garden filled up very fast and is already producing fresh produce for the local gardeners!

Cross & Cedar

Cross & Cedar Street Garden

This garden, located at the intersection of Cross Street and Cedar Street, opened in July 2011 and is also full at this time. It was established to provide Lawrencians with another healthy space to grow fresh fruits and vegetables.The site has been a residential space since 1888, but the buildings were demolished in recent years, leaving a vacant lot. With help from the City of Lawrence, GWL transformed the lot into a functional garden!

Giuffrida Garden

Giuffrida Place Garden

The Giuffrida Place Garden is the last of the three gardens that were established in July 2011. The site historically had three triple-decker residences which were destroyed by fire in the 1990s, and once vacant, became overgrown and filled with a significant amount of illegally dumped material. Local residents quickly jumped on board after hearing about the garden, so the Giuffrida Garden is also full.

ribboncutting june172010 055

Cronin Park Garden

In July of 2010, Cronin Park, had its official ribbon cutting. There are currently 9 raised garden beds (18 gardening spaces) at this location! At the time of its opening, local students helped plant veggies in two of the new garden beds that the Tarbox School then used for schoolyard gardening education that fall!

may242010 063

Manchester Street Garden

Along with the Manchester Street Park, the Manchester Street Garden was opened in the fall of 2009. This garden contains 31 raised beds and a compost station. The Manchester Street Park offers great new green space and serves as a spectacular anchor for the developing Spicket River Greenway.

Vejetales en Brook St

Brook Street Garden

The Brook Street Gardens are located at Dr. Nina Scarito Park and were opened in 2006. This site was the product of a 6 year process to bring a safe and fun park and garden site for community members to utilize. Residents use the 17 raised garden beds at this location to grow a variety of flowers and vegetables as well as herbs used for cooking.

Union & Mechanic Alleyway Garden

Groundwork Lawrence, through its land trust subsidiary, GWL Recreational Access, Inc. established Lawrence’s first community garden with the building of the Union & Mechanic Alleyway Garden in April 2006. The Union & Mechanic Alleyway Garden contains 8 large raised beds with a total of 16 gardening spaces. The Union & Mechanic Gardens use a palette of Low-Impact Development (LID) strategies that are implemented on-site so that each redeveloped lot and the garden alleyway can capture and percolate surface water on-site, rather than designing the site to rely on the city’s water sources. Learn more about GWL's Union/Mechanic Garden.


For more information on any of our fresh food programs email Maria or call her at (978) 974-0770 x7006.