The Trustees of Boston Community Gardens will host the 45th annual Gardener’s Gathering in an online format next weekend, March 20-22, with a focus on how community gardens are not only food sources, but also potential hubs of social activism.
The Gathering is free and open to both beginners and skilled gardeners, as well as those curious to learn more about urban gardening.
This year’s event will be headlined by Michael W. Twitty, award-winning chef and author of The Cooking Gene who will give a presentation on culinary justice, sharing knowledge around crops, and practicing integrated learning across intergenerational linguistic and ethnic spaces.
The Trustees maintains ownership of 56 community gardens totaling 15 acres and spanning eight Boston neighborhoods.
In Dorchester, the Trustees maintain community gardens that are often named for the streets that they are on, including Josephine Street, Audrey Jacobs, Dacia and Woodcliff, Erie Green, Greenwood, Julian, Judson & Dean, Leyland, Lucerne, Balsam, & Irma Community Garden, Lydon, Monadnock, Nightingale, Norton & Stonehurst, Spencer, Wheatland, and Windermere.
They also maintain Woolson Community Garden in Mattapan.
Continuing a long tradition of partnership with the city of Boston, the mayor will kick off the event on Saturday with a keynote address and present the Community Garden Awards to the “Most Valuable Gardener,” “Rookie Garden of the Year” and “Hall of Fame Garden.” Twitty will deliver his special presentation on Saturday at 11 a.m.
Free registration is available at thetrustees.org/gathering.