Brief History of ECG
Everett Community Growers (ECG) was born out of a collaborative project of the Everett Community Health Partnership (ECHP) to create resident-led solutions to food access inequities in Everett. A two-year community organizing campaign guided by La Comunidad, Inc. led to the creation of Everett’s first community garden, the Florence Street Community Garden, in 2012. Since then, ECG has created the Tremont Street Community Garden (2015), Earthworks Garden (2018) & the Northern Strand Community Farm (2016). The Northern Stand Community Farm (NSCF) has always donated their produce to the Bread of Life Food Pantry in Malden. Last year in 2020, they opened their first farm stand and begun accepting HIP/SNAP/ P-EBT/ Card and Cash payments in order to make their produce more accessible to all. This year while the NSCF is being renovated, ECG has opened a new location on Broadway and will continue to grow and sell produce from this site.
We have also partnered with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) and the City of Everett on Everett’s first Community Food Assessment and Plan, which includes policy recommendations for a more equitable food system. Our next step is to work with the City of Everett to create a Food Policy Council to implement those policy recommendations – if you’re interested in learning more, getting involved, or supporting our work, please contact us.
What People Say
“I’m so proud to be part of the Everett Community Growers. The knowledge gained from learning about food, culture and community has been priceless.”-ECG Staff Member
“I’ve been working with Everett Community Grower for 5 years now and it has been great. It has given me the ability and opportunity to meet so many amazing people in our community. It was wonderful to see how far ECG has come from when I started.”-Nicholas Howe, Youth Crew Member
ECG “Brings people together and helps kids to understand from where our food is coming.”-Tremont St. Community Grower
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