About



2015 

Team
Cathy Ries Neal, director - edible landscape designer, Urban Ag. consultant
Alexa Vasios, project manager - farm intern, garden educator, local food enthusiast


Advisors
Jenny LaVigne - Community Gardener, Educator, Local Food enthusiast
John Lee - Local Farmer/Food Advocate
Amie Lindenboim - Food Policy Organizer, Community gardener, porch garden wizard
Randolph Meiklejohn - Schoolyard garden coordinator, Seasoned backyard gardener
Diane Sokal - Seasoned backyard gardener

Our Beginning 
Founded in 2009 to promote access to more locally grown food we envisioned a Brookline with a local food system accessible to all. As an urban edge community of 60,000 residents, with 70 percent living in multifamily housing, access to gardening space is limited.  

Our vision of Brookline is a community where food is grown at homes and schoolyards, on public and private land as well as greenhouses, roofs, walls and fences throughout our community.  Our mission has always been to inspire and illuminate local food in Brookline - growing, preparing, savoring and sharing - as farmers and gardeners, chefs, students, educators and consumers!

In four years we metamorphosed from an idea into a community resource offering innovative programs resulting in increased local food. As we refresh in this sixth season, we will re-invigorate our core mission to best serve Brookline to once again be the “the nexus of local food".  We seek to inspire the possibilities for good food, healthy diets and community engagement - a public forum about food issues and initiatives from the hyper local to the national platform - we are what we eat!

Brookline's Agricultural Past
Over the course of its history, Brookline has been an important agricultural community as well as a leader in progressive land use planning. Bountiful Brookline honors this past and embraces a new model for urban community agriculture. Unlike traditional community farms, Bountiful Brookline  envisons a wealth of potential growing locations. Public, private, institutional and corporate land parcels including parks and private yards, roofs, balconies, walls and fences offer infinite opportunities to support this community wide agriculture.


Past Programs and Events
Garden Stewardship 
Planning, managing and harvesting local gardens to serve Brookline Food Pantry 


Spring into Gardening
A public event of inspiring workshops, demonstrations, presentations and local resources

Edible Garden Tour and Harvest Party
Celebrating edible landscapes in and around Brookline Village 

Community Gardens @ Public Housing
• High Street Veterans Community Garden• Sussman Housing for the Elderly and Disabled

Garden Installation/Garden Share
From Buttonville to Brookline Village providing individuals and neighborhoods support to grow gardens and connect with new and seasoned gardeners 

Youth Engagement
• Teen Grow Food Pilot Summer Program 
• Summer, afterschool and vacation field trips and workshops for campers (and parents)







Questions, comments, or ideas? 
Email bountifulbrookline@gmail.com