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Cathy Ries Neal, Director - edible landscape designer, urban agriculture consultant
Alexa Vasios, Director - farm intern, garden educator, local food enthusiast
Jane Stanhope, Director - local food enthusiast

Our Beginning 

Bountiful Brookline was founded in 2009 to promote access to more locally grown food. As an urban edge community of 60,000 residents, with 70 percent living in multi-family 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 is to inspire and to provide support and resources related to locally grown, healthy and accessible food in Brookline - growing, preparing, savoring and sharing - as farmers and gardeners, chefs, students, educators and consumers!

Since 2009 we have taken that initial idea and made Bountiful Brookline a community resource that has helped drive the local food movement. We are continuing to re-invigorate our core mission to 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  envisions 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?