Community Roots Gardens
The SPUR Community Roots Gardens grow fresh, organic produce for area food pantries and community programs fighting food insecurity. For many individuals, fresh produce is often the most expensive item on a grocery list and for food pantries it can be the hardest to store. The produce from the SPUR Community Roots Gardens help bridge that gap by providing over 1,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables annually.
The garden at St. Andrew's Church in Marblehead includes over 40 garden beds in a 3,000 square foot space that supports two food pantries, as well as four other organizations that fight food insecurity in our community.
The garden at Temple Sinai in Marblehead includes 4 small beds and primarily provides supplemental produce to the Marblehead Food Pantry. Through our partnership with the Jewish Community Center of the North Shore, children in the early childhood education program join us in the garden to plant and harvest produce. Working in the garden, students learn about the life cycle of plants and the importance of helping others.
Whether you're an experienced green thumb who wants to share your skills or want to come and learn, everyone is welcome in the SPUR Community Roots Gardens. During the growing season, volunteer opportunities are available every day to plant, weed, water, harvest, or deliver.
One of our fantastic volunteers, Haley Andreason, put together a SPUR Garden Produce Cookbook based on ingredients that are grown in the garden. Check out all the amazing recipes here.