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.
The garden at Shirat Hayam in Swampscott includes 8 garden beds and provides supplemental produce to Anchor Food Pantry. Students in Shirat Hayam's early childhood program and their families join us in the garden to plant and harvest produce and participate in a curriculum where they learn about helping one another and how gardens grow.
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.
Thank you to Marblehead Gardens whose perennial support of the SPUR Community Roots Garden at St. Andrew's Church helps plant the seeds for good deeds.