This Year's Challenge: Community Gardens

Update! We're extending the deadline for applications! Applications are now due by June 5th, 2019 at 9 AM. You can apply here.

In partnership with The Trustees, The Fenway Garden Society, and TD Bank, we are seeking proposals for creative installations and events at three community gardens in Boston. Proposals can use any form of art and design; successful ideas have come from the worlds of landscape design, public art, theater, and music. We are open to a wide variety of projects and can't wait to see your great ideas.

2019 marks the second year of our partnership with The Trustees. Last year, the selected projects supported:

  • Storytelling and Community Conversations
  • Community Dinners
  • Performances e.g., music and theater
  • Interactive Play

As you develop your idea, reflect on the role of community gardens as community hubs and areas of respite. Some questions to consider: How can community gardens strengthen social connections and reduce loneliness? How can the gardens create a sense of calm and reduce stress in our hectic lives?

Three Gardens

You can propose installations at one of three gardens: Berkeley Community Garden in the South End, Joe Ciampa Community Garden in East Boston, or the Fenway Victory Gardens.

*Map tiles by Stamen Design, under CC BY 3.0. Data by OpenStreetMap, under CC BY SA.

Berkeley Community Garden

Photo Credit: Mark Gardner

Berkeley Community Garden is a 47,500 sq. ft garden with 159 plots. Located at a nexus of several neighborhoods, the garden features a diverse set of crops and growing methods. There is also a grassy gathering area in the center of the garden - a good spot for performances, storytelling events, or dinners.

Joe Ciampa Community Garden

Photo Credit: Andrea Vilanova

Joe Ciampa Community Garden is a 9,800 sq. ft garden with 24 garden plots and a small, deeply engaged group of gardeners. The garden features a patio and pergola with hardy kiwi vines, tables, and chairs. There is high foot traffic around the garden due to its proximity to a busy public park.

Fenway Victory Gardens

Established in 1942, the Fenway Victory Gardens is the oldest continuously-operating victory garden in the United States. It features 500 garden plots on 7.5 acres of The Fens, an urban wild in Boston.

Apply!

You can apply here.

Make sure your application is submitted by May 27th, 2019 at 9 AM.

Project Guidelines

  • Proposals should aim to make gardens more inviting, friendly, and fun.
  • We encourage applicants to propose ideas that evoke an inherent sense of wonderment and discovery.
  • Selected proposals must be implemented by the second week of July 2019.
  • Proposals should include a proposed budget in the range of $5,000 - $9,500.
  • Selected teams are also responsible for hosting four community events related to their project by September 30th, 2019.

More questions? Email us at invitational@newurbanmechanics.org.