2014 Community Gardens

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Doolan Apartments YMCA Summer Camp Garden Rotary Garden at BCC

The Fall River Housing Authority has developed a community garden for use by Doolan Apartment residents with the assistance of young people who are working for the Housing Authority over the summer. Raised beds were constructed by YouthBuild students and soil provided by the City. A tool shed was donated by BMC Health Net. Housing Authority Family and Youth Services Coordinator Joey DaSilva is coordinating the project. Joey can be reached at 508-675-3500 or by e-mail at .

The Fall River YMCA runs a summer camp that engages over 100 children in constructive activities from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at their North Main Street facility. As part of the program, the Y obtained the use of a garden space at the intersection of Bedford Street and Oak Grove Avenue thanks to a donation form the Lapointe Insurance Company. The program gives children the chance to plant, cultivate and harvest a variety of vegetables that are then donated to local food banks. Contact Michelle Alves at 508-675-7841.

Kevin McNally and several other members of The Fall River Rotary have organized a community garden on the grounds of Bristol Community College's (BCC) to give local residents a chance to raise their own produce. Plots can be reserved for $25 each on a space-available basis. There are common workdays to help maintain the garden and the The Rotary Club will be providing seeds throughout the season. Contact Kevin McNally at 781-930-3199 or by email on the Community Garden website,,
May Institute Garden Bank Street Tot Lot Garden

Watson School Garden


The May Institute's Children's Services has supported a community garden on City property at the north end of the Veterans' Memorial Auditorium for the past several years. Mentor John Kennedy and Social Worker Liz Taiwo work with the youth who sometimes donate some of their produce to the cooking group that runs on Tuesdays in the Clinic. For more information about the project or the cooking group, contact program director Janet Shartle at 508-678-0049.

A community garden was established at the Bank Street Tot Lot near the corner of Bank and by the Bank Street Neighborhood Association. Volunteers who work on the garden come from the neighborhood and the Salvation Army after-school program that operates adjacent to the garden. For more information, contact Bank Street Neighborhood Association President Natalie Melo at 508-679-4119 or the Salvation Army at 508-679-7900. 

The Watson Elementary School on Eastern Avenue has several raised beds constructed by volunteers Jerry Bernier and Department of Public Works employee Abel Oliver where students are raising a variety of vegetables. Initial funding came from a Tufts University "Children In Balance” grant through Marcia Picard. For more information, contact the school principal  508-675-8240 or School Wellness Coordinator Marcia Picard at 774-319-0107.

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