We Grow Microgreens, LLC is an urban farm in Hyde Park, MA focused on growing microgreens and edible flowers. Founders Lisa Evans and Tim Smith started growing and selling microgreens in 2015 from their home in Roslindale, MA. Five years later, with the help of grants from United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture (MDAR) and the City of Boston, they have expanded their business into a state-of-the-art 4600 sq. ft. Gakon greenhouse. Two high tunnels are currently under construction and will be used to expand the quantity and variety of produce.
Combined, Lisa and Tim have over 20 years of teaching experience in the Boston Public School systems. Currently, they employ local youth to help build and sustain the farm. In the future, they plan to expand to include educational horticulture lessons for youth and adults.
In March 2018, Tim and Lisa were conveyed the deed to the land in Hyde Park, MA. The land was privately owned until 1994, when the City foreclosed on the land. Since then, it had been held in the Department of Neighborhood Development’s inventory of city-owned vacant land. The land now holds an agricultural deed restriction.
We Grow Microgreens, LLC began in a sunroom addition in Tim and Lisa's home in Roslindale, MA.
Work began in clearing the land! Parts of the stormwater drainage ditch that runs through our property were filled with thousands of bottles and invasive plants like Japanese Knotweed and multi-flora rose. The ditch is now clean and clear of weeds and trash due to our clean-up efforts.
Almost immediately after starting to work on the new site in Hyde Park clearing it of brambles and trash the neighborhood teens started to appear wanting to help out. We are immensely grateful for all of their hard work removing knotweed, broken bottles, rocks, pruning trees. Their energy and enthusiasm helped keep us going during the long process of getting the project approved by fourteen city and state agencies and permitted by Boston Water and Sewer and the City of Boston's Inspectional Services.
Before the Hyde Park Greenhouse was built, operations ran out of this small net zero greenhouse on the site.
Excavation began on the Hyde Park Greenhouse in March 2019.
Pouring the foundation walls.
Our greenhouse arrived in one
The foundation is formed.
Two 3,500 gallon rainwater collection tanks sit underneath our greenhouse, collecting rainwater from the roof.
Our greenhouse structure was completed in August 2019 and we began growing on racks.
In February, we began installation of heated flood benches, a water and energy conserving feature of the greenhouse. The benches were finished and in use by April.
Our greenhouse, looking in from Norton Street.
The Community Preservation Act Path
With the help of the Community Preservation Act Path, we were able to construct a beautiful walking path down the length of the farm. The path is skillfully designed by landscape architect Wes Worth and features unique plants a view of our growing operations in our greenhouse and high tunnels.
The New High Tunnels
The construction of two new high tunnels is the next step of our journey. The high tunnels will allow us to expand both the variety and quantity of the crops we produce, as well as provide an educational environmental for youth lessons on microgreens growing. Our staff and volunteers have been hard at work putting them together!