Our Journey

 Click below to see the construction of our Hyde Park Greenhouse and to hear from

Co-Founder Lisa Evans.

 

We Grow Microgreens, LLC is an urban farm in Hyde Park, MA focused on growing microgreens, edible  plants and 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 fully constructed and one has been filled with raised garden beds. One of the high tunnels will be used to teach local children about plants and sustainability. 

We Grow Microgreens, LLC began in a sunroom addition in Tim and Lisa's home in Roslindale, MA.

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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.

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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.

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Almost immediately after starting to work at the new site in Hyde Park to clear 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 pruning trees and removing knotweed, broken bottles, and rocks. 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.

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Before the Hyde Park Greenhouse was built, operations ran out of this small net zero greenhouse on the site.

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Excavation began on the Hyde Park Greenhouse in March 2019.

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Pouring the foundation walls.

Our greenhouse arrived in one

18-wheeler truck!

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The foundation is formed.

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Two 3,500 gallon rainwater collection tanks sit underneath our greenhouse, collecting rainwater from the roof. 

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Our greenhouse structure was completed in August 2019 and we began growing on racks. 

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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.

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Our greenhouse, looking in from Norton Street.

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The Community Preservation Act Path

With the help of the Community Preservation Act, we were able to construct a beautiful walking path down the length of the farm. The path is  skillfully designed by Wes Wirth of Thomas Wirth Associates and features unique plants and a lovely view of our growing operations in our greenhouse and high tunnels. 

The High Tunnels

The construction of two high tunnels was the next step of our journey.  The high tunnels are allowing 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. 

Raised Garden Beds 

We were awarded a grant to purchase enough wood to make 160 raised garden beds. Our architecture intern created an all-encompassing plan for dedicated volunteers to build. We could not be more thankful for the community's efforts to help build them! We are so excited to finish filling them with soil and start our next phase of growing.