From the Worcester Tree Initiative and REC

Adopt a Tree!

The City of Worcester wants to plant trees for you! They have the Private Property Tree Adoption Program which allows you to request that a tree be planted in your yard.


The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation wants to plant trees in your yard for you! To be eligible you must live in the federally delineated ALB quarantine zone which includes all of Worcester, Boylston, West Boylston, Shrewsbury and parts of Holden and Auburn.

Not sure if you live in the quarantine zone?Call their office at (508) 852-8073 and they will check for you.

Their foresters will come to your house to give you an expert recommendation of what to plant based on what you want!

This is an incredible offer!


Regional Environmental Council (REC)

Growing Community Since 1971

Be a Part of a Global Day of Giving and Support REC for #GivingTuesday!

Dear Members and Supporters of REC,

As we prepare to give thanks for all the good things in our lives and dive into the holiday season, please consider giving back this year with a gift to the REC for Giving Tuesday. We have one day each year set aside to give thanks, followed by two for getting deals. Let’s restore the balance with a day for generosity. Giving Tuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together with a common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

Your support of REC this year is an investment in our community that promises record growth in 2015. This spring, your donation will help us:

Grow over 5,000 seedlings for community and school gardens across the city;

Provide affordable and accessible produce across the city through our Mobile and Main South Farmers Markets;

Train and employ 34 young leaders in our YouthGROW program;

And clean our streets through our Annual Earth Day Clean Ups!

But, perhaps more important, is your donation’s long term impact. Seedlings planted this spring will continue to bear fruit throughout next year. The nourishment local produce provides will help a child grow strong and healthy. A young person whose mind has been opened up to ideas of social and environmental justice will go on to become an advocate for change in the world. Residents bonded together over cleaning their shared street will work together to bring resources to their neighborhood.

Plant a seed of change and hope with a gift today and join us as we work to grow a better tomorrow!


Steve Fischer


Order your YouthGrow Thanksgiving pies!

These pies are beautiful, delicious and made with lots of food justice love!

Buy one for Thanksgiving dinner and one to enjoy later on … because they’re that yummy!

Get your Thanksgiving Pie from your favorite food justice organization! 

YOUTHGROW PIES are organic, local apple pies made from scratch!

Pick up or delivery of unbaked apple pies on Monday, November 24.

You bake it fresh for Thanksgiving morning!

All-butter crust or vegan on request for the low price of $20 per pie.

Email to place your order today!