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Please make a donation $ to REC today! Last day! … Go, REC, go!!!!!

Thank you for all you have helped accomplish this past year!

Together we worked with our neighbors to build new gardens, create meaningful jobs for young people, connect local farmers and urban consumers, and make our homes, schools, workplaces and neighborhoods healthier, more beautiful places to live, learn, work and play.  

In 2014, your gift made change possible:

You sent our Mobile Farmers Market vehicle to Worcester’s lowest-income and most food-insecure neighborhoods with healthy, affordable, and locally grown vegetables, fruits, eggs, and meat, with stops at 15 different locations around the city each and every week from June through October.

You helped the REC provide Community Farmers Markets in Worcester 6 days each week from June to November, serving more than 6,000 families.

You provided thousands of free organic vegetable seedlings, compost and technical support to our large and growing community and school gardens network-now totaling 62 gardens across Worcester! 

You helped organize our largest ever Annual REC Earth Day Cleanups since our first in 1989. More than 1,500 volunteers, friends, and neighbors came together to give our neighborhoods a wonderful spring cleaning, removing 50 tons of trash from 98 sites in Worcester. 

You helped build the next generation of environmental leaders, employing 34 young people from low-income families through our year-round summer and after-school YouthGROW program.

Together we have done so much. Together we can do so much more.Your annual gift at any level will continue to make change in 2015.

Make a gift before the end of the year!

Last day!

CLICK HERE to make a donation $!

Please visit and support the beautiful horses …


Drove  down to Blue Star in Palmer today to see and touch the magnificent working horses at this special working horse sanctuary. The horses there sooth my soul … . Each horse (Blue Star has 32) so intelligent and sensitive, yet mysterious (to me). … Did you know horses’ lips are so sensitive they can pick up a single grain in a sandbox filled with sand? They get to know you when you offer them your hand to smell. They take in your scent … . Then they remember you forever!  They get jealous if their pals are getting all the attention and throw their massive heads up and shake them at you to protest. Stroking the neck of an almost 2,000 lb animal – one so beautiful and powerful! –  feels otherworldly.

Take the kids this school vacation to the country, to Blue Star … . Be mesmerized …

They are located at 3090 Palmer St., Palmer. Their phone number: (413) 289-9787

Here are some photos I took this afternoon.     – Rosalie Tirella



















Calling all farmers, people who don’t want inner-city farmers markets gentrified, folks who want to bring fresh local foods to city schools/low-income families!

It’s the POLLINATE CONFERENCE January 13  at Worcester State University!

Time is running out …

Registration closes on January 7th!

Reserve your spot today.

Join more 300 other enthusiastic farm to cafeteria advocates from the preschool, K-12, and college sectors for a full day of workshops, networking, cooking demonstrations, and fun. We will have over 20 different workshops including:

Farm to School Policy and Advocacy

Farm to School Curriculum Connections

Waste Reduction, Composting Organics, and School Gardens
Funding Farm to School Programs
On Campus Farming
Farm to Preschool 101
Farm Based Education Initiatives – Urban and Rural Farm Field Trips
Sea to School: Incorporating Local Seafood in School Meals

The conference will also include Farm to Cafeteria Regional Networking Sessions so that you can connect with others in your community who are involved in farm to cafeteria activities.

Learn from their best practices, share your own tips, and move forward together!

We will be holding a concurrent Buyer Tradeshow and Networking Session for Farmers and Distributors. This will be a great opportunity to make direct connections with farmers from your region and discuss local sourcing with distributors.


Registration closes on January 7th and is filling up quickly as we have a limit of 350 attendees. Discounts are available for students and conference presenters. Please contact us for more information.

Conference Sponsorship Opportunities

Opportunities still exist for conference sponsorship. This conference is made possible by generous support from businesses and organizations that share the values of the farm to cafeteria movement. We expect the conference to attract over 300 individuals from a variety of fields including school and college dining services, farmers, non-profit organization staff, state agency representatives, legislators, school educators and administrators.

We have a number of different conference sponsorship opportunities. If you are interested in being a sponsor, please contact us.

For more information and to register, CLICK HERE!