The Peabody Education Foundation is proud to have partnered with the Tillies Farm Education Committee (TFEC), the North Shore Community Development Coalition (NSCDC) and Peabody Public Schools and Library to construct and install five raised-bed gardens located at the Welch and South Schools as well as Peabody’s Main Branch Library.

NSCDC Students Taking Action for Neighborhood Development (STAND) teens will be developing valuable hands-on skills and learning about urban food systems while helping younger children to grow healthy, fresh, local food in their own communities. Community gardening adds so much to the vitality of our schools, cities, and towns. They bring beauty, environmental benefits, and most of all healthy eating habits.  Raised-bed gardens at the schools provide multidisciplinary hands-on experiential learning for all students and their families.

The schools and libraries will be managing compost through compost bins and will be conserving water by installing rain barrels. The installation of these raised-bed gardens is expected to begin on August 7th, 2017.


On August 7th, the raised-bed gardens were installed at the Welch and South Schools. These raised-bed gardens will allow Peabody children to spend time outdoors growing and learning in their own gardens. Thank you to everyone who made this possible!


  • Peabody Forestry Department Brooksby Farm
  • Home Depot
  • Walmart
  • Tillie’s Farm
  • Wolf Hill Home & Garden Center
  • Tillie’s Farm Education Committee