Archive for March, 2010

March 24, 2010

Spring Kick-Off Highlights

Check out our quick photo narrative from the Spring Kick-Off !

As part of his "How to Start Seeds" workshop, Rich holds up a pie tray that he recommends you use to bottom-soak seedlings.

Hmong cooking demos were very well-received this past Saturday, as attendees ate their fill of Nim Chow.

Seed swapping! A constantly bustling, HUGE Kick-Off hit. People were bartering free and saved seeds while dishing on their favorite food growing practices.

Jonna kept the popcorn a'coming: a modern play on "farm to table," served straight-up.

Jonna kept the popcorn a'coming: a modern play on "farm to table," served straight-up.

As you can see, much of the Kick-Off revolved around Food: the starting, growing, prepping and serving; the friends that gather to join in ritual; the welcoming of Spring and her endless bike-friendly, park-stretching, food growing comforts.

SCLT’s Community Garden ladies made the event a reality: Liza Sutton, Community Gardens Director; Erika Rumbley, Community Gardens Network Coordinator; Jamie Fredricks, Community Gardens VISTA. You three are amazing. Thank you, and all our volunteers, for such an exceptional time.

March 15, 2010

Reminder: Urban Agriculture Spring Kick-Off, Saturday March 20th!

Just a friendly reminder that this Saturday is our…

Urban Agriculture Spring Kick-off!

Saturday, March 20th from 1pm to 4pm

at Highlander Charter School, 42 Lexington Avenue at Broad Street

Stop on by for the festivities and some seeds too…

March 11, 2010

March 18 EVENT: Clad In partners with SCLT

Friends, the East Side Providence retailer Clad In is holding a March 18 event from 5-8pm.

A hearty portion of the night’s proceeds will help SCLT continue to expand the number of community gardens, to increase the number of youth participants in our environmental education programs, and to renew our neighborhoods. Join us for a fun night!

March 10, 2010

How to get a Garden Plot

Over 30 Community Gardens in Providence are providing space for people to grow their own food. Now is the time to rent your plot for the season. Here’s how:

First: Take a look at our map and see if there’s a garden close to your home.

Second: Contact Erika Rumbley, SCLT Gardens Network Coordinator, and she’ll put you in touch with your chosen garden’s leader. Her contact is:

If you’re as excited as we are about the growing season ahead, make haste in contacting Erika and securing your garden space: plots are filling up fast, and many already have wait lists. Community and home-grown equates to reductions in grocery spending – save money this spring, summer and fall by acting now!

And remember:

+ Commit to tending your garden for the whole season. We’ll sometimes see people enthusiastic about the first rush of spring, only to abandon their work in the middle of the summer.

+ The financial impact is small, but the time commitment is significant. Every garden has different requirements. Many gardens have mandatory work days, and you’ll want to keep weeds under control through daily maintenance. This is the main reason why living close to your garden plot will save you more time and more money.

Sally forth! Let your urban growing commence!

Help transform your community garden from this...

... into this! Act now to be part of nature's perennial rebirth!

March 8, 2010

Spring Kick-Off, March 20!

Join is forĀ the signature event of our nearly-here Spring season (second only to, that’s right, the Plant Sale): the Urban Agriculture Spring Kick-Off!

Community, food, friends, music, dancing, popcorn machine (oh yes), and much more…

Don’t miss it!

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