The Providence Community Garden Network is a voluntary coalition of 34 community gardens throughout Providence, RI. Launched in the Spring of 2009, the Network is now over 700 community gardeners strong!
Our network of gardeners, coordinated by SCLT’s Erika Rumbley, has already made great strides in Network community gardens in the Southside, Olneyville and the West End.
This spring alone, the Providence Community Garden Network has:
* coordinated the discounted purchase and citywide distribution of high-quality organic compost and fertilizers to over 30 community gardens.
* donated over 1,600 vegetable seedlings from the City Farm Plant Sale to community and youth gardens all over the city
* hosted a free workshop series for folks new to food growing, including recent refugees new to the New England climate.
* served as the go-to resource for many of Providence’s gardeners, lending a hand with everything from soil health and garden design to community organizing and legal aid.
Just imagine what more the gardeners could do with your support! Click here to find out how to give to the Community Garden Network.
Want a closer look inside one of Providence’s community gardens? Stay tuned for details on the Open Garden Day at Potters Park and Community Garden, on August 25th!
Broad Street’s new Friendship Cafe – a little oasis that features fresh vegetables from City Farm! Located just blocks away, City Farm has partnered with Friendship Cafe to provide them with fresh herbs and greens, such as mint, oregano, sage and green garlic, to name a few.
Raul Figueroa, head chef and operations manager, is excited to help bring healthy, local and affordable food into the neighborhood. As part of Amos House, Friendship Cafe primarily serves as an incubation center for recent graduates of the Amos Culinary Education Program: “It’s job training to help them build their resumes and sharpen their skills. They’re hard workers,” said Raul of his staff.
On our visit at 1pm, their line was out the door – and for good reason. See for yourself, Monday-Friday, 7am-3:30pm, and Saturday 7am-2:30pm, located at 500 Broad Street.
Check it out! Radical Beekeeping, at Farmacy Herbs:
He is currently on a Bee Talk Tour and will be stopping by Farmacy Herbs in Providence (28 Cemetery St.) at 6pm. This is open to people of all experience levels, including none (no bee experience necessary…come learn!).
The talk will start at 6pm and a donation of $5-10 would be greatly appreciated to help with travel costs, but of course no one will be turned away.”
Seed starting is fun and easy – unbelievably easy. When starting in-doors, make sure seedlings get WARMTH and MOISTURE, critical ingredients to germination. Once seedlings have emerged, they still prefer moister conditions in establishing roots in their new home.
1. Ready materials
(seed, soil, container with drainage hole at bottom, water)
2. Fill container with soil
3. Make a hole
4. Put seed into hole
5. Cover with soil
And finally, watch for your seedlings to sprout! Thanks to City Farm volunteer Julia for learning how to start seeds with us!
Providence Farmers’ Markets will be popping up all around town this week. Many of SCLT’s farmers at City Farm and Urban Edge Farm will be setting up stands to sell their healthy, delicious fruits and veggies and eggs.
Little City Growers’ Coop and Xiong Farm will be at the Parade Street Farmers’ Market! City Farm and Xiong Farm will be at the Hope Street Farmers’ Market! Big Train Farm will be at Providence Downtown on Friday! Visit the Farm Fresh RI website for more listings of farmers’ markets.
Armory Park Farmers’ Market
Starting Thursday, June 3rd, from 4pm-7pm
Armory Park along Parade Street
Downtown Farmers’ Market
Starting Friday, June 4th, from 11am – 2pm
Next to Burnside Park in Kennedy Plaza
Hope Street Farmers’ Market
Starting Saturday, June 5th, from 9:30am – 12:30pm
Lippitt Park, at the end of Hope Street and Blackstone Boulevard