Archive for July, 2010

July 30, 2010

SCLT Community Gardeners Work Together to Improve Their Gardens!

SCLT’s 250+ community gardeners don’t just work hard to keep their individual plots beautiful and productive.  They also join together 3 times each year to improve the gardens as a whole. Each Spring, Summer, and Fall, gardeners work together on a Saturday to clean up trash and weeds, improve garden infastructures, and take care of any other tasks needed in the garden.

On Saturday, July 24th, each of SCLT’s community gardens hosted their summer workday. There were lots of projects to take care of at each garden. At Somerset Community Garden, gardeners made improvements on a shade structure and picnic table in the middle of the garden. Take a look at the photos below.

Many thanks goes to the New England Grassroots Environmental Fund for supporting the Somerset Community Garden Improvements.

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July 21, 2010

Buy Super-Local! Community Growers Collaborative at the Broad Street Farmers’ Market!

The Community Growers Collaborative – a business cooperative of 8 of SCLT’s Community Gardeners – is at it again! These talented food growers are pooling their harvest to sell fruits and veggies at the Broad Street Farmers’ Market.

Visit these gardeners every Saturday from 9am – 12pm on Broad Street and Laura Street, in front of the Algonquin House. You can buy a wide variety of delicious, hyper-local food – zucchini, squash blossoms, thai basil, lemongrass, carrots, bok choi, lettuce, beans, tomatoes, bitter melon, and more.

Community Growers’ Collaborative at Broad Street Farmers’ Market

Every Saturday from 9am – 12pm, Broad and Laura Street in South Providence

’til the end of October!

July 21, 2010

Meet Our City Farm Interns

Each Summer, SCLT welcomes interns and volunteers of all ages to learn about growing food at City Farm.

This year, City Farm Steward Rich Pederson and City Farm Apprentice Sean O’Brien are working with two interns from local high schools, and two college interns from around the Northeast. Our high school interns, Princess and Eugenio are working about 10 hours per week. Princess is a student at Providence Career and Technical School in the West End, and Eugenio is a student at the Met School in South Providence.

Two college interns, Sondra and Patricia, are working about 25-30 hours per week, and both are getting school credit for their time at the farm.

All of City Farm’s interns are learning how to make healthy compost, methods for integrated pest management, and planting and harvesting.

Welcome to our class of 2010!

July 21, 2010

Network Gardeners Pool Resources to Keep Gardens Healthy

This summer, 200 gardeners from the Providence Community Garden Network pooled their money to make a bulk purchase of Fish Emulsion – lovingly referred to as “Fish Emo” – to use as organic fertilizer.

SCLT’s Community Garden Network Coordinator is delivering the bulk-sized Fish Emo containers to the gardens, where gardeners have agreed to share the fertilizer throughout the season. The gardeners were able to save money and educate one another on the benefits of this organic fertilizer.

Fish Emo is a superstar organic fertilizer used by many of SCLT’s farmers and gardeners. It is made from unused fish waste that has been tried to kill any living microorganisms. Fish Emo is full of the nutrients plants need to grow healthy and strong. It can be used a number of ways. Most commonly, it is diluted with water in a spray bottle and sprayed all over the plant, or it is diluted into a watering can and poured into the roots of plants.

You can purchase a bottle of Fish Emo from the City Farm stand at the Hope Street Farmers’ Market on Saturdays, or the Parade Street Farmers’ Market on Thursdays.

July 19, 2010

New Community Garden – Cadillac Drive Park in South Providence

It’s been several weeks now since our latest community garden buildout, but we did want to send a welcome to over 40 families in South Providence who are now members of the Cadillac Drive Park Community Garden.

On May 22nd and 23rd, SCLT partnered with the Providence Parks and Recreation Department, Providence City Councilman Miguel Luna, McCauley Village and Community Works RI to build a new garden at Cadillac Drive Park. Dozens of new gardeners and community members worked together to build new raised beds and fill the beds with soil. Now that the garden is up and running, the gardeners are working together to plan garden days and a summer harvest celebration!

Many thanks to the Providence Parks and Recreation Department for providing the fencing, the water, and the soil for the raised beds.

Click MORE to look at more photos from the garden buildout in May.

July 16, 2010

SCLT Says Farewell to Two Wonderful VISTA members

Jamie and Renata have fled the coop!

This week ended with our AmeriCorps positions at Southside CLT, leaving behind some beautiful memories, incredible learning experiences, and all around awesome times. We’ve already had a farewell picnic and several teary goodbyes, but are stronger ladies as a result of our time spent here: going out into the world, our food advocacy knowledge and backgrounds honed, we’re ready to continue the work we’re leaving behind at Southside CLT.

Thank you AmeriCorps VISTA for providing us with the opportunity to work at such a great organization, and Southside Community Land Trust for enriching our lives in innumerable ways.

Love,

Jamie+Renata

July 16, 2010

Front Step Farm

Last winter, ’09 City Farm Apprentice Than Wood finished up the growing season with Rich Pederson and took time figuring out a life’s direction – and with incredible results. Choosing to invest in the west side’s land and community, Than negotiated with a lot owner on Westminster to start his own version of City Farm: Front Step Farm.

Front Step Farm works in conjunction with Than’s compost pick up service (Farm-in-a-Cart: to learn more, contact farminacart@riseup.net), utilizing the City Farm method of fixing soil by growing its own (compost!). Now part of the Little City Growers Co-op, Than sells his produce – …chard, boc choi, dragon tongue beans, basil… – at Thursday’s Parade Street market.

His accomplishments (and fellow City Farm volunteer, Noah Read) were also recently featured in the Projo.

Than (right) chats with a neighbor at the Little City Growers stand.

Conrgatulations Than! Keep it up. Be sure to stop by and say hello to Than and all the Little City Growers (which includes City Farm) from 3-7pm on Parade Street, in the Armory Park.

July 13, 2010

Plant Parts Salad

The Children’s Garden Program is in full swing and all eight of our local program participants have had the chance to experience the farm firsthand. So far we’ve done farm tours and had a ‘five senses’ scavenger hunt, learned about the parts of plants and different types of soil. We even got to enjoy the fruits of our labor with a Plant Parts Salad. Looking forward, we will be learning about the virtues compost and will be doing some planting of our own in the upcoming lessons.

Plant Parts Salad

Ingredients:

Mixed Leaf Lettuce

Cherry Tomato

Husk Cherry

Cilantro

Scallion

Ginger Root

Nasturtium (or other edible flower)

The juice of a lemon

Apple Cider Vinegar

Salad Oil

Procedure:

Wash and chop lettuce, cherry tomatoes and cilantro. Dice scallion and ginger root and pull petals from nasturtiums and put all ingredients in large bowl. Juice lemon and add 1-2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar. Whisk in salad oil until dressing reaches desired consistency (usually 3-4 tbsp). Toss salad with dressing and season with salt and pepper for a bright, refreshing taste of summer. Can’t find husk cherries? Substitute raspberries, blueberries or your favorite summer fruit!

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July 9, 2010

SCLT’s Champions in Action featured on NBC-10!

Thanks again to NBC-10 and Citizens Bank for honoring Southside Community Land Trust with its Champions in Action Award!

Read more about the announcement here, and take a look at the video below to learn more about SCLT and the Champions in Action award.

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July 8, 2010

Southside Community Land Trust is a Champion in Action!

We’re THRILLED to announce that Southside Community Land Trust has been chosen for the Champions in Action Award. SCLT is being honored by Citizens Bank and NBC-10 for its work to encourage environmental stewardship and improve the natural environment.

Earlier today, SCLT’s Board, staff, program participants and supporters were joined by Ned Handy, Citizens Bank President, and Steve DelPico of NBC-10 for the Champions in Action award announcement at City Farm in South Providence. After a brief speaking program, the check was presented and everyone celebrated with refreshments, including the first of City Farm’s cherry tomatoes!

Citizens Bank and NBC-10 have teamed up to create the Champions in Action program – a unique initiative designed to reward non-profit organizations who help communities thrive. Each year, they choose four organizations for the Champions in Action award. SCLT is so excited to be a part of such an esteemed group! Many previous Champions in Action winners were in attendance at the announcement today.

Through this wonderful award, SCLT is grateful to recieve a check for $25,000 from the Citizens Bank Foundation, media coverage on NBC-10, and public relations and volunteer support from Citizens Bank and NBC-10.

Many, many thanks to Citizens Bank and NBC-10 for this honor. And thank you to all of the volunteers, supporters, and community partners who, for so many years, have made our work possible!

Look for news coverage of the announcement this evening on NBC-10. You’ll also find brochures profiling SCLT in every Citizens Bank branch in Rhode Island.

Click here to view more photos from the day!

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