Celebrating Summer: SCLT’s Open Garden Day and Harvest Potluck

Thanks to everyone who came out on Saturday to enjoy sunshine, garden visits, and good food at the second annual Open Garden Day and Harvest Potluck! Over 100 people attended the event, which was put together by the Providence Community Gardens Network and Southside Community Land Trust and featured six local gardens spread out across the south side of the city.

The event was a chance to celebrate the harvest of Providence’s community gardens and get a peek inside several of them. The six gardens ranged from recently excavated lawns to gorgeous  green spaces that have been growing strong for 30 years! The tour was come-as-you-please, and several garden coordinators and members were on hand to answer questions about their work. Most people walked from garden to garden, but several came on wheels: new this year was the addition of a riding tour led by Recycle-a-Bike, a local non-profit.

Across the street from the garden at the corner of Peace and Plenty streets, the What Cheer? Brigade and AS220 Youth Studio’s ZuCrewe entertained members of the community from 3-5 p.m. with their brass band and free ice cream. The band eventually moved into the garden and continued the performance there! We are grateful to Community Works Rhode Island and the City of Providence Neighborhood Performing Arts series for sharing their summer celebration with us.

At 5 p.m., people gathered in Potters Avenue Park to eat homemade dishes, sip ginger beer and lemonade, and listen to Liberian songs and the tror sao (a traditional Cambodian instrument) under the shade of the trees. It was a great end to the day. Thanks again to everyone who participated and helped to make the event a success!

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