Come to Martin Luther King School (35 Camp St. near Olney St.) this Saturday, October 2nd, to learn how you can engage kids in learning to grow and prepare food! SCLT’s education director extraordinaire Leo Pollock and Kids First RI‘s Kimberly Clark will be running two concurrent “stations” to demonstrate hands-on gardening activities and simple recipes that are ideal for teaching young people about agriculture, ecology, and nutrition. Whether you’re a parent/mentor looking for a weekend project or an educator/youth leader looking for a creative lesson plan, this Plant Providence event will provide you with resources and ideas to get youth involved at home and at school. The free workshop begins at 10 a.m. and will go for an hour; you are encouraged to bring kids along. Hope you can make it!
The latest edition of our now-monthly e-newsletter went out yesterday, September 28. We’re debuting a new look for our e-news: you can see a preview at right. To read the full text online and find out what’s been happening lately at SCLT, click the image or visit the News and Events section of our website. If you’d like to have the e-newsletter delivered to your inbox, or receive our print newsletter Southside Green, sign up to be on our mailing list!
Just a reminder that there will be a workshop this Sunday (September 26) on winter vegetable growing at the University of Rhode Island’s East Farm Building #75. The workshop is part of Northeast Organic Farming Association of RI (NOFA/RI)’s Advanced Grower Training series and will feature Bryan O’Hara of Tobacco Road Farm in Lebanon, CT, speaking on the use of row covers, low tunnels, and unheated high tunnels for the successful culture of winter vegetables. The event is co-sponsored by the University of Rhode Island, Southside Community Land Trust, and the RI-DEM Division of Agriculture. The workshop will go from 11 am to 3 pm and costs $5, payable at the door (pre-registration is not required). Snacks will be provided, but bring your own lunch. Hope you can make it!
At Southside Community Land Trust, we have many great illustrations of the impact of our work, whether it’s photos of kids and adults participating in our educational programs or images of healthy green plants growing in reclaimed city lots. Now one of our board members, Jonathan Gold, has given us a visual representation of the mission, vision, and values that drive that work in the form of a “tag cloud.” Tag clouds are a way to indicate patterns: they count the number of times each word appears on a given page or in a selection of text and graphically emphasize those words that appear more frequently. Here is the tag cloud created by the “Mission, Vision, Values” section of our website using Wordle (click on the image to see it full-size). We think it sums things up perfectly.
The photos are in from Southside Community Land Trust’s 20th annual City Fest, held last month at the Davey Lopes Recreation Center! This was the first time the event was held indoors, rather than at City Farm, because that Tuesday proved to be a drizzly gray day. Luckily, Davey Lopes is close to the SCLT offices on Somerset Street and provided the perfect rain location. We’re extremely grateful to George and Sterling for letting us take over the facility for the afternoon! Click “Read More” below to see a slideshow of images from the event.
Cluck cluck! The second vote is in, and the chicken ordinance has officially passed! In line with the language of the ordinance (which you can download by clicking here), residents of Providence are now legally allowed to raise hens in the city! What a wonderful example of grassroots democracy.
What’s next? As part of the Plant Providence Workshops and Events calendar, the Southside Community Land Trust will be hosting a workshop on Raising Urban Chickens on Saturday, November 13 at 1 pm at City Farm.
Thanks to those who came out yesterday evening to attend the “Fall Crops, Mulch, and Putting Gardens to Bed” workshop (part 3 of Plant Providence‘s “Beginning Grower Series”) taught by experienced community gardeners Jen Steinfeld and Jerome Charleus. The workshop took place at the Janes St. community garden, which, like all of SCLT’s gardens, is a little green oasis in the city. At a picnic table under a shady tree, Jen and Jerome explained how to plant garlic and other crops and use mulch to protect plants, retain moisture, and prevent erosion. They also demonstrated how to sow a winter cover crop that will put nutrients back into the soil. Everyone went home with a packet of rye seeds to try.
If you missed the workshop, don’t worry—it will be taught again this Saturday the 18th! This time, it will be held at 10 a.m. at the Cadillac Drive Park Community Garden (located near Early St in Elmwood). And if you can’t make it this weekend, you can still read about fall planting on our website or attend the Northeast Organic Farming Association’s workshop on winter vegetable growing on September 26; for more details, visit the Events section of our website.
We’re down to the final push: the chicken ordinance will be voted on for the second time by the full City Council tomorrow, Thursday, September 16th. The Council meeting begins at 7:00 pm in the Council Chambers, 3rd floor, at City Hall. This is the final vote, so if you are available tomorrow evening, please come to City Hall and show your support.
This week, we’re offering “Fall Crops, Mulch, & Putting Gardens to Bed” twice! Come learn how to wrap up the growing season while building your soil. These free workshops are planned and taught by long-time community gardeners.
WHERE: Janes Street Community Garden, 2 Janes Street
DIRECTIONS: Drive south on Broad Street from downtown. Turn left on Public Street and then left on Plain Street. Make a left on Alphonso Street; Alphonso Street becomes Janes Street.
WHERE: Cadillac Drive Park Community Garden. 8 Cadillac Drive
DIRECTIONS: Drive south on Broad Street from downtown. Turn right on Early Street (shortly before you cross over 95). Turn left on Cadillac Drive; the park is on your right.
On Saturday, Southside Community Land Trust and Rhode Island Families in Nature are teaming up to offer a free walking tour where parents and children can stroll through the streets of southern Providence to visit four different local community gardens.