If you weren’t able to make it to the Urban Agriculture Spring Kickoff yesterday and pick up your copy of the 2011 Plant Providence calendar of events and workshops, you can now view it online by clicking here. The first workshop, How to Start a Community Garden, will be held this Wednesday, Mar. 2nd from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Genesis Center (located at 620 Potters Ave. between Elmwood Ave. and Cranston St.). Our own Community Gardens Network Coordinator Erika Rumbley will give you great tips on how to effectively organize to ensure the success of your project, so if you’ve always dreamed of bringing people together with a shared vision of growing food in the city, you’ll want to join us for this info session.
Saturday’s Urban Agriculture Spring Kickoff at Roger Williams Park Botanical Center is not to be missed. Here’s why. First, check out the lineup of workshops that will be taught by expert community members from around the state:
For a healthy dose of realism after the sugary sentimentality of Valentine’s Day, consider attending E. Melanie Dupuis’ lecture next Wednesday, “Alternative Food Systems Without the Romance.” Dupuis is a professor of sociology at UC Santa Cruz and the author of Nature’s Perfect Food: How Milk Became America’s Drink, as well as the editor of several works on food politics. Her presentation is sponsored by the Mellon Graduate Fellowship on Food Studies at Brown. The event will be held from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the John Nicholas Brown Center (357 Benefit St.): click here to view the flyer.
a message from Rich, the City Farm Steward
We’re all tired of shoveling, but who cares when you’re thinking of warmer days?
The seeds for City Farm’s growing season and the Annual Plant Sale have been ordered (you can see just a few of the catalogs to the right), and they are continuing to come in as you read this. The first seeds will be planted in our sunny greenhouse next week. The 2011 season is on! So hang in there everybody, and know that the time to start growing food is right around the corner.
The magazine Edible Rhody recently announced the 2011 winners of its Local Heroes readers’ choice awards, and the Community Land Trust was voted favorite non-profit in the state! We are so pleased to be honored in this way, especially given that this is our 30th anniversary year. You can see read more about the award here; also look for the spring issue of Edible Rhody, which will include profiles of all of the winners. Thanks to everyone who nominated us. We will continue to do our best to effect change in our food community!