Kickoff and Calendar Launch This Saturday!

City Farm Steward Rich Pederson gives a workshop on starting seeds at last spring's kickoff.

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:

  • Seed Starting
  • Vegetable Garden Planning
  • City Chickens
  • Collecting Rainwater
  • Alternatives to Miracle Gro
  • How to Tap Maple Trees
  • Home Composting

You get access to all of these workshops with an admission of only $5 (free if you’re a community gardener); all proceeds will benefit SCLT’s community gardens program, which supports 35 gardens from which over 700 gardeners reap homegrown produce. There will also be live music, light refreshments, a seed swap, and a cooking demo, as well as a silent auction where you can bid on garden tools, seeds, and consultations with expert growers. Families are welcome; young “gardeners in training” can enjoy a kid’s corner with games, art projects, and other activities.

The kickoff is also an opportunity to pick up your copy of the Plant Providence calendar of workshops and events, hot off the presses! The 2011 calendar features even more workshops than before, including free or low-cost programs on canning and food preservation, urban beekeeping, cooking and gardening with kids, composting, “taming your tomatoes,” and keeping chickens in the city. New this year are organic vegetable growing workshops in Spanish and Hmong and a medicinal herbs foraging walk hosted by Farmacy Herbs. Should be a great year!

See you on Saturday from 1-4 pm!

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