Archive for March, 2011

March 8, 2011

Snapshot: What a Difference a Week Makes

City Farm is a great illustration of the change we’re all feeling in the weather. The “before” photos were taken on February 27th; the “after” photos, March 6th. It’s almost spring!

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March 7, 2011

Carrot City Opening Draws Over 150 People!

To celebrate its thirty-year anniversary of helping people grow food in Providence, Southside Community Land Trust is hosting a series of public events throughout 2011. To kick off the year, we were proud to sponsor the Rhode Island debut Carrot City: Designing for Urban Agriculture, an exhibit curated by faculty members in food security and architectural science from Ryerson University in Toronto. The opening took place on February 25th at the American Institute of Architects gallery in downtown Providence, and we were thrilled with the turnout (especially on a cold rainy night)! We hope you enjoy this recap of the evening.

For those of you who missed the opening, the exhibit can still be viewed this week at the AIA gallery (located at 158 Washington St. at the corner of Washington and Snow) on Tuesday the 8th from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and on Thursday the 10th from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. This may be your last chance to see it before it travels to Casablanca, Morocco!

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Thank you to Richard Gutman, director and curator of the Culinary Arts Museum at Johnson & Wales and a member of our public events committee this year, and Julie Manso, a volunteer for the Community Land Trust, for taking these photos; and thank you to all of the other members of the committee (Sarah Zurier, Deborah Schimberg, Pamela Steager, and Paul Connelly, as well as staff members Jessica Knapp, Michelle Walker, and Skye Hibbard-Swanson) for their work in bringing this event together. Thank you also to the American Institute of Architects Rhode Island for letting us use the space,  Thames and Kosmos for their underwriting of the 30th Anniversary Public Event Series, and to Drs. Komisar and Nasr for coming to Rhode Island to present their work.

Finally, we would like to thank all of the volunteers who served in our setup crew and as gallery attendants for their time and hard work:

Debra Chase
Sally Godfrey
Kristen Gold
Terry Hahn
Jan Martin
Eugenia Marks
Dauna Noble
Kate Roberts
Mary Teuscher
Karen Usas

March 3, 2011

Fertile Underground Prepares to Launch New Local Grocery

The Fertile Underground Communal Garden is a member of the Community Land Trust’s Greater-Providence Community Garden Network. Tomorrow evening, Friday March 4th, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m., they will be hosting a potluck to celebrate the launch of their Kickstarter campaign to build a new local, natural grocery store on Westminster St. in June. Once open, the store will feature produce from Rhode Island farms, including discount produce raised at the Fertile Underground; fresh baked goods; a bulk section; and other staples and general household items—”all selected with a conscience from local and/or reputable sources with a mind on providing a more sustainable lifestyle to the residents of Providence’s Westside and beyond.”

For more information, contact or click here to view the event flyer.

March 1, 2011

Spring Fever

Saturday’s Urban Agriculture Spring Kickoff was a great success, with a turnout of about 350 people! Thank you to everyone who came out and enjoyed the good food, live music, warm setting, and informative workshops; it was a wonderful celebration of food-growing in Providence. Here are some of our favorite images from the event. You can find even more in this article from our friends over at EcoRI. An extra special shout-out to Kickoff sponsor, Thames and Kosmos, and the Providence Parks Department plus Botanical Center staff for making this event possible.

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