Rooted in Community

On Saturday, we launched the pilot hub of the Providence Community Growers Network at the Davey Lopes Recreation Center in south Providence. The Growers Network is a new initiative designed to connect urban food-growers of all kinds and scales—community gardeners, home gardeners, market gardeners, and school gardens—to resources, skill-building opportunities, and one another.

Through the Network, gardeners throughout Providence will eventually be clustered around six organized neighborhood hubs. At the launch of the first hub here in our own neighborhood, fifty people from all across the city joined us for a free workshop introducing organic growing principles followed by the distribution of compost and seeds, giving them everything they needed to get started cultivating their own vegetables and herbs this year.

We were happy that so many new and experienced gardeners turned out and signed up to be part of the Network; it was truly inspiring to see all of them coming together around a shared commitment to homegrown, healthy food. We invite even more people to get involved by joining the Growers Network, coming to our 30th anniversary events and free and low-cost Plant Providence workshops, and becoming members of the Community Land Trust.

In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this slideshow of images from the event last weekend—images of neighbors helping to fill buckets of compost, comparing notes about different varieties of seeds, and sharing growing techniques. On this Earth Day, these photos really remind us about the impact of gardens: not only do they show us how we are linked to the soil, but to each other.

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