City Fest in Two Weeks!

A message from Dana Wolfson, our Children’s Garden coordinator:

I’ve had an amazing time exploring the garden with all of the kids this summer, and now that the program is coming to a close, it’s time for City Fest! Each summer we organize a neighborhood block party that also serves as a celebration of the participants in the Children’s Garden program. It’s a time for the kids to share the experiences they’ve had and the things they’ve learned with their families and other members of the community (such as how to make things like fresh salsa—recipe below!). You can read more about City Fest and see photos of last year’s event here.

This year, City Fest will take place Tuesday, August 23rd from 2 pm to 5 pm at City Farm (located at the corner of W. Clifford and Dudley Street in south Providence—click here for directions). We’ll have games, crafts, and other activities, as well as food and music. Kids will be able to go home with new books donated by the Providence libraries and new backpacks for the school year provided by Citizens Bank! Feel free to stop by to celebrate with us, and please be in touch if you are interested in volunteering at City Fest: email me at

City Fest usually involves some sort of watermelon-eating contest, which the kids love!

Children’s Garden Fresh Salsa Recipe


tomatoes (from City Farm, of course!) – about 2 cups, chopped
cilantro – 1 small bunch
onion – 1 small, red or white
salt & pepper – a pinch
lime juice  – about a tablespoon


Dice tomatoes, cilantro, and onion (or chop in a food processor). Add about a tablespoon of lime juice and a pinch of salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly and serve with tortilla or pita chips. Enjoy!


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