October 27, 2011
Folks gathered for the community discussion on Food Day
October 24th was a big day for local food across the nation, but especially in Rhode Island. Parents, teachers, and students; health professionals, community organizers, and local officials; chefs, school lunch providers, and eaters of all stripes gathered to access, discuss, and push for a healthier, more affordable and sustainable way of producing and eating food in the state. The day’s activities were part of a national event called National Food Day and was highlighted by the launch of the Rhode Island Food Policy Council (RIFPC).
What is the RI Food Policy Council? Leo Pollock, SCLT’s Program Director, breaks it down for you: “The mission of the council is to strengthen local agriculture and fisheries and fin ways to connect that home-grown food to low income communities across Rhode Island.”
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October 27, 2011
Last Saturday’s Biggest Squash contest was squasheriffic! Check out some of our pictures in the slideshow. Our winner weighed in at an impressive 22 pounds! Thanks to all the community growers that came out to celebrate this wonderful fall vegetable.
October 26, 2011
The panel will feature several key players in Providence urban agriculture, including the SCLT’s founder, Deborah Schimberg; Sarah Zurier, a Rhode Island historian; Ralph Taylor, a longtime Southside resident and urban gardener; and Laura Brown-Lavoie, who will represent the wave of new urban farmers.
October 17, 2011
Here at SCLT, we’re lucky enough to have our own side-yard garden right by our office to harvest fresh and healthy food like kale, tomatoes, peppers and even watermelon! During the harvest season, you can find us watering or pruning during a stretch break or picking some greens to cook for lunch. As the days grow shorter and colder, we took some time to clean out and harvest what was growing in our garden beds while planting greens and garlic for the winter. This slideshow captures some of those fun moments we had working together!
October 14, 2011
SCLT's Cindy Llamas evens out soil in a garden bed from this past week at the Potters Ave. Community Garden expansion build-out
We’re on our way to 30 new garden beds, but we still need your help! This past week, we’ve been working on expanding the Potters Ave. Community Garden. We’ll be having more workdays Monday-Wednesday of next week from 10:30-2:30pm. Lunch will be provided. It’s been a fantastic team effort so far (not to mention a great work out!). As each new garden bed gets raised and filled with soil, we are a step closer to helping families in the community grow their own fresh, healthy food.
Come find us Potters and Prairie Ave. (Turn on Potters away from Broad. St. when you hit the intersection)
Contact Cindy at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
October 13, 2011
This past Tuesday, October 11th, 2011, 5% Day at Whole Foods Market brought in $12,000 for Southside CLT. WOWZA! This completely blows past our sponsorship goal of $10,000. To all you enthusiastic shoppers who went out to support us yesterday – THANK YOU!! And many thanks to Whole Foods Market University Heights, Whole Foods Market Waterman Street and Whole Foods Market, Garden City for the generous donation!!
One shopper musingly reported to have bought “…$100 on baking chocolate, a large enough supply to last them through the holiday season!”
….another supporter reported, “It must have been the $14 cruelty-free mascara I bought that put us over the top!”
….and how is this for dedication…“I had already done my shopping but realized in the evening that I forgot to get my main money item, probiotics, so I ran back over to the store at 8:30pm.”
…. a staff person at SCLT confessed that she “…waited for weeks until 5% day to restock on lotion and coldcare remedies, and used the donation day as the perfect excuse to treat herself to some really nice products!”
Whether you completely restocked your pantry or just picked up a few things for the house, all of your contributions mean so much to us!
October 11, 2011
Food Day is national grassroots campaign seeking to build momentum for a healthy, sustainable and equitable food system in all communities. For Rhode Island, the idea to launch a Food Day on home soil was born out of the realization that although there are a lot of on the ground initiatives around local food, there is a lack of high-level coordination around the food system as a whole.
October 24th will be the official launch date of the newly formed Rhode Island Food Policy Council (RIFPC). This past year, Southside Community Land Trust has partnered with several local and state agencies such as GrowSmart RI, the Environmental Justice League, the URI Center for Hunger, Brown University, DEM Division of Agriculture and the RI Community Food Bank to embark on a planning process to form the RIFPC.
What is the RI Food Policy Council? “The mission of the council is to strengthen local agriculture and fisheries and find ways to connect that home-grown food to low income communities across Rhode Island,” says Leo Pollock, SCLT’s Program Director.
So what does the RIFPC mean for Rhode Island?
As a Rhode Islander or someone who enjoys eating food that is grown in Rhode Island, the Food Policy Council will act as a policy-changing force to ensure that:
– Food and local agriculture are recognized as important parts of the state’s economy;
– New funding is being brought into the state to strengthen all parts of the food system, from plant to plate;
– Policy changes are being implemented at the State level to make local food more affordable and available to people of all income levels in our state.
In addition to laying out the mission, vision and logistics of the Food Council, the planning committee will debut a state food assessment. This assessment explores in detail the intersection of economics and food access, with a goal of strengthening the food system and strategizing to increase access to all communities of Rhode Island. Food Day events will be all day on Monday, October 24th. The launch will begin at 10am at the State House’s State Room and continue at 4pm at the URI Providence downtown campus on Washington Street for a public community presentation of the state food assessment and discussion. For more up-to-date information, visit the Food Day Facebook page.
October 6, 2011
As part of its generous sponsorship towards SCLT’s 30th anniversary, Whole Foods Market is donating 5% of their net proceeds to SCLT Tuesday, October 11th. The more you shop, the more SCLT gets! It can be that easy! Don’t miss this great opportunity for you to restock your groceries after the Columbus Day weekend and support your local urban food growers at the same time! With this partnership, Whole Foods Market is helping SCLT continue to improve the health and well-being of Rhode Island residents through community gardens, urban farms, youth and adult education and community events.
October 4, 2011
Taken from our Plant Providence blog.
Saturday’ workshop on Medicinal Herbs and Foraging was an engaging and fascinating lesson that helped open our eyes to the plentiful variety of medicinal plants growing right on Rhode Island soil. We chewed, smelled and tasted leaves, flowers and herbs that Farmacy Herbs uses right in their store. Mary Blue, founder of Farmacy Herbs, shared her wealth of knowledge that plants can be effective remedies and supplements for a variety of purposes – nettles for vitamins, iron and bladder health; violet for lungs; sage for sinus clearing, digestion and memory; hops (not just good for beer!) for stress relief and nerves. These plants are minimally processed into tinctures, teas, and ointments. When taken consistently in the proper doses, these herbal remedies can be highly beneficial for preventative care and holistic health. “It’s another step towards self-sufficiency,” says Mary, “a lot of people that come here are looking for that. If you have access to this kind of knowledge and resources, you can rely more on yourself to care for your health and wellness.”
For more information about Farmacy and the kinds of workshops and classes they offer visit them at http://farmacyherbs.com
To see a slideshow of the workshop, visit our Plant Providence blog.