This is Southside Community Land Trust’s third year of organizing the Plant Providence Calendar, which seeks to improve the health and welfare of Providence residents by empowering them with food-growing knowledge and resources.
The first Plant Providence Calendar workshop for 2012 will be Composting 101, held on Wednesday March 21 from 5:30-7pm. The workshop will feature a classroom based lesson on composting basics from 5:30-6:15pm at the SCLT office (109 Somerset) and from 6:20-7pm will move into a hands-on composting demonstration at City Farm (corner of W. Clifford St. and Dudley St.). This workshop will be taught by SCLT Community Growers Coordinator (and certified Master Composter) Cindy Llamas Shea and City Farm Apprentice Kathleen Reid.
The Urban Chickens workshop will be taught by SCLT Program Director (and savvy chicken keeper) Leo Pollock at 4 Theresa Court (off Willow Street Between Parade and Sycamore) on Saturday, March 24th 10am-noon. The workshop will cover all the chicken care basics and different kinds of coops one can use.
Cultivating Perennials will provide the knowledge of dividing and digging perennial bulbs for a beautiful garden year after year. The workshop, held at City Farm Saturday, March 31st from 10-11am, will also offer ways to get involved with cultivating perennials for the Plant Sale.
Growing food in an urban setting can be challenging if the soil is contaminated. Learn about the steps you can take to ensure that your garden’s soil is safe and healthy at the soil remediation workshop on Saturday, April 7th, 10-11am at Sidewalk Ends Farm (47 Harrison Street).
Registration for the workshops can be done online by going to www.plantprovidence.org or over the phone by calling (401) 273-9419, ext. 29. Workshops cost $5 per person unless otherwise noted. SCLT is devoted to keeping the Beginning Organic Growers Series Workshops (I, II, and III) free, which will be held in neighborhoods where fresh food is less readily accessible. Workshops are free for members of SCLT’s Providence Community Growers Network. Payment can be made online or at the day of the workshop.