April 27, 2012
Pictured: Folks at last year's workshop learning how taming tomatoes ensures high yields and happy plants
*from our Plant Providence blog
Fact: a single tomato plant can yield more than twenty pounds of fruit over the course of a growing season!A tomato seedling usually costs about the same as a pound of tomatoes at the store! That means that growing your own tomatoes is a great way to save money on food while enjoying juicy, ripe, and flavorful tomatoes right in your garden.
Tomato plants definitely require some maintenance, If you want to enjoy tomatoes right off the vine from your backyard, window box, or hanging basket, you’ll want to join us for the next workshop in the Plant Providence series on Saturday, May 5th, when Thom the Tomato Guy will give you all the tips you need to produce and preserve a bumper crop this summer! “Taming Your Tomatoes” will be held 10-11:30 a.m. at the Fox Point Community Garden near the corner of Gano St. and Power St. on the east side of Providence. You’ll get practical advice about planting, staking, tomato care (watering, mulching, fertilizing, weeding), and ways to fend off the pests that enjoy the taste of tomatoes as much as we do.
The workshop is $5, or free for members of the Providence Community Growers Network—please bring payment in the form of cash or check. Click here to register! Here’s to great salads, sauces, and soups this year.
April 26, 2012
For a 3/4-acre farm, there sure is PLENTY growing on at City Farm. In addition to the spades and spades of prep work involved around the Plant Sale (Rich starts seeding the 18,000+ plants as early as February!), City Farm is undergoing renovations helping adapt to the fall of a great tree last summer, as well as the demand for increased urban food production and sustainability! The renovations are well underway. Thanks to the generosity of City Farm friends who supported our Kickstarter Project, we’ve already built a new shade arbor, planted asparagus, and will soon move to building more raised garden beds, installing rain barrels, and planting more fruit trees.
Southside Community Land Trust’s 20th Annual Plant Sale is May 19th & 20th, 10am-2pm both days at City Farm (corner of W. Clifford and Dudley) and accepts cash, credit, debit, and EBT.
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April 23, 2012
Beautiful weather – check. A hard-working team at three locations (southside, Olneyville, West End) – check. A great turn out and lots of fun – check!! We couldn’t have been more thrilled about the success of SCLT’s Providence Community Growers Network Neighborhood Hub Day event. Neighbors at all three locations learned about growing food at a free Beginning Organic Growers workshop, and PCGN members picked up compost and seeds. We want to give a big thank you to our community partners – Davey Lopes Recreation Center, Groundwork Providence, Olneyville Housing Authority for helping it be an awesome event. Enjoy the pictures!
April 10, 2012
SCLT was honored to host a visit from Will Allen, CEO and founder of Growing Power, on April 9th. The visit left us with a heaping dose of good food inspiration. SCLT had the privilege showing Will around community gardens and urban farms in the morning, followed by a lunch with local gardeners, farmers, and community members. We shared the stories of our work in Providence over the past 30 years, and discussed our continued vision of connecting people from all backgrounds through growing their own food.
Will’s sold-out lecture at Brown University about his work at Growing Power left the audience in awe of all the groundbreaking work him and his team are doing for sustainable agriculture and local food. Slide after slide captured the movement that reflects the strength and resilience of community by using food to bring people from all backgrounds, ages, and trades to work together.
“If there’s one thing I want you all to remember tonight is that it’s all about the soil,” said Will at the lecture. One impressive (and believe us, there were a lot of impressive points!) slide he showed us was the Growing Power hoop houses that were growing a bounty of salad greens and kale in the middle of the Milwaukee winter (made possible by the heat captured from piling compost on the outside perimeter of the hoop house). His work with Growing Power (based in Milwaukee) is an amazing sustainable food empire that has influenced cities from all over the nation and even the world, engaging people with the question, “how can good food transform communities?”
The visit left us encouraged and inspired to continue growing the “Good Food Revolution” right on our home soils of Providence. Thank you to Will Allen, Lucas Foglia, Brown University, for making this incredible visit possible. Check out our slideshow for pictures of Will’s visit!
April 5, 2012
A healthy load of compost delivered to City Farm will give the soil a boost for a productive growing season!
Yesterday, 330 cubic yards of compost was delivered to 40 gardens in the Providence Community Growers Network. This hefty city-wide effort is a collaboration between Southside Community Land Trust, Rhode Island Resource Recovery Center (RIRRC), and the City of Providence.
The compost is certified organic, produced by RIRRC and thoroughly tested to ensure high organic matter content. SCLT wants only the best for our network community gardens! Gardeners will be able to use 1″ of compost for each of their garden plots. Compost is used best when turned into the soil and allowed to sit for at least two weeks, giving it time to amend the soil with nutrients, organic matter, and improve soil texture.
Want to get your hands on free compost? Join our Providence Community Growers Network and learn about how you can get compost and other fabulous food-growing benefits. You can also check out our Neighborhood Hub Day – Saturday, April 14th at these locations, to learn more about the PCGN, sign up to get free compost and seeds, and attend a free gardening workshop. We hope to see you there!
Davey Lopes Recreation Center 10am-1pm, 227 Dudley Street
Groundwork Providence Community Garden 10am-1pm, 14-18 Ring Street
Manton Avenue Community Garden 12pm-3pm, 40 Florence Street