Archive for May, 2012

May 25, 2012

More gardens, more food, more community!

*correction: the Applegate Garden will have 40 plots, not the 30 as originally written.

SCLT is growing another garden! Yesterday was the start of the build-out for a 40-plot garden on Applegate Lane (off of Eddy Street). Building gardens is hard work, but not without having lots of fun (as evidenced in these pictures). In just one afternoon, neighbors, volunteers, and even a class of little helpers came out to support and build 7 raised beds. Only 23 beds to go!

The Applegate Garden is one of two gardens that will be built in the year 2012. Cheers to growing good food and healthy neighborhoods!

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May 22, 2012

Plant Sale snapshots!

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Plant Sale over the weekend. All 1,800 of you! What an exciting celebration of healthy homegrown food and community. SCLT is so thankful for the beautiful weather, all the volunteers and community members that helped make it happen, the generous donation of sandwiches from The Sandwich Hut for our volunteers, and the enthusiasm for growing your own food – you all helped me make this 20th annual Plant Sale a success!!

Now onto some snapshots of the weekend. More pictures to come!

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May 16, 2012

City Farm Counts Down to the Plant Sale: 3 days left!

Busy day at the farm and the SCLT office today! We’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. Enjoy!

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May 15, 2012

City Farm Counts Down to the Plant Sale: 4 days left!

More and more plants are being taken out of the greenhouse and out onto the farm. Basically, City Farm is covered in a sea of baby plants! There are thousands of organic fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers to choose from. View the slideshow for all that’s growing on with 4 days left to go to the Plant Sale! We hope you’ll join us this weekend Saturday & Sunday from 10am-2pm. If you become a member or renew your lapsed membership, your contribution will be matched 1:1 by a generous donor!

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May 14, 2012

City Farm Counts Down to the Plant Sale: 5 days left!

This is day one as part of a week-long photo exposé of all the exciting City Farm prep for the 20th Annual Plant Sale this weekend! If the slideshow is running too fast, simply put your cursor over the slideshow and click the stop button; you can click the back and forth arrows at your own pace.

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May 14, 2012

Southside Community Land Trust to receive National Garden Club Award of Excellence

We are pleased to announce that Southside Community Land Trust  is receiving a National Garden Club Award of Excellence. SCLT Executive Director Katherine Brown will be receiving the award on the organization’s behalf. Because of the timing of the award, Katherine will be present only on the Sunday of the Plant Sale (May 20th).

Thank you to the RI Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. to have submitted such a kind nomination for us!

Transcript is as follows:

“The Southside Community Land Trust brings great pride to the RI Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc., as its goals and purpose are very much aligned with those of the National Garden Club. Under the dynamic, boots-on-the-ground leadership of Executive Director, Katherine Brown, Ph.D., the agency not only encourages the sustainable use and respect of our beautiful earth among our citizens, but it also has made great progress in soliciting the backing of major corporations. The corporations in turn help to influence State policy on environmental issues that are important to us all. On a statewide level, nearly all of our garden clubs either financially support the Community Land Trust and/or volunteer there.

The [SCLT] advances the study of gardening, environmental issues and horticulture at every age level of learning. The hope is that the ‘new’ farmers program will not only create ‘new’ farmers, but may in time, foster interest in other areas such as conservation, horticultural and botanical centers. The RI Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. is proud to submit this application for a non-member Award of Excellence for the Southside Community Land Trust and proud, as well, to have the honor of supporting their work. “

May 10, 2012

SCLT’s Annual Plant Sale – 20 years and still growing strong!

Southside Community Land Trust’s Annual Plant Sale is 20 years old! It’s incredible to think that over these years, hundreds of thousands of plants, grown from seeds planted in City Farm’s greenhouse and from perennials donated by hundreds of local gardeners, have made their way into gardens around the state of Rhode Island – possibly even yours!

The Plant Sale is May 19th and 20th, 10am-2pm at City Farm (corner of W. Clifford & Dudley Street). Interested in volunteering at the Plant Sale? We need talliers (people who count up the items and enter the number on the tallying sheet…no math needed), people who help carry plants to cars, people to check memberships, people to set up tents/tables before the sale and break down the tents/tables after the sale. Be prepared to stand the entire shift. Lunch will be provided! Contact Michelle Walker at or 401-273-9419 ext.26

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