Archive for September, 2012

September 26, 2012

A Meal to Remember

This past March, at our Urban Agriculture Kick-Off, SCLT held a silent auction with some amazing items to support the Providence Community Growers Network. One of the items was “A Meal to Remember”–a dinner party for six at City Farm. Last night we hosted George Harvey, winner of “A Meal to Remember” and Director of Groundwork Providence, and several of his friends at City Farm for a meal that was definitely one to remember.

Chef Casey Shea and Cindy Shea, SCLT’s Community Growers Coordinator, served a four-course meal, sourcing fruits and vegetables from City Farm and cheese from Narrangansett Creamery (check out the full menu below!). The guests enjoyed their delicious meal under the recently installed arbor at a table set beautifully with a flower bouquet and candles. It was the perfect autumn evening to enjoy an outdoor dinner with close friends.

Last night’s menu included:

  • Amuse bouche: chilled zucchini veloute with crispy shallots
  • Salad: fall vegetable salad with garden greens, husky cherry vinaigrette and herbed Narragansett Creamery ricotta
  • Entree: vegetable paella with City Farm eggplants, kale and cherry tomatoes
  • Dessert: fried squash blossoms with City Farm raspberry coulis

Thanks, George, for your generous contributions to the Growers Network. We hope last night’s meal is one that you will cherish.

Additionally, many thanks to Chef Casey Shea and Cindy Shea for preparing the delicious meal, and to City Farm for providing the fresh fruits and vegetables.

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September 25, 2012

Fall is here; time to plant some garlic!

Now that Fall is here and you’re starting to pull things out from the garden, why not bring your growing season to a close by planting some garlic? Plant your garlic seed in the fall, wait for it to germinate during the winter, and enjoy the scapes in the spring and heads in the summer. Now that’s what we call a 2-for-1 deal!

Between October 15th and 30th, SCLT will be distributing Music Garlic seed to members of the Providence Community Growers Network. Music garlic is a variety that is noted for its excellent flavor and large, easy-to-peel cloves. You can purchase the seed for either $3/head or $14/lb.

Garlic is a space-efficient crop. Each clove is a seed in itself, meaning one clove you plant in the fall will yield one entire head of garlic in the summer. Music garlic seed has about seven to eight cloves, giving you seven to eight heads of garlic in the summertime.

You might be wondering why you should buy garlic seed instead of any ol’ garlic from the supermarket. Well, most supermarket garlic comes all the way from California and has been treated to prevent it from sprouting. When you buy garlic seed, however, you know for sure that it will grow well in our Northeastern climate and has been thoughtfully selected for its taste, size and disease-resistance.

Another reason to plant to garlic is that it’s really easy and low-maintenance! Plant your cloves at the end of October, right before Halloween. They should be six to eight inches apart, two inches deep in the soil with the pointy end facing up. Mulch your garlic with straw to protect the young shoots from the frost. When you purchase your garlic seed, we’ll provide a flyer with more detailed planting instructions plus a recipe for garlic scape pesto. Yum!

The deadline to pre-order your seed is October 15th. For more info., contact Liza at liza@southsideclt.org or 273-9419 ext. 25.

Not a member of the Providence Community Growers Network? Join today and reap the many benefits, including this discounted garlic seed!

September 24, 2012

A New Addition to 109 Somerset Street

Last week we welcomed a new addition to the sideyard garden at the SCLT office. On Wednesday, Brock and Rich built a raised bed, while Susan and Jessica added a fresh layer of mulch to the paths. On Thursday, a large group ventured to Applegate Community Garden to load up the truck with soil and fill the newly built bed.

  

Two trucks-full of soil and many hands later, the bed is ready to hold all things green and delicious. Can’t wait to see what our Community Growers Network members will be growing in here!

September 19, 2012

Cover Crop Distribution – place your order now!

It’s nearing that time of year to start winterizing your garden! Consider planting a cover crop this year. Cover cropping is an effective and low-maintenance way to keep your garden’s soil from eroding and replenish it with the nutrients it needs for the next growing season.

SCLT will be distributing Winter Rye to members of the Providence Community Growers Network (PCGN) for $5/lb. It will be available until September 30th at the SCLT Office (109 Somerset St.). To place your order, please contact Liza @ 273-9419 ext. 25 or gardeners@southsideclt.org.

Not a member of the PCGN? Click here to sign-up today and enjoy this discounted cover crop in addition to a number of other awesome benefits!

p.s. Here’s a great tutorial on how to plant your cover crop!

September 17, 2012

NOFA/RI CRAFT Workshop @ City Farm

City Farm and NOFA/RI will be hosting a Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) Workshop and farm tour tomorrow, September 18th, from 4 to 6 p.m. We hope to see you there!

Click here for more info.

September 17, 2012

URI Master Composter Training Fall 2012 – register now!

Registration for the URI Master Composter Training is ongoing! Through the training, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from the experts and take field trips to various composting and recycling facilities, including our very own City Farm! Once you’ve completed the training and fulfilled your 30 hours of volunteer commitment, you’ll be able to educate your fellow community members about its importance and empower them to start composting.

As a Master Composter, you will help make a difference in your local communities at a critical time of need. Presently, America is challenged with a problem–a crisis, really–of food waste. According to the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Americans waste 40% of their food supply annually. This waste amounts to a hefty impact on our economy and environment. For example, the majority of food waste winds up in landfills, where it will sit, decompose and release toxic methane into the atmosphere.

Research supports that composting is one way that we can help control this problem. By transforming the food scraps into fertilizer for plants that will eventually become our food, we can prevent buildup in landfills and ultimately help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

By completing the URI Master Composter Training, you can become an advocate for composting and help allay our food waste crisis. To register and/or read more about the training, click here.

September 12, 2012

Open Garden Day 2012

We are thrilled to announce that Open Garden Day was a blast! This past Saturday two groups toured nine different gardens and farms throughout Providence. One group, traveling by bike, ventured to Potters Avenue Community Garden, Groundworks Community Garden and Sidewalk Ends Farm. The other, traveling by bus, journeyed to Potters Avenue Community Garden, the Lincoln School Edible Garden and the Searle Family Garden. We started the day off touring the Roger Williams Community Garden and the freshly installed Edible Forest.

Each of tour groups were welcomed warmly by the site hosts who guided the participants through their lush spaces, sharing stories of how they started their respective gardens and farms, and letting the participants freely explore (and taste!) the diversity and abundance. For example, Lucy Searle, of Searle Family Garden, passed around baskets of her raspberries and chocolate cherry tomatoes, allowing us to savor the possibilities of growing our own food right in our backyards. Some site hosts even divulged their growing secrets! Fay, Laura and Tess, of Sidewalk Ends Farm, demonstrated how they keep their farm vibrant with compost, leading the participants through a hands-on demo of the process.

After touring their respective sites, the two groups reconvened at the Roger Williams Community Garden where their delicious harvest lunch, prepared by our Providence Community Growers, was waiting for them. Participants enjoyed a taste of Hmong culture with Nime Chowe and Noodles with Pork, flavors of Liberia with Garmai Malowi’s famous Sweet Potato Greens with Chicken and Rice, and a diverse array of other dishes, including beans and rice, fresh bread, crisp salad, fried chicken and banana bread pudding.

The day was topped off with some camaraderie with fellow growing enthusiasts and a celebration of Providence’s push to grow food everywhere.

Here are some pictures capturing the day’s activities, the gardens and farms, the food, the smiles–Open Garden Day.

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September 6, 2012

Need weekend plans?

Open Garden Day is this weekend! The weatherman is calling for partly sunny skies and moderate temperatures in the mid-70s before 2 p.m. Can you think of a better way to spend this beautiful September Saturday than exploring some of Providence’s most captivating urban gardens and farms, learning growing techniques and tips from the experts, and celebrating the summer bounty with a harvest lunch prepared by Providence community growers?

Pre-register here to reserve your spot and spend this Saturday both experiencing how Providence is growing food everywhere and tasting the fruits of this movement.

*Tickets can also be purchased day-of but only on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage you to arrive at 9:15 a.m. to buy your ticket!

 

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