Tune in to 94.1 HJY, B101 (101.5 fm) and Coast 93.3 fm this Sunday, Feb. 3rd, between 7 and 7:30 a.m., to hear SCLT’s Executive Director Margaret DeVos’s radio interview with Infonation’s Kristen Lessard!
SCLT is partnering with the City of Providence on a new initiative, called ‘Lots of Hope’, to transform city-owned vacant lots into urban farms. Through funding by the Rhode Island Foundation and the Local Sustainability Matching Fund, SCLT will help identify open space throughout Providence that have the potential to function as productive urban farms. Pending approval by City Council, the City will then lease these lots to SCLT at a low-cost, with SCLT subleasing them to community members and organizations for farming in turn.
The ‘Lots of Hope’ initiative is in line with SCLT’s mission to provide access to land so people in Greater Providence can grow food in environmentally sustainable ways. Ultimately, it supports both SCLT and the City’s vision of creating a community food system where locally-produced, healthy and affordable food is accessible to everyone.
Additionally, the program will introduce a residential composting program that provides households in low-income neighborhoods the opportunity to reduce waste and produce the rich compost that will help nourish and sustain these urban farms.
This local initiative is garnering nationwide attention, generating a buzz from coast to coast! From Boston to San Francisco, the ‘Lots of Hope’ program is rallying excitement for the realized possibilities of urban agriculture and local, sustainable food systems.
We are so grateful to the Rhode Island Foundation and to the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities for this opportunity – and to Mayor Taveras and his team for their leadership and vision for urban agriculture in our city. To read more about this exciting new initiative, click here!
During the winter, the thing that I definitely miss most is being able to eat right in the garden as you’re working–some sungold tomatoes here, some salad greens there, oh why not a little piece of basil for some extra freshness and, voila, you’ve got yourself a mini salad.
If you’re feeling anxious for the warm months of growing and eating food, here’s a little treat to hold you over until the coming season. Sarah Quenon, one of our rockstar City Farm volunteers, sent us some photos of City Farm throughout the 2012 growing season, and we are happy to share them with all who are feeling the winter blues.
We hope that this slideshow does the trick and gets you excited for 2013 and the abundance to come!