Archive for March, 2013

March 27, 2013

City Farm Seedlings, week 3

For the past three weeks, we have been photographing the City Farm Greenhouse and all of the plant starts that Rich has been busy tending to. We hope to capture the change in growth of the starts and show everyone how the Greenhouse is looking more lush and green by the week! Here are some photos that we took last Friday, March 22nd. Let the countdown to the Plant Sale begin!

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March 25, 2013

SCLT is opening its fourth PCGN Hub in the Eastside!

This Spring SCLT is opening a new PCGN Hub in Providence’s Eastside neighborhood! The Eastside Hub will be located at Sessions Street Community Garden and managed by Hub Leader Kate Lacouture. Kate is a landscape architect whose favorite work is with community-based gardening projects, such as the school gardens at the International Charter School and Martin Luther King School, and the gardening program at the Adult Correctional Institute, where she has been teaching gardening at the men’s maximum security facility with a group of lifers. We had the opportunity to ask Kate some questions about the new Eastside Hub and what it has in store for the community gardeners, home gardeners and school gardens in that neighborhood.

What is the background of Sessions Street Community Garden?

Kate: Sessions Street Community Garden (SSCG) was started in 2007 by a small group of gardeners, led by Alicia Lehrer and Laura Mernoff. It quickly grew beyond this with the support of Bob McMahon of the Parks Department and Councilperson Rita Williams. The garden got such a great response in the neighborhood that the Parks Department helped us expand the following year.

What is the community that the garden serves like?

Kate: We presently have 30 gardeners/gardening families and maintain a waiting list of 40 people. We also donate a plot to the Jewish Community Center, which is used primarily by the youth after-school program, led by Shannon Boucher. During the summer, they have a week-long summer camp that focuses on eating healthy food, and they cook meals from their plot’s harvest.

We also donate another plot to Temple Beth-El for their food pantry mitzvah program. Additionally, they will be gleaning other SSCG gardeners’ surplus vegetables and donating it to the local food pantry at St. Michaels.

Why is SSCG a good site for the Eastside Hub?

Kate: SSCG is in a central, visible accessible location on the Eastside, and we are an enthusiastic gardening community. We have connections to Community Partners, including the Jewish Community Center and Nathan Bishop Middle School.

We also have a successful composting program, which is not typical for community gardens, and we look forward to hosting composting workshops.

Thanks, Kate, for providing us with more details on the Eastside Hub! Meet Kate and other food-growers in the Eastside neighborhood at Hub Day on April 6th.

March 21, 2013

Legends Bicycle Supports the Urban Agriculture Movement as a SCLT Vendor Member

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Use your SCLT Membership Card to get a discount on cargo gear that can you help transport your Plant Sale starts from City Farm to your garden!

Legends Bicycle owner, Jack Madden, learned about SCLT years ago as a home gardener who would go every year to the Plant Sale.

To show solidarity with the local food and urban agriculture movement, Legends, a local business mainstay on the East Side of Providence, has been partnering with SCLT as a member vendor since 2010.  All card-carrying members of SCLT are eligible for 20% off of all cargo gear such as bags, racks, and trailers to help them get their tools and compost from points A to B.

“Many people that enjoy growing food in cultivated vacant lots around town are individuals who like to reap what they sow.  They understand that their actions have a direct effect on the immediate world they inhabit.  A lot of folks ride bicycles to pick up their CSA share or transport materials to and from their garden plots because they value a simpler lifestyle.”

“I think that a lot of the same aesthetic that people look for when they are enjoying their garden is the same kind of mindset that motivates them to get out of their cars and onto their bikes. It is a mindset of self-sufficiency that made us feel like kindred spirits.”

Legends Bicycle hopes to see people looking for gear that will expand their bicycle use beyond recreation or home-to-work commuting. Check out examples of alternative transportation rigs on the Legends website by clicking through this slideshow: http://www.legendbicycle.com/maps-etc/haulin

Arrive some place with a different mentality than you would in a car. Drop by Legends Bicycle with your SCLT membership card, and enjoy a 20% discount on all bike cargo, including bags, racks and trailers.

Their Annual Yard Sale is Saturday, March 30th so sign up today if you haven’t already renewed!

March 12, 2013

Plant Providence: Urban Chickens I, this Saturday, March 16

The first Plant Providence workshop of the 2013 growing season is this Saturday, March 16th, 10-11:30 a.m. at 136 Ontario St.

Join Dan Sheehan, one of SCLT’s community gardeners, and his hens to learn about what it takes to keep chickens in an urban setting. Dan will be covering everything beginners need to know–from choosing your chickens and the responsibilities involved in maintaining a healthy flock to different coop designs!

Please pre-register at least 24 hours in advance. Workshop fee is FREE for SCLT members and a sliding scale of $5-10 for nonmembers.

We hope you can join us!

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March 8, 2013

Here’s a surefire way to lift your spirits and get excited about the fact that it’s nearly time to start planting outside–visit the greenhouse at City Farm! The lush, abundant green seedlings, the warmth, the hum of the fans in the background all help to reassure us that Spring is coming and the time to get out in our gardens and start planting is just around the corner.

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March 7, 2013

SCLT’s 4th Annual Urban Agriculture Spring Kickoff

Last Saturday’s Urban Agriculture Spring Kickoff was a true food-growing celebration. We sure feel ready to take on the 2013 growing season, and we hope that everyone who was able to participate last weekend does too!

Many thanks to everyone who helped make this year’s Kickoff a special event–our volunteers, workshop leaders and food-growing experts, our community gardeners and Trinity Brewhouse & Restaurant who prepared some delicious snacks, and all the participants.

Despite  Winter Storm Saturn, we’re excited and ready to get out in our gardens and start planting (p.s. City Farm Steward Rich Pederson has been hard at work starting seeds for the Plant Sale in the City Farm greenhouse)!

Check out the slideshow below for some pictures capturing the event!

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March 5, 2013

Plant Providence 2013

It’s here! We are pleased to debut the 2013 Plant Providence Calendar and share with you the full lineup of events and workshops happening throughout this growing season.

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To access workshop times and locations and/or pre-register for workshops, click here!

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