Archive for April, 2013

April 25, 2013

Calling for Proposals for Pilot Residential Composting Programs

SCLT is collaborating with the City of Providence on piloting a Residential Composting Program that will encourage and teach neighborhoods to divert their solid waste, help build healthy soils in Providence and save space in the landfill. SCLT and the City seek to partner with community organizations in Providence neighborhoods in order to pilot two programs that will work with 25 households each.

We are calling for proposals. If you are interested in collaborating with SCLT and the City of Providence, click here to get more details about the new program and the application process. Contact Leo Pollock ( or 401-273-9419 ext. 28) with any questions. We look forward to reading your proposals!

April 11, 2013

Happenings at City Farm

Spring has sprung, and many things are happening over at City Farm. First off, the City Farm Apprentice for the 2013 growing season, Anders Newkirk, started his apprenticeship on April 1st. Anders is no stranger to the workings of City Farm and has been an avid volunteer during the summer for several seasons now. However, as an apprentice, he will assume more responsibilities, including tending to the farm on his own at times.

Together, Rich and Anders have been busy prepping for both SCLT’s Annual Plant Sale and the season in general. On Tuesday, the team spent the day planting 7,000 tomato seeds for the Plant Sale! Additionally, they’ve been transplanting many of the seedlings and, thanks to the recent warm weather, have even moved some of the trays outside. Pretty soon, it will be that time of year again when City Farm is overflowing with trays full of plant starts in every nook and cranny.

Rich and Anders have been busy outside the greenhouse as well. Last week they planted several fruit trees, including hardy kiwis and sour cherries. You can find the hardy kiwis by the shade arbor, and the sour cherries behind the new composting area.

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April 10, 2013

Neighborhood Hub Day Recap

This past Saturday, food-growers across the City came together at their neighborhood Hubs to pick up compost and seeds, learn the essentials to planning and starting their own food gardens and meet other food growers in their neighborhood. Despite the brisk weather, the turnout was great. We were thrilled to both see familiar faces and meet new, excited food growers in the different neighborhoods. The neighborhoods Hubs are the centers for food-growing resources, education and community, and Neighborhood Hub Day showed community members that they can turn to these Hubs for all their food-growing needs.

Many thanks to the entire crew who worked tirelessly to ensure the success of Neighborhood Hub Day–the Hub Leaders, our many volunteers, our workshop instructors, the Providence Community Growers Network Council and all the seed companies (Johnny’s, Seed Savers Exchange, High Mowing and URI) that  donated their high-quality seeds.

Check out the slideshow below to see what Hub Day was like at each of the Hubs in the Southside, West End, Olneyville and Eastside neighborhoods!

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April 8, 2013

SCLT Supports URI’s Urbanscape Series

For the 2012-2013 school year, URI has been promoting a yearlong series called The Urbanscape. This month, the series focuses on the Urban Life, highlighting how agriculture, wildlife and plant life are integral components of the urban fabric. As an organization whose mission is to support urban agriculture, SCLT is partnering with URI to bring various events that share with the community how agriculture shapes our urban environment here in Providence.

First up–the “Urban Wildlife and Urban Gardening: Past, Present and Future” presentation on Tuesday, April 9th, at 7pm in the Paff Auditorium of URI Feinstein Providence Campus. Sarah Zurier, a historian at the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission and avid SCLT volunteer, will share the history of urban food growing movements in Providence up to the creation of SCLT. Margaret DeVos, SCLT’s Executive Director, will address the current opportunities in urban agriculture and look ahead to the new SCLT-City of Providence initiative, “Lots of Hope”. Click here for more information.

Next, the Gallery Night Reception and Presentation of the “Our Urban Wildlife” Exhibit on Thursday, April 18th, from 5-9 pm at the URI Providence Campus Gallery.  This mixed media exhibit will feature the works of a number of community artists and partners, including SCLT, that explores the past, present and future of urban gardening in Providence. Click here for more information.

Finally, “The 21st Century City: Integrating Diversity, Culture and Infrastructure” panel discussion on Monday, April 22nd, at 7 pm in URI’s Paff Auditorium. Learn how architects, planners, artists, educators and health and housing advocates are working together to weave interrelated needs into a seamless urban experience full of surprise and possibilities. This discussion will be moderated by Marc Levitt, Host and co-Executive Producer of Action Speaks. Click here for more information.

We hope you can join us at these events!

April 1, 2013

Neighborhood Hub Day, coming to a neighborhood near you this Sat., April 6th!

The first workshop of the Beginning Organic Grower Series (BOGS) is this Saturday, April 6th! Come learn how to plan and start planting your own garden. The workshop will be part of Neighborhood Hub Day. Hub Day is also an opportunity for SCLT members to pick up their compost and seeds (don’t forget to bring receptacles to store your compost!). See below for locations and times:

Southside: Davey Lopes Recreation Center (227 Dudley St.); 10am – 1pm, BOGS I beginning at 11am

West End: Groundwork Providence Community Garden (14-18 Ring St.); 10am – 1pm, BOGS I beginning at 11am

Olneyville: Manton Ave. Community Garden (40 Florence St.); 11am – 2pm, BOGS I beginning at noon

Eastside: Sessions St. Community Garden (160 Sessions St.); 11am – 2pm, BOGS I beginning at noon


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