Archive for May, 2013

May 29, 2013

21st Annual Plant Sale Recap

Thanks to everyone who came to the 21st Annual Plant Sale and supported SCLT’s mission to help people grow food. This year was another successul year with over 1,700 people attending. We raised over $60,000, and all proceeds will help sustain our educational and community gardening programs. We are inspired by everyone’s enthusiasm to grow their own food, and it’s such a wonderful feeling to know that all of those plants are going to good homes!

Many thanks to the musicians and all of our volunteers who worked tirelessly to keep the event flowing smoothly.

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May 20, 2013

Plant Providence Summer Schedule

The days are getting hotter, and it’s beginning to feel more and more like summer. It’s time to get those warm weather crops we just purchased at the Plant Sale (stay tuned for a recap of this year’s event) into the ground, and we have just the workshops you’ll need to keep your gardens growing healthy and strong throughout the summer!

Below is the Plant Providence summer lineup. First up is our Medicinal Herbs workshop with Farmacy Herbs on Saturday, June 8th, at Groundwork Providence Community Garden.

Workshop dates, times, and locations are subject to change, so keep checking back for up-to-date information. Workshops are free for SCLT members and a sliding scale of $5-10 for nonmembers. Click here to view the full calendar of events and workshops happening throughout the year.

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May 14, 2013

A Plant Sale Sneak Peek!

The 21st Annual Rare and Unusual Plant Sale is this weekend, and we are looking forward to seeing the crowds at City Farm buzzing with excitement about getting their hands dirty and growing food. This year, the City Farm team has carefully curated a selection of varieties that lives up to the “Rare and Unusual” nature of the Plant Sale. To get you even more excited for the big event this weekend, here’s a sneak peek of some of the plants that you will see and possibly take home with you!

 

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Rainbow Quinoa

Chenopodium quinoa 90-120 days. The leaves are thick and succulent with a salty, savory flavor similar to spinach. The tiny grain is nutty, delicious, and packed with protein. Ornamental seed heads in rainbow colors. Blooms in late summer to autumn.

 

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Painted Lady Bean

1800s heirloom. Runner bean with a red and white flower. The 6 foot tall plants produce sweet, rough, flat pods up to 10 inches long, filled with streaked, pinkish-brown seeds. Sweet-flavored and crisply textured – tasty for eating fresh, canned or frozen.

 

 

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Crystal Apple Cucumber

Pretty New Zealand heirloom with pale greenish fruits resembling Granny Smith apples. Best when young – smooth, tender and cream-tasting. 75 days

 

 

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Filius Blue Hot Pepper

Spicy hot! Sometimes grown in containers as an ornamental. Purplish foliage with purple-blue (and very hot) fruits when young, but mature to a bright red with a milder edge. 80 days.

 

 

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Papalo

Aromatic Mexican native for tacos, salsa, and sauces. Taste is somewhere between arugula, cilantro and rue.

 

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Indigo Rose Tomato

80 days. Indet. A vibrant indigo, almost blue skin on 2 inch, round fruits. Superbly balanced, multi-faceted tomatoey flavor. High in antioxidants.

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