Archive for December, 2014

December 5, 2014

Introducing SCLT’s 6-week market growers course

The Southside Community Land Trust’s Market Growing Class is a six-week course intended to teach students about how to sell the vegetables they grow. The class is primarily focused on business practices so only one session will discuss growing techniques. This course is intended for individuals who have intermediate to advanced growing skills and experience. The emphasis of the class will be on how to sell at farmers markets. Other forms of sales such as community supported agriculture (CSA’s) and restaurant sales will be covered, briefly.

The class will meet Sunday afternoons from 1PM to 4PM. The first class is Sunday, January 4th, and classes will run through Sunday, February 8th. On Saturday, January 10th there will be a morning field trip to the Winter Farmers Market at the Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket. This will be in addition to the normally scheduled meeting time on Sunday, January 11th.  The exact location of the class is to be determined, though it will be in South Providence at or near SCLT’s offices, 109 Somerset Street.

Students can expect a mix of lectures, role playing and other hands-on activities, small group work, guest speakers (such as farmers market representatives and growers currently selling at market), worksheets, and more. The class will help attendees develop the skills needed to be successful market growers.

Students who complete the class with one or no absences are invited to sell their vegetables at an SCLT staff managed farmers market booth during the summer of 2015.

There are a limited number of spaces available for this class. Preference will be given to recent immigrants, refugees, and low-income individuals. Interpreters may be available for non-English speakers.

To register for the class or for more information, please contact gardens@southsideclt.org or call 401 273-9419.

December 3, 2014

SCLT Awarded $78,000 USDA Grant

Great news for Agriculture in Rhode Island!  SCLT has been awarded $78,000 through the USDA Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmer and Rancher program.  This funding will support farmers who sell fresh, healthy and affordable food in neighborhoods where it can be hard to find.  SCLT will offer expanded programs that:

1) provide farmers with training for improving productivity, increasing sales and planning for expansion,

2) assist farmers to access farm sites in urban and rural Rhode Island, and

3) work with farmers to increase their participation in USDA technical assistance, grant and loan programs.

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the grant awards today. Click here to read his announcement.

December 2, 2014

Holiday Gift Auction Tonight at The Grange

Tonight at The Grange you can support SCLT by doing some local holiday shopping at our silent auction.  Here is what we have to offer:

– Handcrafted Metal Pooch from Frog and Toad (Yes…a pooch.  It is very sweet, especially if you love dachshunds!)

– Vegetarian Heaven Dining Package Gift certificates totaling $100 from The Grange, Garden Grille, Wildflour Vegan Bakery

– Nutcracker Tickets from Festival Ballet Providence

– Studio Portrait Session from Elle Vignette Impressions

– Hope Street Spree Gift cards totaling $85 from Frog and Toad , Stock Culinary Goods, Seven Stars Bakery

– Gardener’s Delight from SCLT includes Fishemo organic fertilizer, organic bug soap, Burt’s Bees insect repellant, SCLT arugula and radish seeds, a long sleeve SCLT t-shirt and a $20 Plant Sale gift certificate

– Brie Board and Wine from Bottles Fine Wine featuring cutting board and tool set from the Legacy Collection and a bottle of Micheal Davis Inkblot Red (yummy – aged 17 months in red oak)

– Many Mystery Wine Bottles priced at $50 from Bottles Fine Wine and paired with a gift certificate from one of the above listed businesses, Trinity Brewhouse ,or White Electric Coffee

Who wouldn’t be enchanted to receive such a gift from you!

The silent auction is part of our Thanks & Giving celebration.  On this special night all proceeds will be used to benefit the work of SCLT.  Your $10 at the door buys great food, unique holiday shopping, & healthy food access for everyone!

The Grange is at 166 Broadway in Providence. Stop by anytime from 5 to 10 pm. There is a suggested donation of $10 at the door. Clothing and non-perishable food items will also be collected to benefit other organizations.

In addition to the auction, enjoy live music, complimentary light bites and know that 100% of proceeds will benefit SCLT in our efforts towards sustainability and battling hunger.  Thanks Rob and Uschi Yaffe, John Dille and the entire team from The Grange for giving your time, energy and talent to make Rhode Island a healthier place for all. And thanks to our silent auction sponsors – your favorite local businesses and institutions listed above.

December 2, 2014

Giving Tuesday @ The Grange

Spend #GIVINGTUESDAY with SCLT at The Grange on December 2, 2014.

Just drop by The Grange at 166 Broadway in Providence any time from 5pm to 10pm. There is a suggested donation of $10 at the door. Clothing and non-perishable food items will also be collected to benefit other organizations.

Have fun, do some holiday shopping and support healthy food access for everyone.  Evening highlights include live music, complimentary light bites, silent auction and raffle items from your favorite local businesses. 100% of proceeds will benefit SCLT in our efforts towards sustainability and battling hunger.

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