Archive for ‘30th Anniversary’

December 8, 2011

A shout-out to our 30th committees

Our 30th Picnic Party this past summer was a hit thanks to our planning committee!

Thanksgiving may be over, but our gratefulness is anything but! SCLT wants to give a proper acknowledgement to our 30th committees, which have planned and facilitated so many of the fabulous events that SCLT hosted this past 30th anniversary year. These events would not have been the same without the wonderful folks on these committees! So here is the cast of credits of each individual who has contributed his or her invaluable time to SCLT, making this a year something to cheer about.

30th Committee :
Vera Wayne
Debbie Schimberg
Committee Members:
Erin Boyle
Carol Fay
Tim Kearns
Sarah Kern
Jessica Knapp

Erika Lamb
Louis Raymond
Sarah Zurier
Susan Sakash
Rick Schwartz, consultant
Dana Gee, graphic designer

Carrot City/Public Events Committee:

Paul Connelly
Richard Gutman
Skye Hibbard-Swanson
Jessica Knapp
Deborah Schimberg
Pamela Steager
Sarah Zurier


The Harvest Party Planning Committee:
Louis Raymond, Chair
Jill Brody
Johnnie Chace
Karen Champagne
Judy Croyle
Sarah Kern
Patrick Mattingly
Patucci Shehan
Frances Trafton
Karen Usas
30th Honorary Committee:
Governor Lincoln and Stephanie Chafee
U.S. Senator Jack Reed
U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
Congressman Jim Langevin
Congressman David Cicilline
Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts Peggy and Henry Sharpe
Mayor Angel Taveras,  City of Providence
Mayor Allan Fung, City of Cranston
RI Senator Harold Metts
RI Senator Juan Pichardo
Gertrude Blakey Jones, Lifespan
Andy Fisher, Community Food Security Coalition
Ned and Polly Handy
Michael Pollan
John Schenck, Edible Rhody
Jyothi and Shivan Subramaniam
Mary and Rick Worrell
Barbara Van Beuren
James Vincent, NAACP
November 4, 2011

Providence’s Deep Roots

Last night’s Deep Roots panel discussion was full of fascinating history about urban agriculture in Providence. We learned that at one point circa World War II, the city was pooling in an enormous amount of effort to make growing food a part of daily life. Victory gardens were established all over the city in order to reduce pressure on the food supply from the war effort. In the slideshow, you’ll see that there once was a garden right in front of the State House. At this time where growing food was stressed by state departments, 40% of the nation’s food supply was grown by civilians in gardens. What an amazing piece of history – imagine the possibilities for our present and future!

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Click here to watch a video of the 30 years of history behind SCLT. Thanks to all who came by and made it a wonderful last 30th anniversary event. Things are wrapping up for the year here at SCLT, but stay tuned for ways to get involved and how to support us. Let’s keep growing deeper!

October 6, 2011

Shop at Whole Foods Market Tuesday, October 11th and support SCLT

As part of its generous sponsorship towards SCLT’s 30th anniversary, Whole Foods Market is donating 5% of their net proceeds to SCLT Tuesday, October 11th. The more you shop, the more SCLT gets! It can be that easy! Don’t miss this great opportunity for you to restock your groceries after the Columbus Day weekend and support your local urban food growers at the same time! With this partnership, Whole Foods Market is helping SCLT continue to improve the health and well-being of Rhode Island residents through community gardens, urban farms, youth and adult education and community events.

September 8, 2011

Harvest Party: Just a Few More Words…

Southside Community Land Trust is pleased to announce that the following restaurants will be cooking up fresh, locally grown produce for partygoers: Al Forno, CAV, Chez Pascal, Cook and Brown, Edgewood Café, Friendship Café, Genesis Center, Julian’s, La Laiterie, Local 121, New Rivers, Nicks on Broadway, Pho Paradise, El Rancho Grande, and Sunnyside Café. The event will also feature a cupcake landscape of one of our gardens from Sin Cupcakes and Cold Fusion Gelato.

SCLT’s Community Gardeners will also be on hand to share the “fruits of their labor” – their own locally grown fruits and vegetables – with party guests. All attendees will take home a goodie bag of garden fresh tomatoes, greens, herbs, and more.

Southside Community Land Trust’s Harvest Party: Celebrating 30 Years of Plant to Plate brings together over 300 people who have helped change the look – and taste – of urban food production in Rhode Island.

Tickets are $100 each. Proceeds from the 30th Harvest Party support SCLT’s core program activities, including expansion of the Providence Community Growers Network to help people grow more food in all neighborhoods of Providence.

Inspired by our forward-thinking founders, many dedicated community partners, staff and board members, donors and supporters, farmers, and community gardeners over the past thirty years have carried forth the vision to:

• Preserve and transform 55 acres of inner-city and suburban land into productive,
beautiful, & safe gardens and farms in Greater Providence while revitalizing surrounding

• Facilitate the creation of 35+ community gardens around the city enabling more than 750
families to raise food their own food and improve their own health and nutrition.

• Put hundreds of thousands of savings back in the pockets of low-income growers who
are eating from their gardens (Over $4,000,000 in 30 years!)

• Introduce thousands of kids to the wonder of growing and eating their own healthy food

Create a sense of place – bridging nationalities, ages, and incomes – where community
can flourish.

September 7, 2011

Harvest Party Update: We want you to join us!

Thursday, September 15th – is soon upon us. Don’t miss out on Southside Community Land Trust’s biggest party of this anniversary year.

RSVP today and celebrate 30 years of growing food and building community with an evening of Rhode Island food and drink, featuring foods from our own Land Trust farmers prepared by fourteen fabulous local restaurants.

Dishes by a couple of our participating restaurants:

Sunnyside: Grilled Japanese Eggplant and Bok Choy Salad with Miso Vinaigrette

Local 121: Pat’s Pastured Chicken Liver Mousse with Big Train Tomato Bacon Jam

Early registration is strongly encouraged, but a limited number of tickets may be available at the door. Please contact Michelle at with questions

August 15, 2011

One Month ‘Til the Harvest Party!

A month from today, we’ll be celebrating our 30th anniversary under a big tent at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center with chefs, farmers, and friends. There will be food stations set up with delectable creations featuring produce from local farms, as well as music, drinks, door prizes, and sparkling conversation with community gardeners and fellow supporters of the Community Land Trust. Will you be there? Buy your tickets now if you haven’t already! Every ticket is a tax-deductible gift in support of our urban gardens and educational programs, helping to give even more people the opportunity to grow their own food. So make plans to join us for a perfect fall evening as we share in the harvest and honor thirty years of transforming our city into a greener, greater Providence!

July 26, 2011

A Whole New Way to Support Our Work

Whole Foods Market has been a longtime supporter of ours, helping to fund initiatives like the Plant Providence calendar of free and low-cost public workshops and making in-kind donations to many events like the recent 30th Birthday Party and Family Picnic. Now they have generously agreed to offer “register coupons” for the Community Land Trust at their Cranston store through the month of August. The next time you’re there waiting to check out with some great organic, fair trade, and environmentally savvy items in your basket, consider adding a few dollars to your total that can help underwrite our work. Those small gifts add up to a lot more plants in Providence! And mark your calendars for Tuesday, October 11th, when all three locations of Whole Foods in Rhode Island will be hosting a 5% day in support of our mission. 5% of total sales that day will go to the Community Land Trust. It’s a tremendous opportunity for us, and we hope you’ll take part. Thank you in advance for voting for more gardens and more educational programs with your checkbook, and thank you very much to Whole Foods for the many ways that they give back to the community.

July 21, 2011

Picnic Photos!

We hope you enjoy these images from the 30th Birthday Party and Family Picnic! You can see that the kids had a great time playing games and getting their faces painted and their portraits drawn while adults relaxed in the shade of the big tent. And of course, everyone loved the refreshing watermelon slices from Whole Foods Market! We were happy to see so many families spending the sunny afternoon together out-of-doors taking horse-drawn hayrides around Urban Edge Farm and glad so many got a chance to hear Bill Harley perform. Thanks again to everyone who helped to make it a memorable day.

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Photos by Casey Coleman & Skye Hibbard-Swanson for the Community Land Trust — you can see more images taken by ecoRI here.

July 14, 2011

Make it a Twofer!

From now until Friday night, you can purchase two adult tickets to this weekend’s family picnic for the price of one! Discounted admission to our 30th anniversary party out at Urban Edge Farm is currently the featured RhodeDeal through Rhode Island Monthly. The weather forecast for Sunday is bright and sunny with a 0% chance of precipitation, so come on out for watermelon, cupcakes, hayrides and games, and a folk concert that the whole family will enjoy! The deal ends at 11:59 p.m. tomorrow, so lock it in now… and start packing your picnic basket!

July 7, 2011

Be it resolved…thanks Councilman Luna!

At this morning’s City Council meeting, the following resolution was read by Councilman Miguel Luna from Ward 9.

What a true honor to be so recognized by the leaders of our community – BLUSH!


City of Providence Resolution

Honoring the Southside Community Land Trust

On the Thirtieth Anniversary of their Founding


WHEREAS, In 1981, the Southside Community Land Trust (SCLT) was founded to provide access to land, education and other resources to enable people in Greater Providence to grow food in environmentally sustainable ways and create community food systems where locally produced, affordable, and healthy food is available to all; and


WHEREAS, SCLT’s founders partnered with neighbors and community members to turn a vacant lot into a vibrant community garden; and


WHEREAS, Since the creation of that first community garden, SCLT has grown and established 13 more gardens in Providence’s neighborhoods ; and


WHEREAS, In 2009, SCLT founded The Greater Providence Community Garden Network, which connects 36 community gardens in Providence and Pawtucket, allowing urban gardeners to share resources, information, and experience; and


WHEREAS, SCLT also manages the 50 acre Urban Edge Farm in Cranston, providing a steady source of local food to Providence’s markets; and


WHEREAS, Through their Agricultural Education Program, SCLT has given hundreds of schoolchildren firsthand lessons in biology, ecology, and environmental science; and


WHEREAS, Many of the families helped by SCLT over the years were recent immigrants from war-torn countries of Southeast Asia and West Africa; and


WHEREAS, SCLT is dedicated to preserving and improving our environment through the promotion of and education about sustainable agriculture; and


WHEREAS, Over the last 30 years, SCLT has helped build healthier and stronger communities in Providence by encouraging neighbors to work together, share resources, and reconnect with the land.




That the City Council of the City of Providence does hereby offer congratulations and thank the Southside Community Land Trust for its thirty years of service to the people of Providence, and for successfully transforming Providence’s urban environment.

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