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December 23, 2013

SCLT & City Farm – Thank You to all of our Food Industry Partners


Throughout 2013, SCLT & City Farm have had the honor to work with the following food industry partners. Thank you so much for your patronage and support. Happy New Year and we look forward to our continued collaborations.

Broadway Bistro
Chex Finer Foods
Chez Pascal
Cluck! Urban Farm Supply
Cook & Brown Public House
Edible Rhody
Elevated Spirits
Fertile Underground
Friendship Cafe
The Garden Grille
The Grange
Granny Squibb’s Co.
Local 121
New Harvest Coffee Roasters
Nick’s on Broadway
Noble Knots
Seven Stars Bakery
Urban Greens Food Co-Op
White Electric
Wildflour Bakery
December 12, 2013

Please Join SCLT at The Grange, Tuesday, Dec. 17th, 6pm-midnight



Please join SCLT at The Grange, on December 17th, from 6pm-midnight.

The event is free!

Just bring yourself, a non-perishable item, clothing, or any monetary gift.

The Grange and Rob Yaffe are as passionate about our work to combat food insecurity, poverty, and hunger, as well as maintain sustainability in the communities in which we work.

100% of all of the beverages proceeds will be donated to SCLT.

Free food bites and entertainment! Nicholas Coolidge, Aarin “AB*Soul” Clemons, and Dox Ellis will be providing the tunes.

Come celebrate with SCLT, The Grange & Rob Yaffe for another year of our successful work in Providence!

Click here for more event details!

October 17, 2013

2013 Harvesting Hope – Thank you!

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Harvesting Hope 2013 was a wonderful and successful night. A big thank you to everyone who attended!  Special thanks to this year’s co chairs; Jon & Julia Gold, Genie McPherson Trevor of Edible Rhody, and Derek Wagner, chef & owner of Nick’s on Broadway.

Thank you to all of the sponsors of Harvesting Hope 2013

Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Rhode Island

Cameron and Mittleman LLP

Chex Finer Foods

City Kitty

Edible Rhody

Embee Studio

Flowers by Semia

Gessman and Co.

Granny Squibb’s


Homestar Mortgage

Jephry Floral Studio

Loud Announcement Photography

Mad Creative

McLaughlin and Moran

Milhench Supply Co.

Moran Shipping

Mullen Scorpio Cerilli

Nick’s on Broadway

Nicky Nichtern/Think 2 Ink


PC Troubleshooters

Renaissance Gardening

Residential Properties

Revivial Brewing Co.


Tom’s Treecare


If you missed this year’s festivities and would still like to donate? Click here and help SCLT continue helping Providence families access fresh, healthy, and affordable food in their neighborhoods.

August 24, 2012

“A Not-So-Vacant Lot”

You may have already seen these three ladies at the Armory Park Farmers Market or eaten some of their goods at AS220 and Broadway Bistro, but here’s a chance to get to know these rockstars a little bit better.

Meet the farm stewards of Sidewalk Ends Farm–Laura, Tess and Fay. Beginning in 2011, these three sisters transformed an underutilized lot into a high-yield, market-viable eden.  Here at Sidewalk Ends, you can find both salad and cooking greens, herbs, tomatoes and a variety of root vegetables growing against the urban backdrop of Providence’s Westside neighborhood.

Co-managing the Backyard Farms Urban CSA and selling both at the Farmers Market and to several Providence restaurants as part of the Little City Growers Coop (all in addition to feeding themselves!), these busy bees try to maintain a model that promotes a hyper-local food system.

Veggies, however, aren’t the only things you’ll find here. Laura, Tess and Fay also raise five chickens, providing Providence with fresh, local eggs.

Want to meet the ladies (hens included!) in person and see what’s growing at Sidewalk Ends? Come join us on September 8th for Open Garden Day and tour Sidewalk Ends Farm.

August 20, 2012

Open Garden Day–a Sneak Peek!

Let the count down to Open Garden Day begin! In the meantime, here’s a little sneak peek of one of the featured gardens.

The Potters Community Garden, adjacent to Carter’s Park, provides one of Southside’s neighborhoods with a lush oasis. Predominantly grown by Hmong gardeners, the garden flourishes with ethnic vegetables that are central to their cultural dishes. Armies of water greens border plots, bitter melons and Asian long beans hang heavy on trellises, and bitter eggplants, which resemble a cross between a pumpkin and tomato, peek out from the shade of their bright green leaves.

In the Fall of 2011, an opportunity came along for SCLT to respond to the growing demand for more plots. A major storm knocked down an old tree in Carter’s Park, providing space for SCLT to expand the garden. There are now nearly 60 plots, each bursting with fresh produce and adding to the vibrancy of the neighborhood.

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Want to see more? Come join us at Open Garden Day on September 8th, and you can experience it all FIRSTHAND! Tickets can be purchased here.

August 8, 2012

Join Us for Open Garden Day!

Providence, how do your gardens grow? You can find out that and more at Southside Community Land Trust’s 4th annual Open Garden Day  on Saturday, September 8th (raindate September 9th) from 10am-2pm.

This family-friendly event starts off by featuring Providence’s rich history of urban gardening as well as the on-going movement of food-growing in the city. The tours will run from 10am-1pm at community food gardens and urban farms in several Providence neighborhoods, followed by a 1-2pm celebration of garden-fresh potluck dishes prepared by Providence’s most beloved community growers.

You can choose three different and unique tour options – a bike tour, a bus tour, and a special historic tour guided by local historian Sarah Zurier. Each tour route will feature educational programming, such as a workshop or demo. Which urban gardens will each tour route visit?

Historic Tour: Roger Williams Park (RWP) Community Garden, Southside drive-bys via Broad Street & Prairie Ave., Potters Avenue Community Garden, Lincoln School Garden, Searle Family Gardens

Bus Tour: sites including RWP, Searle Family Gardens, Groundwork Providence Public Garden, Sidewalk Ends Farm, Potters Ave, Sidewalk Ends Farm, drive-bys on the Southside and Eastside

Bike Tour: routes may include sites such as RWP, Potters Avenue Community Garden, Grove Street Community Garden, Sidewalk Ends Farm with 3 experienced bike guides on each route.

And don’t forget the food! At the end of the tour, there will be a Harvest Potluck from 1pm – 2pm at Roger Williams Park Community Garden. This event is open to all and will be a great opportunity to enjoy a delicious garden-fresh meal prepared by local chefs.

Tickets are limited, so please pre-register and purchase here. We hope to see you there!!

July 9, 2012

Farewell Potluck Supper and Celebration

Join us in honoring Katherine Brown as she starts a new life path! Southside Community Land Trust invites you to a potluck supper and celebration honoring SCLT’s beloved Executive Director, Katherine Brown, who has been helping people grow food with SCLT since 2003!

Where: Carters Park, 163 Potters Ave off Prairie Ave, South Providence

When: Thursday, July 26th, 5:30-7:30

What: BYOB and your favorite dish to serve 8 or more.

Rain or Shine! RSVP by Thursday, July 19th. phone: 401.273.9419 ext. 23 / email:

June 18, 2012

Pollinator Week in Lil’ Rhody!

We’re buzzing with glee because today kicks off the first day of Pollinator Week in Rhode Island! Bees play an integral part in agriculture, the ecosystem, and overall health of the environment and people. You can show your support by going to the Whole Foods Market University Heights and participating in their “Share the Buzz – Cast Your Vote!” raffle to vote for which of 3 local non-profits you would like to receive a fully equipped beehive (sans bees)! You can vote for Southside Community Land Trust where we hope to use at our Open Garden Day Tour event in the Fall.

Other Pollinator Week events —

• Whole Foods Market University Heights is hosting a free class called “Biodynamics, Bees and Borage” TODAY, June 18th at 7pm.

• Whole Foods Market is also hosting a free screening of Queen of the Sun at the Audubon Society of Rhode Island in Bristol on June 26th.  Click here for more info and reserve seats.

• Show your support for Pollinator Week and Southside Community Land Trust by attending the Whole Foods Market University Heights Block Party event Friday, June 22nd from 4pm to 6pm. There will be a yummy Ice Cream Social where customers can choose which of the 3 non-profits to donate the $5 to, and learn more about your organization to cast their vote.

Below, is the official letter form Governor Lincoln Chaffee recognizing National Pollinator Week in Lil’ Rhody! Bee-utiful!

June 12, 2012

National Garden Club Award Winners

On the Saturday of the Plant Sale, SCLT Executive Director Katherine Brown was in Buffalo, NY receiving a National Garden Club Award of Excellence. Here is a snapshot of Katherine with the other award winners:

Pictured left to right: Shane Smith, is a noted garden author, consultant and the director and founder of the award-winning Cheyenne Botanic Gardens,William J. Gouldin, Jr., president, Strange’s Florists, Greenhouses and Garden Centers, and Katherine Brown, executive director, Southside Community Land Trust.

“The Southside Community Land Trust brings great pride to the RI Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc., as its goals and purpose are very much aligned with those of the National Garden Club. Under the dynamic, boots-on-the-ground leadership of Executive Director, Katherine Brown, Ph.D., the agency not only encourages the sustainable use and respect of our beautiful earth among our citizens, but it also has made great progress in soliciting the backing of major corporations. The corporations in turn help to influence State policy on environmental issues that are important to us all. On a statewide level, nearly all of our garden clubs either financially support the Community Land Trust and/or volunteer there …”  Click here to read more of SCLT’s award description.

April 23, 2012

Hooray for Neighborhood Hub Day!

Beautiful weather – check. A hard-working team at three locations (southside, Olneyville, West End) – check. A great turn out and lots of fun – check!! We couldn’t have been more thrilled about the success of SCLT’s Providence Community Growers Network Neighborhood Hub Day event. Neighbors at all three locations learned about growing food at a free Beginning Organic Growers workshop, and PCGN members picked up compost and seeds. We want to give a big thank you to our community partners – Davey Lopes Recreation Center, Groundwork Providence, Olneyville Housing Authority for helping it be an awesome event. Enjoy the pictures!

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