Archive for ‘Little City Growers Cooperative’

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
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.

June 6, 2012

City of Providence secures lease for one urban farmer!

Urban Farmer and friend of SCLT Than Wood shares a promising update about working with the city to secure a new plot of land to continue farming in Providence:



Two months ago I wrote you all asking for your help. As you know, I was being kicked out of Front Step Farm on Westminster St. Because of everyone writing to the City we managed to prevent the Non-Profit who was giving me the boot from receiving public funding to do so. The non-profit also agreed to give me 60 days to get out. That was a really nice victory, and this entire experience has had the amazing result of putting me in touch with several people in the City of Providence government who have been incredibly supportive of Front Step Farm, and urban agriculture in general.

So today I am writing again with great news! I have a lease with the city on a new property only a few blocks from Front Step Farm. I am extremely relieved, and excited and hopeful about this new arrangement. Aside from the security of the lease, the city is viewing this as a pilot program on renting city owned property to urban farmers. That is huge, and should open the door to a more permanent and sustainable urban farm movement in Providence by providing access to land with security. I think there are only a handful of other cities in the U.S willing to work with Urban Farmers to do this.

The new farm will be named Front Step Farm as well, in case you were wondering (I already have the sign made after all).

The only downside to this: the new farm will be built on top of asphalt! Half of my old farm was as well, so I know how to handle this, and I have a game plan. But to get this farm up and running in time to salvage the season I need lots of help!

We will be transforming a parking lot into an urban farm in two weeks. I am writing to ask for some help of all kinds on the following dates, and am looking for help in 3 hour increments.

Sunday the 10th to prepare the new spot for the arrival of Compost. This will mean laying down woodchips and cleaning up debris. I am planning a work Day from 10:00 AM onwards..

~~~~Weds the 13th from 10:00 Onwards I will be moving compost and creating beds. I will need the most help with this. ~~~~~

Thursday the 14th from 10:00 onwards I will continue bed building (lots of work) and possibly transplant raspberry/ strawberry plants from the old site to the new one.

Sunday the 17th  from 10:00 onwards I will finish moving supplies from the old site to the new one, and hopefully begin seeding the established beds. I could use a lot of help on this day as well, since I will be dumping all the soil from my old farm into the new one on saturday.

I can’t plan any farther ahead than that right now! Please let me know if/when you could give a hand so I can plan accordingly. If none of these times work, but you still want to help build a farm just let me know. Really, I’ll need help every day. In the coming weeks I will still need a lot of hands to pull this off. Feel free to forward this or post it to anyone else who may be interested in helping. It is really important you let me know you are coming in case anything changes.

Please bring a snack and water! Also, shovels if you have them, and wheel barrows. I’ve got some tools but could certainly use others. Fellow Farmers: if anyone can help me during those dates I certainly could use your expertise with volunteers seeding and building beds.  Oh! If anyone wants to bake some treats I wouldn’t be opposed! You will be repaid in vegetables.

I can’t tell you how excited I am to get started! Grow Forth Providence.


Than Wood


June 24, 2011

Little City of Greens

Neither snow nor rain nor heat stays urban farmers from their appointed rounds! Despite the dreary drizzle yesterday, the Little City Growers Cooperative was out in full force at the Armory Park Farmers’ Market, with glistening rain-washed greens and vibrantly colored beets, berries, and flowers. As featured in the Farm Fresh market preview, the co-op has recently added four new farmers to its ranks: Adam Graffunder from Florence & Manton Farm (named for its cross streets in Olneyville) and Fay Strongin, Tess Brown-Lavoie, and City Farm apprentice Laura Brown-Lavoie, all from Sidewalk Ends Farm on Harrison St. on the west side of the city. They join founding members Red Planet Vegetables, Scratch Farm, and City Farm in sharing market space at the Armory and pooling their produce for sale to area restaurants. Stop by next Thursday to pick up some of their items, grown right here in Providence! In the meantime, check out these smiling faces and their great selection of herbs and veggies:

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