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November 20, 2014

Introducing SCLT’s 6-week market growers course

Chia's Table

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.

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December 4, 2013

Thank you from City Farm!

City Farm Thank You

Thank you from City Farm for your patronage to their produce stand at the Lippett Park and Armory Park Farmers’ Markets! This harvest season was so successful!photo 1

By supporting City Farm, you help SCLT to:

  • Provide job training as well as environmental and agricultural education to young people through the City Farm Intern & Apprentice Program.
  • Provide the resources and training needed for over 1,100 families to successfully grow fresh, chemical-free and tasty foods.
  • Pursue opportunities to purchase and steward even more land for food production in neighborhoods where food access and economic prospects are limited.
  • Support small-scale and micro-farmers who are selling to neighbors at local farmers’ markets and through CSA’s at Urban Edge Farm and in the heart of Providence.

On behalf of SCLT’s Farm Steward, Rich Pederson, City Farm’s Apprentice Anders Newkirk, and all of City Farm’s student interns, thank you and we look forward to seeing you in the spring!

August 9, 2012

City Farm – Bloomin’ Thursdays

The City Farm crew is busy harvesting for Thursday’s Armory Market (Dexter Park on Parade and Hudson) from 4-7pm. The farm is absolutely gorgeous – so much is in bloom! Of course, you have a chance to take home some of the beauty with you at the Armory Park Farmers Market on Thursday and the Hope Street Farmers Market on Saturdays. We’ll let this slide show speak for itself.

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August 7, 2011

Have You Hugged Your Farmer Today?

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has declared August 7th-13th to be National Farmers’ Market Week for 2011. The occasion is designed “to further awareness of farmers markets and the contributions farmers make to daily life in America” by improving the health of their communities. Read the official proclamation below and then head out to a market near you this week to show your support by picking up some local veggies “in their freshest possible state.” Tell them Vilsack sent you.

July 8, 2011

Broad St. Market Starts Tomorrow!

The Community Growers' table at the market.

Starting tomorrow, stop by the Algonquin House at 807 Broad St. every Saturday from 9:00 to noon for the Broad Street Farmers’ Market, where you can pick up a variety of greens, vegetables, and herbs for your summer meals. The five vendors there include several farmers from Urban Edge Farm as well as the Southside Community Land Trust Community Growers, a collaborative of six community gardeners and City Farm that was profiled in our most recent newsletter. The members of the collaborative pool their harvest each week for sale. Sharing the stand reduces the cost of participating in the market for each person, ensuring that growers who want to sell their extra produce have an affordable opportunity to do so.

Farm Fresh RI, which manages the market, has a variety of special visitors lined up. Tomorrow, representatives from the University of Rhode Island SNAP Education Program will be on hand to share information about family nutrition, ways to prepare healthy foods on a budget, and using SNAP benefits to purchase fresh vegetables directly from farmers. Chefs from Johnson & Wales will also be doing cooking demos in the coming weeks. And next Saturday, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras will be at the market from 11:00 until noon to greet customers and show his support for locally-grown food. So be sure to stop by, say hi to the mayor, and support these small-scale urban farmers from the community! The market runs from now until October 29th.

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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June 15, 2011

City Farm Update

So many have expressed their concern about the loss of the huge old Norway maple tree that fell last week that we wanted to post a follow-up and let everyone know about the status of City Farm. As of today, the trunks have been cut into large sections by Sepe Tree Service and pulled to the side using a Bobcat; some logs were fed into a chipper to make mulch that City Farm can use on its beds. The remaining tree limbs have been piled up and set out for the city to collect.

There is now a large, empty spot which was once shaded by the canopy; anyone who has visited City Farm in the past would notice the difference now. That space had traditionally been used for the Children’s Garden and the display of perennial flowering plants during the Plant Sale. But City Farm is resilient. “As an agriculturist in these times of change, adaption is essential—to storms, to the amount of rain, to the temperatures,” Rich says. “We’ll adapt the farm.” He already has plans to put in full-sun plants and perhaps even fruit trees in the new open area.

As we noted earlier, the tree landed in the best spot it could have, all things considered. Rather than damaging well-established raspberry canes or crushing tomato plants and stakes, it fell on lettuce and herb beds; these plants can be regrown, and in fact Rich and Laura have already been hard at work turning over the cleared soil. City Farm even went to the farmers’ markets last week. Some of the produce they had for sale was a little bruised, but people were understanding and keen to hear about what had happened. It was a demonstration of what it means to buy direct from local farmers—to experience a storm at home and then see the impact of the weather on food at the market the next day.

We have to say that one of the best things to emerge from this misfortune is the outpouring of support from the community and confirmation of the deep emotional connection many in Providence feel with City Farm and its old trees. Thanks to everyone for their kind words.

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May 26, 2011

Thank You from Rich, the City Farm Steward

Hello out there! It’s good to know that we have some readers.

This little note is to say thank you for supporting the Community Land Trust at our annual Plant Sale. It was a pretty awesome weekend of hanging out with an ever-growing garden community. It’s so nice to know that our plants are going to good homes.

Here are a couple of photos I took recently. The first shows the greenhouse the morning of the Plant Sale. It was taken before all these starts were marched out to take over Linden Street.

This second photo was taken in the days following the Plant Sale, when the greenhouse was pretty empty. While it was cleared out, we took the opportunity to level the ground under the landscaping fabric and replace some the the ripped and torn pieces. It’s going to be a lot easier to walk around without tripping over rutted earth or potted plants. It looks pretty nice now with hot peppers and bitter melon eggplant growing in large pots.

In other news, the farmers’ market season starts next week for City Farm! We’ll be at the Armory Park market on Thursday evenings from 4:00 to 7:00 and at the Lippitt Park market on Saturday mornings from 9:00 to 12:30. Come by and keep me posted on how your plants are doing! I hope you have a great growing season.

—Rich

May 6, 2011

Gifts and Greens for Mom

We’ll be at the Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers’ Market at Hope Artiste Village tomorrow (Saturday) from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. selling our new Organic Gardening Kits for Mother’s Day as well as fresh produce from City Farm. Stop by and pick up a kit and some spring salad or cooking greens for the woman you admire! See you there!

April 27, 2011

Introducing Our New Organic Gardening Kit!

Everything you need for an organic home garden, minus the dirt and water!

Want to grow your own food, but unsure of what you need to get started? Thinking of phasing out pesticides, herbicides, and petroleum-based fertilizers and making the switch to environmentally sustainable methods? We have a kit for that! As part of our mission to help people grow food, we are proud to be introducing a new Organic Gardening Kit to support anyone who wants to cultivate vegetables and herbs on a small scale, whether it’s in their backyard, window box, or community garden plot.

A detailed look at the kit's contents.

The gardening kit’s friendly look and feel were created by talented local designer and RISD graduate Audrey Barnes. Contained in the small box are three varieties of vegetable seeds plus cover crop seeds (used to replenish soil during the off-season); plant stakes, and naturally-derived liquid fertilizer and pesticide. The fertilizer is made from fish emulsion (the byproduct of North Atlantic seafood processing) and stays good for up to two years, giving your plants a boost of the essential micronutrients nitrogen and phosphate. The pesticide is “No Bug Soap,” a spray that is safe to use around kids and pets and will not harm beneficial insects. No Bug Soap is made of potassium salts and works by weakening insects’ outer shells. It breaks down into natural components within 7-10 days, meaning that there is minimal residue left behind. Directions for applying both products and planting the seeds are printed right on their packages.

The kit will sell for $30 and will be available at select local farmers’ markets and at the Annual Plant Sale May 14th and 15th. Make sure to stop by and pick up one for yourself so that you have all the tools you need to grow your own this season (just add dirt and water). They also make great gifts for family members and friends! All proceeds will go to support our community gardens and the new Providence Community Growers Network.

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