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November 20, 2014

Introducing SCLT’s 6-week market growers course

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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 or call 401 273-9419.

October 21, 2014


Putting your garden to bed?  We’ve got suggestions (and supplies).  Let us help.

It’s fall, time to prep your gardens not just for winter but for the 2015 growing season.


Here is what you need:

GARLIC, it’s time to plant and we’ve got it for sale, $4/head or $14/pound.

Also we are offering a garlic workshop. Click here to register and for information.

FERTILIZER, because you can’t grow if you don’t have it. We’ve got fish emulsion for $7/16oz. 

MULCH, you’ve got to keep the chill off those gardens. We don’t sell it, but we’ll tell you where to get it.

See below for more information about garlic, fertilizer, and mulch, including helpful tips.  Or, if you know what you want, email by October 28 with how much garlic and fish emulsion you want, and we’ll let you know when it’s ready to pick up.



Garlic is the best. Easy to plant, low maintenance, delicious, and you can harvest it twice. The scapes make wonderful stir-fries and pesto in the spring and the bulbs can be harvested in July and eaten fresh or cured to use through rest of the year. Each clove of garlic planted will yield one full head. Between now and early to mid-December is the right time to plant, although right around Halloween is certainly the most popular planting time.

Southside Community Land Trust is offering garlic to members for $4/head or $14/pound.

Confused about how to plant garlic? No worries, two wonderful, committed, and very experienced growers, Fay Strongin and Kate Lacouture, will be offering a garlic workshop at Father Lennon Park in Smith Hill on Saturday, November 1 at 12:00 noonClick here for more details and to register.



There are plenty of great ways to fertilize your soil without resorting to industrial chemicals.

Southside Community Land Trust is offering Fish Emulsion for $7/16oz bottle.

Sourced from New Bedford, this is potent stuff. An ounce or two mixed into a gallon of water and spread on your plants will ensure you a bountiful harvest year round, but get it now for a late season boost. Likewise, you’ll want to have some on hand when your garlic starts to sprout in the early spring.

Other options for fall fertilizing include mixing compost into your fallow beds, even chicken manure, available at nearby Baffoni’s Poultry Farm. Too “hot” to use directly on planted beds, the winter will give the chicken manure a chance to break down.



If you are going to plant garlic, you are going to want mulch to keep it safe from extreme temperatures through the winter, and to protect the tender shoots in the spring.  One option is hay or straw, easily available from our friends at Cluck!, or from many local farms and agriculture stores.

At City Farm we like to use leaves in the fall.  Not only are leaves often available for free, they encourage worm activity, which helps make for healthy, nutrient rich soil.  We just turn them back into the soil a few weeks before planting in the spring.  Our soil is great, and yours can be too.

We hope that you have a lovely fall, and great success in putting your gardens to bed. We want to help.  If you are interested in purchasing garlic or fish emulsion please email and let us know which item you would like and how much.

The deadline to pre-order items is TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28.
We will inform you when your order will be ready to pick up.




May 27, 2014

SCLT is seeking a Community Growers Director


Community Growers Director – Job Description

Organization Description: Community Land Trust (SCLT) provides access to land, education and other resources so people in Greater Providence can grow food in environmentally sustainable ways and create community food systems where locally produced, affordable, and healthy food is available to all. Each year, over 2,500 people benefit from SCLT’s programs which include community gardens, youth employment and education, garden leadership training, food growing and nutrition workshops, and new farmer development.

Position Summary: The Community Growers Director is responsible for planning and coordination of all community grower programming including management and development of new community gardens; facilitating the Providence Market Growers Network; coordinating SCLT’s seasonal workshop schedule and urban agriculture Neighborhood Hub sites; and various seasonal programs and events. This position will report to SCLT’s Executive Director.

Job Duties:

Manage existing and develop new community gardens;

  • Facilitate Providence Community Grower’s Council – an advisory body for SCLT’s community gardens programming.
  • Resource Distribution – compost, seeds, fish emulsion, garlic, manure, mulch.
  • Oversee garden leader leadership development – promote, facilitate and document garden leader meetings and supporting leaders to deal with garden management issues and conflict resolution.
  • Oversee garden maintenance contract and gardener maintenance activities.
  • Manage plot assignment and payment process including records maintenance.
  • Project Management for garden infrastructure improvements and new garden construction.   Oversee construction contractor, new gardener participation, and volunteers. Includes gardener recruitment.
  • Provide technical assistance/workshops/site visits for other organizations working to build new gardens.

Facilitate the Providence Market Growers Network;

  • Schedule, facilitate and document meetings with Providence Market Growers Network.
  • Arrange for technical assistance for farmers.
  • Oversight of all SCLT urban farm leases – ensure adequate maintenance and arrange for technical assistance as needed.
  • Manage development of marketing curriculum. Recruit participants and oversee SCLT staff or contractors responsible for in-classroom and on-site farmers market training.

Coordinating SCLT’s seasonal workshop schedule;

  • Work closely with Outreach Manager ensure that all new gardeners have sufficient access to beginning organic growing and other workshops.
  • Recruit and schedule volunteer workshop leaders.

Coordination of SCLT’s urban agriculture Neighborhood Hub sites;

  • Coordinate Spring Hub Day at 4 sites – scheduling workshops and resource distribution.
  • Work with 4 HUB leaders to develop and implement outreach strategies. Identify and make arrangements to meet unique community resource and education needs.

Other programs and events;

  • Coordinate Urban Agriculture Spring Kick-Off.
  • Provide technical assistance and oversight to Providence Composts program.
  • Track and report program outcome data.
  • Support fundraising efforts as needed.
  • Represent SCLT at educational and other events.
  • Perform other tasks as required.

Job Requirements:  This position requiresweekend and evening availability.   This position requires the physical ability to move/lift heavy objects, to kneel/sit/bend on the ground, and work outdoors in hot or cold weather.

Schedule: 40 hours per week (full-time).

Qualifications, Skills, Experience Requirements:

  • 5-8 years professional work experience.
  • Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in related field.
  • Experience working in multi-cultural, multi-lingual settings.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member.
  • Experience leading urban agriculture programs.
  • Experience in community organizing, leadership development and community development.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills – ability to make compelling written and verbal presentations.
  • Strong computer skills: Microsoft Word, Excel and email.
  • Ability to attend to details while maintaining a broad vision.
  • Interested in continuously improving programs and work processes.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize multiple work tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Committed to producing an excellent work product.
  • Dedicated to maintaining a positive culture among co-workers and community members.

The Community Growers Director must positively and professionally represent SCLT in community collaborations and with many of our constituents and partners. The successful applicant will be inspired by the work, interested in serving the public, motivated to go the extra mile, and respectful of different points of view.

Minority and bilingual applicants are strongly encouraged. Salary is $38,000-$46,000 annually based on experience, with full benefits and generous vacation package. SCLT is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply, please address cover letter and resume by Friday, June 13, 2014 to Margaret DeVos, SCLT Executive Director, at Preferred start date is July 14, 2014.

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 27, 2013

Blackstone Boulevard Farms – Blueberries!

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On the East Side of Providence, there is a beautiful community garden, an example of the increasing demand for local food.

Blackstone Boulevard Farms is located just south of Rochambeau Avenue. The Farm is an oasis of raised beds, fruit trees, berry bushes, and plenty of bees. A variety of local chefs, community members, and food-growers collaborate to create a bounty of fruits and vegetables.BBFarmBees

On a recent visit, we saw a small, but hardy crop of blueberries, well protected from hungry birds. These plants are easy to grow and produce berries full of nutrients, low in calories, and are a great source of fiber.


While you are eating your last bites of yummy blueberry crumble and pie, now is the perfect time for you to start planning for your spring planting. Blueberries require little space and highly acidic soil. A quick test of your soil and creating enough space will determine how well your berries grow.

For more information about how to test your soil click here.

For more information about the health benefits of blueberries and best conditions for growth, click here.

As for Blackstone Boulevard Farms, it is an inspirational example of the community gardening occurring all over Providence. 


July 24, 2012

Katherine Brown in ProJo Article

This is the latest article in the Providence Journal featuring Katherine Brown, who has been the Executive Director of SCLT from 2003-2012 and will be succeeded by Margaret DeVos.

” Over a 30-year history in Providence, Southside Community Land Trust has leveraged multiple layers of connections above and below the ground. We have catalyzed whole neighborhoods to reinvent themselves from despair and confusion into the true sense of community — all through growing food and flowers and friendship, together.’

Right now, she is helping the land trust make the transition from her leadership to that of DeVos.

Wayne, a member of the land trust’s board since 2007, said Brown is leaving the land trust “in the best place it ever has been.”

“She has transformed this into much more widespread organization,” Wayne said.

 “The plan is that we will go from being identified as strictly Southside –– as a result of the Providence Community Growers Network –– to being a city-wide entity. We will continue to serve the Southside but we hope to transplant some of our principles to other parts of the city as well.”

Click this link for the complete article.

January 25, 2012

SCLT Executive Director Job Application Posted

Following up last week’s exciting news about Southside Community Land Trust’s upcoming Executive Director Transition, we are pleased to announce the full job description and instructions for application can be found here on our website. A competitive nationwide search is underway for an Executive Director for the Southside Community Land Trust in Providence, RI. Date of employment is expected to be July 15, 2012 with full assumption of duties on August 1, 2012.

Deadline for application is February 24, 2012 at midnight.

January 23, 2012

Big News from Southside Community Land Trust!

A special announcement from Southside Community Land Trust’s Executive Director Katherine Brown:

Today is the day I get to share with you and other very special supporters exciting news of a long-anticipated opportunity—for me and for Southside Community Land Trust. August 1st will be my last day as SCLT’s Executive Director, and on that day another very fortunate person will become your new partner in realizing our shared vision: Grow food everywhere!

This news may not come as a surprise to you. Over the past nine years I’ve been open about my plan to stay only long enough to strengthen SCLT’s 30-year foundation in Providence’s Southside neighborhood so that we might provide equal support for more people who also wanted to grow food throughout Greater Providence. And we’ve reached this goal! Our work has directly supported the ability of thousands of people to grow their own food, and we are well-positioned to enable many more in the future.

I have full confidence that SCLT is ready for this intentional leadership transition. Our past two years’ preparations for the new director have been exciting and
transformational. SCLT’s Board and Staff members serving on the Transition Team have crafted a series of clear steps to guide our transition process. And last year we approved a 3-year strategic plan to scale up and meet the ever-increasing demand from the community for more land, training and technical assistance, facilitation of new and existing gardens and farms, and coordination of policy initiatives that support urban agriculture. We have been steadfast in achieving our program objectives and have strengthened our financial and operational capacity to meet this growth. Please visit our website for more details about our strategic plan.

Next week we will officially post the Executive Director position. I hope you will spread the job posting widely.

It has been a great privilege to work with you, and to be inspired by the contributions of the brilliant, creative, funny, hardworking, and inspiring crew of visionaries on SCLT’s staff and Board. My heartfelt gratitude for everyone’s many gifts to me and for the ongoing support of our work with the community is boundless. I know you will continue to share your trust in, and your many gifts with everyone at SCLT– including our lucky new Executive Director.

With love, and heaps of xoxo!
–Katherine Brown

January 18, 2012

Let’s talk food!

Have your voice be heard about Rhode Island’s Food System. There are 3 events coming up to learn and discuss the exciting things taking shape for the RI Food Policy Council, compost in RI and the Farm Bill. :

1) The first open meeting of the newly formed Rhode Island Food Policy Council – shaping Working Groups for 2012!

WHEN: Monday, January 30th, 2012, 4 pm – 6 pm.

WHERE: RI Department of Environmental Management, Foundry Building, Room 300. The Foundry building is located at 235 Promenade Street, near the Providence Place Mall.  Enter through the rear door off of Holden Street, and take elevator/stairs to the 3rd floor.  Signs will be posted directing you to Room 300.  Limited visitor parking is available on Promenade Street, or parking at the mall is $1 for up to three hours.

WHO: Anyone interested in RI Food Policy Council Working Groups or learning more about the RI Food Policy Council!

Coffee/tea and light snacks will be provided.  For more information about the RIFPC’s work, or to download a copy of the Rhode Island Food Assessment, visit the Rhode Island Food Policy Council’s website:

2) The 3rd RI Compost Conference and Trade Show is coming up on February 27, 9 am – 3 pm at Hope Artiste Village for those interested in food waste and resource recovery.  More info and registration at: (Registration is $25).

3) Farm Fresh RI is also hosting its annual Local Food Forum on February 7, 8:30 am – 2:30 pm at Andrews Dining Hall on the Brown University campus.  This year’s theme is Food Fight: How the 2012 Farm Bill Will Affect Rhode Island.  More info and registration at: (Registration is free).

Please feel free to forward this to those interested.  If you or someone you know would like to be added to the RIFPC email list, please email Leo at  We look forward to seeing you on the 30th!

November 30, 2011

Come see us at Craftland and Holidays at the Park!

The SCLT Organic Gardening Kit will be available at a couple events in December:

• Craftland Buy Art Reception on Thursday, December 8th from 5-8pm. Craftland is located on 235 Westminster Street in downtown Providence and features hundreds of handmade goods by independent artists—from one-of-a-kind craft items to fine art pieces.

Holidays in the Park at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center on Saturday, December 10th from 11am-2pm. Holidays in the Park is an annual event that features various activities, vendors, crafts lessons, local crafts and gifts for sale, live music and free food.

Proceeds from the Organic Gardening Kit supports SCLT’s Community Growers Network, which aims to provide access to gardening resources, education, and community building for its members, helping gardeners in Providence grow more food!

The kits can also be found at wholesale price at $15(plus shipping) at the recently debuted SCLT online store. Customers can also arrange a pick-up when ordering from the store to avoid a shipping cost. The online store features other products to inspire the food grower in everyone, including City Farm T-shirts and Plant Sale gift certificates. Check back in the next couple of weeks and the New Year for even more great gift ideas that will go towards supporting SCLT’s programs in education, City Farm and the Community Growers Network. These are gifts made with local and/or sustainable designs, materials and goals in mind!

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