Archive for ‘Plant Providence Calendar’

October 23, 2013

Keep Dracula Away this Halloween!


Keep Dracula away this Halloween AND have garlic to harvest next year!

SCLT is hosting 2 garlic-planting workshops on Thursday, October 31st, at 4pm at two locations:

Armory Park (West End, off Westminster Street)

Brown Street Park (East Side, behind Hope High School)

See you there!


April 27, 2012

Learn to Tame Your Tomatoes May 5th

Pictured: Folks at last year's workshop learning how taming tomatoes ensures high yields and happy plants

*from our Plant Providence blog

Fact: a single tomato plant can yield more than twenty pounds of fruit over the course of a growing season!A tomato seedling usually costs about the same as a pound of tomatoes at the store! That means that growing your own tomatoes is a great way to save money on food while enjoying juicy, ripe, and flavorful tomatoes right in your garden.

Tomato plants definitely require some maintenance, If you want to enjoy tomatoes right off the vine from your backyard, window box, or hanging basket, you’ll want to join us for the next workshop in the Plant Providence series on Saturday, May 5th, when Thom the Tomato Guy will give you all the tips you need to produce and preserve a bumper crop this summer! “Taming Your Tomatoes” will be held 10-11:30 a.m. at the Fox Point Community Garden near the corner of Gano St. and Power St. on the east side of Providence. You’ll get practical advice about planting, staking, tomato care (watering, mulching, fertilizing, weeding), and ways to fend off the pests that enjoy the taste of tomatoes as much as we do.

The workshop is $5, or free for members of the Providence Community Growers Network—please bring payment in the form of cash or check. Click here to register! Here’s to great salads, sauces, and soups this year.

March 19, 2012

First Four Plant Providence Workshops – Don’t Miss Out!

This is Southside Community Land Trust’s third year of organizing the Plant Providence Calendar, which seeks to improve the health and welfare of Providence residents by empowering them with food-growing knowledge and resources.

The first Plant Providence Calendar workshop for 2012 will be Composting 101, held on Wednesday March 21 from 5:30-7pm. The workshop will feature a classroom based lesson on composting basics from 5:30-6:15pm at the SCLT office (109 Somerset) and from 6:20-7pm will move into a hands-on composting demonstration at City Farm (corner of W. Clifford St. and Dudley St.). This workshop will be taught by SCLT Community Growers Coordinator (and certified Master Composter) Cindy Llamas Shea and City Farm Apprentice Kathleen Reid.

The Urban Chickens workshop will be taught by SCLT Program Director (and savvy chicken keeper) Leo Pollock at 4 Theresa Court (off Willow Street Between Parade and Sycamore)  on Saturday, March 24th 10am-noon. The workshop will cover all the chicken care basics and different kinds of coops one can use.

Cultivating Perennials will provide the knowledge of dividing and digging perennial bulbs for a beautiful garden year after year. The workshop, held at City Farm Saturday, March 31st from 10-11am, will also offer ways to get involved with cultivating perennials for the Plant Sale.

Growing food in an urban setting can be challenging if the soil is contaminated. Learn about the steps you can take to ensure that your garden’s soil is safe and healthy at the soil remediation workshop on Saturday, April 7th, 10-11am at Sidewalk Ends Farm (47 Harrison Street).

Registration for the workshops can be done online by going to or over the phone by calling (401) 273-9419, ext. 29. Workshops cost $5 per person unless otherwise noted. SCLT is devoted to keeping the Beginning Organic Growers Series Workshops (I, II, and III) free, which will be held in neighborhoods where fresh food is less readily accessible. Workshops are free for members of SCLT’s Providence Community Growers Network. Payment can be made online or at the day of the workshop.

March 6, 2012

It’s here! The 2012 Plant Providence Calendar

Click images to enlarge. Visit the SCLT Plant Providence website for more information about workshops and changes to the 2012 workshop costs.

SCLT is pleased to debut the 2012 Plant Providence calendar. Workshop dates, times, and locations are subject to change, so keep checking back for up-to-date information.

Register at least 24 hours before the workshops are scheduled. We hope to see you at the workshops!

February 10, 2012

Seeds of inspiration!

It was a full house at last Wednesday’s Seed Starting Workshop at Hope Artiste Village! Faye, Tess, and Laura from Sidewalk Ends Farm gave an informative and compelling lesson on how to start your favorite seeds at home in time for the growing season. They showed us that you can use anything from old soda cans, to seeding trays, to old milk cartons! Keep your plant babies happy in a grow box (pictured right), which provides UV light to help with seed germination. Faye, Tess, and Laura prefer a method of “upside down” watering to just using a spray bottle (which can miss the roots). Upside down watering involves putting your seed containers on a tray with 1/2″ water, which allows the roots to absorb water as they need it.

Missed this workshop but still want to learn about seed starting? Swing by Southside Community Land Trust’s Urban Agriculture Spring Kickoff on March 3rd at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, where City Farm Steward Rich Pederson will be doing a workshop demo. There will be other fun workshops around food and gardening at the event. Get your hands on SCLT’s 2012 Plant Providence Calendar — a city-wide educational and affordable workshop series around growing food. Here’s to a productive growing season!

January 9, 2012

Wintertime Food-growing Workshops!

It might be cold outside (well, not THAT cold, it’s actually pretty nice for January!), but it is the perfect time to start planning for the growing season! Southside Community Land Trust and Farm Fresh RI invites the public to attend two free workshops on urban beekeeping (a primer that focuses on what it takes to raise bees food in the city) and seed starting. These workshops will be held at the Wintertime Farmers Market greenhouse space on Wednesday January 25th 6-7pm and Wednesday February 1st 5:30-6:30pm, respectively.

Want to learn what it takes to raise bees in the city? Learn more about it at the urban beekeeping primer workshop, which will be taught by Kelly Smith, Davis Park Community Garden coordinator. Kelly owns 5 beehives and has taken bee school classes and a week-long intensive advanced course by the Eastern Apicultural Society. Kelly will give a basic overview about what it means to keep bees in the city, going over topics such as materials required for urban beekeeping, resources and available education options for bee school.

Seed starting will be taught by Sidewalk Ends Farm’s Laura Brown-Lavoie, Tess Brown-Lavoie and Fay Strongin. This workshop will help people get a head start on preparing their favorite vegetables and herbs as well as accommodate for those who have limited growing space in their homes or apartments. The lesson will also provide information on growing sprouts and building your own indoor grow box to start seeds inside. Southside Community Land Trust will be offering free seed packets (lettuce, summer squash, etc.) at this workshop.

Register by emailing SCLT at or online at

These workshops are an extension of the Plant Providence educational workshop series. First introduced in 2010, the Plant Providence calendar is a full-color poster printed annually that lists programs and events taking place throughout the year related to urban agriculture. In addition to the upcoming workshops on urban beekeeping and seed starting, the 2012 Plant Providence calendar will debut at Southside Community Land Trust’s Urban Agriculture Kick-off on March 3rd at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center from 1-4pm.

The Plant Providence calendar is a project of Southside Community Land Trust and is sponsored by the Albin Family Foundation, the Urban Agriculture Task Force of Providence, Brown University’s Center for Environmental Studies, Casa Buena Builders Inc., the John T. Howard Agency Farm Family Insurance, The University of Rhode Island Outreach Center, What Grows On in Rhode Island, and Whole Foods Market.

More information about Southside Community Land Trust is available at

October 4, 2011

Medicinal Herbs and Foraging

Taken from our Plant Providence blog.

Saturday’ workshop on Medicinal Herbs and Foraging was an engaging and fascinating lesson that helped open our eyes to the plentiful variety of medicinal plants growing right on Rhode Island soil. We chewed, smelled and tasted leaves, flowers and herbs that Farmacy Herbs uses right in their store. Mary Blue, founder of Farmacy Herbs, shared her wealth of knowledge that plants can be effective remedies and supplements for a variety of purposes – nettles for vitamins, iron and bladder health; violet for lungs; sage for sinus clearing, digestion and memory; hops (not just good for beer!) for stress relief and nerves. These plants are minimally processed into tinctures, teas, and ointments. When taken consistently in the proper doses, these herbal remedies can be highly beneficial for preventative care and holistic health.  “It’s another step towards self-sufficiency,” says Mary, “a lot of people that come here are looking for that. If you have access to this kind of knowledge and resources, you can rely more on yourself to care for your health and wellness.”

For more information about Farmacy and the kinds of workshops and classes they offer visit them at

To see a slideshow of the workshop, visit our Plant Providence blog.




September 14, 2011

Learning to over-winter greens and build low tunnels

(from our Plant Providence blog) Saturday morning was a beautiful day to learn about over wintering greens and building low tunnels at the Davis Park Community Garden. We learned that plants like chard, parsley, spinach, arugula, carrots and collards are able to survive the winter if kept full grown. These vegetables won’t grow again until March, but you’ll yield a lovely harvest once spring hits!

Seed in September (even October). Cover your garden bed with row cover in November. In December, put up hoops and plastic. Keep the plastic on until mid to late March, not harvesting on sunny days to prevent wilting.  Once your direct seeded salad greens are about 7″ tall, you cut the leaves about an inch above the crown of the plant (being careful not to cut off the crown). In doing this, the leaves will grow back, slowly if it is cold and dark, and quickly if it is warm and sunny.  Katie Miller of Scratch Farm suggests “planting claytonia, spinach, ruby streaks mustard, collards, and lettuce all in mid September, plant more spinach than anything else, and pick everything but the spinach in the late fall when it is ready, save the spinach for the really cold dark days, it will survive better than the rest.”

Once you build your low tunnels you won’t need to water the entire season. Try to “aerate” your low tunnels on sunny days to regulate humidity. If you wanted to harvest, don’t be scared if your plants look really bad after they get exposed to the cold air. They will be shocked by the sudden fluctuation in humidity levels but they’ll bounce back in a few days (aren’t plants amazing?). Any questions about over wintering greens and low tunnels can be directed to Katie ( of Scratch Farm! Thanks Katie for doing the demo for us!

Read more about over-wintering greens on our Urban Ag. Resource Center.

June 30, 2011

BUG Curriculum Featured on Channel 10

Having kids survey the insects in your garden is a good way to stimulate their scientific curiosity and teach them about the food web.

The Biodiversity in Urban Gardens (BUG) ecological literacy curriculum we developed in collaboration with the University of Rhode Island Outreach Center and others was recently highlighted in a Plant Pro gardening segment on NBC-10! Click here to watch the video and learn how to do an insect collection activity with your kids.

If you’re looking for more ideas, you can check out the curriculum online through our Urban Agriculture Resource Center. You might also be interested in attending our free Plant Providence workshop on Cooking and Gardening with Your Kids coming up on August 27th—click here for more information.

April 4, 2011

The Real Dirt on Lead

On Saturday, we held the latest Plant Providence workshop, Safe Soil: Remediating Lead for Healthy Gardens. You can see photos from the workshop by clicking here.

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