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Container Gardening 101

This segment will be featured monthly for all of the gardeners who are growing in containers. It will be specifically geared towards those using The Food Project's new container garden kits on porches and in spaces that are too limited to have a raised bed. I will bring you through my experience with my container garden kit step-by-step, and I invite you to share your ideas too!

 

My Kit


I did the first planting in my containers on April 12 inside of our Dudley Greenhouse. This gives me a head start, and hopefully it will help me test out some of my ideas and share the results with all of you!

 

After being away from work for a week, I returned to find my tomatoes rapidly growing and in desperate need of support. We tied a string to a rod at the top of the greenhouse and used special tomato clips to hold it up. As the plant continues to grow, we will add more clips.


 

 

By mid-June, you will need to support your tomatoes in some way. We will write more about this topic next month – but at Saturday’s City Farm Fest we will be selling tomato stakes and clips, and offering hands-on demos for using these special tomato clips!

In this pot, I plan to grow hot peppers. Since I won’t plant this until about May 20, I decided to plant fast growing salad mix, which I planted on April 12. After 3 weeks, I am now ready for my first harvest of fresh greens (it would take about 1 week extra if these pots were outside). In the next 2 weeks, I’ll get a few more cuttings for salads before ripping it up to plant the pepper!

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Request for Proposals from Boston Partners

Following a successful pilot program last summer, The Food Project is excited to release a call for proposals for our 2011 Farm Fresh Coupon Program. Through this effort, we will partner with other Boston agencies to promote the consumption of fresh, healthy, local, affordable food with coupons that are redeemable for fresh fruits and vegetables at local farmers' markets. The distribution of these coupons will be paired with partner agencies' existing health-related activities to create a holistic approach to health, nutrition and well-being in underserved communities.

The Food Project is requesting responses no later than 5:00 PM on Friday, May 20th, 2011. Please help us to get the word out by sharing this RFP with your peers and colleagues. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the program coordinator, Max Gitlen, at [email protected].

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Farm to Family + Groupon = Fresh & Healthy

Exciting news that just went out to our mailing list...   Not on the list, but want to be?  click here

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City Farm Fest - Boston - Saturday, May 7

11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m .
40 West Cottage Street in Dorchester 
Important Update: Due to the weather, City Farm Fest will be held in the greenhouse at 11 Brook Avenue. 

Highlights

Workshop: Planning & Planting your Raised Bed Garden
Held twice, starting at 12 noon & 1:30 p.m.

Garden Consultation: Do you have specific questions about your garden? Our Greenhouse Manager, Danielle Andrews, will be available to talk with you throughout City Farm Fest!

Clover Food Truck: Bring a few extra dollars so you don't miss the chance to taste their delicious food!

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Community Turns Out to Raise a Greenhouse

A sea of green: tomato plants rise up along trellis lines held aloft by rollerhooks.
A sea of green: tomato plants rise up along trellis lines held aloft by rollerhooks.
This past Friday morning was a busy one. As volunteers helped me finish trellising our tomato plants onto overhead lines, the head of construction from Griffin Greenhouse was working out the last of the kinks in our control systems. My ag scout was checking on the work of our newest staff: the parasitic wasps that are busily mummifying the aphids in the greenhouse while other volunteers made their way through the trellised rows, pollinating the flowers with hand-held pollinators.

As we finished up the morning, I felt a huge wave of relief. The last three weeks have been hectic and hard, and it's only through the rallying efforts of many that we now have a greenhouse full of rapidly growing, beautiful plants that will soon be bearing fruit.

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TFP Partners with FoodCorps & CitySprouts


    

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April 10, 2011

 

 

 

TFP Launches Program to Address Child Nutrition and Obesity

The Food Project is excited to announce a groundbreaking, collaborative project that will improve education about and access to healthy food for schoolchildren, parents, and other members of school communities. A partnership with Cambridge, MA-based CitySprouts, this program will also address childhood obesity and diet-related health problems.

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3rd Graders Experiment with Spinach

The spinach sprouted!
The spinach sprouted!
In late September, third graders seeded spinach at our urban learning farm. Knowing it was late in the season and the weather was getting colder, we asked the students to make a hypothesis about what would happen next. Would the spinach grow at all? Would it sprout and die?

Next, we explained that we would put row over the bed, a lightweight fabric that allows water and air to flow through but acts like a blanket. Sure enough, the determined spinach seeds sprouted! A few weeks later, we also used a staple gun to put clear plastic over the bed for an extra layer of warmth. Would these "blankets" keep the sprouts warm enough to get through the winter?

With all of the snow piled on top of the blanket layers, we weren't quite sure ourselves. As soon as the snow melted, we eagerly took a peek! Turns out, we have delicious spinach ready to eat.  

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A Week in My Garden

For those of you who haven't met me, my name is Joy and I am the Massachusetts Promise Fellow for The Food Project's Boston location this year. Last year, Kesiah did a wonderful job of taking you step-by-step through the Growing Guide and chronicling her journeys in her garden. This year we will continue that tradition by answering your questions about the gardening process. Whether it is pest control or yield increase, we will try to touch on common problems and focus on solutions that will keep your garden happy and healthy.

New this year, we will have "A Week In My Garden" segment. Each month we will feature one of you, our great Build-a-Gardeners! If you’re brand new to gardening or have had one for years, this segment will take us inside different gardens for a week as each featured gardener shares how they are balancing the management of a garden along with their busy schedules!

A Week In My Garden
Featured Gardener: Joy Gary of Mattapan

How many years have you been gardening in Massachusetts (or northeast U.S.)?
Three years.

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Greens and Tomatoes and Restaurants, Oh My!

Winter greens in Roxbury, February 2011.
Winter greens in Roxbury, February 2011.
For the past six weeks, our Dudley Greenhouse was a sea of winter greens. While the construction schedule was delayed and our greens were only seeded the first week of January, we were pleased that the harvest began a month later, and produced an abundance of delicate salad greens and crunchy spinach.

The winter months have been hectic, but despite the stresses of finishing construction (and tinkering with controls that are finally close to functioning correctly!), it has certainly been a remarkable privilege to be harvesting greens while the wild winter storms of this past season raged outside. One happy customer emailed to thank me for the bag of “silken spring” – a phrase that I have adopted to describe my salads at home!

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Changing Seasons, Changing Faces

As we get ready for another growing season, we’d like to thank and bid a fond farewell to departed staff and welcome new members of The Food Project team.

Miriam and son Zalen on the farm.
Miriam and son Zalen on the farm.
This past December, former Director of Agriculture and long time Lincoln farmer Miriam Stason left us after eight years helping us grow farm-fresh food. In life off the farm, Miriam will be focused on raising her young family, which will grow to four when she gives birth to her second child in late March. Taking up the reins as our new agriculture director is Tim Laird, who will continue to manage the Baker Bridge farm in Lincoln. Pedro Ghirotti will be joining Tim as our new field manager. We're excited to have Pedro working on a soil fertility plan that should help make our fields more productive in the coming season and for years to come.

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