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Upgrading our Farm Equipment

Tim shows off new gear
Tim shows off new gear
Over the last few years, The Food Project's stable of farm equipment has been showing its age. Each season we'd spend more money and staff time on maintenance, and suffer through increasingly inefficient operations. Worse, our equipment's limitations made it difficult to maintain the long-term health of our land.

This all changes with our new gear, selected by Lincoln farmers Tim
Laird and Miriam Stason. Tim and Miriam used their knowledge of the state of the art in small-scale sustainable vegetable growing practices to put together a set of farm machinery that should allow our farmers to improve plant and soil health throughout all phases of the season.

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Local Harvest of Another Kind

B&G Oysters of Boston is throwing a party. Come join the fun, help
support The Food Project and enjoy the 'fruits' of a different local harvest!
 

Island Creek Oysters brings in the harvest in Duxbury, MA
Island Creek Oysters brings in the harvest in Duxbury, MA

OYSTER INVITATIONAL
to benefit the Food Project

Sunday, May 2, 2010
12:00-6:00pm

 

Kick off summer and celebrate the beginning of B&G Oysters’ patio season with our 2nd annual Oyster Invitational!


Join us for a day filled with friendly (and tasty) competitions, oysters, cold beer and oyster-friendly wines, an amazing silent auction that benefits The Food Project, and "Beer & Bivalves" classes across the street at Stir (at 1:00, 3:00, or 5:00pm).

Tickets are available by calling 617.423.0550 or visiting B&G Oysters and are $65* per person. Ticket price includes admission, two drink tickets, competition small plates, food from our grill and fry stations, and oysters! For those interested in the "Beer & Bivalves" class, tickets for both the Invitational and the Stir class are $85* per person.

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Keeping Cats out of your Raised Bed

A Build-a-Garden participant recently asked:

My vegetables are starting to grow (which is great!) but the neighborhood cats (feral but fed by kindly people) are using the raised garden beds as a litter box! I've tried a bunch of different suggestions that I found online (bamboo skewers, foil balls, cinnamon, coffee grounds, citrus peels...) but nothing seems to help. I saw a device that is like a sprinkler with a motion detector that would probably work but it cost $53.00:( Do you have any ideas that are cheaper than this.

Reply by Kathleen

Cats can be a pain in the garden, as much as I love them!

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New Greenhouse in Boston!

Planning the Greenhouse Buildout
Planning the Greenhouse Buildout
TFP's Community Food Coordinator Danielle Andrews introduces our new Boston Greenhouse

As a vegetable grower, both in my backyard and at The Food Project, I'm excited about season extension. For me, the most satisfying harvest begins by brushing the snow from the collard greens. I look for new growth on my plantings of greens, cilantro and parsley in the earliest days of spring. In my six years as The Food Project's Urban Grower in Boston I took deep pleasure in offering a varied mix of crops at the first farmers’ market each June. So you can imagine my excitement to be working on The Food Project's newest enterprise. We are launching a year-round greenhouse that will increase community access to fresh, healthy foods, as well as provide space for individuals to learn and grow their own produce.

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Meet a Fellow Build-a-Gardener

Build-a-Garden in 3D
Build-a-Garden in 3D
TFP Staffer Kesiah Bascom will be keeping up a Build-a-Garden this year too! 

Excitement takes form in many strange ways. Some people shiver and shake or talk and laugh uncontrollably. Voices rise and arms flail. Eyes widen to the size of saucers until it appears that they will pop out of skulls and fly down streets. This year I will be an Urban Farmer just like you and am currently beside myself with each form of excitement!

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Sprouting and Microgreens Skillshare

DIO (Do It Ourselves) Skillshare's Sprouting and microgreens skillshare

Sunday, May 16, 2010 1:30-3:00pm

Friends Meeting at Cambridge (Friends' room)
5 Longfellow Park, Harvard Square, Cambridge
For More Info: Call Ellie or Jules 617-492-2340

In this free skillshare, you will learn the techniques of sprouting seeds in jars, and growing microgreens (mini-greens) in trays. We cover common problems, where to get inexpensive supplies, and the many benefits of growing and eating sprouts and microgreens. Ellie and Jules have eight years experience as raw fooders and use sprouts and mcirogreens as a mainstay of their daily diet.

This skillshare is sponsored by the Cambridge Quaker Earthcare Witness Committee of Friends Meeting at Cambridge.

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Raised Bed Garden Workshops

 If you cannot make City Farm Fest, not to worry—you have not missed out yet!

“How to Plant Your Raised Bed Garden” Workshops


Lynn Farm Fest

Saturday, May 15
11:00am-2:00pm
100 Munroe Street
Downtown Lynn

Plant Sale
Workshop time TBA

Note: Plant pick-up for Lynn Build-a-Garden participants only.


Mattapan Library

Tuesday, May 11 at 6:00pm
1350 Blue Hill Ave, Mattapan

Advanced sign-up required.


East Boston

workshop will be offered in English and Spanish, specific details coming soon.


Note

If your raised bed was installed in summer or fall 2009, or you are getting one this spring, you can pick out 6 seedlings for free at any of these workshops.

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City Farm Fest 2010

welcome to city farm fest!
welcome to city farm fest!
City Farm Fest
Saturday, May 8, 2010
11:00am-2:30pm

West Cottage St & Brook Ave, Dorchester

compost distribution
compost distribution
Join us on our West Cottage farm to kick off spring! Bring along family, friends, neighbors. Enjoy great food and live music. Take advantage of our compost giveaway ($1/bag, free when you bring your own durable bags or containers, 5 bag limit). Buy transplants ($3/six-pack) and seeds for your garden--most varieties selected for high yield/ease of growing. Come early for best selection. Meet other participants and learn more about planting your raised bed by attending the workshop, offered twice (11:30am & 1:00pm). 

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Getting your Raised Bed Started

Editor's note: It's Build-a-Garden season again, and we're happy to share the first of several related posts from BaG coordinator Kathleen Banfield. We hope this is helpful to current and former participants in the Build-a-Garden program, or anyone else with a raised bed!

Read your Growing Guide

(or download a copy)

Five years ago, I had never tended a garden in my life. I was lucky if I kept a houseplant alive for more than a month. Farming overwhelmed me. When the The Food Project's Urban Learning Farm was built in 2007 and I was charged with the task of taking care of 22 raised beds, things looked bleak. Five years later, I'm hooked on growing my own food and found it surprisingly easy to learn. The Growing Guide was key to my success. I literally followed every word of it, and I encourage you all to do the same, especially if you're at the beginner level of square foot gardening!

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Locally sourced burgers!

Our friends at b.good, local purveyor of hamburgers and related foodstuffs, have some exciting news: the beef in their burgers will now come from local family farms!

b.good have been supporters of TFP for years and they have worked with our program participants to craft several tasty community lunches over the last few summers, so we're especially pleased and proud to see them take this step. And excited to have a taste!

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