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Lynn Farm Fest - Sat. May 21

Join us this Saturday at 100 Munroe Street in Lynn

11am - 2pm

Workshop:
Planning & Planting your Raised Bed Garden
held twice, starting at 11 am & 1:30 pm

Build-a-Garden Plant Pick-up:
If you are a participant in the Build-a-Garden program and received your garden between July 2010 - present, you are eligible to pick up transplants at no additional cost (first come, first choice).

Plant & Garden Sale:
Come for plants, seeds and garden supplies! 

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In addition to The Food Project's Plant Sale, we are expecting a second vendor who will have an assortment of flowers, herbs and more!

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Additional Plant & Garden Sale

Are you looking for vegetable plants for your garden?  If you missed our City Farm Fest, it's not too late!  We will be holding a second plant and garden supply sale this week. Here are the details!

Additional Plant & Garden Sale 

  • Date:  Thursday May 12
  • Time:  4 - 6pm
  • Location: Dudley Greenhouse, 11 Brook Ave., Roxbury

Tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, basil, collard greens, & more! 

Here's a list of what's available today.

Available Food Project plants:

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Hardening Off Your Transplants

In New England, heat-loving plants such as tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants must be started indoors, ideally in a greenhouse, in order to mature during our growing season. Any plant started in a greenhouse, however, must be “hardened off” before it can be planted in the garden. Hardening off is the process of exposing a plant to outdoor conditions (like wind, sun and irregular watering) to help them transition to life in the garden.

Follow these steps to harden off transplants:

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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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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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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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A Community Garden Under Glass

Neighbors of Roxbury, Mattapan and Dorchester - come grow with us this summer!

Greenhouse Community Garden Flyer - Post this on a local bulletin board...
Greenhouse Community Garden Application - Fill it out and send it back!

The Food Project is pleased to be able to open up our Greenhouse this spring and summer to local residents to grow food for their families in a temporary indoor community garden! As we firm up our plans for our long-term use of the community bays of the greenhouse, we are happy to be able to offer up the space to neighborhood residents for food production this year. For $25, you can have your own 4'x8' raised bed in which to grow short and medium-height plants such as salad greens, collards, broccoli, and summer squash as well as access to a communal bed that  will produce an abundance of tall heat-loving crops such as tomatoes, cucumbers, okra and more!

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BNAN, TFP to Present Tree Pruning Workshops

Ever wonder how proper pruning of orchard trees can keep them healthy and improve their production of quality fruit? Find out how by attending one of two workshops sponsored in March by the Boston Natural Areas Network’s (BNAN) Boston Orchard Program.

Two sessions are planned. The first, which is being presented by The Food Project as part of our Winter Workshop series, is scheduled for Saturday, March 5, at the Shirley Eustis House Orchard (33 Shirley Street, Roxbury). The second is scheduled for Saturday, March 12, at the Blake House Orchard (735 Columbia Road, Dorchester).

Both programs are free, but you need to register in advance. To do so, contact BNAN at 617-542-7696 or info@bostonnatural.org. For more information, and to spread the word about these important winter learning opportunities, download this flyer.

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Garden Workshop Series Kicks Off Next Week!

Mark your calendars!  The Food Project is excited to announce our first ever Winter Workshop Series. We hope you will join us to get an early start on your garden planning.  Please email buildagarden@thefoodproject.org with questions. 
 

Winter Workshop Series

All workshops will be held at our new Greenhouse, located at 11 Brook Ave in Roxbury
(just off of Dudley Street and around the corner from our Dorchester office)

Planning your Garden - Tuesday, January 25, 6:00 - 7:30pm

We will walk you through all the steps of planning your garden, from designing its layout to ordering seeds. Join us for this hands-on session and you will be sure to leave with a plan in place!

Starting your own Seeds - Saturday, February 12, 10:00 - 11:30am

Learn how to start your own seeds inside your home! We will share simple, affordable ways to get a head start inside, and suggest where to get supplies.

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How to Keep Gardens Safe

Recently, new findings from research led by Dan Brabander of Wellesley College, conducted in partnership with The Food Project, have been reported by various media. They show that lead particles in urban soil can move over time, perhaps by wind or rain, and settle on the top layer of clean compost inside of raised beds. Because these findings are likely to cause concern, we want to make sure that people, especially urban gardeners, understand fully what they mean. The good news is that gardeners can take simple yet effective steps to keep their gardens safe.

Importantly, gardening in raised beds is still highly encouraged in places where contaminated soil is prevalent. It’s also important to know that the movement of particles happens over time – generally, at least a season must pass before changes in soil quality can be observed. So proper maintenance of raised beds should minimize or eliminate concerns.

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