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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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Gardening is for Superheros

Superheroes Garden
Superheroes Garden
Thanks to the excellent City Farmer News for this historical image. Hope it helps get you fired up for growing food in 2010!

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Fall Build-a-Garden Update

 

working raised beds
working raised beds
Even as the days grow dark, our Build-a-Garden initiative forges ahead! Entering its fourth year, our youth have begun to install 200 raised beds that will provide backyard gardens for residents of Boston and Lynn next summer. But the season can’t end without sharing reflections from this year’s garden recipients.

 

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Cambridge Urban Ag. Fair - September 20

Next week, the Cambridge Square Business Association is hosting their First Annual Urban-Ag fair. It's being held on the very historic site of the first marketplace in Newtowne (1630's). The 2009 Urban-Ag fair will bring to market some of the most incredible locally grown fruits and vegetables ever seen. Prizes will be awarded for the tastiest, the biggest, the most interesting, and in some cases the ugliest fruits, veggies, baked goods, honey, flowers, preserves, pickles and eggs!

Cooking demonstrations from local chefs, gardeners, and "Cambridge School student-growers" will be held throughout the day. Come to sample recipes and/or to stock up on the bounty of the harvest from our local farmers markets, get tips from local experts on composting, community gardening, rain barrels, and bee-keeping! All events are free, open to the public and family-friendly. Kids are encouraged to enter to win Student Prizes in every category!

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Late Blight Alert for Tomatoes and Potatoes

Please be on the look out in your home gardens!

If you see signs of late blight on your tomatoes, harvest all tomatoes (both ripened and unripened) and dispose of the plants immediately. Potatoes are also at risk. For more information and pictures of what to look for, see the UMass Extension's late blight alert.

Our Lincoln CSA farmer Kate wrote about what this has meant for our farm earlier this week. For other perspectives, Boston food writer Alison Arnett has a reaction to TFP's blight announcement, and local farmer MK Wyle has a powerful story about the blight's impact on her farm.

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Build-a-Garden visit

 garden builders
garden builders

Food Project interns, Widline Charles, 18, and Max Rollins, 16, visit with Build-a-Gardener Amit Virmani in Jamaica Plain.

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