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Plant Sale

How the Plant Sale has nurtured RI’s urban agriculture movement

“A few years ago nobody knew about urban agriculture,” says Roberta Groch, an SCLT board member who is also an urban planner for the state. “But, slowly we started incorporating it into the zoning in Providence and in other communities. And now it’s up at the State House, it’s in the Comprehensive Plan and in state regulations.

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Rare and Unusual Plant Sale in Providence will kickstart your garden

Southside Community Land Trust’s sale marks its 25th anniversary May 20-21.

With 20,000 plants, live music, and a team of expert gardeners on hand to answer questions, the Southside Community Land Trust’s Rare and Unusual Plant Sale is a perfect start to the growing season.

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At 25, the Plant Sale continues to delight, inform and inspire

An event about ‘feel-good commerce’ has stayed true to its roots

Every May for the past 25 years, gardeners and urban farm enthusiasts have made a pilgrimage to City Farm for our Rare & Unusual Plant Sale. They come to support SCLT’s work to transform abandoned land into gardens and farms and provide resources and training so anyone who wants to can grow food. But they also come to celebrate the start of the growing season and to savor the traditions that make the Plant Sale a joyful, authentic, shared experience.

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SCLT’s Rare & Unusual Plant Sale

SCLT’s annual Rare & Unusual Plant Sale takes place at City Farm, at the corner of Dudley and Clifford Streets in Providence’s South Side. SCLT members* can come an hour early on Saturday (9 am) a for a preview.

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‘City Farm becomes part of you’

Volunteers, interns, apprentices and staff share camaraderie, advice and a passion for organic gardening

Met School students Jeriliz, Noel and Alejandra in the greenhouse.

As the growing season ramps up, SCLT’s greenhouse at City Farm becomes a bustling place. Even with winter’s final storm (in April!) only just melting away, tiny sprouts are making their way through the soil on a recent Friday afternoon. Their progress is closely monitored by the skilled staff, high school interns and a revolving cast of devoted volunteers who drop in throughout the week to help out.

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