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SCLT in the News

Pawtucket/Central Falls HEZ celebrates it successes

PAWTUCKET – Talk about a truly “good news” story. To celebrate its report to the community and to highlight the successes of the past year, the Pawtucket/Central Falls Health Equity Zone held a farm to table dinner at the Hope Artiste Village on Sept. 26.

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Harvesting Hope: Gracie’s Chef Matt Varga on Growing RI’s Food Systems

 

This year’s Harvesting Hope fundraiser to benefit the Southside Community Land Trust (SCLT) will feature a menu designed by Gracie’s executive chef Matt Varga ’05 that will draw almost exclusively from local farmers, purveyors and brewers. The event, which takes place at the Squantum Association on Tuesday, October 3, highlights the SCLT’s work to strengthen, expand and better integrate a sustainable local food system here in Rhode Island.

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Pulp Fiction

Visit the Rhode Island seashore, stumble on some Japanese knotweed, and you’ll probably label it as a nuisance. May Babcock sees the invasive species as a source of inspiration.

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URI researcher testing vegetable growing methods popular among ethnic communities

KINGSTON, R.I. – August 1, 2017 – John Taylor is intrigued by the methods that ethnic communities use to grow their native vegetables in urban settings in the United States. So the University of Rhode Island scientist is testing some of those strategies to see if the methods could increase crop yields of more conventional vegetables.
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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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Students aid nonprofits in effort to identify and eliminate food deserts

Photo Caption: RIC junior Evan LaCross and senior Giancarlo Rossi collected data in this corner market in South Providence as part of a International Nongovernmental Organization Studies (INGOS) food justice project identifying food deserts.

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Community garden will grow in Central Falls

By JONATHAN BISSONNETTE

CENTRAL FALLS – The Garfield Street park next year will become the home of the city’s first community garden, which officials say will provide urban agriculture and will help the city achieve its goal of increasing access to healthy food for families.

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Nonprofit awarded nearly $600k to help beginning farmers

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP)—A nonprofit in Providence has been awarded nearly $600,000 in federal funding to help expand training opportunities for beginning farmers and ranchers throughout Rhode Island.

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Providence’s Olneyville neighborhood welcomes new urban farm

A new urban farm in Providence’s Olneyville neighborhood opens today. It’s the fifth urban farm created by the nonprofit Southside Community Land Trust.

The land trust has a network of 51 urban farms and community gardens. Executive Director Margaret DeVos explains that Providence needs these spaces because several of the city’s neighborhoods lack grocery stores. That means residents have limited access to produce at most of their local convenience stores.

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Apprentice program grows food and community

By LEIGH VINCOLA/ecoRI News contributor

PROVIDENCE — This growing season the Southside Community Land Trust (SCLT) will introduce a farming apprenticeship specifically designed for veterans and minorities. Funded by a grant from the USDA’s Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Program, this is the first opportunity of its kind in the area.

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