This article recently appeared in the July issue of Providence Monthly. Photo of Deanna Lockard, Rob Yaffe, and Jon Dille of The Grange taken at Somerset Community Garden by Wolf Matthewson.
(This article was written by Andrea Feldman and appeared in JWU’s Culinary Now blog)
A group of 15 students from Johnson & Wales University’s Providence Campus, Regis College (Weston, Mass.) and Universidad de Congreso (Mendoza, Argentina) recently toured the Southside Community Land Trust’s City Farm as part of their research into food security and food access.
More than 60 volunteers came together on May 4 to create the largest painted street in Rhode Island, as well as to add more greenery to Upper South Providence. The event was Trinity Square Together’s Care for the Square.
The Young Farmer Network, an informal group of farmers in Southeastern New England, works to bridge knowledge gaps and battle the isolation and burn-out of farm work with workshops, social gatherings and farm tours. On March 16, YFN hosted “Stories of the Land” an oral history presentation and workshop at the Southside Cultural Center to help educate farmers and community members about the history of their land.
Since SCLT’s founding nearly 40 years ago, staff have focused on providing access to land for people who want to grow food. This started with community gardens in Providence, but now includes large urban and rural farms in multiple Rhode Island communities.
In the past year, SCLT laid the groundwork for a capital campaign–the GROW! Campaign–to renovate a building at 404 Broad Street in Providence’s Upper South Side. It will house our offices, a produce processing facility, a Youth Entrepreneurship Center and three leasable spaces for food businesses.