Like many refugees who arrive in Providence, Bishnu Poudel was eager to obtain a plot in one of SCLT’s community gardens. Soon, she began growing the vegetables she and her family were used to eating in Nepal, and before that, Bhutan, as well as socializing and networking with refugees from three continents.
This spring, SCLT was chosen to host two stipended service staff, known as Members, by the Massachusetts-based land conservation organization TerraCorps. TerraCorps was formed in 2008 based on the national AmeriCorps model. Members’ purpose is to help build the long-term capacity of each service site.
Two weeks into SCLT’s summer youth program, nearly three dozen high school youth are busy learning how to tend, harvest and cook with fresh produce, as well as provide their neighbors with information about nutrition and climate change.
(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.