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.
Women in Action: As head of Southside Community Land Trust, Margaret DeVos leads a growing revolution
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — I recently went on a walking tour of a sliver of South Providence known as Trinity Square. We went past Amos House and the Salvation Army. Past family homes and a block full of abandoned ones in the Barbara Jordan II development complex.
Late Monday morning, Central Falls residents, public health advocates and community leaders gathered for a ribbon cutting at the city’s new Garfield Park Community Garden at 128 Garfield Street.
“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.
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.
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.