DSNI hosts public forums for Art in Uphams Corner

Posted January 14th, 2014 by Joel and filed in Greening Dorchester, News

Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI), in collaboration with residents and a broad range of community-based partners, is seeking to commission a professional artist, artisan, architect, landscape architect, or teams thereof to create artwork for permanent display in the Upham’s Corner neighborhood of Dorchester as part of the exciting increase in transit access along the Fairmount Corridor. In January 2014, DSNI is planning a number of public forums/open houses to hear directly from the finalists. During these gatherings, residents will have the opportunity to learn more about each finalist’s background and plan for this community-led visioning and design process.

January 15, 2014 6:00pm
Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative 504 Dudley Street, Roxbury

January 21, 2014 5:30pm Design Studio for Social Intervention 1946 Washington Street, 2nd floor, Roxbury

January 23, 2014 6:00pm Dorchester Arts Collaborative, Erick Jean Center for the Arts 157A Washington Street, Dorchester

The selected artist/artist team will be announced in early February.

Should you have any questions please feel free to reach out. Harry Smith – Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative hsmith@dsni.org, (617) 442 – 9670 ext. 220 Laura McConaghy – The Boston Foundation laura.mcconaghy@tbf.org, 617-338-1612

Share

Grow Boston Greener Fall 2013 FREE Tree Giveaway

Posted October 8th, 2013 by Joel and filed in Greening Dorchester

 100 trees will be given away on Saturday, October 26, to Boston residents, non-profits and community groups.  Trees must be planted in the City of Boston.

 

Tree limits:

1 tree per residence

3 trees per non-profit, community group, neighborhood association, or school

 

Tree Species:

*Fruit trees: apple, peach, plum

*Flowering trees: cherry, dogwood, hawthorn, redbud

*Shade trees: elm, maple, oak

*Conifer trees: white pine, arborvitae

 

Pick-up location and time:

ONE DAY ONLY – Saturday, October 26, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at City Natives, 30 Edgewater Drive, Mattapan. Residents and groups must make arrangements to pick up trees at that time. Trees will not be held for a later pick up. In addition, on the day of the free tree pick-up two (2) half-hour training sessions will be offered at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at City Natives on how to properly plant and care for your tree.

To receive a tree you must agree to water and maintain the tree(s) for two (2) years following the planting date to help ensure the tree’s establishment and survival, and plant the tree(s) by November 30, 2013.

Tree specifications and supplies:

Trees will be in 5-gallon pots, 6’ in height, and weigh about 50 pounds. Be prepared to carry and load your vehicle with a tree. Each tree will come with supplies, which may include gloves, stakes and ties, a bag of compost, and a bag of fertilizer.

Plant and Share!

Please share a photo of you planting your tree on the Boston Urban Forest Council facebook page to support the Grow Boston Greener Tree Giveaway, or email photos to linda@bostonnatural.org so we can post them.

To request a tree:                                                                                                                                                                                              

Please fill out a brief form available online form (also at www.growbostongreener.org/gbg/) and email the completed form to linda@bostonnatural.org or mail to: Grow Boston Greener, Attn: Linda Ciesielski, Boston Natural Areas Network, 62 Summer Street, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02110, by Friday, October 18, at 5:00 p.m.

 

Availability of trees is limited!

Trees will be given away on a first-come first-serve basis.

You will receive a confirmation email by Tuesday, October 22,if you will be receiving a tree.

Trees must be picked up on Saturday, October 26, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

 

Please share a photo of your tree planting and promote the Grow Boston Greener Tree Giveaway on the Boston Urban Forest Council facebook page, or email photos to linda@bostonnatural.org

 

Submit this form by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 18, 2013 to:

Grow Boston Greener Attn: Linda Ciesielski

Boston Natural Areas Network

62 Summer St, 2nd Floor

Boston, MA 02110

Or email a copy of the completed form to:

linda@bostonnatural.org

 

 

Trees are available on a first come-first serve basis. You will be notified by Tuesday, October 22,if you will receive a tree. Trees must be picked up on Saturday, October 26, between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

For questions on this form or additional information about the Tree Giveaway, call 617-542-7696 ext. 20

Share

Important Information on Trash & Recycling: Upcoming Meetings

Posted September 23rd, 2013 by Joel and filed in Greening Dorchester

The Waste Reduction Division of the City of Boston Public Works Department (PWD) will be entering into new 3-year contracts with residential trash and recycling contractors in July of 2014. The invitation to bid process for interested vendors will begin in January of 2014. In preparation, the PWD is seeking input through a series of informational meetings and an on-line survey * for all interested Boston residents.

The Boston Recycling Coalition has asked residents and local advocates to offer testimony and take four priorities into consideration. Please read below and contact apapali@cleanwater.org for more information:

1. Request new sites for drop-off of appliances, paint, and hazardous waste and more collection of yard waste.

2. Request hauler/driver training to spot contamination, steps for correcting residential behaviors, etc.; enforcement.

3. Push for a one-year contract extension to give us more time to be engaged in the process and allow the new mayor to have a say

4. Ensure livable wages and worker protection.

Boston Natural Areas Network has asked gardeners to also attend the meeting: “Community gardeners know that trash and recycling is not currently available to Boston’s community gardens.  We hope you can help change this by adding your input so that community gardens are included in City of Boston trash pickup. We hope that community gardeners will attend a meeting and participate in the on-line survey… contact dana@bostonnatural.org for more information.”

The meetings and neighborhoods to be addressed:

Wednesday, September 25 at 6:00PM Boston City Hall, 5th Floor-Piemonte Room • East Boston, Charlestown, West Roxbury, Hyde Park, Roslindale, Dorchester, Mattapan, South Boston, Allston/Brighton

Wednesday, October 2 at 6:00PM Tobin Community Center, 1481 Tremont Street, Mission Hill • Jamaica Plain, Mission Hill, Roxbury

Wednesday, October 9 at 6:00PM Boston Public Library at Copley, 500 Boylston Street, Commonwealth Salon • Back Bay, Fenway, South End

Wednesday, October 16 at 6:00PM, Josiah Quincy School, 885 Washington Street, Chinatown • Chinatown, Leather District

Tuesday, October 22 at 6:00PM Boston City Hall, 5th Floor–Piemonte Room • Beacon Hill, Bay Village, North End, West End

For additional information please contact Frank O’Brien of Boston PWD at Frank.O’Brien@cityofboston.gov. *The on-line survey will be available at www.cityofboston.gov/publicworks during the week of 9/23. Hard copies are also available at local branches of the Boston Public Libraries.

 

Share

Composting Pilot starting at Farmers’ Markets

Posted July 31st, 2013 by rfoley and filed in Farmers' Market, Greening Dorchester

Produce to Pantries

Posted May 3rd, 2013 by Joel and filed in Greening Dorchester

P2PInfoFlyerBoston Natural Areas Network and the Boston Gardeners Council are moving forward on planning this year’s Produce to Pantries program. Last year, gardeners grew over 7,000 pounds of fresh produce for pantries in Mattapan and Dorchester. BNAN is looking for gardens or individual gardeners who can dedicate growing produce to be collected for Produce to Pantries weekly. Additionally, BNAN is hoping to find volunteers who will dedicate time each week in helping collect produce from gardens, transporting food from garden to pantry, and distributing produce at the pantries. The food pantry locations, dates, and times are still TBA (but coming soon!).   Attached you will find a flyer about Produce to Pantries, including volunteer opportunities, that you can pass around, post in your garden, and generate throughout your gardening circles. For more information about Produce to Pantries and how to get involved, please contact Dana Chepulis, Garden Outreach and Engagement Coordinator, at dana@bostonnatural.org or 617-542-7696.

Share

Neponset Tree Planting Opportunities with Boston Natural Areas Network

Posted April 6th, 2013 by Joel and filed in Greening Dorchester, News

BNANMA Park Serve Day, Neponset River Greenway Saturday, April 20, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Neponset Park, Hilltop Street @ Granite Ave, Dorchester Service projects to improve MA Department of Conservation and Recreation Parks across the Commonwealth will be happening on Park Serve Day. Join Boston Natural Areas Network (BNAN) to plant seven new trees at beautiful Neponset Park in Dorchester on the Neponset River. Volunteers will also care for 25 trees planted in the fall of 2012, applying additional mulch, checking stakes and ties, fertilizing and installing gator bags. Gloves, tools, snacks and water provided. Bring friends and family!

Earth Day Tree Planting on the Neponset River Greenway Monday, April 22, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Neponset Greenway at Milton MBTA Trolley Station, Adams Street, Dorchester Help Boston Natural Areas Network (BNAN) and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) celebrate Earth Day by planting a grove of trees on Neponset Greenway in Dorchester. This event will begin with a tree planting demonstration led by BNAN staff, after which volunteers will break into small groups to plant the remaining trees. Gloves, tools, snacks and water provided. Bring friends and family!
Arbor Day Tree Planting on the Neponset River Greenway Friday, April 26, 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Neponset Greenway at Butler MBTA Trolley Station, Butler Street, Dorchester What better way to celebrate Arbor Day than by planting trees! Join Boston Natural Areas Network (BNAN) and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to plant new trees on the Neponset River Greenway in Dorchester. This event will begin with a tree planting demonstration led by ISA Certified Arborist Mathew Cahill, after which volunteers will break into small groups to plant trees. Gloves, tools, snacks and water provided. Register for these opportunities by calling BNAN at 617 542 7696 or by email toinfo@bostonnatural.org. Events will be held rain or shine. Please dress appropriately for weather and moderate labor.
View a flyer for these tree plantings here.
Share

Chocolate + History, Feb. 9

Posted January 27th, 2013 by Joel and filed in Greening Dorchester

Neponset River Greenway Sweet History Stroll along the Neponset River Saturday, February 9 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Meet at the public parking lot at Milton Landing, near 25 Wharf Street, Milton What do chocolate and the Neponset River have in common? Join a DCR Park Ranger on a scenic stroll in Milton and Dorchester Lower Mills to find out. We’ll explore the former Baker Chocolate Factory site and learn about the sweet history of Lower Mills. Then, warm up with hot cocoa. For ages 10 and up. Sponsored by MA DCR.

Neponset River Greenway 
Sweet History Stroll along the Neponset River
Saturday, February 9
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Meet at the public parking lot at Milton Landing, near 25 Wharf Street, Milton
Share

Help make 2013 the Year of Compost! (Jan. 15)

Posted January 14th, 2013 by Joel and filed in Greening Dorchester
Compost 2Compost 3

 With the Boston Gardeners Council, Boston Natural Areas Network is kicking off a three-part series about the importance of compost for all gardens. This first forum features Erika Rumbley, BNAN Garden Educator, introducing the critical role of compost in building healthy and productive soil. Susan Cascino, Director of Recycling at Boston Public Works, oversees yard waste recycling and city composting and will present city plans for 2013. Come with your ideas and questions.

Tuesday, January 15, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
BNAN Office, 62 Summer Street, Downtown Boston 02110
A light dinner will be provided.
RSVP to info@bostonnatural.org

 
Share

The First Dot Grows Council Meeting of 2013!

Posted January 8th, 2013 by Joel and filed in Greening Dorchester
BNAN
Dot Grows Meeting!
When: Tuesday, January 8th, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Where: 305 Talbot Ave. Dorchester (Mt. Washington Bank Community Room)
The meeting will include updates on new Dorchester Community Gardens, Community Garden Renovations, the Dorchester Winter Farmers’ Market & Dorchester Community Food Co-op, Bowdoin Street Health Center – “Food In the Hood” project and other food access initiatives in Dorchester.
We need your help getting the word out to recruit community gardeners for the 2013 season. Lots of garden plot applications will be on hand.
Refreshments will be provided!
Share

Co-op Power seeks Weatherization Crew Leader

Posted December 27th, 2012 by Joel and filed in Greening Dorchester, News, Opportunities

Co-op_Power_Logo_-_high_resolutionCo-op Power is hiring a Weatherization Crew Leader for its Metro Boston crew! Employee will coordinate activities of Co-op Power’s Boston Energy Efficiency crew members engaged in air sealing and insulation for residential buildings. Download the job posting here or write to jobs@cooppower.coop with “CREW LEADER” in the subject line for more details.

 

Share