Fresh Fridays 2013: last one 8/23

Posted August 23rd, 2013 by rfoley and filed in Healthy Dorchester

LASTFreshFridays2013Fresh Fridays Grand Finale “Mocktail Party” – Please join in celebrating on Friday, August 23, 2013 as Mayor Tom Menino visits the last Fresh Fridays event at the future site of the Dorchester Community Food C0-op! Location: 191 Bowdoin Street, Dorchester MA. 5:30 pm to dusk. Bring your favorite pot luck dish to share. No time to cook??  Pick up a take out dish or beverage, bring fruit, bread or a dessert  to share! Live music by Afrika Gente Afro-Latin Jazz Band


Composting Pilot starting at Farmers’ Markets

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

Diesel Public Hearing, Dec. 18

Posted December 17th, 2012 by Joel and filed in Greening Dorchester, Healthy Dorchester

Come support the Diesel Emissions Reduction Ordinance (DERO) at a public hearing in Boston on Tuesday! It’s our last push before the vote! DERO will require the best available retrofit technology and anti-idling enforcement on city-owned and city-contracted diesel vehicles, including major city construction projects. The time is now for Boston to catch up to other major cities and protect children and families from the harmful health effects of diesel pollution. Tuesday, December 18, 2012 Starts at 3:30 p.m., City Hall, 5th Floor Iannella Chamber, 1 City Hall Square, Boston, MA.


Weatherize Now! with Renew Boston, Dec. 8

Posted November 29th, 2012 by Joel and filed in Advocacy, Greening Dorchester, Healthy Dorchester, News

High energy bills? Cold house? Are you a landlord, renter, or homeowner in Boston? Join Next Step Living and Mass Energy Consumers Alliance at this event hosted by Mayor Menino’s Renew Boston initiative. Refreshments served! Start saving power at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8. Event takes place at the Mildred Avenue Community Center, 5 Mildred Ave, Mattapan MA 02126. Pastries & Coffee will be served!

You can sign up for a no-cost energy assessment for 1-4 unit homes/buildings, engage with professional contractors, and find out how to access rebates for insulation and efficient heating & hot water equipment. For questions: Contact Erin Taylor at or 617-524-3950. Can’t wait to start saving? Sign up for your no-cost assessment today at

[GreenDorchester note: you can also consider doing many of the same services through Co-op Power Metro Boston, a wonderful local chapter of a cooperative business. And don't forget to purchase green power through Mass Energy Consumers Alliance or Easy Energy. Energy efficiency and renewable power clean our air, help mitigate climate change, and move dollars from harmful fossil fuels to cleaner, greener sources.]


Public Transit–Public Good at the State House, Nov. 27

Posted November 19th, 2012 by Joel and filed in Advocacy, Healthy Dorchester, Move Dorchester, News

2013 promises to be a decisive year for transit funding. Thanks to the leadership of riders, advocates, our legislature and the administration, transit has come to the forefront of next year’s session. Please show your support again on November 27 and 29! Spread the word out the Invitation to Public Transit Report Release and Department of Transportation Hearing flyer.

Public Transit-Public Good, a campaign of the Green Justice Coalition, is a statewide partnership that has brought together hundreds of riders and workers to push for a more equitable, sustainable and well-funded transit system in our Commonwealth.  We believe an investment in public transit – and the infrastructure that supports it – will grow our state economy and slash greenhouse gas emissions while increasing access to work, educational, civic and social opportunities across region, class and race.

We are excited to put forth our ideas for solutions to the transit puzzle in our new report, “Route to Our Future: Transit Solutions for Equity, Sustainability, and Economic Growth in the Commonwealth”. Please join the Green Justice Coalition on November 27th at 10AM for a first look at the report.

WHAT: Policy Briefing and Report Release
WHO: Public Transit-Public Good Campaign; transit riders, workers and community leaders from across the state.
WHERE:  MA State House, Room 437

We would be honored by your attendance and look forward to working together towards a more expansive, accessible and effective transit system across our Commonwealth. Please RSVP to: or 617-723-2639.

The Green Justice Coalition|Public Transit–Public Good Campaign

Alternatives for Community and Environment/T Riders Union • Bus Riders United of Southeastern Massachusetts (Amalgamated Transit Union Locals 174 & 1037, Community Economic Development Corporation of Southeastern MA, Coalition Against Poverty/Coalition for Social Justice, Greater Southeastern Massachusetts Labor Council, Massachusetts Senior Action Council, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Labor Center) • Carmen’s Union–ATU Local 589 • Community Labor United • Greater Four Corners Action Coalition •Massachusetts Communities Action Network • Massachusetts Senior Action Council • On the Move • United for Transit Equity–Pioneer Valley (Alliance to Develop Power, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 448, Massachusetts Senior Action Council, Student Labor Action Project, Western Massachusetts Jobs with Justice), ATU Local 1547, ATU Local 22 • Greater Boston Labor Council


Lot Takeover with REEP!

Posted October 18th, 2012 by Joel and filed in Greening Dorchester, Healthy Dorchester, News

This weekend, 10/20-10/21, REEP‘s Grow or Die campaign will be taking their next big step toward community control of vacant lots for growing food! Could you spend a couple hours helping them out?

Saturday, 10am-4pm on Ruthven St. / Humboldt Ave. Lot clean-up & neighborhood survey neighbors about the LOT.
Sunday, 10am-4pm on Ruthven St. / Humbodlt Ave., Rain day
Wednesday 4pm-7pm on Ruthven St / Humbodlt Ave.. Celebrating FOOD Day / Community Raised Beds dialogue. Neighbors will start to envision what the lot can look and feel like.

To learn more, call Olmis at 857-869-7673 or email Please wear long pants/sleeves and bring gloves if you have them. Also, if you have a weedwacker, lawnmower, trash bags, paper grass bags, please let bring it along!


Public Kitchen – Hub for Food, Action & Ideas 10/19 – 10/28

Posted October 17th, 2012 by Joel and filed in Greening Dorchester, Healthy Dorchester, News

Inspired by the family kitchen as a gathering place, Public Kitchen invites you to feast, learn, share, imagine, unite and claim public space. Join DS4SI in Dorchester’s Upham’s Corner neighborhood, as the Public Kitchen launches a week of fresh food, cooking classes & competitions, rice & beans, food-inspired art, a night market and much more… Launched by the Design Studio for Social Intervention (ds4si), the Public Kitchen is an intervention aimed at social and food justice– an experiment in how more vibrant public infrastructures can improve the quality of our lives. You can join as a volunteer, story-teller, activist chef, market seller, and more! Our lead artists are Chef Nadine Nelson of Global Local Gourmet and the Golden Arrows design collective. Many thanks to our community partners : Upham’s Corner Main Street, The Food Project, The Strand, Shirley Eustis House, Tropical Foods, Haley House, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative and Fair Foods.

Download a description of activities here, or visit to learn more.


Plant Community Trees in Boston this Fall

Posted September 26th, 2012 by Joel and filed in Greening Dorchester, Healthy Dorchester

The Grow Boston Greener (GBG) program is announcing the next round of competitive mini-grants that provide $500 – $2,500 of funding for tree plantings in neighborhoods throughout Boston.Trees must be planted in the City of Boston, with volunteers, on public property or privately held publicly accessible areas such as schools, parks, greenways, gardens, grounds of health and social service agencies, and in projects of community development corporations.

The application deadline for the grant program is October 10, 2012. A briefing session for interested applicants will be held at Boston Natural Areas Network ‘s office, located at 62 Summer St. 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02110 on Wednesday, October 3, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to help applicants plan their projects and answer questions. Please RSVP at 617-542-7696, ext 20 or email at A mandatory GBG training session will be held for successful applicants at City Natives, located at 30 Edgewater Drive, Mattapan on Saturday, October 13, from 11:00 a.m. to noon.

To download an application please visit the GBG web site at For more information visit the website or call BNAN’s Boston Urban Forestry Program Coordinator at 617-542-7686 ext 20.


Fruit Harvest ‘Mob’ at Blake House Orchard, Sep. 21

Posted September 20th, 2012 by Joel and filed in Greening Dorchester, Healthy Dorchester

Join in the fun of Boston’s first ever FRUIT MOB! Harvest apples, peaches and pears at the Edward Everett Square/Blake House Orchard, 735 Columbia Road, Dorchester. You will be helping collect fresh fruit that will be used at the BNAN Harvest Festival in October. See you Friday, September 21st at 1:00 p.m. for the FRUIT MOB!

Boston Natural Areas Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing together local residents, partner organizations, public officials and foundations to preserve, expand and enhance urban open space, including community gardens, greenways and urban wilds. For further information about the organization, becoming a member or the calendar of events, visit, or call 617-542-7696.


Garden Volunteers Wanted! 8/16 and 8/17

Posted August 13th, 2012 by Joel and filed in Greening Dorchester, Healthy Dorchester

Sustainability Guild International and the Dorchester Community Food Co-op are seeking volunteers to weed, water and harvest 7 garden plots in the Coleman Street Community Garden. Needs are ongoing but volunteers are especially sought for 12 – 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 16 and Friday, Aug. 17. Coleman Street is located in the Bowdoin-Geneva neighborhood of Dorchester (view map here). The work will not only contribute to a community-driven movement for healthy food access and neighborhood growth, but also help supply a “Fresh Fridays” café series occurring in August and September 2012. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Jhana Senxian at or 617-630-6508.

The Dorchester Community Food Co-op is an initiative to build a community & worker-owned cooperative market that provides economic opportunity and healthy affordable food. The Co-op will be a community asset, providing space for education and cultural activities, and will be a dynamic center for healthy eating and sustainable living that celebrates the rich diversity of Dorchester. Sustainability Guild International is a Boston-based social enterprise dedicated to inner city sustainability and innovation. Their Vision in Action strategy for a Sustainable Metroscape guides the design and piloting of collaborative sustainable development solutions that promote equity, health, beauty, and prosperity.