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


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.



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


Boston Parks Mayoral Forum | Aug 15

Posted August 15th, 2013 by rfoley and filed in Advocacy

BostonParkAdvocateslogoThursday August 15th the Boston Park Advocates group is sponsoring a Mayoral Candidates Forum – all candidates were invited. Public green space is vital to the fabric of our diverse neighborhoods and cannot be overlooked. A full house will send the candidates and the press the message that parks, and trees, count! At the Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse, 6:30 pm reception.


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.


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.

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

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

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


The First Dot Grows Council Meeting of 2013!

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

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.



Garden in Dorchester!

Posted December 20th, 2012 by Joel and filed in Greening Dorchester, News
BNANIf you’re ready to start growing fresh foods in a Dorchester community garden near you, please complete an application. For more information, contact  info@bostonnatural.org, call 617-542-7696 anda sk for Karen Chaffee, Stewardship Manager at ext. 19. A number of community garden plots are available for gardeners in Dorchester will be available for the 2013 growing season. The following gardens have spaces open:
Leyland Street CG, 6-20 Leyland St, Dorchester;
33 Bullard St. CG, Dorchester;
Audrey Jacobs CG, 32 Bullard St, Dorchester;
Barry Street CG, 39 Barry St, Dorchester;
Norton Stonehurst CG, Norton and Stonehurst Sts, Dorchester;
Wheatland Ave. CG, 86 Wheatland Ave, Dorchester;
Spencer Street. CG, 96 Spencer St, Dorchester

Update from Co-op Power Boston Metro East

Posted December 19th, 2012 by Joel and filed in Greening Dorchester, News

Co-opPwrmetroBostonCo-op Power Boston Metro East is finishing up their new home and seeking a few office supplies! They have conference tables and chairs, but are looking for some office furniture and equipment. Contact Wilbert (wseoane@cooppower.coop) if you can donate office equipment that is in good condition. An Open House for the new office (located in Hyde Park) will take place in  January. The staff is growing! Co-op Power is in process of training two local jobs energy efficiency crew leaders, an energy auditor and office management staff – creating local jobs for the green economy. Plenty of programming coming up: a solar hot water training, a House of Worship project at Dorchester’s 2nd Church in Codman Square, and “Neighbor to Neighbor” barnraisings  to support community organizations. Please join the next meeting on January 3rd! (For details, contact Olive Knight, olive@cooppower.coop.


GreenDorchester Founder Rosanne Foley Profiled on WERS, Boston.com

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

Thanks-RosanneGreenDorchester founder and Dorchester Community Food Co-op board member Rosanne Foley, was recently profiled on WERS and Boston.com. Please read the article, listen to the radio piece, and share this photo online with a few friends. Rosanne, who has for years gone without credit for so much of the work she’s done, deserves a resounding round of applause. Let your friends know about seeds of community Rosanne continues to nurture and grow. Engage with them yourself! Become a member of the food co-op, learn about Dorchester’s history, and Go Local today!


Diesel Public Hearing, Dec. 18

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

Rất tiếc, mục này chỉ tồn tại ở English.


Help 2nd Church, the Environment, & Yourself!

Posted December 10th, 2012 by Joel and filed in Greening Dorchester

Reduce energy use and bills in your own home, while helping a historic house of worship.

The congregation of Second Church in Dorchester strives to be a wise steward of both financial and natural resources. The church is adding insulation above the historic Sanctuary and converting to gas heat. These efforts will keep the congregation more comfortable, lower our energy bills and improve the energy efficiency of our building.
HEET, SunBug Solar and Co-op Power will donate money toward the energy work being done at the church; for every home energy assessment and solar installation the congregation gets:
· $50 to church for a home energy assessment (no cost to you)
· $100 to church for solar hot water installation
· $300 to church for solar electric installation
This work can reduce your energy bills at home and will help the church.
To learn more and perhaps sign up, please go to this link right now! http://bit.ly/SVAiuh
or contact Alphonse Knight 617-872-5961, or the church office secondchnaz@gmail.com


Weatherize Now! with Renew Boston

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

Weatherize Now! with Renew Boston
Saturday, Nov 3 9:30a to 11:30a
at Grove Hall Library, Boston, MA
High energy bills? Cold house? Are you a landlord, renter, or homeowner in Boston?
Join us at this event hosted by Mayor Menino’s Renew Boston initiative. Refreshments served!

You can:
Sign up for a no-cost energy assessment for 1-4 unit homes/buildings.
Engage with professional contractors.
Find out how to access rebates for insulation and efficient heating & hot water equipment. read more


(English) 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


Boston REI — Franklin Park Fall Volunteer Day

Posted November 5th, 2012 by Joel and filed in Greening Dorchester, Opportunities

Date: 11/17/2012, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST
Event Location: Franklin Park
Partner Organization: Franklin Park Coalition
Description: Join 2012 REI Stewardship Grant Award Recipient the Franklin Park Coalition for a day of removing invasive plant species from Boston largest urban park. Enjoy the crisp fall air and a morning of clearing leaves from historic steps and ruins or removing invasive plants. Help preserve Franklin Park’s marvelous landscape. We’ll supply training, gloves and tools if you supply the labor. Wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and old closed-toe shoes. For more information call 617-442-4141 or visit www.franklinparkcoalition.org. Meet at the Valley Gates Lot (midway on main park road, Circuit Drive, across from golf course).


(English) Plant Daffodils in Fields Corner!

Posted October 23rd, 2012 by Joel and filed in Greening Dorchester, News


(English) Beautify Boston Grant Program, Deadline Nov. 15

Posted October 22nd, 2012 by Joel and filed in Greening Dorchester


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 our next big step toward community control of vacant lots for growing food! Could you spend a couple hours helping us out?

Saturday, 10am-4pm on Ruthven St. / Humbodlt Ave (htts://maps.google.com/maps?q=Ruthven+St.+and+Humboldt+Ave,+Boston,+MA&hl=en&sll=42.036922,-71.683501&sspn=2.456028,4.938354&hnear=Humboldt+Ave+%26+Ruthven+St,+Boston,+Suffolk,+Massachusetts+02121&t=m&z=16). Lot clean-up & People
are surveying 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 – in place for neighbor to start to in-vision what
the lot can look and feel like.

To learn more, call Olmis at 857-869-7673 or Olmis@ace-ej.org <857-919-0649>.
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!


(English) 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


Bill McKibben @ MA Interfaith Power & Light’s 10th Anniversary Celebration

Posted October 12th, 2012 by Joel and filed in Greening Dorchester

Bill McKibben, environmental activist and author of more than a dozen books on the environment will speak on the topic “Building a Movement with Hope,” at Mass Interfaith Power &Light’s 10th Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, 10/28/12 from 2-5 PM at First Church in Jamaica Plain, 6 Eliot St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130. Bill’s talk will be followed by a discussion with Massachusetts faith leaders, Rev. Dr. Jim Antal, President and Conf. Minister
of the MA Conference of the UCC, Sr. Alice Laffey of Holy Cross, Rabbi Katy Allen of Ma’yan Tikvah in Wayland and Rt. Rev. Bud Cederholm, Bishop Suffragan, (ret.) of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts.

Concurrent action-focused discussions will be held on
• How to Become a Builder of the Movement, (Marla Marcum, Better Futures/350.org);
• Energizing Congregations to be Climate Change Leaders, (Jon and Alicia Hunt of Grace
Church, Medford); and
• How to Shrink the Energy Bill and Carbon Footprint at Your Home and House of Worship; (Tom Nutt-Powell of MIP&L and Jason Taylor of HEET).

Advocacy groups and representatives from energy efficiency and solar companies will share their experiences at a Sustainability Fair. Suggested donation: $5. To register go to: www.MIPandL.org. For more information contact Vince Maraventano at vince@MIPandL.org.


(English) Everyone’s Going Solar!

Posted August 10th, 2012 by Joel and filed in Greening Dorchester, News


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:




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