The Dorchester Garden Council meets the first Tuesday of every month: next meeting is June 7, 2011 at 6PM.
Building on the enthusiasm and energy of the first meeting in March 2011, the intent of these meetings is to use your great ideas and turn them into action that will help motivate and educate Dorchester residents about local opportunities for community gardening. Anyone who is interested in gardening in Dorchester is welcome to attend! Continue Reading »
Grow your own veggies safely at home! The Food Project’s Build-a-Garden program helps Boston residents and organizations grow their own food in raised bed and container gardens. DEHC recommends growing vegetables in new clean soil and compost contained in raised garden beds to avoid urban soil contamination. The Build-A-Garden program provides you with: a raised bed garden or container garden kit (including soil and compost), seeds and transplants, a Growing Guide, workshops, and additional support by phone, email, blog, and newsletters. There is a minimum $10 contribution from individuals and $25 per bed from organizations, please click here for more information and the application to fill out, or call 617-442-1322 x12.
DEHC has endorsed the Boston Tree Party which is a new initiative to increase publicly available fruit in Boston through a collaborative campaign to plant 100 pairs of heirloom apple trees in civic spaces. Collaborators to date include schools, hospitals, faith communities, businesses, neighborhood groups, nonprofits, social clubs, restaurants, assisted living centers, and more. You can sign up to plant, and meet the people behind this cool apple tree planting project at the free Gardeners Gathering on Saturday March 26, 2011, 11-5, at the Curry Student Center, Northeastern University.
Boston Natural Areas Network (BNAN) has broken ground at the Nightingale Community Garden which, when completed, will be the largest community garden in Dorchester – 1.5 acres. Once the site of the former Florence Nightingale Boston Public School on Park Street and long gardened by a small group of residents, the garden was acquired by BNAN in 2006 as a permanent community garden and plans were developed to build out the site to its full potential. The first phase of work began the week of February 24, 2011 with the demolition and removal of asphalt. The site has been cleared and construction of the new garden, including soil improvement, a new watering system and accessible pathways, is underway. BNAN has been improving this garden and other Dorchester community gardens as part of the Boston is Growing Gardens (BIGG) project which has funding from Communities Putting Prevention to Work, through the Boston Public Health Commission. See Dorchester Reporter article about Nightingale here.
When completed in June, the Nightingale Garden will have 125 garden plots, 12 accessible raised bed gardens and an orchard. If you are interested in gardening at Nightingale, please call 617-542-7696, or you can fill out an application and submit it at the garden, 512 Park Street, Dorchester (3 houses down from Washington Street). Plots cost $20 for the season. Continue Reading »
The Nightingale Community Garden on Park Street is the largest (with 30 plots on 1.5 acres) in Dorchester. The garden is undergoing extensive renovations and when work is finished next year there will be an additional 120 garden plots for neighborhood residents to grow fresh vegetables.
On Saturday, November 20, 2010, from 10 to 11:30 AM at the Codman Square Library, the third and final community meeting Continue Reading »
Vườn Xanh Cho Bạn và Tôi is “Green Gardening for You & I” an outreach program by a coalition of organizations:
Boston Natural Areas Network (BNAN) and Gardening through Refugee Organization (GRO), The Food Project, and the Vietnamese American Civic Association (VACA), to help more Dorchester residents grow their own fresh food locally, either in community gardens (a new temporary garden is being developed on Linden Street) or in backyards in raised beds. Provided: garden training, seeds, compost, and more. For information on this program, please contact Myhoang Nguyen at 617-288-7344 or email her here.
DEHC is also working with BNAN on a similar program of theirs called ‘Boston is Growing Gardens’ (BIGG) to get folks excited about the benefits of fresh food and physical exercise and get the word out about newly expanding options for gardening in our local neighborhood community gardens. If you would like to be part of this initiative, which includes opportunities to attend workshops, fun programming, and other events, please contact us.
Great event in Mattapan tomorrow, Saturday Oct 2, from 10 to 2.
Bring perennial plants to swap, music, beekeeping demonstration, the Incredible Crop Olympics and native plant sale. At City Natives, 30 Edgewater Drive, Mattapan, a Boston Natural Areas Network event. bnan.org
(2010) The farmstand is located at 1062 Blue Hill Ave, at the corner of Arbutus and Blue Hill, 3 blocks north of Morton Street.
Every Thursday through Saturday—12pm to 4pm
EBT Customers: Receive 50%OFF through Mayor Menino’s Bounty Bucks Program.
For more information 617-822-FARM (3276)
Now entering its eighth year, Urban Ecology Institute’s CityRoots program has engaged 32 neighborhood and community groups and over 700 individuals of all ages in projects of ecological restoration and urban regreening, fostering community engagement.
Four Dorchester organizations will receive CityRoots support this year:
- Boston Project Ministries-TNT Green Space Alliance – Plant 20 trees through their Park Patrol (co-sponsored by DEHC), and advocate to key stakeholders for increased tree planting in the Norfolk corridor.
- John McCormack Civic Association –Develop the Russell School lot to install and maintain a new outdoor classroom space and add new elements to the “Paul’s Triangle” park, the creation of which last year led to decreased car break-ins.
- United Neighborhood Association – Improve greenspace, sustainably landscape private yards, and install a green roof on the Claybourne Street Community Garden tool shed.
- Upham’s Corner Westside Neighborhood Association – Strengthen and maintain social connections among neighbors through soil quality education, community-wide testing, and by planting trees, shrubs, and installing raised beds in the neighborhood.