Date   

Monday night cleanup 6 - 7 PM

Sarah Hutt
 

To all

Monday night is an other cleanup and social hour.  6 - 7 PM

Are you knowledgeable about invasive weeds?   We have had requests from members unsure of what to pull.
Please let me know if you can share that information with another gardener
or
If you are interested to learn about invasive weeds

Other tasks
  • ALLEY - Plants that are reaching through the A Row fence into the alley need to be trimmed, cars and trucks are complaining they are scratching their cars.
  • MAIN PATHS - Weeds can be removed outside gardens along the paths
  • OUTSIDE FENCE - Along E. Berkeley Street and Shawmut - weeds that are growing throught he fence - some complaints that they obstruct people walking along the path, and picking up trash.  There are some flowers pushing through the fence which is ok but if vines are reaching into the air they can be woven back into the fence.
Pick up any trash in the garden.  
  • You may have noticed we have less than in past years.  Some of this is due to the addition of the hardware wire fencing along a stretch at the bottom of the E. Berkeley fence.  Thanks to Jenny and her husband for taking on that task.  
  • We are hoping to do the entire fence over the next few years.

A-ROW ALLEY FENCE CONSTRUCTION NEWS
  • Thank you to the dozen members who wrote support letters to the Boston Landmarks Committee in support of a new fence.  
  • If you are interested in participating in a working group to oversee the overall design and construction timetable and how it will impact the whole garden please respond to this email. 
  • The Message Board on the Tremont End of the garden will be used to post information.  A construction plan of what is to be done will be posted shortly.  Once we have approval to go forward we will meet with A-Row gardeners to work out details during construction.
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Thank you
Berkeley Community Gardens


help needed

Sarah Hutt
 

To all
Berkeley Community Garden has advocated for a new fence along the alley since 2003 when the fence along 3 sides was installed.  At that time we ran out of funds to complete the alley.

Since the Trustees took over the city community gardens we have worked with them to raise funds to replace the alley fence.  We have about $300k.  Now we are ready to press on.

Plans for the new fence will be posted in the garden which will include a concrete retaining wall similar to the area where the grape vine is and the front patio area.

I have just been made aware that the 2014 approved plan was Declined by the Boston Landmark Commission and we were told to use a more expensive material for fencing that would go along the top of the retaining wall..

We have proposed aluminum fencing as our first choice because it falls within our budget.
The second choice is welded steel, which is more expensive and would require us to cut some of the amenities we had planed when we replaced the A Row plots. 

The Landmarks Commission is advocating for the 2003 E. Berkeley Street fencing design and materials.  This is a lot more expensive and not a cost we can afford.

We are looking for letters of support from gardeners to be sent to Landmarks.

If you are interested in supporting the garden please let me know and I will you a sample letter and contact info.

Community support will make a difference - please help.
Thanks
Sarah 
C105


Trustees Gardeners' Gazette

Sarah Hutt
 


A Message from Vidya Tikku, Director
One of the ways we connect residents in Boston and Cambridge with fresh, organic vegetables grown at our farms is through the Trustees Mobile Market. During the pandemic, we overhauled our model, replacing our retail operation with a CSA program. CSA customers meet us at any one of our markets at community centers or housing sites, where they choose from among that week’s offering of seasonal vegetables. Currently, we are operating at the Orient Heights Redevelopment in East Boston, the Alice Taylor Apartments in Roxbury, the Roxbury YMCA, the Mass Pike Towers on Tremont St., the Monsignor Powers Apartments in South Boston and the Rindge Tower in Cambridge.

We serve 350 households across all these locations. Of those households, 300 receive SNAP/EBT (food stamps) which means their CSA shares are subsidized by Massachusetts’ Healthy Incentives Program (HIP). The remainder of the 50 CSA households are funded by a Trustees pilot program. These 50 households are all located in East Boston, a neighborhood which the Mayor’s office found to be among the most food insecure during the pandemic. To help respond to this need, the Trustees' Mobile Market teamed up with the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center to identify food insecure families which do not qualify for SNAP/EBT or HIP benefits. Twice per month, the Mobile Market delivers the same high-quality vegetables to these families as all our other customers receive.

This season, the Mobile Market will operate through March, take a two-month break before we resume once again in June!

Upcoming Events

Fall Plant Sales at City Natives
September Thursdays & Saturdays, 9am-3pm 

Season Extension Online
September 8 | Zoom


Late Summer Libations Mixology Class
September 2 | Zoom

 

Hands-on Mead-making with Bill the Beekeeper

September 11 | Forbes  Garden, JP

Sofrito Fresco (Farm Fresh Sofrito)
September 18 | OASIS on Ballou, Dorchester

Seed Saving Online
September 22 | Zoom

Seed Saving In-Person
September 23 | Greenwood Garden, Dorchester

Hierbas Medicinales con Beatriz (Medicinal Herbs with Beatriz)
September 25 | Joe Ciampa Garden, East Boston

Garden Concert with Kina Zoré
September 25 | Minton Stable Garden, JP

Master Urban Gardener Applications Due
October 2 | Online


The New Green Dance Party
October 2 | Nightingale Community Garden

Indigenous Plant Walk with Silvermoon LaRose
October 9 | Bradley Estate, Canton

Só Sol Concert
October 9 | Hutchinson's Field, Milton

Fall Garden Coordinators Meeting
October 20 | Zoom
New Species at City Natives Fall Sales
Jordan Takvorian, Steward
We're adding new species of plants to the City Natives Nursery inventory weekly. A few of our favorites this fall include False Aster (Boltonia asteroides), a floriferous pollinator powerhouse, Purple Giant Hyssop (Agastache scrophulariifolia) which soars above other plants offering nectar to a variety of bee species over a long season of bloom, and Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) whose mid-season purple blooms are all the rage with butterflies. Visit our website to see everything we’re offering this fall: bit.ly/citynativesplantsale. You can pre-order and schedule a pickup or shop in person this month on Thursdays & Saturdays 9-3 at 30 Edgewater Drive in Mattapan.
SHOP FALL VEGGIES & NATIVE PLANTS
LEARN MORE & APPLY HERE!
Updates for Garden Coordinators
Alex Carbone, Stewardship Manager


Hey Coordinators,
This rainy summer is drawing to a close. We hope you enjoyed it as much as the weeds did! A few updates as we transition into the fall season:
  • We’ll be holding our annual Fall Coordinators Meeting over zoom on October 20th. Invitations will be circulated as we get closer to the date. We hope to have all plot fees for the 2021 season sent in before that time. If you have any questions about sending in checks or paying online, I can be reached at acarbone@....
  • Boston Water and Sewer will be shutting water off in all garden properties beginning October 11th. They will continue to make the rounds over the following few weeks, and our stewardship team will winterize the in-garden systems once they’re finished. Please be sure to take care of any watering needs before that date.
  • Don’t forget to schedule fall cleanup days and leave your garden in good shape going into next spring. Let me know if there are specific stewardship tasks you’d like to see addressed by our staff over the winter. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting!
Free Programs on the Waterfront!
Join us for salsa and capoeira lessons, a bike tour, and a family festival complete with free sailboat rides around the Harbor! Check out the Boston Waterfront Initiative website for details and registration.

Honoring José & Rocky
We want to acknowledge two longtime gardeners who passed this summer: Eduardo "José" Reyes and Arturo "Rocky" Corbett, Sr. In addition to carefully tending his plot at Forbes Community Garden in JP, José (below left) kept the whole garden in tip-top shape, mowing the lawn and fixing water leaks. Rocky (below right) was a gifted grower who was generous in sharing his plant wisdom and sense of humor with fellow Nightingale Community gardeners and others in the Dorchester gardening community. Both José and Rocky contributed to their garden communities in myriad ways. They will be lovingly remembered and deeply missed. 

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The long road to a new alley fence at Berkeley Gardens.

Sarah Hutt
 

To all
Berkeley Garden is working with the Trustees to get permit permission and raise funds to install a new more secure fence along the alley side of the A Row gardens. This fence would tie into the already existing fence to create a more secure perimeter around the garden. The fence would include a 3’ concrete retaining wall along the base to protect the fence from cars and trucks backing into it.

Currently they are trying to get Zoning permission.

To reinforce the need for a secure fence to secure the whole garden we are putting together a list of the recent vandalism including the repeated damage to our irrigation system.  

We would also like to include any other issues that may have affected you or your garden because people are able to access the garden through the alley side.

If anyone has had any incidents please let me know for the list.

If you would like to help collecting data to prepare for Trustees to take to Zoning let me know.

Thank you,
Sarah
C105





Berkeley Community Gardens
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August Garden news

Sarah Hutt
 

Dear Gardeners

As the season end looms we find ourselves in high harvest time.  

It is important that you keep fresh produce picked in your garden and not let tomatoes and other fruits overripe and drop on the ground.  They will serve as a food source for rats and bugs.  If you are going away let a neighbor use your key to harvest.  

We know with the rain, extreme heat, and continued pandemic complications some of you have not made regular visits to your garden.  As a result you have not managed your garden growth and let weeds take over.  

These invasive weeds will spread to your neighbors gardens, causing much aggravation.  Vines like the morning glory will seed and spread at an amazing rate and cause years of work to eradicate.

If you are one of those who have not been to the garden and know now you will not be returning please let us know so the weeds can be cleaned out.

If you have lost interest or just put off coming over please take the week to clean it up and out.  If there is an issue and you are unable to attend your garden please let us know to see if we can help.

Emails will be going out to anyone who has not cleanup their garden by the beginning of September.

You will be notified that you will not be invited back next year.

Thank you
Berkeley Community Gardens
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Canceled MONDAY night cleanup

Sarah Hutt
 

Hello everyone
Due to the expected rain it was decided not to hold a cleanup tonight.
Please share with your friends and family.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Remember if you are doing your Garden Community Time please log it in:  cleanups@...  include: name, plot number, number of hours, description of task, and picture if you have it.

Berkeley Community Gardens
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Surplus Summer Produce - South End Community Fridge

Adrienne Rosenblatt
 

Hi, everyone!  Hoping you're all enjoying the summer.

As more and more produce ripens, I wanted to highlight a neighborhood organization that will gladly make use of any unused surplus from your garden.  For over a year, the South End Community Fridge has been operating out of the 549 Columbus Ave. storefront with a "leave what you can, take what you need" model to help combat food insecurity.  In addition to a 24/7-operational refrigerator, there is an attached pantry for dry goods and toiletries.

It's that time of year where travel and plans otherwise distract us from our gardens... right in line with prime ripening.  So, if your tomatoes are ripening right before you head out of town for a week or two, for example, please consider donating them to the South End Community Fridge.  I've dropped off herbs and beet greens (my garden produces more of those than I can consume, but is otherwise slow to fruit!), so don't feel like you need to donate "big" things, or your entire harvest.

Learn more about the South End Community Fridge here:
Location on Google maps: https://goo.gl/maps/uR7VdvB5BsrN8o6M6

Thanks for reading.  I'm happy to answer questions, or put you in touch with the Fridge organizers for more information.  Please feel free to share this information with others!

Adrienne
B202


Re: Water problems

Jason Lee
 

That's OK sarah! Hope all is well

Sent from my T-Mobile 5G Device


From: gardeners@BCGBoston.groups.io <gardeners@BCGBoston.groups.io> on behalf of Sarah Hutt via groups.io <sarahhutt@...>
Sent: Tuesday, July 20, 2021 6:02:02 PM
To: Berkeley Community Garden email <gardeners@BCGBoston.groups.io>
Subject: [BCGBoston] Water problems
 
Hi all
We are still having water problems

Someone is on the way over there now to turn off the C Row because there appears to be an underground leak by C125.

We will try and get it sorted ASAP

Sorry about the inconvenience

Berkeley Community Gardens
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Re: Monday night cleanup tonight - oops

John McLachlan
 

Hi everyone,

Although it is 2 weeks since our last cleanup, the fliers did not have this Monday as a cleanup date.   So if you get this email late and did some cleaning up, let us know and we'll get you credit.  Otherwise we'll see you at the clean up on the 19th.

From the flier - here are our Monday cleanup dates:

- John

                 

August:  9th ,  23rd              89,23

September:  13th , 27th       913,27

October: 11th , 25th,           10 11 ,25    

 


Monday night cleanup tonight

Sarah Hutt
 

To all
We had scheduled a Monday night clean up and social hour for tonight but with all the new masking if you are uncomfortable attending don’t worry about it.

I’m still looking for a couple of people to take attendance - so if you are interested let me know.

I will come over to drop off lists but I have an evening appointment so will not be staying the full hour.

Berkeley Community Gardens
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Raised Beds program | Boston.gov

Elizabeth ANDERSON
 

Hi all,

Someone just alerted me to this and I thought I’d pass it on.

https://www.boston.gov/health-and-human-services/raised-beds-program

Elizabeth A164


Re: Goldfinch and woodpecker video in the garden

Elizabeth ANDERSON
 

Wow, those sound like very happy birds, Sari! 
I’m interested in the fall bird walk. 

Elizabeth A164

On Jul 29, 2021, at 18:28, Susan Fenton <susan.m.fenton@...> wrote:

 Very cool video, Sari. Thanks for sharing!

I’m interested in the fall bird walk, so please keep me posted on that!

  Susan

On Jul 29, 2021, at 4:38 PM, Sarah Hutt via groups.io <sarahhutt@...> wrote:

Hello gardeners,

 B107/109 Sunflowers
Look closely at sunflowers in the garden and you may spot American Goldfinches and Downy Woodpeckers enjoying the seeds. Here’s a video I took this morning of a goldfinch and a woodpecker eating breakfast near B107/109: https://youtu.be/kH5as84MtGI

A154 Elderberries
You’ll also notice birds enjoying berries - particularly the large elderberry in the A row. One newcomer that I’ve seen lately is the Northern Mockingbird - a smooth gray bird that’s most recognizable by the flash of white you’ll see on their wings as they fly away. No good photos yet from the garden, but you can learn more about mockingbirds and see great photos here: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Northern_Mockingbird/photo-gallery/303811171

We will be working on organizing a fall bird walk. Please send a note if you are interested in joining.

Sari


Re: Goldfinch and woodpecker video in the garden

Susan Fenton
 

Very cool video, Sari. Thanks for sharing!

I’m interested in the fall bird walk, so please keep me posted on that!

  Susan

On Jul 29, 2021, at 4:38 PM, Sarah Hutt via groups.io <sarahhutt@...> wrote:

Hello gardeners,

 B107/109 Sunflowers
Look closely at sunflowers in the garden and you may spot American Goldfinches and Downy Woodpeckers enjoying the seeds. Here’s a video I took this morning of a goldfinch and a woodpecker eating breakfast near B107/109: https://youtu.be/kH5as84MtGI

A154 Elderberries
You’ll also notice birds enjoying berries - particularly the large elderberry in the A row. One newcomer that I’ve seen lately is the Northern Mockingbird - a smooth gray bird that’s most recognizable by the flash of white you’ll see on their wings as they fly away. No good photos yet from the garden, but you can learn more about mockingbirds and see great photos here: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Northern_Mockingbird/photo-gallery/303811171

We will be working on organizing a fall bird walk. Please send a note if you are interested in joining.

Sari


Goldfinch and woodpecker video in the garden

Sarah Hutt
 

Hello gardeners,

 B107/109 Sunflowers
Look closely at sunflowers in the garden and you may spot American Goldfinches and Downy Woodpeckers enjoying the seeds. Here’s a video I took this morning of a goldfinch and a woodpecker eating breakfast near B107/109: https://youtu.be/kH5as84MtGI

A154 Elderberries
You’ll also notice birds enjoying berries - particularly the large elderberry in the A row. One newcomer that I’ve seen lately is the Northern Mockingbird - a smooth gray bird that’s most recognizable by the flash of white you’ll see on their wings as they fly away. No good photos yet from the garden, but you can learn more about mockingbirds and see great photos here: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Northern_Mockingbird/photo-gallery/303811171

We will be working on organizing a fall bird walk. Please send a note if you are interested in joining.

Sari


C Row water is ON

Sarah Hutt
 



Berkeley Community Gardens
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Water problems

Sarah Hutt
 

Hi all
We are still having water problems

Someone is on the way over there now to turn off the C Row because there appears to be an underground leak by C125.

We will try and get it sorted ASAP

Sorry about the inconvenience

Berkeley Community Gardens
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First Monday night cleanup and social hour tonight

Sarah Hutt
 

Hi all

It looks like the rain will stop by late afternoon so if you want to come out we will hold our first Monday night cleanup and social hour.  Folks have asked about opening up the garden but the garden is split about 50/50 concerning whether we should wait a little longer or not.  We will start holding the cleanups so we can share information and see how people are feeling.  (Flyer attached)

 If you can help with translation 

or take on the task of recording attendance please let me know

 

                                        First Monday Night cleanup and social hour ! 

tonight July 19, 6 – 7 PM    

                                                    719日第一个星期一晚上清

A few Cleanup tasks 

- pull weeds around Shawmut end around common spaces and in front of gate.

- Pick up trash - tonight is trash night in the South End

- This is a good time to cut back lilacs so you’ll have more blooms next spring


Berkeley Community Gardens
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First Monday night cleanup and social hour tonight

Sarah Hutt
 

Hi all

It looks like the rain will stop by late afternoon so if you want to come out we will hold our first Monday night cleanup and social hour.  Folks have asked about opening up the garden but the garden is split about 50/50 concerning whether we should wait a little longer or not.  We will start holding the cleanups so we can share information and see how people are feeling.  (Flyer attached)

 If you can help with translation 

or take on the task of recording attendance please let me know

 

                                        First Monday Night cleanup and social hour ! 

tonight July 19, 6 – 7 PM    

                                                    719日第一个星期一晚上清

A few Cleanup tasks 

- pull weeds around Shawmut end around common spaces and in front of gate.

- Pick up trash - tonight is trash night in the South End

- This is a good time to cut back lilacs so you’ll have more blooms next spring


Berkeley Community Gardens
QUESTIONS:  info@...
Log Your Community Time:  cleanups@...  include: name, plot number, number of hours, description of task, and picture if you have it.
www.berkeleygardens.org
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Notice about Bird Feeders and bird baths

Sarah Hutt
 

Hello all!!

You may have seen articles in the news recently talking about a bird illness outbreak that's affecting songbirds in some areas in the Midwest and some Southern states..  

The illness has not spread to Massachusetts yet  - but out of an abundance of caution, MassWildlife and Mass Audubon recommend that local birders take down bird feeders and bird baths until this concern subsides. 

You can learn more from MassWildlife and Mass Audubon. They've got good information on how to clean bird baths and what to do if you should find a dead bird.

I've continued to bird daily in the garden - and I'm seeing a number of healthy-looking birds, including House Sparrows, House Finches, Robins, Chickadees, Starlings, Grackles, Mourning Doves, and Cardinals. 

Hope that you are enjoying the birds, too!  What have you seen????????

Sari
Birder in Residence at Berkeley Community Garden


YEA Cleanup and Social Hour Monday night

Sarah Hutt
 

To all
After some feedback and deliberation we will start the Monday night cleanups and social hour on this coming Monday night, July 19th at 6PM

Hopefully we can talk about the future and work on ways to make the garden work more efficiently.

Thanks for the feedback.

Berkeley Community Gardens
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WELCOME BACK

2021 Monday Cleanup and Social Hour Schedule

                                                      2021年周一清理时间 

                                         First Monday Night cleanup!

                                                    第一个星期一晚上清

July 19, 6 – 7 PM

Weather permitting check email if in doubt.

             Monday Regular Clean-up and Social Hour 6pm – 7pm

                 星期一定期清理和社交时间下午6 - 晚上7

July:  19th                    

August:  9th ,  23rd                     

September:  13th , 27th        

October: 11th , 25th, (NOTE TIME CHANGE:  5pm start)

Please bring gloves, garbage bags and tools to help clean.

Check in to be credited your time. 

New IDEA

     Saturday Cleanup and Social Hours

Special Saturday Projects and Social Hour 10am – Noon

July 24th , August 7th and 21st  

今年新增特别星期六项目和社交时间上午10 - 中午

Annual Fall Cleanup + Dumpster Friday – Sunday , October 29th – 31st

年度秋季清理+垃圾箱:  1029-1031(星期五 -- 星期日) 

Berkeley Community Gardens
www.berkeleygardens.org

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