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Garden request for members

Sarah Hutt
 

Hello Gardeners

We have a problem that I am hoping you can help with.

Some years ago one of our gardeners made plot tags indicating row and number for each of the 158 individual plots.  I’ve attached one below of the surviving tags.  

Over time some have bleached out and some disappeared.  Each plot is located in one of 3 rows A, B. or C and has a unique plot number.  For example my garden is in the C Row so its C105.  

These tags are really helpful as guides when we are trying to locate things in the garden and identifying gardens each spring when unclaimed gardens are available for Lottery.

Our request if to asking everyone to please make a plot sign to identify their garden plot.  

Be creative! It should be made of durable materials - you can repurpose the old tag - make sure to use the letter row and number.

Please feel free to include Chinese, Russian or whatever your language is but make sure to also include English

If you don’t know your plot number or need help attaching it to your garden fence, let me know.    Labels should be attached near your gate and be at least 2” x 3”. 
Everyone that makes a tag will be credited with an hour of garden community work time.
If you have questions please let me know.

Sarah C105

Berkeley Community Gardens
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PLUMBING UPDATE

Sarah Hutt
 

To all

Please share this info with your friends in the garden.

A plumber will be coming to the garden tomorrow morning - Thursday March 25 - to check the damage and cap the broken pipes so we can still get water from the working faucets.

This may require him to dig down.

PLEASE do not refill his holes.  Once they have acccessd the entire garden they will be back to fix everything.

More details to follow.  QUESTIONS:  info@...


John, Sarah, Ted, Steven, Alex
Berkeley Community Gardens
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very sad news to report - vandalism in the garden

Sarah Hutt
 

To all Gardeners

On Tuesday afternoon it was discovered that the our water system had been vandalized along the A and B Row with some damage on the C Row.  This may delay our ability to turn on the garden water.

We will be bringing plumbers into the garden this week to access the damage to the underground  connections.  - this will require digging of trenches along the A and B Row. We are hoping repairs can be made quickly.  

These are the water faucets that we found damaged so far
B107 - Pump intact, side taps missing
A132 - both pump and spigots missing
A143 - Pump intact, side taps missing
A151 - both pump and spigots missing
B168 - Pump intact, side taps missing
B174 - Pump intact, side taps missing
C102 - complete pipe assembly missing
 
If you find the water spigot by your garden is missing or damaged and it is not on the list  please let us know.  Email info@...

Please share this information with your fellow gardeners.

Thank you
John, Ted, and Sarah


Berkeley Community Gardens
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Trustees March Gardeners' Gazette

Sarah Hutt
 

To all
Below is the Trustees monthly newsletter for community gardens.  


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A Message from Vidya Tikku, Director
Happy March everyone! I am really looking forward to kicking off the spring yet again with all of you at the virtual Gardeners' Gathering with Council President and incoming Mayor Janey (details below)! I imagine, more than any other year, that we are all SO ready to dig in and get started. I won't be surprised if some of us have our garden mapped out for the whole year ahead already! I also want to share updates on our plans this spring for the Trustees' Mobile Market and the waterfront park project in East Boston. Please reach out to me with any ideas or questions you have on these initiatives. 

In anticipation that the Covid vaccine will allow for safer gatherings this year, we plan to resume our Mobile Markets this June and run through winter 2021-22. We'll operate these five days a week, at two Boston sites (to be determined) each day. The vast majority of our customers will continue to pay using the HIP benefit provided to SNAP/EBT users. Most of these HIP customers will be members of our CSA program. Recipe cards and produce choices each week will continue to be translated into the customers’ languages, including Cantonese, Haitian Creole, Spanish, Vietnamese and Bengali. We plan to have between 400 and 500 CSA members in the coming season. Details here

Meanwhile, over in Eastie, the Trustees Boston Waterfront Initiative team is working with landscape architecture firm Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc., on a community design process for the future Piers Park III. Meetings with neighborhood groups began this past fall, and two public input sessions were hosted by The Trustees in mid-January. Now, a new community survey and feedback board are online, and open to residents of all neighborhoods. What would you like to see at the future waterfront park? Voice your opinions, ideas, and questions here, or register for our March public input sessions.
Something for Everyone at the Gardeners' Gathering
Michelle de Lima, Engagement Manager

Skill-building workshops are the backbone of the Gardeners’ Gathering. This year’s virtual lineup will feature garden basics for the many new gardeners who started last spring and summer: seed starting; composting; and how to save your own seeds. More advanced workshops will include no-till gardening, building your own self watering containers, pollinator gardens, and how to grow and use medicinal herbs. Young people from The Food Project will show participants how to build and plant raised bed gardens. For those looking to start a community garden, Shani Fletcher from the City of Boston’s Grassroots program will walk them through that process and share what resources the City has available. A Nipmuc farmer will present on Growing My Ancestors' Seedsand veteran community gardeners will share their tips on growing crops that are important to their culture and family history, including okra, callaloo, and sweet potatoes. 

Several sessions will focus on how gardens can be hubs for community organizing, activism, and mutual aid. Eastie Farm will highlight how they mobilize their site for meal distribution, community resources and advocacy efforts. Representatives from different community gardening organizations in New York will speak to how they’ve activated their gardens not just for growing food and building community among gardeners, but also channeling that into broader action on social and environmental justice. An interactive discussion led by two experienced urban growers and educators from Boston will focus on how we can activate our city’s community gardens as hubs for social change. 

Free Registration for the Gathering
City Natives Spring Highlights
Jordan Takvorian, Steward
Spring has nearly sprung and seed sowing is well under way at City Natives Nursery. As usual we’re offering an amazing selection of heirloom and hybrid veggies, gorgeous greens, annual flowers, and of course our top-notch collection of pollinator-friendly native plants. Garden supplies will be available as well including season extension kits, rabbit repellant, organic fertilizer, and more. There are too many interesting options to share, but a few of our favorites that we’re looking forward to this year include an Iraqi heirloom watermelon called Ali Baba notable for its sweet and luscious flavor, and crisp, fresh texture. Our collection of hot peppers is almost too hot to handle with some of the hottest peppers in the world, including Ghost peppers and Carolina Reaper. There’s no shame in sticking to the milder Jalapeño or even a sweet pepper like the beautiful golden Escamillo which is a delicious Italian frying pepper. If your New Years Resolution involved increasing leafy greens into your diet you simply must try Senposai, a delicious fast-growing Asian green that is a cross between komatsuna and cabbage.
 
For native perennials, we’re well-stocked in all your favorites including multiple species of coneflowers, pollinator favorites like mountain mint, milkweeds, and asters, as well as some unusual species like Orbexilum that attracts multiple species of butterflies and bees with its light purple, lupine-like flowers.
Shop Plants Now
Trustees Garden Coordinators: Save the Date for our Spring Meeting! April 15th. Keep an eye on your inbox for the invite.

Join the team! The Trustees Boston Waterfront Initiative is expanding its outreach and looking for a Seasonal Part Time Outreach Coordinator. Click here to view the job description and apply.
Upcoming Virtual Events

45th Annual Gardeners Gathering - March 20-22

The Secret Lives of Bees - March 25

DIY Mason Bee House - March 27

On Belonging in Outdoors Spaces Speaker Series - March 10 - June 2

Backyard Chickens Virtual Workshop  April 3

Intro to Container Gardening Workshop - April 7

No-Till Gardening Workshop - April 17

Drinks Shoots & Leaves Mixology - April 29
 
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Phase II garden tasks

Sarah Hutt
 

To all
Thank you to those that have reached out to help with Phase I tasks.

Phase II
Compost Delivery
Joe has managed compost delivery for the past 5 years and would like to step back this year. If you are interested in working on a team to manage the multiple deliveries on a Friday in May please let me know - for us to get a spring delivery we need to staff this team.

Ordering free seeds
This task requires submitting a request for seeds each spring. We have past years requests to go by and comments from gardeners requesting specific ones.

If you are interested please let me know
Sarah
C105


Berkeley Garden Dues deadline March 19th

Sarah Hutt
 

Dear Garden Members

As of this morning about 50 of you still have not paid their annual dues - it would be greatly appreciated if you could settle this up ASAP so we can figure out which gardens are available for Lottery.

If you have decided not to return please let us know -

We still need someone to Meet the Dumpster during the morning of April 16th .  If we don’t get a volunteer we won’t get a dumpster this spring.

Thanks all 

Berkeley Community Gardens
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Spring Tasks - Berkeley Garden needs your help

Sarah Hutt
 

Hi Gardeners
As we start a new season I’m reaching out to ask for your help.  Many of our long time gardeners who have helped keep the garden humming have moved on so I am reaching out to create a new working group to keep the garden working smoothly.  Many of you have stepped up to help over the past few years so we look to you and others to help out again.

As the garden season rolls on there will be other tasks that need to be addressed.  I’ll post those as we fill these.  Remember - if no one takes these on they won’t happen.

PLEASE MAKE A NOTE - Garden Cleanup with the Dumpster is Friday April 16 -Sunday April 18.

PHASE I - Spring Garden Tasks 
If you would like to sign up to work one or more of these projects please let me know.   All of these projects require attention in the spring.  They do not require your attention all season.

GARDEN  KEYS  Entrance GATES AND Garden issued Padlocks and keys
Emily has managed this project by herself for the past 3 years but she would like a back-up to cover when she is unable to get over to meet someone in the garden who has a problem..
  • Once everyone has paid for their plot, we prepare gardens for Lottery.  At that time Emily inventories our keys and padlocks supply then, if needed orders a new batch from our lock company. 
  • Over the summer there isn’t much to do but it would be great if someone could help to hand off the occasional lost key or collect keys from a member who is not returning the following year.
If you think you might like to help let me know.

MEET THE DUMPSTER ON CLEANUP DAY
For the past 10 years Sarah Byrd has managed the tasks around delivery of our Cleanup weekend Dumpster.  Sarah has moved from the area and so now we need someone to take this on.  This year we need someone to meet the Dumpster on Friday April 16th usually around 10AM.

The task includes.
  • On the Monday before delivery (April 12) notify Area-D4 Community Policing that we are getting the dumpster and to help keep the area free of illegally parked cars.
  • Daniel, who goes down to City Hall to picks up the permit for the dumpster and will provide you with the NO PARKING signs that must be posted 3 days before the Dumpster delivery on Shawmut light poles on either side of the garden gates.  
  • Then meeting the dumpster delivery on the Friday morning (April 16) to sign and accept the delivery from the driver.
GARDEN AMBASSADORS
We need a few people who are comfortable talking to gardeners and sharing information and one or two who can be on site to do some translation.
We usually don’t have a lot of important changes in a summer but there are often questions that need translation and it would be great if we could set up something at your convenience on evenings or weekends for this.

Garden MESSAGE BOARDS
We need someone to help keept he message boards up to date - and whatever else you want to add.

SMALL BUILDING PROJECTS
Garden gates, diving fences - little things that need mending.  If you like working with tools and enjoy working with other gardeners  please let me know.

Thanks everyone - more to follow

Sarah
C105

Berkeley Community Gardens
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Re: Help identifying gardeners

Kenneth Wheeler
 

Hi Sarah-
If I didn’t note my plot, it is C127, paid through PayPal 
Thanks,
Kenneth Wheeler 




On Thursday, March 4, 2021, 4:55 PM, Sarah Hutt via groups.io <sarahhutt@...> wrote:

Hi all

Berkeley has received two garden payments

 but 

you forgot to tell us which plot you are with or use the name of the gardener on our list 

We can’t credit your money until you let me know who you are!!!

Who are you????????.

Nichole Gomez
and
Axel Design

Please let me know
Thanks
Sarah
C105




Berkeley Garden dues DUE

Sarah Hutt
 

Hello everyone —— as the last of winter speeds by…….

If you have paid your garden dues  thank you 

If you paid using the company 

Please understand - we are slow to get the paperwork done so please be patient.

Your bank will post your checks and PayPal sends a receipt 

Next week we will post a list of people who haven’t paid  

IF YOU AREN”T RETURNING TO THE GARDEN THIS SUMMER
----------------------------- please let us know and we can make arrangements for you to return your keys.—

The absolute LAST DAY to pay for your garden will be FRIDAY, March 19

For those who pay in cash we will arrange to  collect it  during our cleanup April 16 - 17 - 18 a time will be posted

由于疫情,我们将不会举行往常的亲自参加的抽签活动.支付菜园费用的最后一天是3月19日,星期五

PayPal link : http://www.berkeleygardens.org/gardeners/resources/index.html  

如通过PayPal在线付款:网址是

By check to:    Berkeley Community Garden        include Plot # on memo line. 

  如通过支票付款请,将菜园号写支票左下角备注处

Mailing Address  通讯地址:   Berkeley Community Gardens

                                                            c/o Luke Regis

                                    P.O. Box 171566, 

                                                            Boston, MA 02117

Thank you 
See you in the garden!!!!
Berkeley Gardens Leadership team


Help identifying gardeners

Sarah Hutt
 

Hi all

Berkeley has received two garden payments

 but 

you forgot to tell us which plot you are with or use the name of the gardener on our list 

We can’t credit your money until you let me know who you are!!!

Who are you????????.

Nichole Gomez
and
Axel Design

Please let me know
Thanks
Sarah
C105




Re: UPDATE --- Pay Your Dues !!!

Elizabeth ANDERSON
 

FYI : If you didn’t get an invoice, check your junk mail. That’s where my email spam filter tossed mine. 

On Feb 26, 2021, at 09:48, Sarah Hutt via groups.io <sarahhutt@...> wrote:

 Hello all Gardeners

UPDATE on dues
If you are getting this email and haven’t received your emailed invoice please respond to this email.

Collecting dues
Berkeley is fortunate to have a volunteer, Luke, who records the collection of our garden dues.  He also works a full time job.   He collects and records the checks every couple of weeks. If your check doesn’t show up as a withdrawal immediately from your bank account please be patient.
But we do ask, out of consideration that you pay now.

Last day to pay is  FRIDAY, March 19天是319日,星期五

If you have paid with Paypal there is a lag there too.  We need to withdraw the funds from the Paypal account to our bank.  Again, this isn’t being done daily.  Paypal will notify you when the money is withdrawn.

Paying with Cash
Some of our elder Asian members prefer to pay in cash - if you know any of these gardeners please reach out and check on them.  We will collect their cash payments during cleanup weekend April 16 - 17 - 18th, when we have the dumpster.   More details will be posted in the garden.  

Most of these gardeners do not have emails listed so we have reached out to them through the mail.    There is no Annual Renewal meeting /last day to pay this year at Project Place - they are closed for public use.

Planting season
This weekend is the meteorological beginning of spring — so its time to plant your cold weather seeds in the ground - once the snow disappears……..radishes, turnips, spinach, peas are just a few things you can start early.  

Remember we still have RABBITS -- be sure to cover those tender greens.

My next email blast will outline some of the volunteer work we need your help with.  Even though the garden is still restricted by pandemic social distancing there are some tasks that will need attention.  

If you have decided not to return to the garden please recycle and return your gate keys and if you had a garden padlock return those keys too.

Thanks
Sarah
C105

Berkeley Community Gardens
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UPDATE --- Pay Your Dues !!!

Sarah Hutt
 

Hello all Gardeners

UPDATE on dues
If you are getting this email and haven’t received your emailed invoice please respond to this email.

Collecting dues
Berkeley is fortunate to have a volunteer, Luke, who records the collection of our garden dues.  He also works a full time job.   He collects and records the checks every couple of weeks. If your check doesn’t show up as a withdrawal immediately from your bank account please be patient.
But we do ask, out of consideration that you pay now.

Last day to pay is  FRIDAY, March 19天是319日,星期五

If you have paid with Paypal there is a lag there too.  We need to withdraw the funds from the Paypal account to our bank.  Again, this isn’t being done daily.  Paypal will notify you when the money is withdrawn.

Paying with Cash
Some of our elder Asian members prefer to pay in cash - if you know any of these gardeners please reach out and check on them.  We will collect their cash payments during cleanup weekend April 16 - 17 - 18th, when we have the dumpster.   More details will be posted in the garden.  

Most of these gardeners do not have emails listed so we have reached out to them through the mail.    There is no Annual Renewal meeting /last day to pay this year at Project Place - they are closed for public use.

Planting season
This weekend is the meteorological beginning of spring — so its time to plant your cold weather seeds in the ground - once the snow disappears……..radishes, turnips, spinach, peas are just a few things you can start early.  

Remember we still have RABBITS -- be sure to cover those tender greens.

My next email blast will outline some of the volunteer work we need your help with.  Even though the garden is still restricted by pandemic social distancing there are some tasks that will need attention.  

If you have decided not to return to the garden please recycle and return your gate keys and if you had a garden padlock return those keys too.

Thanks
Sarah
C105

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
Post your pictures:  FACEBOOK/Berkeley Gardens


Welcome Back everyone 2021 Berkeley Garden Season

Sarah Hutt
 

To all
Everyone should have received a garden invoice - if you did not please respond to this email.

One change 

Spring Cleanup with DUMPSTER  is Friday April 16 - Sunday April 18

垃圾车厢将在菜园前停三天 , 将会风雨无阻

Friday April 12 – 416日星期五-- Sunday April 18-418日星期日    


Sorry for the confusion
Sarah






2020 Highlights, New Events - Trustees Gardeners' Gazette

Sarah Hutt
 

Hello Gardeners - I’m forwarding the Trustees newsletter - if you decide to sign up for any of their courses or talks please let me know - everyone is invited to ZOOM the Gardeners Gathering in March.
News about Berkeley will be coming this week.
Hope you are all well - almost time to start your indoor seedlings!!!!
See you in the garden,


2020 Highlights from the
Boston Community Gardens
Most importantly, the gardens stayed open and safely operating through the pandemic. Hats off to our volunteer coordinators and others whose hard work and flexibility kept these vital sources of mental and physical health running.
We were awed by the wave of interest in gardening and happy to connect eager learners with online programs and resources. Highlights included the beloved Cooking the Harvest for Kids series, a fantastic virtual Master Urban Gardener session, and a Container Gardening workshop with 300 participants! 
We saw more than twice as many plot requests as ever before. New members joined our gardens in large numbers and experienced gardeners lent a hand to make their season a success. In a time when many of us were isolated from community and friends, the gardens provided an opportunity to build connection, be outdoors safely, and grow food. 
When the pandemic hit, we knew our City Natives plant sales would have to look different but we also knew it was more important than ever to grow veggie seedlings and native plants for our community. We built a website and debuted an online ordering and contactless pickup system. We were excited to welcome many old as well as new faces to the nursery. We're migrating to a new site for plant sales this coming year--look for us on the Trustees online store.
Our stewardship team completed several key projects. The Leyland Street garden had the finishing touches put on its new sun-shelter. New bulletin boards went up at several gardens. Hazard trees were removed and new beds were planted. Additionally, our team secured grant funding for future work at Symphony Road, Oscar Parker, and City Natives. We’ve got quite a few improvements to look back on, and more to look forward to in 2021!
Kick off the gardening season with The Trustees, the City of Boston, and the gardening community!
  • Michael Twitty, author of The Cooking Gene, on Black foodways & culinary justice
  • Skill building workshops on gardening, herbalism, preserving & more
  • Discussions of gardens as centers for community resilience 
  • Keynote address & the Community Garden Awards
Upcoming Virtual Events

Native plant workshops hosted by our friends at JCAN-MA & the National Wildlife Federation on Feb. 2 & Feb. 16

Vegetable Garden Planning Workshop - March 4 
Learn tips for small space growing and leave with a plan for the season!
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Throughout all the challenges of 2020, we have been humbled and awed by the generosity and resilience of our Boston gardening community.

We wish you all health, hope and joy in the coming year!

We hope to see you all at the (virtual)
Gardeners' Gathering March 20 - 23.
Upcoming Virtual Events

Master Urban Gardener 
January 23 to March 17
Apply Here by January 10th for our eight-week virtual garden training. You'll learn about soil health, native plants, fruit trees, garden planning, starting a community garden, permaculture, and managing pests, diseases, and weeds organically. 

Grow Lemons in New England 
Saturday, January 9
Virtual workshop on how to grow tasty, nutritious citrus indoors in containers. 

Crop Varieties Discussion 
Wednesday, January 13
Join our virtual conversation on our, and your, favorite crops for urban gardens.

Winter Warmers Mixology Class 
Thursday, January 21
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Snow Emergency in Effect at 6 p.m.

Sarah Hutt
 


CITY of BOSTON

Snow emergency in effect starting at 6 p.m. 

Mayor Walsh declares snow emergency, parking ban in effect today at 6 p.m.

Residents are urged to take caution, remove cars parked on posted snow emergency arteries by 6 p.m. and to follow snow regulations at Boston.gov/snow.

Total snow accumulations may range between 9 to 13 inches, with the potential to up to 15 inches in some areas. Wind gusts as high as 45 mph are expected. Dry weather paired with colder temperatures and wind chill are anticipated on Thursday and Friday following the storm.

City-sponsored meal distribution sites and some COVID-19 testing sites will be closed on Thursday. More information on impacted City services is included below.

Snow emergency in effect starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, December 16.

What this means for you:

  • A parking ban is in effect starting at 6 p.m.
  • At 6 p.m., vehicles parked on a posted snow emergency artery will start to be towed.
  • These discounted and participating garages will be available starting at 4 p.m. today.
  • Trash and Recycling pick-up is canceled citywide on Thursday, December 17. Neighborhoods with a Thursday and Friday pick-up schedule will be delayed by one day. Residents are encouraged to download the Trash Day App for alerts.
  • Property owners must fully clear snow, sleet and ice from sidewalks and curb ramps abutting the property within three hours after the snowfall ends or three hours after sunrise if the snow ends overnight.
  • Curb and pedestrian ramps to the street should be cleared fully and continually over the duration of the storm to ensure accessibility for individuals with disabilities. If a storm will last over an extended period of time, property owners are asked to continually check ramps abutting their property for compliance.
  • Removal of snow, ice from a private property to the street or sidewalk is prohibited.
Note: Failure to comply with the rules can result in fines issued by PWD's Code Enforcement Division. Fines associated with improper removal of snow can be found online.

City service changes

  • Starting at midnight, Street Sweeping is canceled until further notice.
  • All Boston Public Schools (BPS) school buildings will be closed. All students, including students who were scheduled to report for in-person learning, will attend classes online for a partial day that will end 2.5 hours earlier than the regularly scheduled dismissal time. There will be no in-person learning on Thursday
  • As indicated in signage posted in BPS school parking lots, parking is not allowed during snowstorms. Vehicles may be towed if they are parked in BPS parking lots this evening.
  • All BPS meal distribution sites will be open today Wednesday, December 16 until 6:00 p.m. instead of Thursday, December 17 to distribute extra meals. Other meal sites in the City will also be closed on Thursday, December 17. Residents are encouraged to check with their meal site for hours.
  • The City-sponsored mobile COVID-19 testing sites at the Washington Park Mall, 1432 Hyde Park Avenue, and the Ana M. Cole Community Center will be closed on Thursday. For other updates on testing site availability and closures, please check our hours of operation.
  • Boston City Hall and 1010 Mass Ave will be closed to the public on Thursday, December 17. Residents with appointments scheduled on Thursday, December 17 will be contacted by City departments to reschedule.
    Boston Public Library locations will be closed, including BPL To Go services.
    All Boston Centers for Youth & Families are closed and in-person programming is canceled.

Caring for yourself and others

  • If you see homeless and vulnerable individuals out in the cold who appear immobile, disoriented or underdressed for the cold, please call 911.
  • The Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) coordinates a city-wide network of emergency shelters, outreach providers, city agencies and first responders to assist those in need of shelter. Boston's emergency shelters are open 24 hours and will accept any person in need. Men can access shelter at the 112 Southampton Street Shelter, and women should go to the Woods-Mullen Shelter at 794 Massachusetts Ave. BPHC and the City work closely with shelter providers in the city to ensure that no client is without shelter, food, resources, and a warm respite from the cold.
  • The BPHC Engagement Center is open from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. In addition to providing an indoor heated space, it offers a range of basic amenities and comfort items, such as clean bathroom facilities, water, coffee, and light snacks.
  • During extreme cold weather, street outreach teams operate with extended hours and provide mobile outreach vans on the streets in the evening and throughout the day.
Use caution when shoveling, and help neighbors when you can

Safety reminders

  • Keep catch basins and fire hydrants clear. Here is a map of catch basins and fire hydrants. You can assist in keeping hydrants clear of snow so the Boston Fire Department can access them quickly in case of emergency.
  • Shoveling snow requires significant exertion; please be cautious and pay attention to symptoms. Stop if you feel chest pain, shortness of breath, lightheaded, nauseous/vomiting. Call 911 if those symptoms do not resolve quickly.
  • Snow piles can make navigating intersections dangerous for walkers and drivers. Please take extra care when turning corners with snow piles that might limit visibility.
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning is a concern during winter weather, especially with the use of generators. Residents should use their home heating systems wisely and safely, and have a working carbon monoxide detector on each floor of the home. Call 911 immediately if you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Sitting in a car while idling can be deadly if the tailpipe is blocked. Do not let children sit in an idling car while shoveling. Clear any household exhaust pipes of snow like gas exhaust from the heating system or dryer.
  • Have a contractor check the roof to see if snow needs to be removed. If roof snow can be removed from the ground with the use of a snow-rake, do so with caution. Avoid working from ladders and be mindful of slippery surfaces.
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Re: Notice of Alice Chan's passing

Alice Chan
 

Hi everyone, I just wanted to pass along the link for the zoom meeting for the funeral services.

https://zoom.us/j/98389344526?pwd=NWYvdVdhTTJrdkEwOXpEL3dqVVBvQT09


Re: Notice of Alice Chan's passing

Alice Chan
 

HI everyone, this is Alice's granddaughter (Eugenia). Just wanted to add that there's a 25 person limit for the service, but the funeral home is going to set up a zoom meeting for family and friends who can't attend and I will pass along that info when I get it. I also wanted to thank BCG and the gardeners for giving my grandma (and grandpa) decades of happiness and for friendships that they would not have otherwise had.  I truly believe that BCG played a huge role in what kept my grandma going after my grandpa past, even in her 90's she'd go 2-3 times a day, the garden was her happy place.
 
Thank you all so much,
Eugenia Loo


Notice of Alice Chan's passing

Sarah Hutt
 

To all
Sadly our dear Alice (garden B107). passed away Wednesday morning.  I’ve attached a picture of her with her husband Tim who passed in 2017.  

  Alice's Grandchildren asked to share the information regarding Alice Chan's services  There will be no wake or church service.  Service will be held at Forest Hill Cemetery at 1:00 pm on Monday, December 7th.  If you would like to send flowers, you can have them sent directly to:
Forest Hill Cemetery
95 Forest Hills Ave
Boston, MA  02130
Tel: 617-524-0128
 If you wish to attend the service following are directions:  
     After you enter the main gates of Forest Hill Cemetery, take a left onto Tupelo Ave.  Then a left onto Dell Ave to the end and take a right onto Consecration Ave, then a left onto Rockwood Ave, then a left onto Yew Ave and a right onto Dogwood Ave.  The grave site is roughly 7 from the end on the right side.

If you would like to send a card to her grandchildren, including Eugenia who you may have met in the garden -she spent the last couple of years, after Tim’s death with her grandmother.
Alice Chan
%Eugenia Loo
32 Dwight St
Boston, MA 02118-3609


DETAILS for Love Your Block cleanup this weekend

Sarah Hutt
 

Hi All

This is just a reminder that The Love Your Block Fall Clean Up is SATURDAY November 21st from 9am-12pm

This is not a garden sponsored cleanup

It is sponsored by the Boston Public Works Department. This means you have to follow the rules for trash removal that they have requested.  

You need to have anything you want taken away on the E. Berkeley/Shawmut Ave corner sidewalk by NOON.

Public Works will pick up trash from the E. Berkeley/Shawmut Ave corner only.

Bring your own garbage bags or leaf bags for pickup.
Please dont overfill the bags - if you cant lift it its too heavy.

I hope many of you will take advantage of this last opportunity to clean your garden.  With the onslaught of rats in the garden removing all rotting fruits is mandatory - remember we have neighbors who do not like looking out their windows at rats scurrying around the garden.

questions?
respond to this email
thank you 
Sarah

Berkeley Community Gardens
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