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Trustees Boston Gardeners' Gazette October 2019

Sarah Hutt
 



 
Boston Gardeners' Gazette

A Message from Vidya Tikku, General Manager

VidyaLast week, Mayor Walsh released his Food Access Agenda, citing issues of affordability and access to healthy food and how the city aims to address the issue and end food insecurity by 2030. “In Boston, we believe that food is a right, not a privilege,” Mayor Martin Walsh said in a statement recently. “Our Food Access Agenda builds off the important work that our Office of Food Access is doing to help make fresh, healthy food more affordable and more accessible across all of our neighborhoods. 

The Trustees have been participating with the Mayor's Office of Food Access in helping identify priorities to focus on as part of this initiative. Our community gardens produce, conservatively, an estimated $1.4 million worth of healthy organic produce that supplements many family food budgets. The harvest supports a diverse culturally appropriate diet and increased access to affordable fresh foods. As your garden cleans up for the fall, please consider donating any extra produce harvested to your local food pantry. If you have more open plots in your garden than can be filled by your wait list, please reach out to us so we can help fill them. Thank you all for helping us operate such a robust community garden network that contributes to our city's food access movement.

MaKINGPickles

Gardeners celebrated their produce and stored it up for the fall—adding grape leaves to keep veggies crisp--at Pickle Potlucks at Nightingale Community Garden in Dorchester and Leland Cooperative Garden in JP this past weekend.

 


Meet Our New Stewardship Manager

– Barry Merluzzo, Stewardship Manager

BarryHello! I am pleased to be serving as the new Stewardship Manager for the Boston Community Gardens. Having worked some years ago as a ranger at Appleton Farms, a Trustees property on the North Shore, I am thrilled to be rejoining the Trustees once again. My educational background is heavily weighted toward agriculture, horticulture and urban forestry. Over my many years in the Boston area, I have had the chance to work with several nonprofit organizations in creating productive urban farms and educational gardening programs. 

I’m a certified Arborist and Naturalist and most recently, graduated from the Master Urban Gardener Program here in Boston. My interests include hiking, surfing, skiing, camping and exploring and photographing our wild places and national parks.  

I hope I can be a resource to our community gardeners going forward and I look forward to working with all of you! You can reach me at 617.542.7696 extension 2114 or 
bmerluzzo@...

 


 

Come and be judged at the Urban Agriculture Fair

– Peter Bowne, Engagement Manager, South End & Lower Roxbury

PeterBring your prized garden veggies to the judges at the Urban Agriculture Fair this Saturday and see if you can win swag, bragging rights, and the coveted Pomme d’Or 1st place ribbon! Urban gardeners, beekeepers, canners, bakers, & food craft-makers are encouraged to submit entries to be judged by a team of master gardeners & chefs. Games & ag exhibits for all ages, too! Find entry guidelines here.

We are thrilled to be partnering with DCR’s Roxbury Heritage Park, UU Urban Ministry, & Agricultural Hall to bring you this event. Exhibitors and educators include the Boston Area Beekeepers Association, Boston Food Forest Coalition, Eastie Farm, Haley House Farm, and the Urban Farming Institute. Join us on Saturday, October 12 from 11-4 at the grounds of the recently renovated  Dillaway-Thomas House, the oldest surviving building in Roxbury.183 Roxbury Street (4 blocks from the Roxbury Crossing T stop). 
Check out the event on Facebook or contact Peter Bowne for details: 617-869-6720. 

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Crop Spotlight: Sweet Potatoes

– Michelle de Lima, Engagement Manager

MichelleI’m a huge fan of fermenting to store cabbage, radishes, turnips, and more, but today, I want to talk about a lovely crop that can be kept easily without pickling or cold storage: the sweet potato (stay tuned for another one next month). If you haven’t grown sweet potatoes and have the space, I highly recommend it. With edible leaves and an abundance of highly nutritious tubers, they are a low-maintenance and high-yield choice. Prepare mounded beds and plant your own slips—a topic for a spring newsletter--or mail-ordered ones after the soil and air have warmed to 60 degrees. Water while establishing, then let them do their thing. They're quite successful at crowding at weeds, though I like to mulch with straw to reduce watering. Once the vines start to yellow or frost approaches, carefully dig the tubers and bring them inside to cure so they sweeten up and last longer. My favorite method for this is the water/lightbulb/oven curing chamber pictured below. You’re trying to get as close as possible to 90 degrees F and 85% humidity for 5-7 days. After that, you know what to do: roast, bake, mash...

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Upcoming Events

Urban Agriculture Fair 
Saturday, October 12 | 11AM-4PM 
The Dillaway-Thomas House, 183 Roxbury Street 
Drop in for urban growing and homesteading demonstrations, games for young and old, pie eating, veggie car racing, and harvest contests. Free & open to all. 

Halloween at Hutch 
Saturday, October 26 | 4-6PM 
Governor Hutchinson’s Field | 225 Adams Road, Milton 
Celebrate Halloween with costumes, pumpkin painting, and campfire delights! Registration appreciated. 

Urban Orcharding: Mulching & Winterizing
Saturday, November 2 | 10AM-12:30PM 
Southwest Corridor Community Farm | 57 Lamartine Street, Jamaica Plain
As the season comes to an end and the last fruit has fallen, come learn the best way to put your orchard to bed before the winter.


Progress Report

Thanks for all of your support in the gardens!

Volunteer Progress Report

 
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Water shut off in the garden

Sarah Hutt
 

Hello everyone

The city has announced they have scheduled to shut off the water sometime between October 9th and October 11th.

If you need water for any cleanups or plants please plan ahead.

Remember - if you have decided not to return to the garden next year PLEASE let us know - clean out your garden of any plants or supplies that you want to keep and PLEASE leave your keys - especially if you have a garden padlock.

Don’t forget end of season Garden Cleanup and Potluck 
Saturday, October 26th.. We will start at 10AM, stop for lunch at noon.  If you need help or have questions someone will be in the garden till around 2pm.

The dumpster arrives on Friday October 25 and leaves by 7AM on Monday morning.

Questions - let me know.
We still need help on Saturday with the following tasks ——
The cook out !!!!!
Setting up the grill and getting it going for noon
Flipping hotdogs and burgers ---Cooking lunch 
Clean up the cooking utensils after we are done so they can be stored.
Cleaning out the shed and moving the winter things forward
Cleaning off the display box on Shawmut end and message board on the Tremont end

Thanks
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


aturday October 26 Annual Garden Cleanup and Potluck Lunch

Sarah Hutt
 

Saturday October 26 is our Annual Garden Cleanup 10 - 2  with Potluck Lunch at Noon
Bring your garden gloves, garbage bags, garden tools, and lots of energy and a dish to pass for the Potluck.
dumpster available Friday thru Monday morning -it leaves at 7am
  Coffee and donuts served  courtesy Dunkin Donuts starting at 10AM
Special projects will be listed in the garden on Saturday -  
Help out and volunteer for a job below.  
Potluck groceries 
        1 or  2 people for Grocery Shopping (2 - 4 hours work credit)  – contact me so I can give you the shopping list and non-profit paperwork to purchase food and supplies. Keep receipts for reimbursement.

Saturday Day of the cleanup
Dunkin Donuts pick up by 9:30 AM 
1 or 2 people to go over to Dunkin Donuts with one of our wagons to get 3 boxes of coffee and 100 munchkins

  LUNCHTIME POTLUCK
         + Help coordinating the potluck: asking folks to bring something to share, and posting signs in the garden(4 hours of work credit)
         +setting up the grill and /or cleaning it for cook out.  Then making sure its all clean and put back into storage for the fall  -

 If you would like to HELP WITH Maintenance ON SATURDAY
         +If you have BATTERY POWERED tools consider bringing them to help with maintenance (no electrical outlets in the garden)  WORK CREWS will be doing general maintenance and fence mending jobs.  

  Everyone is expected to use the dumpster to get their garden cleaned out - we will have the dumpster from Friday morning to Monday at 7AM so this is your opportunity to remove, plastic that has been covering fences, collected unused objects, and debris from your garden. The gardens are not for storage, only garden related equipment may be left in the garden see rules for more details.   

IF you have decided not to return to the garden next year PLEASE return your gate key.  IF we gave you a padlock PLEASE return the keys and leave the padlock.  

AFTER clean up the garden is closed for the season - gates should remain locked at all times.  Due to snow and rain we discourage the public from walking through the garden.

For more information check out the Berkeley Garden web site: http://www.berkeleygardens.org/      Thanks John for all the work you did on this.

Garden Leadership


Upcoming events and info on building a Cold Frame attachment

Sarah Hutt
 

Hi all

Just want to alert you that South End Open Studio is this month - September 21 & 22 from 11am to 5 pm

Garden Gates will be open so people can walk through as the neighborhood will be inundated with visitors.

If anyone wants to do something in the garden during that weekend let me know - we can publicize it through SoWa


September 23rd is the next Monday Night Cleanup and Social Hour starting at 6:00


MARK YOUR CALENDAR
End of Season Garden Cleanup + Potluck
 October 26th.
We will have a dumpster on site so gardens can be cleaned out.  This year we ask if you are not extending the growing season that everything be stored and gardens cleared out.
Rabbits are starting to look for places to set up dens so please clear out areas where they can hide.  
If you would like to help with the October 26th cleanup day please let me know - we have lots of ways you can complete your hours for the year.  I list of tasks will be posted shortly.

Finally anyone interested in extending the growing season attached are directions to building one type of cold frame structure.

Thanks
As always let us know if you have any questions
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







Reminder Sunday Free Garden workshop

Sarah Hutt
 


 





Workshop reminder: Learn to extend your growing season

Sarah Hutt
 

to all
Just a reminder on September 8 we will hold another workshop (flier below) - how to use Cold Frames and Fabric Tunnels to extend your fall growing season and start your spring planting earlier.  

If you have any questions please let me know - I have a much simplier designed cold fram C105 come look at it if you are interested.  
Please go to the website below to RSVP if you intend on attending this workshop

Below are two links that talk about extending the garden season and some suggestions for seeds you can still plant for fall harvest.
I’m using these popular seed sights only because the information is clear and seems helpful - if you have any other ideas please send them.


Garden update

Sarah Hutt
 

To all Garden Members

Today is the full moon which brings signs that the season is coming to an end with changes in the light - creating longer shadows and shorter days.

This is also the time of year when squash and bean vines make dramatic growth spirts and create the green canopy that covers many garden plots.  
Over the past week we have been bombarded with over 20 complaints from both garden members and neighbors. 

Our alley condo neighbors complaints
  • Trash bags and other trash items left by the Shawmut gates
  • Weeds growing outside main fences along the sidewalks and in common spaces - especially along the alley fence
  • A Row vines growing into the alley scratching cars when they drive by
  • Terrible offensive fertilizer smells coming from A Row plots --------- and fellow gardeners are having problems working in their gardens because of the strong offensive smells.  IF you don’t stop you will not be invited back to the garden next year.
  • Neighbors who participated in Lottery and have been waiting all summer in the hopes of a plot are driving us nuts asking why they can’t have the unkept gardens 
Many of the complaints above can be taken care of and credited to your required community time - send your hours to <cleanups@...

The following are fellow garden members complaints 
  • Untended plots of invasive unkept weeds blocking light or spreading into their gardens
  • Blocking your neighbors sun with garden furniture, garden structures, and overgrown plants - there is a 6’ height limit
  • Leaving overripe produce to rot which attracts rats and other vermin, 
  • Garbage possibly for compost left out to rot - smelly and attracts rats and other vermin
  • Vines growing through the fences into neighboring plots - when vines stray into other plots they can be cut and produce eaten - please keep your vines within your own plot
  • Expanding plots into common space and building enclosures - this is not permitted.

The Leadership committee with walk through this week to identify plot infractions —  If you would like to participate in one of these inspections please reply to this email.

If you are identified as being one of the problem plots you will be given a warning and asked to remedy the problem.  If you do not comply you will be asked to leave and not be invited back next year.

Please share this information with your fellow garden member friends - its not clear everyone reads these email notices
Thanks

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


next garden workshop

Sarah Hutt
 

To all 
Attached is the monthly Trustee newsletter - please note two titems

Next year the garden tour will be in the South End and include Berkeley - The South End Garden Tour is the 3rd weekend in June.  Start thinking now about how best to highlight your garden and the common areas that surround it.  There is always a large flow of people.  If you have any ideas of things you would like to do in the garden during the tour please let me know.

ALSO
The next garden workshop topic is 
DIY Cold Frames
Sunday, September 8 | 10AM-12PM 
This workshop is for those that want to extend the gardening season well into the winter.   Come learn how to build and plant cold frames and low tunnels to protect cold weather plants for the snow.
 
Thanks 
Sarah


Trustees Boston Gardeners’ Gazette

A Message from Vidya Tikku, General Manager
The success of any local environmental effort depends to a large degree on the ability of the community and the local organizations to come together around a common cause and desired impact. This summer has offered us the opportunity to engage in two such exciting efforts- a climate justice event in Dorchester and a youth program in East Boston. 

Rev. Mariama White-Hammond and Chief of Environment, Energy & Open Space Chris Cook came together with the Dorchester community and a number of local environmental advocacy organizations to host the Dorchester Green Future Fest at the Nightingale community garden in late July. We focused on issues of local food, sustainability, open space, diversity, renewable energy and health. Our partners included the Dorchester Food Coop, The Food Project, Boston Cyclists Union, Boston Climate Action, Boston Student Advisory Council, Codman Square NDC, City Compost, and Resonant Energy. I, along with our partners and the nearly a hundred people who joined us, left inspired both by Rev. Mariama's words and the amazing work going on in this community to raise the bar on sustainable living in Boston. 

At the same time, we have been working with partners in East Boston- Friends of East Boston Greenway, DCR and the Boston Parks Dept. to prepare the next generation of environmental stewards- the Waterfront Ambassadors. These youth, a part of Boston's summer employment program, are learning what it takes to have a truly sustainable and engaging waterfront. Come August, Groundwork Somerville’s Green Team will join us to share their interactive, youth-led climate justice workshop at the East Boston Branch of the BPL, and then outside in the Bremen Street Garden. Youth will tackle climate-related issues in breakout groups and finish with a share-out as a large group, coming away more informed and empowered to advocate for climate justice in their communities. An exciting opportunity for youth to learn from each other, with like-minded organizations partnering to facilitate this exchange!

Stewardship Updates
– Jordan Takvorian, Steward

Blistering heat punctuated with a few days of torrential rains has had the stewardship team out and about trying to keep up with regular routine maintenance this July including mowing lawns, string-trimming, weeding, and pruning. We also hosted a very productive group from TD Bank. Seven volunteers helped move four yards of stonedust thus completing pathway resurfacing at the Virginia Monadnock Community Garden in Upham's Corner. The group completed other tasks such as turning compost, fenceline clearing, weeding, and filling a low spot in the garden with one yard of loam. 

Looking ahead we're gearing up for the annual fall plant sale being held at City Natives on September 7th and there's never been a better time to visit the nursery. If you're looking for showy fall blooming plants that will please any pollinator consider anise-scented Sweet Goldenrod, the towering spotted Joe Pye Weed, or White Wood Aster which will lighten up any shade garden.We have Oak Leaf Hydrangea whose bold, textured foliage and massive flowers remain ever popular as well as Summersweet, a shrub whose sweet spikes of white flowers saturate the air throughout August. And if you simply want no-fuss, non-stop yellow flowers June through August next summer look no further than Ratibida or Lanceleaf Coreopsis. See you at the nursery and in the gardens!

 
Boston Agriculture Fair returns on Saturday, October 12th
– Peter Bowne, Engagement Manager for South End & Lower Roxbury

Gardeners, canners, beekeepers! Lend us your ears... of corn, your jars of pickles, your baked fruit pies! The judging table at the Urban Agriculture Fair is your chance to compete against the best of Boston’s agricultural creations. Bring your prized home-made or garden-grown foods to the fair, enter them in one of several categories, and cross your fingers. A panel of judges will then award ribbons and prizes to Boston’s best. For young and old, there will also be games, activities, workshops, music, and more. Come enjoy the best of a county fair in the heart of our city! 11AM-3PM, Roxbury Heritage State Park 
For more information, including entry rules, please email me at pbowne@...
Yes, we are scouting for the 2020 South End Garden Tour. 
If you have, or know of a back yard, front yard, or roof deck garden we should be looking at let me know! Thanks.

 

Become a Master Urban Gardener!
– Michelle de Lima, Engagement Manager

For more than two decades, the Master Urban Gardener (MUG) training has given urban gardeners the change to come together and learn how to grow a healthier, more abundant garden. We cover everything from soil building to pest control to organizing a community garden, and beginners and veteran gardeners alike report learning a ton. In the words of one MUG grad: 

“I've been gardening in the city for a long time, first on a fire escape, then a rooftop, then in a community garden for the past ten years. The MUG course has taught me new things every single week, from better composting and succession planting to forest gardening, permaculture, and foraging for edible plants. Great speakers and presentations, thoughtful, engaged staff. It was also great to exchange stories, ideas, and tips every week with so many other city gardeners.” 

Interested? Learn more and apply by August 15 at www.thetrustees.org/mug. 



Garden Tips: Preserving the Harvest

My favorite way to keep veggies is lacto-fermentation. From cabbage to carrots to tomatillos, so many crops can last for months with just a simple salt brine and fermentation time. Great recipes abound—check out Wild Fermentation and Cultures for Health to get started, or come to one of our workshops.

Preserving herbs is super simple—drier ones like thyme and rosemary can simply be air dried on your counter. Many freeze beautifully in pestos—basil, parsley, even cilantro. Herb oils and vinegars are easy to make and long-lasting—tailor the ingredients and ratios to your taste!

If you have an excess of tomatoes and aren’t up for the rigamarole of canning, slow roasting and freezing is a great way to store them. I like to include garlic, thyme, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar and cook into they’re soft and thickened.

 

Upcoming Events


Fun with Fermentation
Saturday, August 10 | 1-2:30PM 
Symphony Community Garden | 56 Symphony Road, Fenway 
Join us for a hands-on workshop on how to turn almost any garden produce into a delicious, nutritious pickle! 

Preserve Culinary Herbs
Saturday, August 10 | 10-11:30AM 
Rutland Washington Community Garden | 1561 Washington Street, South End 
Learn the best techniques to keep the flavor and nutrition of garden herbs going all year long. 

Homegrown Comedy
Thursday, August 15 | 7:30-9:30PM 
Nightingale Community Garden | 512 Park Street, Dorchester 
A unique opportunity to see a comedy show, with some of Boston's freshest talent, in a community garden. 

Keep it Growing!
Thursday, September 5 | 6-7PM 
Windermere Community Garden | 9A Windermere Road, Dorchester 
You may think gardening season is winding down, but if you employ some simple techniques to extend the season, the best is yet to come! 

City Natives Fall Plant Sale
Saturday, September 7 | 10AM-2PM 
City Natives | 30 Edgewater Drive, Mattapan 
Come to our nursery for Boston-grown native plants, trees, shrubs, along with cold-hardy greens and great advice! 

DIY Cold Frames
Sunday, September 8 | 10AM-12PM 
Berkeley Community Garden | 500 Tremont Street, South End 
Want your gardening season to last well into the winter? Come learn how to build and plant cold frames and low tunnels. 

Seed Saving for Gardeners
Wednesday, September 11 | 6-7:30PM 
Woolson Community Garden | 44 Woolson Street, Mattapan 
Saving seeds from your favorite garden veggies, herbs, and flowers is a great way to save money and see the whole life cycle of your plants. 

Garden Mixology
Thursday, September 12 | 6-8PM 
Symphony Community Garden | 56 Symphony Road, Boston 
Join us and a local distiller in a beautiful community garden for a hands-on cocktail class using seasonal ingredients. 

Urban Orchard Series: Harvest & Orchard Ecosystem
Saturday, September 14 | 10AM-12:30PM 
Southwest Corridor Community Farm | 57 Lamartine Street, Jamaica Plain 
In this hands-on class, come learn about harvesting tools and techniques and creating a healthy orchard ecosystem with companion plants. 

Many Thanks to all who supported the Jamaica Plain Garden Tour! The generous garden owners, sponsors, and volunteers make this event possible!



Progress Report
Gardens: please send your volunteers hours so we can give you credit for your hard work!



 





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tonights workshop about Foraging

Sarah Hutt
 

To all 
Plans are still on for the workshop tonight at 6:30 - if its just sprinkling they will probably still hold it - if its a real down pour-- they will not.

If you haven’t registered no problem just come

Wednesday, July 31 | 6:30-7:30PM
Berkeley Community Garden | 500 Tremont Street, South End

Expand your harvest beyond the garden plot! Join us to find out which common weeds make a tasty snack, and learn about some native edibles that are great for you and the ecosystem.  We’ll be looking at the weeds in the garden and in your garden - what’s edible!!

This activity is free to all. Pre-registration is recommended as this program has limited space


student looking for gardeners to interview for her college project

Sarah Hutt
 

Hi all
Tis the season to find students approaching the garden to do their school projects.

This email is about Jessica Hernandez who visited the garden Monday night during cleanup but is still looking for a few more people to interview.  If you are interested just email her directly and tell her you are from Berkeley Gardens  or contact me and I will help you set up a meeting with her.  I’ve attached her information so you can decide if you want to help.  If you do interview you can submit your time for garden hour credit.

She is available to meet in the garden during these times:  Sunday (7/28) at any time during the day. Monday (7/29), Wednesday (7/31), Thursday (8/1), or Friday (8/2) around 6:30pm-7pm

Jessica Hernandez <Jhernan4@...>  ber857.654.2498

 Thanks
Sarah
C105


Taking from the garden

Lalit Lodha
 

Hi Sarah,

I was in my garden today and saw a stranger, a man, reach over the fence of one of the gardens across from me — one of my neighbors -- and eat their raspberries. This was brazen because I was watching him do it until I told him that they are not his and that they are being grown by someone that is spending time, money and effort to do this. He walked away mumbling that they were just going to fall off the plant (her garden did not have any fallen raspberries).

If he had asked me for some kale or parsley in my open garden, while I was fertilizing, I would have very happily give it to him, but do not take without asking first.

We live in a city where people feel entitled to take what is not theirs and justify it. For this reason, I recommend that we keep our doors closed while there are few or no people in the garden area. This is typically in the middle of the day.

Lalit
C-312


Trustees Boston Gardeners' Gazette July 2019

Sarah Hutt
 

Hi all
Just passing along Trustees newsletter for July

please take care this weekend 
Extreme Heat Expected Friday 7/19 through Sunday 7/21.
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

Begin forwarded message:
 
Boston Gardeners' Gazette

A Message from Vidya Tikku, General Manager

VidyaAs I prepare for Jeremy's transition to his new role within the Trustees, I know that, like all of you, I will miss him greatly. He has been an inspiration to me, leading by example. His vision for our gardens, love for the gardeners and volunteers, and passion for urban growing and horticulture are unmatched. Jeremy's hard work, expertise, and love has touched us all. His quick thinking, dry wit, and determination to do it right, topped by his willingness to share his time and hear everyone out, has led us through some interesting conversations, but always to the right and most effective solutions. His work has contributed to the City's community gardens for nearly two decades and they are better for it. 

Please join me and our staff team in thanking Jeremy and celebrating his many contributions to Boston's community gardens. We will hold a farewell party for him on behalf of the Boston community gardens staff and the gardeners on July 18th at the Mission Hill community garden from 4pm to 7pm. Please send your RSVP to me at 
vtikku@... or on 617.542.7696 ext. 2113. 

It’s a tough act to follow! Please help us find our next Stewardship Manager by sharing the job posting: 
https://lnkd.in/eJGq5Sk

I look forward to seeing you on the 18th!

JeremyJeremyJeremy
 


Farewell

– Jeremy Dick, Stewardship Manager

JeremyFeeling a great range of emotions, I am writing to let you know that I will be moving on from my role as Stewardship Manager for the Boston Community Gardens. I have accepted a similar position with The Trustees and will begin managing four properties located in North Andover and Burlington in mid-July. This is an exciting opportunity for me to broaden my professional experience, collaborate with new staff and communities, grow as an individual, and be closer to my family in Wakefield.
 
Though deeply saddened to leave my work and relationships in Boston, I feel relieved knowing the gardens remain in your capable hands. Over nearly 19 years in this network, I have consistently been awe struck at the level of commitment, care, passion, and love you all exhibit for your gardens, community, and friends. I am deeply grateful that I had this time to share with you and will miss you all.

 


 

Midsummer Garden Tips

– Michelle de Lima, Engagement Manager

MichelleJuly can be a tough but rewarding month in the garden! Crops are starting to come in, but so are lots of weeds. Here are some tips to keep on top of it all:

  • If space is opening up as you harvest spring-planted crops, you can still fit some more goodies in the garden: head lettuce, fall kale and chard, late cucumbers, carrots, and beets are just a few ideas. Make sure to keep seeds and transplants well-watered.
  • Weeds really get going in July, so be sure to pull them before they go to seed. If you see them flowering, it’s time to pull! A thick layer of leaf or straw mulch can keep weeding and watering to a minimum.
  • Morning watering is best. Try to water roots rather than leaves and only do so if the soil is dry below the surface.
  • If plants are starting to slow down or turn yellow, an application of diluted fish emulsion and/or compost tea on a cloudy day could help.

The Jamaica Plain Garden Tour is Around the Corner!
The Second Annual Jamaica Plain Garden Tour is a unique opportunity to peek into beautiful private gardens in the Pondside neighborhood of JP. The tour, which is a major fundraiser for the Trustees’ network of 56 community gardens in Boston, showcases sites ranging from lovingly-tended DIY gardens to expansive professionally designed landscapes. Join us on July 20 as a tour-goer or volunteer! Either way, you’ll be supporting fresh food access, green space, and community building in Boston. Volunteers receive a free ticket for being a host in one of the gardens for 2.5 hours.
 TIME CHANGE DUE TO WEATHER: 8am-12pm

JP Garden Tour

 


Thank You!

– Peter Bowne, Engagement Manager for South End & Lower Roxbury

PeterThanks to everyone who made this year’s South End Garden Tour an enormous success! Generous garden owners welcomed a record crowd to their back yards. Roof deck gardens were back this year and were definite crowd pleasers for everyone who ventured to the top of Chester Square and Wellington Street. Community Music Center faculty performed mini-concerts in the gardens during the Tour. Thanks also to al the volunteers welcomed visitors into the gardens. We were fortunate to feature several Trustees properties with the Worcester Community Garden and Wellington Green highlighting the different types of properties we steward in the neighborhood.
 
Come scout for next year’s tour! We’ll be peeking over fences in and around Chester Square, Worcester Square and Black stone & Franklins Squares during July. Contact
pbowne@... to join us.

SEGT
Photo credit: Mark Gardner

 


Upcoming Events

Jeremy’s Farewell Party
Thursday, July 18 | 4-7PM
Mission Hill Community Garden | 750 Parker Street, Mission Hill
RSVP to 
vtikku@...

Jamaica Plain Garden Tour
Saturday, July 20 | 
8AM-12PM
J.P. Licks | 659 Centre Street, JP

Garden Mixology
Thursday, July 25 | 6-8PM
Windermere Community Garden | 9A Windermere Road, Dorchester 

Wild Edibles
Wednesday, July 31 | 6:30-7:30PM
Berkeley Community Garden | 500 Tremont Street, South End


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Re: upcoming garden events !!

Elizabeth ANDERSON
 

Hi Sarah, 

I can most likely be be in the garden on the 25th in the morning for the Stem group. Will confirm later. 

Elizabeth A164

On Jul 18, 2019, at 07:06, Deborah Hull <dkhull5@...> wrote:

Hi Sarah,
I can help on Thursday morning with the STEM group on Thursday July 25th.
Best,
Deborah Kamy Hull

Deborah Kamy Hull

On Jul 17, 2019, at 11:44 PM, Sarah Hutt via Groups.Io <sarahhutt@...> wrote:

To all - please note three upcoming garden events

July 22, Next Monday Night Garden Cleanup and Social Hour  6 - 7PM

We are still looking for gardeners who can be in the garden on Thursday July 25th
826 Boston's STEM creative writing camp will be visiting the garden.
They will be touring between 10:30 - 11:30 AM 
If you can participate please let me know - you will be credited community time for participating.
for more info on the kids here is their web site:  <826boston.org>

We are working with the Trustees to bring workshop to the garden members:

Please register for this event if you are planning on participating.
Wild Edibles
Wednesday, July 31 | 6:30-7:30PM
Berkeley Community Garden | 500 Tremont Street, South End

Expand your harvest beyond the garden plot! Join us to find out which common weeds make a tasty snack, and learn about some native edibles that are great for you and the ecosystem.  We’ll be looking at the weeds in the garden and in your garden - what’s edible!!

This activity is free to all. Pre-registration is recommended as this program has limited space


Berkeley Community Gardens
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Re: upcoming garden events !!

Deborah Hull
 

Hi Sarah,
I can help on Thursday morning with the STEM group on Thursday July 25th.
Best,
Deborah Kamy Hull

Deborah Kamy Hull

On Jul 17, 2019, at 11:44 PM, Sarah Hutt via Groups.Io <sarahhutt@...> wrote:

To all - please note three upcoming garden events

July 22, Next Monday Night Garden Cleanup and Social Hour  6 - 7PM

We are still looking for gardeners who can be in the garden on Thursday July 25th
826 Boston's STEM creative writing camp will be visiting the garden.
They will be touring between 10:30 - 11:30 AM 
If you can participate please let me know - you will be credited community time for participating.
for more info on the kids here is their web site:  <826boston.org>

We are working with the Trustees to bring workshop to the garden members:

Please register for this event if you are planning on participating.
Wild Edibles
Wednesday, July 31 | 6:30-7:30PM
Berkeley Community Garden | 500 Tremont Street, South End

Expand your harvest beyond the garden plot! Join us to find out which common weeds make a tasty snack, and learn about some native edibles that are great for you and the ecosystem.  We’ll be looking at the weeds in the garden and in your garden - what’s edible!!

This activity is free to all. Pre-registration is recommended as this program has limited space


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


upcoming garden events !!

Sarah Hutt
 

To all - please note three upcoming garden events

July 22, Next Monday Night Garden Cleanup and Social Hour  6 - 7PM

We are still looking for gardeners who can be in the garden on Thursday July 25th
826 Boston's STEM creative writing camp will be visiting the garden.
They will be touring between 10:30 - 11:30 AM 
If you can participate please let me know - you will be credited community time for participating.
for more info on the kids here is their web site:  <826boston.org>

We are working with the Trustees to bring workshop to the garden members:

Please register for this event if you are planning on participating.
Wild Edibles
Wednesday, July 31 | 6:30-7:30PM
Berkeley Community Garden | 500 Tremont Street, South End

Expand your harvest beyond the garden plot! Join us to find out which common weeds make a tasty snack, and learn about some native edibles that are great for you and the ecosystem.  We’ll be looking at the weeds in the garden and in your garden - what’s edible!!

This activity is free to all. Pre-registration is recommended as this program has limited space


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


RAIN DATE Jeremy Farewell Party DATE CHANGED

Sarah Hutt
 

To all - please note date change for Jeremy’s going away party 
Sarah 
Begin forwarded message:

From: Michelle de Lima <mdelima@...>
Subject: RAIN DATE Jeremy Farewell Party
Date: July 17, 2019 at 7:56:15 PM EDT

Hi everyone,
 
We hope you can join us to celebrate Jeremy Dick’s service to the community gardens on Thursday, July 25 from 4-7pm at Mission Hill Community Garden, 750 Parker Street, Mission Hill. Please RSVP to this email or to vtikku@... so we know how much delicious food we need! Feel free to invite your gardeners and others who would like to thank Jeremy for his nearly two decades of service to Boston’s gardens.
 
Thanks,
Michelle
 
 
Michelle de Lima
Engagement Site Manager | Boston Community Gardens
 
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Jeremy Farewell Party, and Garden Coordinator Potlucks

Sarah Hutt
 

To all
the Trustees are holding a series of potlucks in Boston community gardens and a goodbye for Jeremy.
All are invited - details below with each event.
Let me now if you are planning to go or if you  have any questions - 
Sarah C105


Farewell Party for Jeremy Dick
Thursday, July 18 | 4-7pm
Mission Hill Community Garden | 750 Parker Street, Boston
As many of you already know, our beloved Stewardship Manager Jeremy Dick, who has been caring for the Boston Community Gardens for 19 years, is moving on to another position at a different Trustees property. We want to send him out in style! Join us for a garden party with food, drink, and friends. Please RSVP to this email or to Vidya at vtikku@....
 
Garden Potlucks
Please join your fellow garden leaders for a fun gathering—or three—this summer! We’ll come together to get to know one another, share a potluck meal, and share tips on successfully running a garden! All gardeners, not just coordinators, are welcome to join.
 
Symphony Community Garden | 56 Symphony Road, Fenway   Tuesday, July 30 | 6-7:30PM
Rutland & Washington Community Garden | 1565 Washington Street   Thursday, August 15| 6-7:30PM
Saint Rose Community Garden | 36 Saint Rose Street, Jamaica Plain   Saturday, September 14 | 12-2PM
 
Michelle de Lima (she/her)
Engagement Manager | Boston Community Gardens
The Trustees
200 High St., 4th Floor | Boston, MA 02110
mdelima@... | 617.542.7696 x2115


Berkeley Community Gardens
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Help needed with upcoming student garden tour

Sarah Hutt
 

Hi all
I am looking for help to prepare the garden for a tour of about 30 kids from the 826Boston summer writers camp for kids 9 - 14  <https://826boston.org>
Scheduled now for Thursday, July 25th from 10:30-11:30 AM
 
I’d like help writing and designing some information signage about the garden.

And 3 or 4 people to help the day of the visit  to act as tour guides with me.
We have garden info to help you with your tour.

If you are interested in helping let me know and I will send you more info about the tour.
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


Message from Jeremy Dick, Trustees Stewardship Manager

Sarah Hutt
 

To all,
Happy 4th of July —— I am passing this note from Jeremy Dick who has been our main contact with the Trustees, which is the group that owns the community garden property.  Below is Jeremy’s note to gardeners that he is leaving and also a link to the job posting for a replacement.

Hello All,
Feeling a great range of emotions, I am writing to let you know that I will be moving on from my role as Trustees Stewardship Manager for the Boston Community Gardens. I have accepted a new position with The Trustees and will begin managing four properties located in North Andover and Burlington in mid-July. This is an exciting opportunity for me to broaden my professional experience, collaborate with new staff and communities, grow as an individual, and be closer to my family in Wakefield.
 
Though deeply saddened to leave my work and relationships in Boston, I feel relieved knowing the gardens remain in your capable hands. Over nearly 19 years in this network, I have consistently been awe struck at the level of commitment, care, passion, and love you all exhibit for your gardens, community, and friends. I am deeply grateful that I had this time to share with you, and will miss you all.
 
A new Stewardship Manager will be hired for Boston, as soon as possible. The job posting can be found here:  https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs/ViewJobDetails?job=25607&clientkey=A116ACB81F47E0050535F1FC4DA6EE15
Please share, and encourage candidates to apply.

See you in the garden,

Berkeley Community Gardens
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Next Monday night cleanup July 8

Sarah Hutt
 

Hello all
NO CLEANUP July 1

Sorry for any confusion

NEXT Monday Night Cleanup and Social Hour - is July 8

as always ----weather permitting -

On July 8 we will continue to pick up trash, weed common areas, trimming plants that are growing through the Alley Fence and the E Berkeley fence.
 

Please NOTE:
Common Areas are being adopted, weeded, and in some cases replanted we are marking them off with string.  Please do not dig up plants in those areas.  Everyone is welcome to water plants if they appear dry and always pick up trash anywhere in the garden.  

If you have anything on your mind and want to talk to someone on Leadership stop by during cleanup on July 8. 

 If you have the City Yard Refuse bags you can but all the weeds and other plant cuttings in the bags and out in front of your home for trash pickup.  DO NOT leave in front of the garden. 
 You can purchase Yard Refuse Bags at the Ace Hardware Store on Tremont St.


thank you to everyone that offered to help spread the crushed stone
We still do not have a delivery date
 If you are interested in joining a crew to spread the stone please reply to this email. 


Thanks everyone

Berkeley Community Gardens
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