Potluck Superb!

What a wonderful evening we were able to spend together on Friday!  It’s always such a pleasure to get to know the gardeners and all their talents, both relating to the garden and outside of it.

With so many new members this year, it’s especially nice for us to get to know each other! Thank you for all your gifts, both personally and gastronomically!


There were several showy dishes that Justin raved about after the party: a sweet potato or squash with broccoli, black bean salad, guacamole, rhubarb, raspberry pie… we came prepared, wearing adjustable garments. Needless to say, we adjusted them as the night and our bellies grew.

Renee talked a bit about the gratefully-received donations to Camp Street Ministries (collection every Thursday – if you’d like to donate any produce, leave a note on the bulletin board) which reminded me of how important our space is for the community-at-large, not just our community.

Ras Rody talked a bit about his book, Sips, Bites & Sweets – a delicious softcover that explains the philosophy behind I-tal food (Jamaica) and how he came to believe in it.

Chris Belleau gave an update on his glass studio which recently moved to East Providence (welcome to the ‘hood!) and reminded us that he’s always at (his) Belleau Gallery on Wickenden on Saturdays!

It just reminds me how important we all are to our community, and what a diverse, wonderful and talented group of people we get to garden with.  We’re so fortunate!

On an administrative note, the garden is looking A.MAZ.ING!  There’s only one plot that looks kind of shabby, and it is hopefully being reassigned this weekend.

Thank you for starting the season off with a bang!  I’ll see you guys at minimum this coming Friday, but I hope to drop in during the week! Much love!

Potluck, Friday 6/28 (Awwww Yeah)

a) reminder: Friday evening    6:30  at the garden   be there or be •  After the potluck Justin, some friends & I are going to ride the East Bay Bike Path in search of fireflies. All are welcome.  If it really rains, we’ll come up with an alternative plan, but if it only sprinkles, everything is still on 🙂

b) addendum: Ras Rody will be talking and sharing from his book ” Ras Rody Organics” Sips, bites & sweets… yay! I’m already intrigued! Ras is a new gardener this year, and it’s been a real pleasure getting to know him and Michelle (plot 91).

c) a couple things for newcomers! The “Landfill Recovery Act” is always in place at our potlucks. What could this clever name possibly infer, you might wonder? We don’t use disposables at the garden. It’s a good plan for you to bring your own plates, utensils (for serving & eating) and cups, then take ’em home withya! We have a few things on hand at the garden that someone takes home to wash for those forgetful types, but the less work someone has to do, the better!  (add: something to sit on, too!! I forgot this in the email!)

d) We’ll have a sort-of all garden meeting at the potluck, probably around 7. It’s a good time to check in with each other, address any community issues (locking gates, anyone?) and try to come up with positive solutions.  I stated 6:30 as the time, but try to show up closer to 6 if you can to help set up.   The garden is truly looking AMAZING this year, and I know I say it every year, but usually I’m just blowing smoke. This time I mean it. 🙂

I can’t wait to see you tomorrow!



Craig found this swarm at the picnic table this Monday, June 17th morning.

Please use caution in the garden on this glorious day. Some bees have gone on holiday! We are not sure if these are our bees or if they are a nearby hive that has swarmed, but in any case, let’s show them some respect until we can get them safely moved.


Please keep us all posted by commenting with updates on this post! 🙂 Thanks… have a lovely week!

gates / mgr hours / potluck / camp st.

Hi Gardeners,

This is a quick note to remind you of a few really important things:

The gates were found wide open again yesterday, when we got to the garden with nobody in the garden. I can’t express it enough: it is absolutely imperative that you lock the garden up behind you. If a child comes in the open gates and gets hurt, we will lose the garden. There are children ALL OVER that area, many of them loosely supervised. Before you leave, you must, without question, check all the gates and/or check in with any gardeners left in the garden.  All you have to do is yell “is anybody here?” If you don’t get an answer, lock the gates.

I will not be at the garden this coming Friday, June 21. I won’t have access to email or phone for a solid week, but I look forward to seeing you, Friday, June 28 for our FIRST POTLUCK of the season! 

I believe that the collection for Camp Street Ministries will start this Thursday.  Please drop by Thursday to donate whatever you have available, or leave a note for Renee on the bulletin board.

Don’t forget to weed around your plot and adjacent plots! It is about to get very thick in the pathways if we don’t nip it. I’ve got a standing request in for woodchips. If they show up, spread ’em!

I’ll see you guys soon!