Hello Gardeners, Wait Listers & supporters of the Fox Point Community Garden.

I want to take a moment to thank you for all the hard work you guys have done over the last several weeks. The garden looks pretty great!
You may have noticed a large, assuming structure near the beehive I thought you might like to know more about it.
Last Friday evening, a bunch of us put this structure together to act as a foundation for a hanging gourd garden. Every year we’ve tried to put something up with mixed results, and so this year we built a freestanding structure.
We also built a new compost bin to the left of the southmost compost area. It is currently open for deposit. As a reminder, no meat nor bones should go in the compost. Large, woody stalks need to be cut down to a reasonable size, too. Neither whole eggs (but broken eggs are fine). There is a complete list of Do’s & Don’ts at each compost bin, so if you’re unsure, just check it.
Another quick reminder: Fox Point Community Garden is an organic garden. Please do not use Miricle Gro, Scotts, or other non-organic type soils / fertilizers in the garden. We don’t ask for much at the garden, but this is key. Absolutely no chemical pesticides are ever allowed. It is part of your contract with the garden to adhere to this and other rules.
Lastly,  This coming weekend is the South Side Community Land Trust Plant Sale!!! Yes, it deserves three exclamation points!
We will be having a “work weekend” each evening (4-near dusk) after the sale so you can plant and boast of your booty simultaneously.  It is also a time to take care of some weeding around the garden, or general cleaning up.
Though the plant sale doesn’t start until Saturday, my regular Friday hours are in effect, so I will be at the garden in the evenings all weekend, should you need to see me or secure a plot (wait list).
See you soon.
k

Community Action Meeting May 18 & May 20

 

                                                   May 2015

Dear Friends:

Here’s an update on some important issues affecting the neighborhood and city.

I-195 STADIUM PROPOSAL

There has been much discussion about the future of the PawSox over the past weeks.  The team’s new owners have been lobbying elected officials for significant public subsidies, changes in zoning, and modification of long-term planning objectives in order to take the team out of Pawtucket.  This would involve building a new stadium on I-195 land adjacent to the Providence River.
I-195 land should not be used for the proposed stadium.  The area represents a unique opportunity to create a wide range of jobs, expand economic opportunity for residents, and build a more sustainable city.  The city and state working together have a once-in-a-generation possibility to make this happen.  The opportunity cost of a stadium on I-195 land is too large and the benefits to residents too small.  We can do better.
An article from RI Public Radio’s Scott MacKay, with a quote from me: http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-pawsox-baseball-move-providence-good-or-bad.
Here is one group organizing to oppose the project:
The decision will be made by those in the highest positions in state and city government, so if the issue is important to you, you can find their information here and voice your opinion: https://sos.ri.gov/vic/.

If you want to learn more or voice your opinion about the stadium proposal, there are two opportunities next week

Monday, May 18 at 6:00 p.m. at the Hope High School Cafeteria, hosted by City and State Elected Officials. The formal discussion will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Sheldon Street Church, 51 Sheldon Street, hosted by the Fox Point Neighborhood Association. Program begins at7:00 p.m.

AT THE COUNCIL
I was happy to co-sponsor a resolution creating a Special Committee on Municipal Oversight and Operations.
The Council received the annual report from the Providence Environmental Sustainability Task Force detailing efforts to set long-term goals in the areas of energy, food, water, waste, land use/development, and transportation.
There was unanimous support on the Council for proposed state laws that prohibit those convicted of domestic violence from possessing firearms, and also of prohibiting guns from school grounds.
Additionally, the Council called for additional funding to be provided to the Providence Community Library, and is considering a proposal to provide tax incentives for installation of renewable energy systems.
IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
I recently joined with other local elected officials calling for the burial of the power lines at India Point Park.
A special thanks to the neighbors who helped out with Fenner Square improvements, and to those who participated in the Department of Planning and Development sessions to improve Cathedral Square.
It was also great to see many parents, neighbors, and children at the annual cleanup at Vartan Gregorian Elementary School.
Please feel free to contact me with any issues or concerns – seth@yurdin.com or at 401-484-7207.

Sincerely,

Seth Yurdin

Councilman-Ward 1

Workshops by URI

Do you want to start growing your own food?
All workshops are FREE and open to the public!
Mark the dates below on your calendar to join URI Master Gardener educators from11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. outdoors in the inspiring Roger Williams Park Community Garden in Providence, RI.  In the event of rain, workshops will be held inside the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center.
MAY 16
Seed Bomb Construction
 

 
MAY 23
Weed Control
 

 
Integrated Pest Management 
 

 
JULY 11
Native Plants
 

AUGUST 15
Critter Management
 
      

 
SEPTEMBER 12
Composting
 

 
SEPTEMBER 26
Creating a Hugelkultur Bed
 

 
OCTOBER 17
Seed Saving and Garden Closing
Registration not required – just arrive a little before 11 a.m.!
Bring a lawn chair, a notebook and lots of questions!
DIRECTIONS: The community garden is adjacent to the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center parking lot – park there and walk down!
Please contact the URI Outreach Center at outreach@uri.edu for more information about our educational programs this year.
Happy Spring!