Kombit Screening on Sunday July 17

Please join us Sunday, July 17 at Noon at the Connolly Center (90 Chelsea St) for a screening of Kombit: The Cooperative.

About the film: Once known as the richest agricultural country in the Caribbean, Haiti has been wracked by instability and natural disasters. Decades of decline have taken their toll on Haiti’s people, and today the country is 98% deforested with little of its once prosperous agricultural industry enduring. When Timberland commits to creating a sustainable intervention in Haiti that will lead to 5 million trees in 5 years, they work to find partners that understand the harsh realities of aid work but share the vision to build something sustainable. Over the course of 5 years, we follow Timberland’s support of a nascent partnership between a Haitian agronomist and a former NGO leader that commit to empowering communities of farmers to plant millions of trees while improving their crop yields. As the end of Timberland’s financial support approaches, SFA’s leaders race to develop new markets and opportunities for Haitian farmers that will endure and ensure a sustainable, greener future.

See the trailer here:

KOMBIT: THE COOPERATIVE (TRAILER) from Impact Farming on Vimeo.

Volunteers Needed at NSCF!

Join us to grow food at the Northern Strand Community Farm (located at the intersection of West. St. and Wellington St. in Everett!) Generally, volunteer days at the farms will take place:

  • Tuesday evenings from 5 PM-6:30 PM
  • Thursday afternoons from 2 PM-4 PM
  • Saturday mornings from 10 AM-12 PM

Check out the calendar tab for complete information!

Volunteer tasks include planting, watering, weeding, helping with the compost, helping with deliveries to the food pantry, and more! We’re SO excited about NSCF and we hope to see you there!

Food Day Celebration and Storytelling Success!

Thanks to everyone who celebrated Food Day on Saturday, October 24 with us at Common Ground Coffee Roasters! The event was a great success, and we were so excited to see many familiar faces showing up to support local food and urban agriculture in Everett.

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Residents who attended the event were able to pin a map to select their preferred site for our new farm:

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Many residents and growers also shared their stories with Tufts students for a video project being completed for a Food Justice course. And finally, we gave away amazing local apples and a gift basket which was raffled off! Thanks to everyone who attended and we hope to see you again next summer at our new farm!

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Food Day 2015: Everett Community Growers to Host Storytelling Event at Common Ground Coffee Roasters

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Join ECG at Common Ground Coffee Roasters (1727 Revere Beach Parkway in Everett) from 10AM-2PM on Saturday, October 24th to share your food stories with ECG, enter a raffle for an AMAZING gift basket, learn about the future of urban agriculture in Everett, and more! ECG wants to know how residents in Everett envision the future of community gardening and urban agriculture. Come share in the fun and invite your friends to stop by in celebration of Food Day!

RSVP here (optional):  http://www.foodday.org/eknink/everett_community_growers_food_storytelling

ECG Is a Finalist in the #GardensforGood Contest!

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Dear Supporters,

Thank you all so much for your support over the last two weeks – we finished 6th in the ‪#‎GardensforGood‬ contest, allowing us to become a finalist for an important grant! Keep your fingers crossed for ECG over the next month or so- if we are selected from the six finalists, we will be able to build a new garden next year to grow organic produce for food pantries in Everett!

As many of you know, Everett has an extremely high need for urban gardening, as demonstrated by our wait list and data from several research projects. We are truly amazed by the support shown by the community over the past year and throughout this contest, as we were up against some very well-established organizations!

We can’t wait to get folks off the wait list for garden plots and we are anticipating a great finish to the season this year and an even better season next year! None of this would have been possible without your votes and we deeply appreciate your support for a healthier Everett. Thanks especially to Everett Farmers’ Market, Mayor Carlo DeMaria,Everett Community Health Partnership, Everett Community Television and Energize Everett!

Wish us luck in phase 2 of the grant selection process!

Sincerely,

Everett Community Growers

Schedule for Educational Workshops

ECG will host educational workshops in English and Spanish at Tremont Street on Saturdays at noon, starting on June 13th. At Florence Street, the workshops will take place on Wednesdays at 6 PM, starting June 10th.

June 24/June 27

Herb Spiral Construction

July 1 (No Workshop July 4)

Rainwater Harvesting

July8/July 11

Companion Planting

July 15/July 18

Seed Saving 1: Collecting Seeds and Drying

July 22/July 25

Seed Saving 2: Wet Fermentation and Storage

July 29/August 1

Seed Saving 3: Germination Testing

August 12/August 15

Repropagating Onions and Celery

August 19/August 22

Canning and Preserving the Harvest

August 26/August 29

Crop Rotation in a Raised Bed

September 2/September 5

Caring for Chickens

Join us in either garden to learn more about how to take care of our community together!

Please contact ECG Education Coordinator Emily Nink with any questions regarding the workshops. Emily can be reached via email at everettcommunitygrowers@gmail.com.

Community Gardens at Tremont Street and Florence Street will Open on May 30, 2015

Everett Community Growers will host opening day events at both Florence Street and Tremont Street on Saturday, May 30, 2015. Gardeners will come together to participate in compost setup, garden painting, and bulletin board construction. There’s a lot of activity at both community gardens, and opening day activities will carry this momentum forward to start the season off with a bang! ECG members can join in the festivities and community building at 10:00 AM at Florence Street or at 12:00 PM at Tremont Street.

Gardeners will also discuss ongoing educational activities that will occur throughout the summer, which will include workshops on composting, seed saving, herb spiral construction, and more!

Los Jardineros Comunitarios de Everett van a acoger eventos para un día de apertura, en los jardines de la calle Florence y también en la calle Tremont, en el 30 de may de 2015. Los jardineros se reunirán para participar en la construcción de compost, pintura del jardín, y la construcción de tablones de anuncios. ¡Hay mucha actividad en los dos jardines comunitarias, y las actividades del día de apertura será llevar este impulso hacia adelante para comenzar la temporada con una explosión! Miembros del ECG pueden unirse a la fiesta y construcción de la comunidad a las 10:00 AM en la calle Florence, o a las 12:00 PM en la calle Tremont. 

Jardineros también discutirán actividades educativas en curso que se producirán a lo largo del verano, que incluirá talleres sobre compostaje, el ahorro de semillas, construcción de espiral de hierbas, y mucho más!

Everett Speaks Up: Sharing Everett’s Food Stories

Everett residents have a lot to say about food! Tufts students from a Food Justice course collected their stories at our Food Day event and created a video to share residents’ perspectives on food in Everett:

Special thanks to Matt Hinds, Nicole Smith, Claire Mance, and Marbury Jacobs for their hard work on this project!