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Are you looking for a way to put your food scraps to good use? Bring them full-cycle with the Harvest Cycle Compost Pickup program!
They collect your food scraps by bicycle--no fossil fuels necessary--and deliver them to a local urban farm or garden! Harvest Cycle is proud to partner with Sidewalk Ends Farm to bring food scraps full-cycle at their farm in the West End neighborhood.
Urban Greens members who sign up for a 6 month subscription will receive an introductory 20% discount for the full 6 months! Or sign up for 1 month to give it a shot, and you'll still be eligible for the 6 month discount!
The compost pedaling team will pick up your compost twice a month from your house and will provide a 5-gallon bucket with a lid to collect your veggie scraps.
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If you want a dish that screams summer time this is the one! This is a summer time staple dessert in Germany, and takes advantage of the fresh berries of the season. The flavors of the berries comes out loud and clear, and while this is definitely a dessert, it is not overly sweet. Enjoy the flavors of summer!
Rote Grütze (German Red Fruit Pudding)
We recently had the chance to sit down with Elizabeth Hoover to chat about food justice and inclusion in the local food movement. Elizabeth Hoover is the Manning Assistant Professor of American Studies at Brown University, where she teaches courses on environmental health and justice in Native communities, indigenous food movements, and community engaged research. Professor Hoover is currently working on a book manuscript entitled “The River is In Us: Fighting Toxins in a Mohawk Community,” which is an ethnographic exploration of Akwesasne Mohawks’ response to Superfund contamination and environmental health research. Her second book project, “From ‘Garden Warriors’ to ‘Good Seeds:’ Indigenizing the Local Food Movement” explores Native American farming and gardening projects around the country, the successes and challenges faced by these organizations, the ways in which participants define and envision concepts like food sovereignty, and the importance of heritage seeds. More information on this exciting project can be found on her blog.
The local food movement in the United States has, in large part, struggled with issues of inclusion, access, and outreach over the past few decades. For example, whereas many organizations have encouraged customers to "buy local," they have failed to take into account the importance of promoting and increasing access to culturally appropriate foods that might not grow nearby.
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Community Investment Campaign Recap
Since our June Investment Campaign and with support from over 98 investors, we raised over $384,500 in community investments! That means that we've raised almost 2/3 of the equity needed to make sure Urban Greens not only opens, but thrives as a community owned and operated business. The success of this campaign is a testament both to the impact of community capital and to growing excitement around the Co-op.
Without so many committed and excited individuals, we would never have made it this far. Thank you!
It's not too late to invest!
Urban Greens is ready to be an anchor community business:
- A leader in local sourcing
- Dedicated to being inclusive: from leadership and hiring, to local food sourcing, to our Food For All program
- Offering farmers market quality, 7 days a week
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A few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to visit Christina Dedora over at Blue Skys Farm in Cranston, RI. Blue Skys is a part of Urbam Edge Farm, a 50-acre farm that is managed by the Southside Community Land Trust and leased out to seven different small farmers. In 2002, the land was purchased by the Rhode Island Division of Agriculture as part of the State of Rhode Island's Open Space Preservation Act. Scratch Farm, Pak Express Farm, Big Train Farm, and Zephyr Farm also farm on this land.
Christina farms 2 acres of vegetables, herbs, and flowers, which she sells at various farmers markets, through CSA, and through FarmFreshRI Market Mobile. In the coming years, Christina hopes to expand her cut flower and dried herb business. Blue Skys also offers a work share program, which you can learn more about on their website!
Christina fell in love with farming while working on a farm in France. After farming in Massachusettes for a few years, she started Blue Skys in 2006. Blue Skys is committed to practicing chemical free farming, educating customers on local and sustainable farming, and being creative in the field by growing a variety of crops! Christina and her team face many challenges as small scale farmers, including limited space and pesky rabbits (who love her vegetables as much as we do!).
You can find Blue Skys at the Pawtuxet Village Farmer's Market, Saturdays from 9am-Noon! Stock up on everything from cucumbers to sunflowers to fresh lavender!
Urban Greens Food Co-Op is excited to source From Blue Skys when our store opens in the fall of 2017!Read More