Scout Somerville just released the autumn edition of its magazine, featuring Green City Growers’ how-to book, The Urban Bounty: Growing Your Own Fresh Organic Produce, Anywhere, in its selection of best holiday gifts for locavores.
Whether you’re looking to grow your own, or want to give a gift of learning to someone else, you can’t go wrong with The Urban Bounty.
More than than 20 years of education and experience has lent Green City Growers a plethora of practical knowledge about growing fresh food in the city. Former Horticultural Director and urban farmer, Allison Houghton, has compiled that wealth of information in The Urban Bounty.
The start to finish “how-to” guide for growing food in urban spaces and unconventional places is designed to help readers learn how to create and maintain bountiful gardens that thrive […]
Food Day is a Nation wide holiday that celebrates people and the food we eat. It’s efforts are to connect people back to their food e.i. where it comes from, what it is, if its in season ect. All across the nation kids are learning how to chop veggies in school, how to eat healthy and where their food comes from.
Check out GCG’s Food Day video on our Facebook page and join us in making a simple Virgin Garden Bloody Mary!
Juicer – (Virgin) Garden Bloody Mary 1 C Chopped Tomatoes 1/3 Cucumber 1/2 Celery Stalk 1/2 Red Bell Pepper 1/4 Small Onion 1/4 Jalapeno 1/2 Lemon Salt & Pepper the rim and add Herb Garnish
For all of October, Green City Growers is offering our unique cold frames at a 5% discount. Combine your cold frame with the purchase of one of our raised beds, and enjoy 10% off your whole purchase! To celebrate this offer, we’ve compiled the top 4 ways a cold frame can change the way you garden.
1. Overwinter cold-hardy crops.
There’s no need to let your garden stay empty during the winter. Instead of clearing off an empty patch of soil in April, why not enjoy a garden full of ready-to-eat spinach? Cold-hardy crops planted in your cold frame in late fall will grow slowly through the winter and be ready to harvest as soon as spring arrives.
2. Plant early in the spring…
GCG cold frames can advance your growing season by 6 […]
Ledge Kitchen and Drinks in Dorchester is set to begin its fourth growing season with Green City Growers. Ledge partnered with GCG and Recover Green Roofs of Somerville, MA to build a 5,000 square foot farm on the roof of their Dorchester restaurant, the largest installation of its kind in the city. It was completed in June 2010 and has been maintained by the farmers at Green City Growers ever since.
Ledge will enjoy the benefits of growing hard to find and otherwise expensive herbs and vegetables on their rooftop, providing the freshest cocktails in Boston. When asked about Ledge’s rooftop farm, General […]
Appreciating Your Food to the Fullest
What were you doing the last time you ate? Were you actually just eating? For many people, meals serve as a multi-purpose food-consuming/email-checking/news-reading/kid-taming session. But there is something to be gained from mindfully meditating on your food: where it comes from, who was involved in getting it to your table, and the energy that went into creating, transporting, and preparing it. As I found, clearing out mealtime distractions can help one reach multi-faceted satisfaction – mentally, physically, and spiritually.
Practicing such mindfulness every time one sits down to eat a meal contributes to what is known as mindful eating. Psychology Today describes it as “deliberately being fully aware of what is happening both inside and outside yourself, in your body, heart and mind and in your environment” […]
Discovering New Greens at Fresh Pond Apartments
Is there a meal that reminds you of home? Whether it’s your mom’s pad see ew or your Grandpa’s ratatouille, you can probably think of a dish or ingredient that reminds you of the place you are from. Replicating these meals can make home seem a little closer, but what do you if you can’t even find the ingredients in this country? I joined Farmer Tany at Fresh Pond Apartments’ vegetable gardens and discovered how one can grow a piece of home in one’s own backyard.
Fresh Pond Apartments has an ethnically diverse population. On the day of our maintenance visit, tenants speaking myriad languages joined us to harvest the last of summer’s crops. Several of the women, wearing vibrant scarves and jewel colored silks […]
Root Veggie Soup Recipe
Every time I step into my friend Chiara’s home, the aroma of some expertly, authentically cooked Italian meal graciously greets me at the door. I pester her mother to reveal her secrets, and the following recipe is the first successful response I received. And of course, I’m going to share it with the whole Internet. Proportions are vague, but it’s hard to go wrong using seasonal veggies.
3 lbs of mixed root vegetables, in equal parts: turnips, parsnips, celery roots, rutabaga, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, carrots (important for sweetness)
Olive oil – enough to coat vegetables
Herbs of your choice (rosemary, thyme, basil are good to start with)
6 cloves of garlic
1 big shallot
Salt and pepper to taste
POOR DIET AND DEMENTIA
Ready for yet another reason to eat your vegetables? In addition to the innumerable health and economic downsides, a diet high in fatty, sugary foods can contribute to Alzheimer’s. This association is nothing new. Researches announced in 2005 findings that showed people suffering from type 2 diabetes are two to three times more likely to be struck by Alzheimer’s than the general population. Now the connection is all the more clear: the more junk foods one eats, the more likely one is to develop this mentally debilitating disease.
35 million people worldwide suffer from Alzheimer’s, and with an aging population that number is sure to grow. There is still research to be done, but there is enough evidence to make a strong case for eating your […]
Silly me, I neglected to introduce myself with my last post. My name is Annie Gilmore and I am one of the new interns for GCG this fall. My passion for locally, sustainably grown food aligns with GCG’s mission to bring farm fresh food to everyone’s backyard (or roof!) and I am thrilled to be a part of it.
My interest in the local food movement developed at Dickinson College where I took a class on ecofeminism, that is, finding connections between the oppression of women and the environment (more on that later). In this class we explored, among many things, our interconnectedness with the earth and at times focused on the power of soil. I came to the conclusion that working […]
Don’t you love September? The weather is warm, the sun is still up by the time you get home, and so many of the summer crops are ripe for the picking.
Though chilly temperatures are just around the corner, you don’t have to give up fresh food from your own backyard. If you want to extend your growing season and keep those veggies coming, consider getting a cold frame.
As a new intern for GCG, I’ve learned that anyone, most anywhere, can have his or her own garden. Cold frames take this a step further and allow you to have a garden most any time of the year.
Cold frames keep the air inside up to 40 degrees warmer than the outside temperature. Some […]