If you caught the On Point segment “The Safety of Plastics, Beyond B.P.A.” with Tom Ashbrook this week, you heard the strong warnings from Mariah Blake, the reporter for Mother Jones on “The Scary New Evidence on BPA-Free Plastics,” and the rest of Tom’s guests that hour. Mariah’s reporting reveals the devastating news that nearly ALL PLASTIC is a risk for exposure to estrogenic chemicals, not just plastics containing Bisphenol-A (BPA), causing endocrine disruption linked to cancer, asthma, diabetes, obesity, infertility, and heart disease. Mariah’s article goes on to explain recent research from CertiChem that “almost all” commercially available plastics that were tested leached synthetic estrogens—even when they weren’t exposed to conditions known to unlock potentially harmful chemicals, such as the heat of a microwave, the steam […]
If Russia can turn Sochi, a summer resort village, into a Winter Olympic host city, why can’t we also flip the seasons and make a successful growing season out of our cold New England winter (without the environmental impact of refrigerating 710,000 cubic meters of snow through the summer to ensure enough for the games)?
The Farmers and Urban Agriculture Ambassadors at Green City Growers know that maintaining a garden through the winter is simple and sustainable as long as you find light, use the right tools and plant smart. Luckily we don’t have to rely on energy-intensive methods to keep our gardens alive through the winter.
1. Find light. To keep plants alive from the first winter frost through the last, put your garden in a location that allows for sun year-round. Successful overwintering means harnessing limited winter […]
At Green City Growers we call readying your garden for spring planting “Spring Awakening.” Even gardens with cold frames that extend the season, New England vegetable gardens require a little TLC and replenishment to ensure a spectacular growing season ahead.
Our team of horticultural specialists have this down to a science, and will be sharing their knowledge about waking up your garden and all other urban farming topics March 21-23 at the Urban Farming Course. In the meantime, the top tips for “Spring Awakening”…
1. Create a Crop Plan
Before you order seeds or purchase plant starts, create a crop plan for your spring, summer and fall crops. Or spring at the very least! Take into account the space you’re growing in, and how much room each crop needs to grow successfully. […]
Honey bees account for the necessary pollination of one third of everything we eat. One third! The increase in use of lawn chemicals, pesticides on crops and in gardens, and chemicals in the home is in large part to blame for the decimation of our bees… And there IS something we can do about it.
5 Things You Can Do To Help Honey Bees
1. Plant organic bee friendly plants and flowers.
If you’re planning an edible garden, let herbs be your bee-friendly go-to. “Chives, dill, fennel, lavender, marjoram, mint, nasturtium, rosemary, sage, and thyme are all wonderful herbs to include in your arsenal that support honey bee health and nutrition,” says Green City Growers Horticultural Director Laura Feddersen.
2. Don’t use toxic persistent chemicals in your home or gardens.
A perfect […]
Hi there! My name is Paige and I’m one of GCGs two Business Development Interns for the spring. I’m a fair weather farmer, an on-again, off-again student, and a latte master at a cafe in Cambridge. My agricultural education started two and a half years ago when I was sitting in a lecture hall during my first year of college learning about apple orchards on the Nova Scotian coast. I’ve always had a vested interest in the environment, but up until that point I’d never considered farming as a career choice for myself. Fast forward to a few years later, a WWOOFing stint, and a six month intensive apprenticeship and now I can’t see myself doing anything else with my life. I’ve been following GCG for about a year now and I’m so thrilled that I’m able to work with them. I wish that […]
A quick search on the web seems to indicate that hydroponic farming is as good as or even superior to organic soil farming. And there’s a current debate over whether to allow hydroponic tomatoes to be classified as organic. This seems simple enough: logically, if only organic nutrient solutions are supplied to the hydroponically-grown tomato plants, then why not? Let’s dig deeper…Green City Growers Horticulturist Laura Feddersen shares her expertise on the difference is between soilless hydroponics and organic soil: “The simplest characterization of organic growers is that they feed the soil, not the plant,” explains Laura. “This distinction is of great importance. The presence of life and once-living things in soil is crucial to organic methods, whereas conventional farming treats the soil like a dead matrix to feed and hold the plant in place, and hydroponic growing simply provides an easier delivery system to […]
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 […]