Those seed catalogues are mighty tempting — time to plan your garden, or maybe start a plot at your nearby community garden. Whichever you choose, you will need compost (a.k.a. black gold). The Fox Point Community Garden already has some basic compost boxes for its members, but the space outside the fence might allow for something more substantial, and enclosed. From Providence Monthly:
At the December meeting of the Fox Point Neighborhood Association, members of the nonprofit group Harvest Cycle shared a proposal to build a compost hub on the East Side. The hub will be located just outside the Fox Point Community Garden on lower Gano Street and will include six fully enclosed processing bins and an additional drop-off bin. While neighbors will be charged a fee to participate, program coordinator Joshua Tarantino explains that the payment system will be tiered, ranging from $10 to $25 per month, and free for garden members and SNAP participants. “We will do everything we can to make it accessible and affordable,” they say.
Harvest Cycle is Groundwork RI’s community composting project.
We collect food scraps from residences, restaurants and institutions across the city by bicycle and process them at our community garden in Federal Hill.
Groundwork RI’s youth and adult employment programs are both involved in the food scrap collection, processing, and food growing operations, creating economic opportunity for local residents!
They hope to start phasing in the new composting system this spring.
Want to join a community garden? The Southside Community Land Trust maintains a list of community gardens around the city with contact information. Go to Providence Community Garden Network.
The FPCG — located on Power Street at the Gano Street traffic signal — will be holding its monthly Zoom meeting Thursday, February 11th.