What we're about

Do you care about what you eat? This is a group of folks who want to support local, humanely raised, environmentally sustainable, fairly traded, "green" food. Thinking about joining a CSA? Maybe considering a tomato plant on your balcony this spring? How bout a new compost bin for your backyard? Maybe you work on or own a farm in Massachusetts? Or sit on the board of a an urban non-profit that brings produce to people in need......or you're a policy student, interested in finding ways of lobbying for the small organic food producers. We're all members of a community of food-lovers!! So let's get together and do what we do best - eat!

Upcoming events (5)

Mountain Top Arboretum– Timber Frame Education Center from Catskill Native Trees

Join Marc Wolf for an inspiring visit to the Mountain Top Arboretum forest. The forest provided the timber for the construction of the Arboretum’s new timber frame Education Center. This unique building demonstrates the beauty of 21 different tree species and the talent of local artisans, including the noted timber frame architect Jack Sobon. The landscape phase of the project, designed by landscape architect Jamie Purinton, uses plants native to the Catskill Mountains and a system of six separate Rain Gardens that catch and filter water runoff. Marc will discuss the different plant communities represented and individual favorite trees, shrubs and perennials chosen. The goal is that these beautiful plantings will inspire and educate visitors about native plants as well as water and land stewardship, important tenets of the Arboretum’s mission. A short documentary on the building of the Education Center captures the essence of the project. Marc Wolf joined Mountain Top Arboretum in 2016 as Director of Horticulture and became Executive Director in 2017. He received his BA from Williams College, is a graduate of New York Botanical Garden’s School of Professional Horticulture and interned at Chanticleer Garden. Marc studied with the noted landscape architect Darrel Morrison and worked as his field assistant on projects at New York Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Botanic Garden and for private clients. As a writer and performer working in theater, film and television, Marc received OBIE and National Endowment for the Arts Awards, among others. Marc enjoys hiking, skiing, fishing and exploring the native plant communities of the Catskills. Marc agrees with the late, great poet Mary Oliver that “the song you heard singing in the leaf when you / were a child / is singing still.” Date: Wed, May 27 Time: 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT Event Category: Webinars Organizer: Penny Lewis Phone:[masked] Email: [masked] Website: https://www.ecolandscaping.org/

Grow herbs for you and your garden’s health

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Herbs are an essential part of most polycultures and food forests. In this workshop, you will learn about the medicinal uses of many common plants, like nettle, peppermint, comfrey, chamomile, bee balm, and many more! You will also learn how these important plants support your food forest’s health while helping you maintain your own physical health. Join our instructor, Lauren Almquist, herbalist, founder of Heartspace Herbals & Garden Design, and long-time teacher of BFFC herbalism classes. Combine this workshop with Tree Health Management, offered on the same day! This course is part of our Applied Permaculture 2020 series. You can sign up for this workshop, or, get a discount by signing up for the entire series. https://bostonfoodforest.org/events/grow-herbs-workshop/

Tree Health Management Workshop

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Trees and plants have many natural mechanisms to maintain their health and ward off pests and diseases. But sometimes, if a disease or a pest strikes, we can lend a helping hand. In this workshop you will learn how to support your trees’ health, how to recognize some common diseases and pests, and organic methods to deal with them. Join our instructor Ben Crouch, owner of Land of Plenty landscaping. Ben has years of experience working with trees and landscapes and has taught many pruning workshops. He also maintains the fruit trees of the Boston Nature Center. Combine this workshop with Grow Herbs for Your and Your Garden’s Health, offered on the same day! Check out our other 2020 workshops on fruit tree care: Introduction to Winter Pruning (March 7); Winter Pruning Level 2 (March 14); Planting a Food Forest (May 3); Winterizing your Food Forest (October 17). This course is part of our Applied Permaculture 2020 series. You can sign up for this workshop, or, get a discount by signing up for the entire series. https://bostonfoodforest.org/events/tree-health-management-workshop/

Let Them Eat Flowers: The Gardens of Paris

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Paris gardens were originally inspired by the classical and romantic styles found in Italy and England. Over the past two hundred years, designers have created a uniquely Parisian look to the gardens, as they have become a cultural way of life. Today, Paris boasts of more than 400 private and public gardens, each one appreciated for its distinct place in the fabric of the city. The tour will begin with such well-known parks as Luxembourg, Tuileries and Bagatelle, smaller gardens such as Monceau, Rodin, and Carnavalet, and also a few surprises such as Promenade du Plantee, Hotel du Sully and Mosque du Paris. In Paris, a park is almost never a mere plot of grass reserved for leisure, and a garden is rarely a random selection of flowers and plants. Parisians pride themselves in making their city’s parks and gardens places of elegance, artistic detail, and symmetry– even the romantic gardens have been carefully planned to imitate nature. CeCe Haydock graduated from Princeton University (BA English) and received a master’s degree in landscape architecture from the SUNY School of Environmental Science and Forestry. After working for the New York City Parks Department, she joined the firm, Innocenti and Webel in Locust Valley, NY, before starting her private practice. In 2007, she did research as a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome on Edith Wharton and Italian villas. She has lectured and written on historic Italian, French, and American gardens for Old Westbury Gardens, Maryland’s Ladew Topiary Gardens, Princeton University, and numerous garden and horticultural clubs. A trustee of Planting Fields Arboretum and a member of the International Council of The Preservation Society of Newport County and a visiting lecturer at the New York Botanic Garden. CeCe is currently expanding her private practice to include landscape sustainability. Date: Wed, June 3 Time: 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT Organizer: Penny Lewis Phone:[masked] Email: [masked] Website: https://www.ecolandscaping.org/

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Spring Ephemerals

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