Dorchester Food Coop Initiative Public Planning Meeting, May 25

DEHCInterested in fresh food, local agriculture, improving your community and collaborating wiht your neighbors? Come to the Second Planning Meeting of the Dorchester Food Coop Initiative on Wednesday, May 25 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Meeting will take place at the Bowdoin Street Health Center, Large Conference Room, 230 Bowdoin Street, Dorchester, MA 02122.

Please come—the Coop Steering Committee wants to hear your ideas! Bring friends and neighbors who would like to build a community owned store that reflects and celebrates the diversity of our neighborhood. For more information, contact Jenny Silverman: silverman.jen@gmail.com; 617-272-5917.

MBTA GM at Shawmut, Jun. 4

Melville Park (Photo Courtesy of Melville Park Assn)Meet, munch, mulch. MBTA General Manager Richard Davey will join area residents for a Shawmut "tunnel cap" clean-up on Saturday, June 4 at 8:30 a.m. These cleanups occur the first Saturday each month, 10 a.m. to noon and the GM's June appearance marks the MBTA's gratitude to Shawmut locals and Melville Park Association members for preserving and beautifying their neighborhood.

Photo at right: Melville Park (courtesy of Melville Park Association). 

Savin Hill/Tenean Beach Clean Up, May 21

Department of Conservation and RecreationSenator Jack Hart and Representative Martin Walsh in collaboration with The Department of Conservation and Recreation have announced plans for the annual volunteer community beach clean-up. The clean-up will take place at Savin Hill Beach and Tenean Beach in Dorchester on Saturday May 21, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Dorchester residents are invited to stop by and help with raking, weeding and general clean-up. The Department of Conservation and Recreation will provide the necessary equipment at each location.

Residents of Dorchester: please meet at the playground of Savin Hill Beach or parking lot of Tenean Beach to pick-up equipment for the cleanup. Contact: Jennifer Jackson for more information at (617) 722-1150.

Generations of Hope Community Garden Reopening, May 27

Partnership for Greening Blue Hill AveNuestra Comunidad Development Corporation (Nuestra) and YouthBuild Boston are pleased to announce the grand reopening of the Generations of Hope Community Garden! You are invited to join YouthBuild Boston students and staff, local gardeners, Nuestra employees, and seniors from Nuestra’s nearby GrandFamilies and Hope in Dorchester housing developments at a reopening event on Friday, May 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 87-89 Nightingale Street in Dorchester. Plant apple trees, vegetable seedlings and ornamental plantings and celebrate the culmination of the redesign and renovation process! The 9 to 11:30 a.m. work session will be followed by an apple tree planting and ceremony 11:30 to 12 p.m. 

For more information, contact Zachary Arnold, Project Manager, The Partnership for Greening Blue Hill Avenue, Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation at (617) 989-1219 or zarnold@nuestracdc.org. >> Read More

Urban Farm Hearing in Codman Square, May 23

Boston City Hall (May 19, 2011) – Boston City Councillor Charles C. Yancey and the Boston City Council’s Committee on City, Neighborhood Services and Veterans Affairs will hold a public hearing on Monday, May 23, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at The Great Hall, 5 Norfolk Street [sic] in Dorchester, to scrutinize the City of Boston’s proposal for establishing agricultural gardens on four Dorchester parcels. [The Great Hall is located at 6 Norfolk Street, Dorchester, MA]. >> Read More

DEHC Sat. Morning Workshop at 450, May 7

Learn how to garden in only two feet of space! Take home a free kit with gardening supplies! The Dorchester Environmental Health Coalition is launching a series of workshops Saturday mornings at the Community Room, 450 Washington Street, Dorchester, MA. On Saturday May 7, DEHC will lead a "Landless Garden" workshop. Come at 9:30 a.m. for coffee and muffins. Workshop begins at 10 a.m. and will be done by 11.

To ensure appropriate amounts of supplies and food, please RSVP to DEHC at 617-474-1478 or by emailing DorchesterEnviro@gmail.com. Visit the DEHC website for details!

Free Yard Waste & Hazardous Waste Removal, Apr 25 - May 20

At 7 a.m. on recycling days from April 25 to May 20, residents can have their leaves and yard waste picked up by Boston Public Works crews. Those who want to get rid of their rubbish in the backyard should leave the debris in large paper leaf bags or barrels labeled “yard waste” and tie branches together with string.

The City of Boston is also holding drop-off days to get rid of household hazardous waste. This year residents can take any waste to the UMass-Boston Harbor Campus  on May 7, or to the West Roxbury Public Works Yard  on June 25. Put household poisons, insecticides, paint, tires, auto fluids, car batteries, wood preservatives, herbicides and pool supplies, propane tanks, motor oil , and products labeled corrosive, flammable or toxic in cardboard boxes for safe transport and bring them to the below locations. TVs & computer monitors are not accepted at Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Days. Please call 617-635-7574 for home pickup of TVs and computer monitors or apply online here. >> Read More

Pilot Urban Agriculture Project Meeting Apr. 14

The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) & Department of Neighborhood Development (DND) community meetings regarding the Pilot Urban Agriculture Project on four city-owned Properties in Dorchester are scheduled for Tuesday, March 29, from 6 to 9 p.m. and Thursday, April 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Great Hall, 6 Norfolk Street. These two community meetings have been scheduled to hear from neighborhood stakeholders, community residents are encouraged to attend and be heard!  >> Read More

BU Students Jumpstart Slow Food Movement at Boys & Girls Club

Boys and Girls Planting for Health was held on Wednesday, April 6, 2011, at the Boys and Girls Club of Boston's Blue Hill Club. The event was to build Blue Hill Club a working garden to teach its members about responsibility, healthy living, sustainability and the slow food movement. 

Garden bed experts from Slow Food Boston were on hand during the morning to advise Nature's Sustainers on building the garden beds as well as discuss the significance of them. >> Read More

Tree Party Inauguration, Apr. 10

On Sunday, April 10th, The Boston Tree Party will officially launch with the Boston Tree Party Inauguration event on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. The Inauguration will be the ceremonial planting of the first pair of trees in this city-wide planting campaign. The Delegation sign in begins at 12:30 near the intersection of High St. and Atlantic Ave and the tree planting fun will go on until 3:30 p.m. >> Read More

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