With the world uprising in a movement for Black Lives, we are transplanting and cultivating the soil with humble hands, torn that we cannot actively be part of the resistance but grounded in that we know that our work – and this land – will help serve the people in the years to come!
Not quite ready to start a full orchard – with all of the research, upfront costs, and irrigation systems required for such a long-term investment – we still wanted to get a start. So we started small scale, with just a few paw paw, Asian pear, hardy kiwi, and fig trees. We will see how they do over the next few years and will be sure to expand on the cultivars that do well!
The work of re-establishing a working farm is tremendous! And last year the launch of the CSA only months after the sale of the property, prevented us from making big strides. So this Spring we accomplished a few small projects – re-shelling our quahog driveway and establishing a parking area; improving our washing station with a better drainage system; building a small shelter to keep our bicycles and maybe a tractor implement or two in good shape.
And after five years of rushing to close the greenhouse when the temperature drops, or having to pull off the highway and drive back to the house when the sun unexpectedly beams through parting clouds, we finally have a greenhouse with an automated ventilation system. A thermostat control box kicks on circulation fans as soon as the temperature reaches 70F and rolls up the greenhouse sides and opens ventilation units when the temperature hits 83F. Far more than reducing work and worry, this unit will keep prime growing conditions for the tomatoes, husk cherries, and cucumbers that we are growing this year!
A update from two of our partner organizations – PrYSM and AARW
Stepping up to address the spiraling crises that COVID-19 has had on communities of color – and on social justice organizations led by people of color – six Rhode Island organizations have come together to form the Rhode Island Solidarity Fund. As movement organizations recalibrate EVERYTHING – from tactics, strategies, funding, capacities, safety protocols, launching food and finances programs, connecting existing campaigns to the protest movement, and figuring out how to navigate and work with the emergence of new groups and mutual aid associations – this fund is a way to make sure that the grassroots, anti-racist, direct action organizations that have, for years, laid the legal, political, community groundwork for police accountability organizing, are supported and lifted. It’s also a way for donors, funders, philanthropists, and those who can afford to re-direct their tax returns directly to support the organizations behind the movement. Consider reaching out to the fund or organizing an outdoor socially distanced dinner party this summer to raise awareness about this fund!
In Boston, groups such as Dorchester Not for Sale, the Asian American Resource Workshop, Black Lives Matter Boston, Showing Up for Racial Justice Boston, New England United for Justice, Dorchester Food Co-op, have banded together to form Dorchester Community Care. Based in language justice, anti-racist organizing, and leadership by people of color, Dorchester Community Care pairs folks who have something to give or offer with folks who are looking for assistance or help.
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