BOSTON, MA – February 2017 – The Gardeners’ Gathering continues to be the annual forum for gardeners to shrug off the winter chill and come together to celebrate urban gardening in Boston. With spring just around the corner, the 42nd Annual Gardeners’ Gathering, presented by The Trustees and the City of Boston, will take place on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Northeastern University’s Shillman Hall and the Egan Center in Boston. Mayor Martin J. Walsh will, once again, attend and present the Annual Community Garden Awards.
Free and open to all, the Gardeners’ Gathering brings together over 400 gardeners to ring in Boston’s gardening season. As the city’s largest educational forum for urban gardeners, the annual event provides an opportunity for people to share ideas and tips, network, and learn; offering more than two dozen skill-building workshops for both vegetable and ornamental gardeners with an emphasis on healthy practices for urban gardens. Topics range from gardening and urban homesteading skills to community and youth organizing, with workshops such as No-Till Gardening, Tomatoes in Focus, Mushroom Cultivation, Exploring School Gardening, Backyard Chickens, Urban Beekeeping, Sauerkraut, Advocacy 101: Building New Community Gardens and many more. Attendees also have the opportunity to learn about Boston-area agriculture, gardening, and environmental organizations through the array of exhibitors at the information gallery. See the full program here.
“The Gardeners’ Gathering is a cherished annual event that brings together urban gardeners from all corners of the City to share best practices and attend workshops to build upon their skills,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “I am proud that this important community event that celebrates the benefits of community gardening has reached its 42nd year, and I look forward to many more years of working together with The Trustees and partner organizations to actively promote a healthy and sustainable environment.”
“For over 40 years Bostonians have been coming together in the spring to celebrate urban gardening and kick off the season at the Gardeners’ Gathering,” says Barbara Erickson, Trustees President & CEO. “As Massachusetts’ largest conservation and preservation nonprofit and one of the largest owners of community gardens in Boston and farmland in the state, it is vital to our mission to connect more residents to the local food movement and the power of growing their own food. The Gathering provides an opportunity for our gardening experts, partners, community gardeners, and all who are interested in sharing tips and techniques for successful, sustainable growing practices to come together and celebrate the power of community gardening.”
This year’s Gardeners’ Gathering will feature special guest speaker LaDonna Redmond, a food justice activist and visionary recognized by Time magazine and many national food organizations such as the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, as having been instrumental in improving food access for residents of Chicago and communities across the nation. Redmond founded the Campaign for Food Justice Now, which draws attention to the relationship between the food movement and broader social issues including race, gender, and class. Redmond’s address will be “Food and Justice: feeding ourselves in uncertain times" during the noon plenary and she will participate in a roundtable discussion during the workshop sessions about food justice as a movement toward liberation, and ending oppression in our food system and beyond.
The Gardeners’ Gathering will also feature the popular Annual Community Garden Awards presentations by Mayor Martin J. Walsh. Outstanding community gardens and individual gardeners will be honored with the “Hall of Fame” award honoring a historically significant garden, “Rookie Garden of the Year” honoring an excellent new garden, and “Most Valuable Gardener” honoring an individual who has made important contributions to Boston community gardens. For a complete menu of activities and workshop topics and more information, contact Michelle de Lima at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617.542.7696 x2115.
The Trustees preserves and cares for some of Massachusetts’ most treasured natural, scenic, and historic sites for public use and enjoyment. Founded in 1891 and celebrating our 125th Anniversary from May 2016-2017, The Trustees is the first land preservation nonprofit of its kind in the world and the Commonwealth’s largest conservation and preservation organization. With a passion for protecting the irreplaceable for everyone, forever, The Trustees is focusing its renewed mission on connecting more people of all ages and interests to outdoor recreation, culture, agriculture, and healthy, active living using its 116 diverse properties, community spaces, and over 5,000 annual programs as a powerful and compelling platform. Located within minutes of every resident and visited by 1.6 million people in 2015, Trustees properties span more than 27,000 acres across the state – from working farms, landscaped and urban gardens, and community parks, to barrier beaches, forests, campgrounds, inns and historic sites, many of which are National Historic Landmarks. The Trustees is also a worldwide model and active leader in land conservation, serving as the largest private holder of conservation restrictions of any entity in the state, overseeing the protection of more than 20,000 acres, and working with community’s partners to protect additional land, totaling over 25,000 acres to date. Also leader in the local, sustainable food movement, The Trustees operates five working farms with CSA programs, holds over 2,000 acres of farmland, and is a founding partner of the Boston Public Market, the first all locally-sourced indoor market of its kind in the nation, where it runs all educational programming at the Market’s demonstration KITCHEN and is one of 40 on-site vendors. Funded by our nearly 125,000 members and supported by many generous donors, partners, and volunteers, The Trustees invites all to get out, get inspired, and find magic in the moment through a Trustees program or property: www.thetrustees.org.
In 2006, The Trustees affiliated with Boston Natural Areas Network (BNAN), a premier advocate for community gardens, open space, urban wilds and greenways in Boston. In the fall of 2014, BNAN became a permanent part of the organization’s new Boston region, which holds or leases 55 community gardens and parks and serves as the Boston Public Market’s lead programming partner. With hundreds of outreach programs, workshops, camps, concerts and events designed to engage all ages in its mission throughout the year, The Trustees invite you to Find Your Place and get out and experience the natural beauty and culture our state has to offer. For more information, visit: www.thetrustees.org.