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Community Grown: Art & Playfulness in the Community Gardens

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Urban gardens are sanctuaries of green among the hustle and bustle of city life. This year, the Trustees is pleased to once again partner with the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics with the support of TD Bank on the Community Grown program. This year, the program will focus on infusing design, art, community building, and playfulness into three Boston community gardens: Berkeley Community Garden in the South End, Joe Ciampa Community Garden in East Boston, and the Fenway Victory Gardens.  From June to September, each garden will host an installation or project designed specifically for the site, along with special events inviting interaction among the creative pieces, the artist, and members of the community. The installations will support programs like story-telling events, community conversations, community dinners, live performances, and interactive play. TD Bank's Ready Commitment will also make skill- and community-building programs at several other Trustees gardens possible this season. We’re sure one of these special gardens will become your new oasis. Check back here for program updates as the season progresses!

Grow Up Curious
Joe Ciampa Community Garden
124 Marginal Street, East Boston

Take Home a Plant Day
Sunday, August 18 | 1-4PM
The Joe Ciampa gardeners will be set up to teach people how to plant and care for a plant at home. Receive a free plant, recycled planter container (or bring your own) and enjoy some light gardening on the waterfront in East Boston.

Water Our Earth Day
Friday, September 13 | 10AM-2PM
The Water Cycle will be shown to children by creating a cloud demonstration. Classrooms from Adams School Elementary will be walked through the garden to experience the five sense planters, learning about nature and how we connect to it. All children who would like to join these demonstrations are welcome to join the Adams School Children.  

Community Block Party
Saturday, September 21 |1-5PM
The neighboring street to the garden will be closed to cars for local businesses to sell food and home-made goods. A cooking demonstration of healthy foods will take place to show people how you can eat healthy with the foods we can grow. Stories from the Garden will be hosting performances, and anyone is welcome to sign up for open-mic.

Stories from the Garden
Joe Ciampa Community Garden
124 Marginal Street, East Boston

Writing to Empower w/ Dzidzor
Saturday, August 24 | 1-3PM
Join Dzidor in writing poems and stories about your neighborhood that empower you to continue to celebrate it and yourself. What's better than writing amidst flowers and produce! Kim Barzola will be present to translate the workshop to Spanish.

Community Mural with Kim Barzola
Saturday, September 7 | 12 –3PM
Join Kim Barzola in a day of mural-making that will beautify the fence of the Joe Ciampa Community Garden (across the street from Pier's Park)!

Youth Song Day with Anaís Azu
Thursday, September 12 | 2:45-5PM
Anaís Azul invites youth from the community to join them in writing a song about Eastie, their neighborhood! This song will be recorded live and performed at the final open mic.

Open Mic & Potluck with Hassan Ghanny
Saturday, September 21 | 1-4PM
Join Hassan Ghanny in an Open Mic where you can share your songs, poems, and stories about your neighborhood! Keyboard available upon request!

Tended by All, Harvested by All
Leland Cooperative Herb Garden
4 Leland Street, Jamaica Plain

Arts and Activism Dinner
Thursday, August 22 | 6-9:30PM
This dinner will begin with a 45-minute yoga practice and meditation from Hands to Heart Yoga and end with an exploratory performance from demo radio, so bring your body, your mat (if you have one), and an open heart.

Commons Dinner
Tuesday, October 1 | 6-9:30 PM
A night of music, readings, movement, and more from leading Commons scholar David Bollier, Howlround Theatre Commons, Comida Casera, musician and storyteller Hannah Rose Baker, and other movers and shakers. Get ready to think, to listen, and to learn more about how public space and the Commons can foster a more generous and cooperative world.

Wheel ‘n Around

Fenway Victory Gardens
1200 Boylston Street, Boston

Crafts with Nature
August 15 | 5PM
Make pollinator crafts and hang out in repurposed wheelbarrows!

Pollinate Your Summer
Fenway Victory Gardens
1200 Boylston Street, Boston

Pollinator Welcome
Saturday, August 17 | 2-5PM
Come celebrate the thriving and beautiful lives of our pollinators! with fun and games and henna art. Stop on by and write on the sidewalk, talk about climate change, tour the gardens, and enjoy the monarch butterflies.

More events to come!

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