Archive for April, 2010

Lots to Gardens Summer Programming

Monday, April 12th, 2010

St. Mary’s Nutrition Center

The folks at St. Mary’s Nutrition Center have been planning all winter long for their growing season. Here are some of the fun, interesting, and informative programs coming up this spring and summer.

Soil Tests and Lead Awareness
Monday, April 19 from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Franklin Pasture Community Garden, Lewiston
Want to garden but unsure of the quality of your soil? Come see how to take a soil test and learn possible options for gardening safely even if you have contaminated soil.

Organic Garden Pest Prevention
Wednesday, May 12 from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
St. Mary’s Nutrition Center, Lewiston
Come learn the basics of organic gardening, share tips and tricks for preventing pests, and make your own pest repellent to take home.

Preventing Tomato Blight
Monday, May 24 from 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Franklin Pasture Community Garden, Lewiston
Come by the garden for info about how to prevent tomato blight.

Eat Your Weeds!
Monday, June 14 from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Franklin Pasture, Lewiston
Practice identifying some of the common weeds you might find growing in your garden and learn which ones are good to eat!

Composting Basics
Monday, July 12 from 5 pm – 6 pm
Franklin Pasture Community Garden, Lewiston
Recycle your garden and kitchen scraps into nutrients for your garden. Come learn the basics of composting and how to start and maintain a compost pile.

Build your own Composting Wormbin
Wednesday, August 11 from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
St. Mary’s Nutrition Center, Lewiston
Learn how you can turn your garbage into super-rich soil, how you can compost in a small apartment, and how you can grow your own worms for fishing. Build your very own worm bin that you can take home with you at the end of the workshop!

To sign-up for a workshop, please contact Bridgette at Lots to Gardens at 513-3844 or .

There is a suggested donation of $5 to $20 to help cover materials and support Lots to Gardens programs, but we encourage anyone who’s interested to attend.

Lots to Gardens, a program of St. Mary’s Health System, uses sustainable urban gardens to create access to fresh food, empower youth, and build community in Lewiston, Maine. Through this work we raise community awareness about local food systems and work with youth to create solutions to address food insecurity.

There’s a Medicine Chest in that Pizza!

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Healthful and Digestive Culinary Herbs for Celiacs

Join Suzanne Dunham for a gluten-free cook-off and presentation on healthful herbs that help with digestion on Thursday, April 15, at 6:30 pm. The program will take place at the St. Mary’s Nutrition Center at 208 Bates Street in Lewiston. The presentation is part of the regular Living Gluten-Free Support Group that meets at the Center the third Thursday of each month. Cost for the program will be $8.00 per person.

Suzanne Dunham, gluten-free presenter and coach, will lead two teams in preparing two different pizza recipes using flavorful and healthful digestive herbs and alternative flours to wheat. The whole group will then rate the best recipe. While enjoying the delicious food, Suzanne will give a presentation on herbs for better digestion. Those with celiac disease, gluten intolerance, and other diseases affecting digestion, may find gentle, effective relief through the incorporation of herbs in their diet. Please join Suzanne and others to learn how!

Suzanne Dunham has given living gluten-free seminars and cooking classes since 2005 in various venues in Maine. She is an herbalist who began to focus on digestion in the mid 1980s when she learned she was also gluten intolerant.

For more information on this event or the Living Gluten-Free Support Group, please call 207.513.3848.

You’re invited to a Fundraiser for the Lots to Gardens Youth Crew

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Fundraiser Pasta Dinner for the Lots to Gardens Youth Crew
at St. Mary’s Nutrition Center of Maine

 

Join St. Mary’s Lots to Gardens program for an all-you-can-eat dinner buffet featuring whole-wheat pasta with local veggies, massaged kale salad, garlic bread, green bean fries, lemon ice tea, and apple crisp.

Proceeds from the dinner will help send some of the Lots to Gardens’ Summer Youth Gardeners and Youth Interns to the Rooted in Community Conference this summer so that they can meet and network with youth and adults involved in food justice work from around the country.

The dinner will be held at St. Mary’s Nutrition Center at 208 Bates Street in Lewiston on Saturday, April 24, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Admission will be sliding scale with a minimum donation of $3 per person, and a suggested donation of $10 per person or $25 for families.

Lots to Gardens’ Youth Interns will also be drawing the winner for a joint raffle with Spoke Folks, a community bike shop. The raffle is for a Vintage Bianchi Road Bike “Campione d’Italia”. Raffle tickets are $20 each. Only 50 tickets will be sold. Tickets for the raffle can be purchased in advance of the dinner by contacting spokefolks@riseup.net.

Lots to Gardens, a program of St. Mary’s Health System, uses sustainable urban gardens to create access to fresh food, empower youth, and build community in Lewiston, Maine. Through this work we raise community awareness about local food systems and work with youth to create solutions to address food insecurity.

Our community food projects include apartment-side and community gardens with 80 families and senior citizens; neighborhood veggie stands that provide affordable organic produce; weekly community meals and garden events; year-round cooking and nutrition classes; activities at the Lewiston Farmers Market; and a youth empowerment program. Each year, we grow and distribute thousands of pounds of organic food throughout the city.

Our youth programming is focused on providing local youth from diverse backgrounds with valuable skills and opportunities to become leaders in our community. Our summer youth crew participates and plays an integral role in all of our projects: caring for our gardens, helping organize and run community events, volunteering at the Food Pantry, and supporting our community gardeners. In addition, all of our youth gardeners also receive valuable nutrition education, job training, and a chance to participate in workshops aimed at providing them with the tools they need to become agents of change.

After participating in our summer crew, youth have the option of applying to be youth interns. The internship provides youth who are passionate about our work and mission with the opportunity to become leaders within our programs. Our youth interns help lead the summer youth crew as well as taking on additional responsibilities within the organization.

The Rooted in Community National Network (RIC) is a national grassroots network that empowers young people to take leadership in their own communities. We are a diverse movement of youth and adults working together and committed to fostering healthy communities and food justice through urban and rural agriculture, community gardening, food security, and related environmental justice work. Every year members of the RIC network organize a national summer conference that seeks to bring youth and adults who are involved in the food justice movement together from all across the country. The conference gives us all an opportunity to learn from each other, build stronger connections, and celebrate the local agriculture of the region hosting the conference.