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Savor a fresh, healthful, organic & unique dinner, lovingly grown & prepared at the working farm home of our Executive Director and Policy Director. Enjoy an intimate pre-dinner tour of the fruit operation.
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A public hearing on the bill to require labeling of most foods containing GMOs sold in Massachusetts, H. 3242, will be held by the state legislature’s Joint Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture on September 22, 2015 at 1pm. The fact that we have 154 legislative sponsors, including a majority of both houses, among the members of a 200-person legislature seems to have persuaded the legislative leadership on Beacon Hill that this is a popular cause. They have given us the largest room in the State House, Gardner Auditorium, for the hearing! That is the hall in the basement of the State House, and it seats 600. We need to fill all those seats with labeling supporters like YOU!
Gardening the Community (GTC) is a youth based urban agriculture program, growing food and leadership in Springfield, MA. GTC was established with NOFA/Mass’ support in 2002 and is now an independent program.
Today GTC staff and youth manage five garden sites, help to establish community gardens around the Mason Square neighborhood, grow over 5,000 pounds of vegetables each year for youth, residents and markets, run one of a handful of CSA programs in the city, and provide a strong voice for expanded urban agriculture in Springfield. Though the program has an impressive record, many of the former NOFA/Mass staff that led GTC in the early years, myself included, still like to call GTC our baby.
We like to share our travails and successes with fruit production, and we like to share meals at our farm. So we figured it would be great fun to do both at the same time. On Saturday, September 26, Jack and I will host a fruit tour and dinner from 3:30 – 8 pm. We will start by showing how our many different kinds of fruit grow – apples, peaches, pears, plums, cherries, red and black raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, grapes, aronia, persimmons, hazelnuts, gooseberries, and more. We will talk about cultural practices and fertility.