Monday, November 29, 2010

12/1/10 The Locavore Way Book Talk and Book Signing

Wednesday December 1st, 2010 from 7:00-8:30pm
775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA
Room: BU Central, in the basement of Boston University's George Sherman Union

Join Slow Food BU for a book talk and book signing of "The Locavore Way," with author Amy Cotler, a food activist, cookbook writer, recipe developer, and chef. "The Locavore Way" is a comprehensive how-to guide for everyone to seeking out and savoring local food, as well as becoming an advocate in your community. By focusing on the joy of connecting with the people and places responsible for producing what we eat, Cotler shows readers how easy it can be to embrace the locavore lifestyle. For more information about the book and about the author, visit Cotler's website and local food recipes blog at : . This event is free and open to the public.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Bedding the Beds and other Growing Tales

As the leaves and temperatures fall its nice to have a bit of time to reflect upon all the local flavors, friendships and fine times that grew from our first season @ Greenside Out Garden. But before everyone gets too cozy grab your shovel and gloves and bring your energy to the tomorrow, Saturday 11/6 from 1-4 pm for our final work day of 2010.
The crew on 10.10.10 did an amazing job cleaning the back area in preparation for our work tomorrow. In addition to cleaning out the raised beds, a big goal tomorrow is to relocate raised beds to consolidate the production garden.
We are already planning to increase production and develop more opportunities for vertical growing and other urban agriculture innovations to  transform our corner of Brookline into a happy, hearty and healthy center of growing.

And to keep us all energized, planning for the 2011 Spring into Gardening is about to get underway.
Mark you calendar for March 27, 2011 for what hopes to be another inspiring day of workshops, speakers and resources @ Pierce School. But before we can savor that experience we are seeking a great team to help plan and orchestrate the event. So if ideas of local fruits and veggies, community gardens, roof top gardens, inspiring workshops get you excited or if you simply like to meet new people - join in to make this day another fun and inspiring community event!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Autumn Harvest

• Sunday, October 10, 10-3. As the weather cools down its time to put the garden to rest, join us this weekend @ the Greenside Out Garden as part of 10-10-10 , the international day of service for our planet!

We will be undertaking a major reorganization  of the garden, so come and get down and get dirty, it may be your last chance til spring!

There's been plenty of sunshine and rain as well as numerous opportunities to celebrate Brookline's bounty and inspire a growing Brookline.
• September 19th, our first edible garden tour was highlighted by big orange carrots, eight gardens of delight and more then one hundred visitors, volunteers and garden hosts sharing the joy of urban agriculture in and around the village, up High Street and along Cypress and Walnut streets. Judging from the beautiful pictures, there were also some truly local snacks to savor as well!  Back At Greenside Out Garden, Alan Balsam inspired us further with some great sing -a -longs at the Harvest Party. With local snacks of cookies, cider and fruit we had more reasons to appreciate this first of what hopefully will be an annual event for Bountiful Brookline!
The next weekend Bountiful Brookline joined in two great community gatherings.
• September 25th, we helped Whole Foods, Brighton celebrate their 30th birthday at Goodwill from the Garden, a delicious tasting of local food with proceeds benefiting Bountiful Brookline. We had an amazing crew of volunteers from BU and the community including one of our teens from the summer program.
• Sunday, September 26 a colorful display of graphic and edible vegetables drew folks to our display at the 2nd Green Brookline Expo. Many great volunteers helped spread the word about the many projects and programs growing a bountiful Brookline!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Autumn Benefits


SEPTEMBER 19th,1-5p
Edible Garden Tour & Harvest Party
Go to events to learn more.

Join us @ "Goodwill from the Garden."
Whole Foods 30th Birthday Party celebration!
15 Washington St
, Ma 02135
Jim Solomon,The Fireplace
Red Fire Farms Produce with local bread, cheese and honey
Branches Steel Pan Orchestra.

Proceeds from refreshments will support
Bountiful Brookline.

5% Day at
15 Washington St
, MA 02135

Mark your calendars, bring your friends and family and stock up on LOTS of groceries on this day! 5% of all sales on October 13th will go to Bountiful Brookline!

Please contact us to learn more.


Want to put down more roots!!! Interested in local fresh food in Brookline?

Support our efforts to grow..

Join our Steering Committee
Help with upcoming events
Blog for Bountiful Brookline
Participate in our Community Events
To learn more about ways you can help grow our community
contact us

Monday, August 30, 2010

Reflections of a TGF Program Leader

The Teens Grow Food pilot program was a great success. All the teens came into the program knowing little or nothing about gardening, and they left with the skills, knowledge, and context to start their own gardens—along with the basics of cooking their future produce. In addition to becoming budding farmers, the teens learned about the importance of food justice and hunger relief in their community, and the multiple, creative ways to make that possible. As one crew worker remarked, “I didn’t know how much food could come out of so little space.”

One teen said, “My perception on food has changed after seeing the tremendous amount of effort used to grow a single plant.” Another testified, “I perceive myself as a much more efficient food grower. After only 4 weeks I feel so much more comfortable in the garden. I can make more independent decisions without hesitating, like pulling out suckers, harvesting crops or even just distinguishing weeds from food.” Thanks to Teens Grow Food, Pema Doma, Dexter Jean, and Jamie Yu now have the tools and knowledge they need to become leaders in Brookline farming. They each were mature, articulate, and excited about farming; it was a pleasure to lead the crew. Thanks also to everyone who made this program possible—to Cathy Neal and Jenny LaVigne, and to all of the generous gardeners around Brookline who opened their spaces for us learn from.

In the future, we hope to expand the program to allow more crew members and a longer program working on more sites in Brookline. This additional time and crew size will allow the teens to learn more leadership skills, get more context for our work through tours and workshops, and to grow personally. Some of the teens will be staying on in the fall as outreach or gardening interns, and we will be starting an internship program next summer. This will expand our abilities to serve more youth at multiple levels of food systems work and activism. This summer was a great start, and we look forward to Teens Grow Food times three next year!

Our cooking program educated both our teens and food-pantry-goers about new ways to cook cheaply and healthily--while using in-season vegetables. We provided Ziploc-container tastings of two different meals along with a recipe over the course of our four-week-long program. Food Pantry volunteers say our samples were quite popular!

Here's the recipes of our meal samples if you want to try them at home. Feel free to add or subtract vegetables as available in your own pantry.

Roasted Couscous with Summer Vegetables
Serves 4.

1 summer squash or zucchini, cut into 1-cm cubed blocks
1-2 tomatoes, also cubed
beet greens, Swiss chard, or collards, cut into thin strips
1 beet, finely diced
2 carrots, cut into thin rounds
2-3 small onions, cut into 1-cm square blocks.
A few sprigs
2 cloves garlic
1 TB turmeric
1/2 TB cinnamon
1 TB cumin
1 TB coriander
1 TB lemon juice (if desired)
a pinch of cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups couscous (dry)
2 cups water

Put water on to boil. Meanwhile, roast couscous for five minutes, and put onions and garlic in a separate pan to soften. After five minutes, remove couscous from heat. When the water has boiled, add it to the couscous, and cover until the couscous is cooked. Add carrots, beets, and spices to onions and garlic. Add squash, tomatoes, and parsley after a few minutes. Then add the cooked couscous and leafy greens of your choice. Sautee for a few more minutes, then serve.

Lentils with Brown Rice, Tomatoes, Carrots and Leafy Greens
Serves 4.

2 large, fresh tomatoes, cut into sticks
A few leaves of Swiss chard or beet greens, cut into thin strips
2 carrots
1 medium-sized onion
2 cups cooked red lentils
2 cups cooked brown rice
1 clove garlic
3/4 inch fresh ginger
1 TB cumin
1/2 TB cinnamon
1 tsp coriander
salt and pepper to taste

Sautee onions, garlic and ginger until onions are soft. Add carrots and spices and wait until the carrots soften. Then add tomatoes. Add leafy greens when tomatoes are almost cooked. Mix vegetables with lentils and rice and serve.

I hope you enjoy the recipes. Here's to a great first season of Teens Grow Food!

--Marianna Ballou
Program Leader, Teens Grow Food

Friday, August 13, 2010

Blog Post from a TGF teen

Jamie Yu wrote this post right after the first week in the program:

This week was the first week of the Bountiful Brookline Teens Grow Food pilot program. I was one of the three chosen to be in the program, and since it was the first week, I didn’t know what to expect! My name is Jamie, and I’m going to be a freshman at Brookline High School this fall. I really wanted the spot in this program because I got to help shape it, work with a garden, and help the community. When I was accepted in to the program, I was excited, and also ready for the challenge of waking up early in the morning on the days I had work. On Monday, I met the two other people I would work with, along with our leader. We started off with a tour of the garden. I was immediately interested and wanted to harvest some of the plants already. First we worked with compost. We had to clear out two bins of old compost, so we could add in fresh compost bought from another farm. While we worked on this, we encountered 3 red unusual-looking spiders, which I had never seen in my life. Working on this also included the four of us getting our hands dirty and our nails caked with mud. Usually I don’t like working with dirt and soil, but after seeing what we had accomplished, I knew that working with compost, spiders, and other unexpected bugs was a small price to pay. We also planted a whole bed of eggplants, and it was great to see the plants saved. The next day included our first harvest, where we picked scallions, carrots, tomatoes, and some herbs to bring to the food pantry. We also worked on a sign we would post in front of the building on Webster Place, to inform others who passed by about the Teens Grow Food program. My favorite day was on Thursday, when we picked some plants from the garden, and cooked a dish for the food pantry – Couscous with summer squashes, red beets, and other vegetables and herbs. This was a lot of work, and a challenge. One of the other teens doing the program named Pema, and I were under 16, so we weren’t allowed to work with knives. This left Marianna and Dexter, another teen in the program, to do the cutting, while Pema and I cooked in the kitchen. I didn’t know how the end result would be, because I had never had a dish like this. I also didn’t know many of the ingredients that we put in, but when I tasted the dish in the end, I was surprised at how good it was. It also felt good to donate so much food to the pantry, and to see all our hard work go to a good cause. Within the first week, I already did a lot of things that I really liked, such as planting new plants, harvesting vegetables, and cooking! I also got to learn a lot in the workshop we had about the differences between fresh local food versus industrial grown food. Even though it has only been the first week of the program, I can’t wait to get back to work on Monday.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Teens Grow Food Program: Beyond the Halfway Point

Teens Grow Food discusses their front garden sign.

Here at the GreenSide Out Garden, our crew of three teens is weeding, planting, and harvesting, most for the first time ever. Over the past three weeks, we planted in almost all the fall crops, learned how to trellis tomatoes and transplant seedlings, discovered and treated various pests and diseases, weeded vigorously between the rows in the back garden, and harvested and delivered over 30 pounds of produce to the Food Pantry.

Weeding. From left to right: Marianna Ballou, Program Leader, and crew Pema Doma, Jamie Yu, and Dexter Jean.

In addition to our daily garden work, our value-added produce program teaches how to cook our local veggies affordably, healthily, and tastily. On one delivery day,we made couscous with summer squash and other vegetables, and on another, we cooked Egyptian-style lentils and rice with tomatoes, peppers, and beet greens from our garden. Then we delivered it to the food pantry along with our produce for the day and a recipe. Teens and food-pantry-goers have enjoyed the opportunity to learn about more ways to cook with various vegetables, both strange and familiar.

To put our work in perspective, we’re touring Brookline's edible gardens! So far, we have seen the 200-foot commuter garden, board member Heidi Krantz’s edible garden (we got to try a fresh peach, some blueberries, and all sorts of herbs and other veggies from her yard), and the High Street Veterans Community Garden. We also helped Green City Growers to prune and trellis tomatoes growing in fifteen kiddie pools on the b.good rooftop. Our non-field education includes workshops on the food system, compost, our own food cultures, and hunger and homelessness. Next week, we are visiting Allandale Farm and prepping the garden for future crews—and produce! It seems to have gone by so quickly. Next year, we hope to expand the program to allow for even more teen enrichment and learning.

Pema Doma waters tomatoes at b.good, Harvard Street a story below.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Teens Grow Food Powers Up Its First Season

Thanks to funding from the Brookline Community Foundation, Teens Grow Food opened its first session last Monday, July 19 through August 13, with Bountiful Brookline's very first paid staff person, Marianna Ballou, at the helm. This summer, a small crew will farm organic vegetables at Bountiful Brookline's garden site and deliver them to the food pantry. They will participate in various workshops on the food system, hunger, nutrition, food justice, and food cultures, in addition to regular cooking sessions and tours of Brookline's local farms, residential gardens, and restaurant gardens.

We are excited to get this program launched and you can help!
Immediate garden and food prep needs include:
  • An old Food Processor
  • Gardening gloves
  • Plastic door-hanging shoe rack
  • Cooks knives
  • A large cutting board
  • Gardening shovels
  • Large cooking spoons
  • Produce Scale
Do you have a laptop computer that is sitting idle?
Give it a new life and enable our teen crew to contribute posts, share recipes and give you a great reason to visit the Bountiful Brookline blog!!!

More updates:

-Our Edible Gardens Harvest Tour is Sunday, September 19th! Find out more on our events page.

Bountiful Brookline seeks to put down more roots!!!

Interested in local fresh food in Brookline?
Want to support our efforts to grow more?

We are seeking urban farming enthusiasts and supporters to
  • Join our Steering Committee
  • Help plan upcoming Events
  • Lend a hand or a hoe for a garden
  • Be a blog writer enthusiast
Please contact us and we'll tell you more about ways you can help grow the future of our community! bountifulbrookline [at]

Monday, July 19, 2010

Greenside Out Garden Update

Things are happening at breakneck speed over at the Greenside Out Garden. Thanks to Mother Nature for her heat and rain, but especially for the assiduous attentions of our devoted volunteers. We are now sending a regular delivery of herbs, scallions, carrots, beets, and greens to the Brookline Food Pantry three times per week. Fledgling tomatoes, peppers, squash, beans, and eggplants are dribbling in, getting ready for the big show.

Front of the garden

Back of the garden

Side of the garden, with potatoes growing in the tires.

Biking the harvest to the food pantry

Stay tuned for more updates!

Interested in volunteering at the Greenside Out Garden? Contact Jenny at lavignejenny [at]

Friday, June 11, 2010

More Gardens are growing!!!

There is something growing at 14 Griggs Rd. and 36 Country Rd! Despite the weather, Bountiful Brookline and some wonderful volunteers successfully planted two new gardens in the yards of some very generous Brookline residents. We hope these installations will help educate our community on the amazing possibilities of "yard sharing"!

For more information on yard sharing check out these websites: (portland)

The raised bed gardens at the High Street Vet's are happening! On Saturday May 15th a group of families kicked off the planting season with an array of good eats. Tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, cucumbers and more. The brand new community gardeners, young and old alike are excited to be growing their own produce. Serena, the 9 year-old daughter of one of the gardeners wants to eat her broccoli as soon as possible! The garden is the first of this magnitude ever built on Brookline Housing Property. Special thanks to Bountiful Brookline.
Regards, Terry and Mike

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

An Edible Community: Its Growing Everywhere

Just submitted our entry for Revelation to Action: Your Place. Your Idea. Your Change.

An Edible Community: Its Growing Everywhere

Ashoka Changemakers and Green Mountain Coffee have teamed up to host a competition for New England and New York to submit innovative ideas to improve communities. Read our entry, respond and check back - if we make it to the finals, your vote is crucial!!!
Thanks for the support.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Growing Garden!

Peas are up , spinach is hardy, strawberries are flowering and the sun is shining! There's a huge mound of compost in the driveway, lots of seeds in the shed, the fences are forlorn awaiting the climb of cucumbers, squash and more. We are settling into our new garden at the Brookline Community Foundation. Come join us in the garden!

Gathering new volunteers to help here and across Brookline. Check out the Events page for upcoming activities planned for the spring!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Bountiful Brookline in the news!

Our first event was a great success, you can read about it in
the Brookline Tab online: "Even in Brookline, would-be farmers are finding a way" and check out the (2:06 length) featuring founder/director Cathy Neal, Steering Committee member John Lee, and intern Leah Skahen.

Visit our Events page for more.

Again, a BIG THANKS to everyone who attended Spring into Gardening. Over 300 people came out last Sunday to learn about growing, meet like-minded growers, and expand Brookline's network of food-growers!

Monday, March 29, 2010


Big THANKS to everyone who attended and
participated in Spring into Gardening!
We hope you had as much fun as we did!

More coverage to follow soon!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Update: Spring into Gardening schedule

We hope you are excited about Spring into Gardening this Sunday at the Pierce School!
Here is a tentative schedule of what you can expect at the event:

1:00-2:00 p.m. Talk and book-signing by Ben Hewitt, author of The Town That Food Saved .
2:00-2:30 p.m. Workshops
  • Vermiculture is Neat!
  • Growing Large and Small: Container Gardening and Raised Beds
  • Urban Orchards: Fruit and Nut Trees
  • Urban Beekeeping
2:45-3:15 p.m. Brookline Growers Groups - meet up with like-minded growers of all levels of experience
  • Schoolyard Food Gardens
  • Community Gardens
  • Home Gardens (on your own or with others)
  • Public Space: Public Access
3:30-4:00 p.m. Workshops
  • How Will My Garden Grow? Getting Started
  • All About the Dirt
  • Urban Orchards: Berries
  • Fresh Eggs! Raising Poultry in Brookline
  • Intro to Permaculture
Throughout the event:
  • Enter the raffle for a chance to win one of three Bountiful Baskets chock-full of local food and growing goodies! (enter for free if you for the event!)
  • Enjoy refreshments for sale from Whole Foods, Clear Flour Bakery, and Peet's Coffee
  • Visit the Resource Area for merchandise sales, information, and representatives from Allandale Farm, Economy Hardware, Brookline Booksmith, Green City Growers, Land of Plenty Organics, Climate Change Action Brookline, Brookline Community Health, Brookline Public Schools Food Services, Solid Waste Action Committee, and more!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Spring into Gardening!

Spring Into Gardening
Bountiful Brookline's first public event!

Sunday, March 28 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Pierce School, 50 School St. in Brookline

Reading and book-signing
by Ben Hewitt, The Town That Food Saved

Vermiculture, urban beekeeping, soil-testing & composting, seed selection,
getting started, container gardening, raising poultry, urban orchards, and more

Brookline Growers Groups
Informal meet-ups for like-minded growers

Bountiful Baskets Raffle and merchandise for sale
By Allandale Farm, Economy Hardware, and more!

Refreshments for sale
by Whole Foods, Clear Flour Bakery, Trader Joe's, and Peet's Coffee

For more information, click .
to enter the raffle for free!

Special thanks to our event sponsors:
Allandale Farm
Whole Foods
Chobee Hoy