Tuesday, August 16, 2011

You're Invited to a Bountiful Garden Party

Bountiful Brookline Garden Party
Wednesday, August 17th, 2011
Rain or shine!

5:00 pm  - 7:30 pm
Goodwin Garden
11 Goodwin Place in Brookline Village
across from the main library

Hosted generously by the Lockwood family.
Catered by Plough and Stars, Cambridge.
Organic wine from "la escencias de la tierra" vineyards Mendoza, Argentina
provided by Rudolpho Peyrano

Celebrate the season with refreshments and door prizes, amidst the sights and sounds of summer!
The Goodwin Garden lasagna beds - layered with soil-enhancing, weed-inhibiting organic material - in Bountiful Brookline's shared garden space in the Lockwood family back yard are ripe with summer and winter squash, green, gold and purple beans and more.

Please join us:
$20/$25: members/non-members
Become a member and attend: $40 individual/ $75 for two
All proceeds benefit Bountiful Brookline programs in the community.

Click the link below to RSVP!
Register Now!
For more information, contact
[email protected]

Can you loan us a few resin chairs to use at the Garden Party?  We will pick them up Tuesday or Wednesday and return them on Thursday.  Please contact [email protected] Subject line: Attention Jenny - chairs.

Thank you for your continued support!  We look forward to seeing you at Goodwin Garden!

photo by JD Hutchison-Maxwell

Talking with the Teens of Teens Grow Food

Weeding at HSVCG (photo by JD Hutchison-Maxwell)

The Bountiful Brookline youth program Teens Grow Food is in high gear as the produce in our gardens ripens.  We recently talked with four TGF participants, all students at Brookline High School: Oscar, Josh, and twin brothers Ricardo and Stefano.  The twins grew corn, beans and other vegetables in Haiti; however, while Oscar's mother grew up on a farm and can relate to his summer experience, he and Josh are new to growing food.

TGF has worked this summer in Bountiful Brookline's two demonstration gardens, Greenside Out Garden at the Brookline Community Foundation and Goodwin Garden in the back yard of the Lockwood Family on Goodwin Place, and in community gardens at Brookline Housing Authority sites including High Street Veterans Community Garden and Sussman House elderly and disabled housing.

Stefano enjoyed sampling new kinds of food like blueberries and purple beans. Oscar's favorite part of the program was observing nature and seeing how things are, away from the distractions of TV.  For Josh, the hard work was a good workout, one with a purpose and many rewards: helping people to have better food grown without chemicals, spending time with his TGF crew mates, and overcoming his fear of squishing bugs by "thinking about what the bugs would do to the plants."

Hunting for squash borers at Goodwin Garden
Yes, bugs.  Oscar gave a concise description of how to hunt and remove squash borers (using the method taught by BB garden coordinator, Jenny LaVigne): Since the borers get inside the plant, they had to cut open the stems, pick out the larvae and kill them.  The teens also encountered caterpillars in the greens that seemed very much like the leaf miners that got into the spinach during the late spring.

Squash borer revealed (photo by JD Hutchison-Maxwell)
But it wasn't all bugs. Ricardo pointed out that they also worked on construction of raised beds. Under the direction of BB intern JD Hutchison-Maxwell, the teens learned how to water the gardens correctly - close to the ground; and harvested, weighed, recorded and delivered fresh produce from the gardens for delivery to the food pantry at St. Paul's Church. To raise money for Bountiful Brookline programs, this year some of the produce  is being delivered to Lineage in return for a donation.  Look for Bountiful Brookline on the Lineage menu!

Despite the bugs and some hot humid days in the sun, all four said they would definitely do it again.

Josh's pet earthworm (photo by JD Hutchison-Maxwell
Another raised bed under construction at Sussman House

Bountiful Brookline at Lineage

JD is pleased with a job well done

Brookline Farmers Market

When Arlene Flowers became manager of the Brookline Farmers Market in 1994, she wanted families to be able to find everything they need for dinner there, including flowers on the table.  Today that vision is fulfilled every Thursday from 1:30-dusk as vendors of fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, cheese and flowers fill the parking lot on Centre Street in Coolidge Corner.  Between 2000 and 3000 people shop there each week.

Arlene Flowers overlooks the Farmers Market
Early in the season before most produce has ripened, arts and crafts booths take over some spaces, but by midsummer, the market is overflowing with heirloom and field tomatoes, peaches, corn, berries, eggplants and other fruits of the harvest. Many of the same vendors come back year after year, including one woman in her 80s who sells at seven markets each week. The Brookline Farmers Market is the only one in Massachusetts operated by a non-profit corporation.

Paul Harris, who with his wife Mary helps to manage the market, appreciates the "continuity of history."  As he pointed out, people have been gathering on market days for thousands of years. It's a way to stay connected, a time to see friends and neighbors. Another connection is integral to the Farmers Market as well - the connection between rural and urban communities that helps to support a local economy.

Bountiful Brookline is at the Farmers Market too, with information about what we do and how to become involved.  Stop by and say hello. If you can spend a couple of hours a week volunteering at the BB table, please contact [email protected] or put your name on the schedule at

Beyond Brookline: Stem to Root

A recent article in the New York Times, " ," described a modern take on the old adage waste not, want not: stem-to-root cooking.  Many cooks, both in professional settings and at home, are reviving or developing techniques for using edible parts of plants that are all too often discarded like cauliflower and broccoli leaves, pickled watermelon rind and toasted watermelon seeds, pickled nasturtium seed pods as a substitute for capers, onion tops and citrus peel.  The article has a short list of tips for how to use unfamiliar items and links to several farm and cooking sites including a website maintained by "Ronna Welsh, a cooking teacher in Park Slope, Brooklyn, who chronicles her adventures with chard stems and watermelon rinds on her Web site Purple Kale Kitchenworks, in a column called ' .'"

Monday, August 1, 2011

Celebrate the summer harvest with Bountiful Brookline!

You're Invited to:
A Bountiful Garden Party

Bountiful Brookline's newest garden is ripe with tomatoes, green beans and more!

Celebrate the season with cocktails, food, raffle prizes, and the sights and sounds of summer!

Hosted generously by the Lockwood family, please join us:

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011
Rain or shine!
5:00 pm  - 7:30 pm
11 Goodwin Place

$20/$25: members/non-members
Become a member and attend: $40 individual/ $75 for two

All proceeds will benefit Bountiful Brookline programs and the Brookline community.

Cick the link below to RSVP:

If you have any questions about the event or how to register, please contact us at [email protected] .

Thank you for your continued support!  We look forward to seeing you at Goodwin Garden!