Monday, April 23, 2012

Behind the Scenes: Bountiful Brookline Interns

Since the spring of 2010, nine outstanding interns have worked tirelessly to coordinate and support the website & blog, social media, program and administrative tasks, volunteer coordination, events, grant writing, TGF, garden planning and growing. They have shared their time, ideas and most of all a willingness to dig in to do whatever is needed for Bountiful Brookline.

Spring Recipe: Risotto with Asparagus and Peas

We are thrilled to share this Seasonal Recipe from SavoryLiving , a Bountiful Brookline sponsor.

Welcome to our new Garden Coordinator!


I started working for Bountiful Brookline as the new Urban Grower at the beginning of April.  It's an exciting job for me.  I've been looking to move into the world of urban agriculture professionally for a year now, and I'm grateful to have work that keeps me outside much of the time.

I have experience as a community organizer in Jamaica Plain, a teacher and a climate activist.  Most recently I created an urban homestead, the JP Green House.  JP Green House is a zero-carbon house, a demonstration home for sustainable urban living.  It was built on the passive-solar model, and includes a large vegetable garden that I farm in community with four other families.  We are open for visits and hold meetings, work-days, and events at the house (visit the website at to join our mailing list).

I come to this job with a conviction that urban agriculture is critical to re-localizing our lives, which is something we have to do for the sake of the environment and our own well-being in the future. As the Urban Grower, I will be tending the garden (with much volunteer energy!), leading workshops and field-trips in the gardens, and growing produce for at least two local restaurants.

Your vision, ideas and volunteer energy are most welcome. Please contact me anytime at [email protected] I look forward to working together.

- Andrée Collier Zaleska

The 2012 season is underway!

Looking for a fun way to get dirty -- or stay clean -- and make Brookline more bountiful this year?

  • Help with Bountiful Brookline's table at upcoming events.  Get to know volunteers and chat with other residents about growing local!
  • Join a committee or work crew.
  • Volunteer for a day, a season or anything in between or beyond--there's something for everyone!
Check out new opportunities below and contact us for more info.
Thank you and have a great spring!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Support mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods (GMOs)

More than forty countries, including Russia and China, already require labels on genetically engineered foods. And a recent poll found that nearly all Democrats (93%), Independents (90%), and Republicans (89%) support labeling of GMOs. At a time when partisan rancor dominates the public conversation, there are few topics that can muster such overwhelming support.

And although over 1 million people submitted comments in favor of labeling, the FDA has yet to act.

for President Obama to listen to the American public and speak out in favor of the mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

200 Foot Garden Workday this Sunday!

Please bring your favorite garden gloves and trowels to the first garden planting of the season: Sunday, April 15 at 2 p.m.!  Refreshments provided.  The 200 Foot Garden is located on Kent Street just before the Brookline Village T-stop.  Coordinated this year by Simone Smith and Jenny Molina, the garden is a community garden/art project started to create a commuter garden in Brookline.  For more information about Simone, Jenny and the garden, check out their blog here.

Friday, April 6, 2012

First Garden Workday TOMORROW!

Join us this tomorrow for the first workday of the season:
Spring cleanup, greens & pea planting and more!
Saturday, April 7 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at
Greenside Out Garden, 40 Webster Place
Refreshments provided; please bring garden gloves.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

BB Gardeners are Gathering: Tomorrow and at Saturday's Workday!

... A New Growing Season Beckons!

Interested in community gardening, garden sharing,
volunteering at a Bountiful Brookline garden or other food-raising activities?
Want to find out more about Bountiful Brookline, your local food initiative?

Come share your interest and ideas at this community gathering.

Bountiful Brookline is bringing together new and seasoned gardeners to dig in around town...
Join us and meet others who share your enthusiasm for urban farming!

Wednesday, April 4
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Brookline Community Foundation
40 Webster Place, Brookline Village

Click here to register!

Refreshments will be served.

Interested but can't make the meeting?
Let us know at [email protected] and we'll follow up with you.

Also, join us this Saturday for the first workday of the season:
Spring cleanup, greens & pea planting and more!
Saturday, April 7 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at
Greenside Out Garden, 40 Webster Place
Refreshments provided; please bring garden gloves.