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The AVillage Farmers Market needs volunteers to generally assist and to do craft projects with kids while their parents shop. – Sign up here:

http://vols.pt/Lju44S

The Market will be on Saturdays 11-3 starting after 7/4.

We are so excited to be a part of this partnership to increase access to fresh veggie in the South End!

FREE GARDENING CLASSES with Chris Mercogliano – urban gardener extraordinaire!!!!

FRIDAYS at 5pm – meet at the Radix Center, 153 Grand.

All experience levels will learn something!

As our harvest shifts to the summer crops we have 2 opportunities to share our harvest with you!

We will be adding a limited number of summer weekly farm share slots. Members join at either up to $20/week or up to $10/week. We fill bags as we are able, with what we have available. (Feel free to specify what items you like/dislike.) You are only charged for the items in your bag. Bags are delivered during the afternoon on Wednesdays if you are located along our compost pickup route, or can be picked up at the Radix Center (153 Grand St) on Wednesdays from 4-6.

Please let us know if you are interested in joining the weekly farm share.

We are also going to offer a farm stand Wednesdays from 4-6 pm. We will pick to order what we have extras of. This week we have fresh dill, thyme, oregano, sage, chard, dried shiitake mushrooms, and possibly eggs.

We are working on being able to accept EBT- stay tuned.

We will also be there if you would like to come and volunteer!

Music!  Food/food prep demos from local chefs! Walking tours of new land bank properties!  Zumba! Free blood pressure screening! Baby chicks, ducks, and bunnies! and – free RAFFLE!!!

FREE LEAD SCREENING OF YOUR SOIL SAMPLES!!!!

Are you growing food?

Do you want to grow food in your yard?

Do your kids play in your yard?

On that patch of dirt near your house?

Bring in samples!

Experts will be available to advise you based on the results!

Click here for more information!

How to take a soil sample, the event flyer, and a survey link for an extra raffle ticket are at the above link.

Please take a minute to help us! Our partnership with the Trinity Alliance and AVillage to increase access to healthy food and garden’s in Albany’s South End has entered a grant contest and we need votes! Please vote once a day until 4/27. We could win $25,000! Here is the link –http://www.seedsofchangegrant.com – it is the only listing if you search by zip code 12202. Our entry is listed at the Trinity Alliance Albany NY Settlement House Garden. We need your help! Thanks so much!

The Regenerative Urban Sustainability Training

an intensive weekend workshop of skills for building ecologically resilient communities in today’s cities.

Typical topics & hands-on demonstrations

Aquaponics: fish &plant integration
Microlivestock: chickens and rabbits
Waste to soil: composting food wastes with worms and microbes
Rainwater harvesting, greywater filtration, and urban hydrology
Low-intensity bioremediation: cleaning contaminated soils using plants, fungi and bacteria for brownfield restoration
Edible mushroom cultivation
Beekeeping, black soldier flies, and silkworms
Microgreens production, spirulina, and perennial food systems
Bioshelters, greenhouses, and season extension techniques
Kitchen culture: apartment-scale sustainability
Reconciliation ecology: promoting biodiversity in the city
Autonomous energy: veggie oil vehicles, methane digesters, and bicycle electric generators
Ecoliteracy and youth education
Ecological micro-economies

 

For more info and registration details click here.

A coalition of organizations in the South End/ Mansion Neighborhoods of Albany are seeking a Garden Coordinator:

This self-motivated individual will plan and coordinate vegetable production in the multiple gardens of coalition non-profit organizations. This production will largely involve engaging and supervising the labor of volunteers, youth, and neighbors. Strong organizing and people skills are necessary. Experience working with diverse communities and market-production farming are highly desirable. A clean drivers license and vehicle are welcomed. Final candidates will undergo background screening to work with youth.

Duties will include:
· Coordinate the planning, planting, maintenance, and harvesting of the Trinity Alliance’s garden on Trinity Place, the YO garden on Hawk St., and AVillage’s gardens on Broad St, and at 43 Catherine St. and 92 Catherine St.

· Harvest/delivery for the Saturday AVillage Farmers Market

· Foster relationships with interested neighbors; designate beds for neighbors to use; regularly communicate with neighbors to ensure beds are maintained.

· Coordinate with the coalition organizations’ youth programs to organize educational youth work experiences in the gardens.

· Engage and coordinate volunteers from local colleges, companies, churches, community groups, etc.

· Recordkeeping: volunteers, costs, production, etc.

· Attend bi-weekly collaboration meetings
While the Garden Coordinator will directly report to the Radix Center, she/he will also work closely with each of the collaborating organizations and the neighbors who have been involved in each garden.

This is a part time (~20hr/wk) paid position. Please send cover letters/resumes to stacy@radixcenter.org.

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