|Last year, the University of Rhode Island Master Gardener Program partnered with the Providence Public Library to host an introductory workshop series of gardening classes for urban and low-income residents of the greater Providence area. Participants ranged from beginner to experienced, all hoping to develop their knowledge base for gardening fresh food. The program was so successful that they’ve already began planning a similar program in 2018 for clients of local food pantries in partnership with the Rhode Island Food Bank.
Thanks to the 2017 workshop series, the participants established a permanent Seed Library at the Providence Public Library. This cabinet is stocked with donations from the URI Master Gardeners’ school garden seeds, as well as donated seeds, allowing for future planting. The participants also created a Facebook page so they could share their experiences and create a platform for this community to continue talking after the workshops ended.
University of Rhode Island is excited about the future of this partnership, and the possibilities for the aspiring gardeners in their area. To learn more about their plans for 2018, read more here.
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