Southside Community Land Trust Annual Plant Sale

Southside Community Land Trust’s City Farm is home to the Rare and Unusual Plant Sale every year. May 14th and 15th (10am until 2pm), hundreds of varieties of annuals, perennials, and fruit and vegetable plant starts are available for purchase. Most of the 18,000 plants were carefully cultivated through the late winter and early spring on-site by the City Farm team, including dozens of volunteers. Hundreds of other perennials and annuals are donated by generous local gardeners.

This celebrated event attracts 2,000 gardeners from all levels of experience, from the brand-new community gardener to seasoned home gardening experts. It is a wonderful kick-off to the growing season, featuring live music and several gardening experts on hand to assist gardeners new and old.

The Plant Sale is a community event, and a community effort. All proceeds from the Plant Sale support Southside Community Land Trust’s education and community gardening programs, and plant starts that are not sold are donated to over 30 area non-profits.

Directions to City Farm

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As web companies strive to tailor their services (including news and search results) to our personal tastes, there’s a dangerous unintended consequence: We get trapped in a “filter bubble” and don’t get exposed to information that could challenge or broaden our worldview. Eli Pariser argues powerfully that this will ultimately prove to be bad for us and bad for democracy.

32,000 people on bikes in New York

I rode the Five Boro Ride in New York last week. 42 miles, all five boro’s of New York and 32,000 registered riders. Yes, 32,000 riders. Made a short film of the experience of taking over major highways with bikes (examples: all of 5th Ave right to the Park, one side of: East Side Drive, Queensboro Bridge & the Verrazano Narrows Bridge)

What are the chances …. out of riding with 32,000 people and I happen to know the guy riding the unicycle …. too funny and a way small a world sometimes …

IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources

IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources

Although the authors are optimistic about the future of renewable energy, they note that many forms of the technology are still more expensive than fossil fuels, and find that the production of renewable energy will have to increase by as much as 20 times in order to avoid dangerous levels of global warming. Renewables will play a greater role than either nuclear or carbon capture and storage by 2050, the scientists predict.

Jeremy Grantham

A very important analysis by Jeremy Grantham.

Summary of the Summary: The world is using up its natural resources at an alarming rate, and this has caused a permanent shift in their value. We all need to adjust our behavior to this new environment. It would help if we did it quickly.

Link to Article

For Rhode Island folks – the one’s I’ve been badgering about real estate appraisal – I’d suggest we approach real estate values in terms of the broader, data-driven analysis that is Grantham’s bent – research on historical trends in not only real estate, but relevant commodities, transportation, food economies, energy, climate change (sea level rise), and population demographics.

Ain’t No Grave Gonna’ Hold My Body Down


I heard a wonderful NPR commentary this afternoon on Brother Claude Ely. Brother Ely was a Pentecostal preacher from Virginia who for many years lived, sang, and evangelized in Kentucky.

When he was twelve years old he was diagnosed with tuberculosis and told he was terminally ill. A family member gave him a guitar (although he had never played) and he had soon composed ‘Ain’t No Grave Gonna Hold My Body Down.’

It is a hopeful song (at least to my Kentucky sensibilities).

Better Living Through Trails Presentation

The Rhode Island Chapter of the New England Mountain Biking Association (RI NEMBA) invites you to attend a presentation of Better Living Through Trails given by The International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) at 2 pm, Friday. May 13th at the Pastore Center in Charlestown, RI. (link) Pastore Center: Kings Factory Road at the end of Cold Spring Road in Charlestown.

This presentation given by IMBA explores the positive relationships between communities and their trail systems. Trails as community assets can improve quality of life and livability in a community for bicyclists, hikers, walkers and runners and can attract significant tourism dollars in addition to increasing overall quality of life. With statistics and case studies participants will learn how to turn a quality community trail system into a destination trail system and learn how to effectively market a trail system. This presentation is a great way to show the community that bicyclists, hikers, walkers and runners are concerned about the health and well being of its local citizens as well as Rhode Island’s green spaces and health of the local economy that green spaces attract.

Immediately following will be a second presentation geared to Land Manager Training. This training educates land managers on IMBA and the practice of designing, building and maintaining sustainable trails. The importance of partnerships with local mountain biking organizations to achieve great trails is emphasized. The curriculum is geared toward land managers who oversee land that either provides or has the potential to provide mountain biking and hiking opportunities. This presentation is essential to inform land managers and community leaders on how to team with association who have the desire to build and maintain responsible, thoughtful trails. This presentation helps grow citizens trust in IMBA, trail building and mountain biking as it protects and nurtures the environment.

This is a unique opportunity as it is the first time IMBA has done a Rhode Island event. The Friday presentation brings to bear all the knowledge IMBA has gained by working with communities all around Unites States and the world on sustainable trail networks, their economic effects, trail networks as tourist destinations and a host of subject mater and studies that are very pertinent to Rhode Island’s economy and health.

the event is free, please register at


I look forward to seeing you there!


Peter Gengler

President of the RI chapter of the New England Mountain Association

PS: for those interested in learning trail building hands on: Saturday will be an all day workshop culminating in building a short section of trail in Burlingame Park. This workshop is nearly at capacity. Same link above gets you to that registration.