May 27, 2014
In the past five weeks, REEP youth, members, volunteers and neighbors have built 41 raised beds, and installed rain barrels at three of our gardens, along with compost collection. Today, more than 110 families have a Grow or Die garden, and with your help, we’ll continue increasing access to healthy, affordable food in Roxbury and Dorchester.
Of the 4,000 seedlings REEP youth organizers grew in The Food Project's greenhouse this year, we’ve already distributed 1,000 to Grow or Die gardeners, with more on the way. If you haven’t volunteered with Grow or Die yet, there’s still time! Email REEP Coordinator Olmis Sanchez or call (617) 442-3343 x245 if you want to help at future builds.
Also, much of the compost we use for raised beds comes from City Soil, a small business in Mattapan. They were recently served an eviction notice by the Department of Conversation and Recreation, threatening both their work and the local food justice movement. Over the past two weeks, we took part in a mini-campaign to #SaveCitySoil by calling, emailing, and tweeting state officials. The eviction has now been stayed, and we're waiting on a permanent solution. Thanks to all of our members who have been helping with this effort!