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Program Updates

Program listings below are for the next several weeks. For a complete schedule of all BNAN programs check our newsletter posted online, or check listings by date using the calendar. To receive BNAN's free, biweekly eNews with program, event and news updates, please subscribe below. For more information or to register for a program (unless otherwise noted) email or phone 617-542-7696. BNAN programs and events are free, all are welcome.

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BNAN at the Children's Museum
Ask the Garden Expert
Thursday, August 27
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Drop by Boston Children's Museum's garden beds and ask the garden expert your growing questions. Meet us on the boardwalk in front of the museum.

Composting Together
Starting Compost
Saturday, August 30
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Help to construct a brand new composting system and learn the science and process of composting. Leave knowing how to build and maintain a healthy, balanced compost pile. Registration required by contacting 617-542-7696 or

Neponset Greenway Council Meeting
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location has changed to:
Bean and Cream Cafe
680 Truman Parkway, Hyde Park, MA

Monthly meeting. All are welcome. Come early and enjoy the exhibit "Meet the Neponset: A Photography Exhibit of the Neponset River Watershed in Hyde Park", an exhibit by area photographers of the Neponset River, Fowl Meadow, Mother Brook, and surrounding areas. For more information contact Candice Cook at 617-542-7696 x16 or email

Garden Opening
Woolson Street Community
Garden Opening

Saturday, September 6
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Join Mayor Martin J. Walsh, City of Boston Department of Neighborhood Development and Boston Natural Areas Network along with partner organizations Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition, the Fairmount Greenway Open Space Task Force, Mattapan United, the Community Design Resource Center along with Mattapan community gardeners and residents to celebrate the opening of the much-anticipated community garden on Woolson Street. Meet the residents and partner organizations that worked alongside BNAN to create the beautiful new garden in Mattapan. For more information, contact 617-542-7696 or

Seed, Sow & Grow
Harvest Healthy Winter Greens
Saturday, September 6
12:00 - 2:00 PM

Learn to grow cold-hardy, nutrient-rich greens to provide color and flavor to winter meals. Using a variety of methods we demonstrate ways to extend harvest into the winter months. Registration required by contacting 617-542-7696 or

Tastes of the Garden
Cultural Fusion Cuisine
Tuesdays August 5, August 19 and September 9
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Ashley Street East Boston YMCA
54 Ashley Street, East Boston

Join BNAN and the East Boston YM CA for a delicious evening of cooking. Explore different techniques for fusion cooking with a focus on local produce, while learning how to add new flavor to summer favorites! Registration required, limited space. To register call 617-542-7696 or email
Download Tastes series flyer here.

BNAN Annual Event
9th Annual Harvest Festival &
Perennial Divide

Saturday, September 13
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Celebrate the harvest season with honeybees and fresh-pressed cider. Dig up your perennials to share and shop for City Natives-grown plants, soil amendments and season extension supplies. Rain or shine.

Boston Gardeners Council - Garden Community Gathering
The Importance of Pollinators
Tuesday, September 16
6:00 - 7:30 PM
Boston Day and Evening Academy
20 Kearsarge Ave, Roxbury

Join BNAN and the Boston Gardeners Council in exploring the busy lives of pollinators! Find out why and how we can attract pollinators with varieties of plants in our gardens. All gardeners and friends are invited to come. A BBQ and potluck lunch will follow- make sure to bring your favorite dish to share. To RSVP, email or call 617-542-7696.

Volunteer Opportunity
with the Boston Public Health Commission, Franklin Park Coalition, Boston Parks and Recreation Department, and Boston Cares

Boston’s Parks Count

Saturday, September 6 (with a rain date of Sunday September 7). Volunteers will be needed in 3-hour shifts. They will be able to select which shift they prefer: 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.; 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Volunteers will be stationed in pairs at park entrances. One volunteer will be counting the number of people entering the park. The other volunteer will be asking a subset of people to take a brief self-administered survey on park assets and demographics upon exiting the park.

It is hoped this information will help determine the number of people using parks, what park assets are most valuable, and ultimately make parks more accessible to all residents. To register: visit For more information: email or

Urban & Green Newsletter

The summer 2014 issue of BNAN's Urban & Green Newsletter is available online. Included in the newsletter is the BNAN calendar of summer events and programs. Read it to find out what's happening in Boston's Community Gardens, Urban Wilds and along the Neponset and East Boston Greenways. Click here for current and past newsletters