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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 info@bostonnatural.org or phone 617-542-7696. BNAN programs and events are free, all are welcome.

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Youth Conservation Corps Hiring Adult Staff
Deadline to Apply Extended to April 30

Over 640 teens have participated in the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) since it began, and BNAN is anticipating another 60 youth will serve in the program in 2014, its 20th year of operation. This year, four teams of youth age 15-18 will work along the Neponset River Greenway in Dorchester and Mattapan, the East Boston Greenway, Allandale Woods in West Roxbury, and our Urban Agriculture sites in Roxbury and Hyde Park. YCC teens learn teamwork and job skills while engaged in park improvement projects involving environmental restoration, trail building, landscaping, urban agriculture and more.

Adult staff: Now hiring for adult staff for YCC program, click here for information.


Spreading Roots

The Spreading Roots tree request application period has closed. Applicants will be notified by Tuesday April 15, if they have been selected to receive a free tree. The pick-up date for trees is Saturday, April 19 at City Natives in Mattapan from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Residents and groups must make arrangements to pick-up their trees at that that time.


Seed, Sow & Grow
Understanding Compost
Saturday, April 19
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
City Soil Composting Site,
416 American Legion Highway (Zoo
Overflow Parking Lot)

Visit the City of Boston compost facility to learn how a municipal composting yard operates. Join Bruce Fulford, President of City Soil, to learn the processes behind yard waste collection, staging and composting, and even take a hike to the top of the compost heap! Registration required by contacting 617-542-7696 or info@bostonnatural.org.

Click to download the 2014 Seed, Sow & Grow brochure with garden workshops spring through fall.


Tastes of the Garden
The Wonders of the West Indies - PROGRAM IS NOW FULL
Saturday, May 3
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Future Chefs Office and Teaching Kitchen
560 Albany Street, South End

PROGRAM IS NOW FULL-WE HOPE YOU JOIN US FOR ONE OF OUR OTHER PROGRAMS. Warm up your kitchen with dishes from the West Indies! Learn the secrets of growing warm-climate produce in New England while cooking traditional recipes from the Caribbean island of Dominica. To register, contact dana@bostonnatural.org.


East Boston Greenway
Greenway Connector Preview Walk
Saturday, May 3, 10:30 a.m.
Meet at Bremen Street Park Community Garden
near Prescott and Bremen Streets,East Boston

The new East Boston Greenway Connector is set to open later this spring. Together we’ll walk and get a glimpse of what the new one-mile long trail will be like. Registration requested by contacting 617-542-7696 or info@bostonnatural.org.


Tastes of the Garden
Exploring the Cuisine of Ancient Nubia - PROGRAM IS NOW FULL
Saturday, May 10
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Future Chefs Office and Teaching Kitchen
560 Albany Street, South End

PROGRAM IS NOW FULL-WE HOPE YOU JOIN US FOR ONE OF OUR OTHER PROGRAMS. Spice up your garden and learn the recipes for delicious Middle Eastern cuisine! Join BNAN and NUBIA (Nubian United Benevolent International Association) in exploring spices and flavorful dishes that you can grow and cook right at home. Ancient Nubia is a region in the Middle East on the Nile River that is now modern-day Egypt and Sudan. To register, contact dana@bostonnatural.org or 617-542-7696.


Seed, Sow & Grow
Resilient Garden Systems
Saturday, May 10
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
City Natives
30 Edgewater Drive, Mattapan

Investigate City Natives’ variety of resilient garden systems, including our herb spiral, annual beds, edible hedge and forest garden. Learn to cultivate garden systems and plant guilds that produce food, use resources effectively and help build healthy soil. Registration required by contacting 617-542-7696 or info@bostonnatural.org.

Click to download the 2014 Seed, Sow & Grow brochure with garden workshops spring through fall.


Boston’s Urban Forest
Urban Orchards Bicycle Tour
Saturday, May 10
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Roxbury and Jamaica Plain
Meeting location TBA

Boston is full of urban orchards, but do you know where they are? Come join a leisurely bike ride through Jamaica Plain and Roxbury to discover apple, pear, cherry and plum trees. Bring your bike and helmet, water and a snack. Registration required by contacting 617-542-7696 or info@bostonnatural.org


BNAN Annual Event
13th Annual Spring Festival
and Perennial Divide
Saturday, May 17
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
City Natives
30 Edgewater Drive, Mattapan

Celebrate the start of the growing season with BNAN and fellow gardeners by participating in the 13th annual Spring Festival and Perennial Divide! Bring perennials to share and containers to take home new plants. Shop for annual seedlings, City Natives grown perennials, gardening supplies, soil amendments and much more.


Urban & Green Newsletter

The spring 2014 issue of BNAN's Urban & Green Newsletter is available online. Included in the newsletter is the BNAN calendar of spring 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