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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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Master Urban Gardener Program

The Master Urban Gardener (MUG) program is an intensive, skill-building training program. Whether you’re just getting started or have been gardening for decades, MUG covers everything you need to know to thrive in a community garden - from vegetable gardening and composting to community organizing.

Each winter, 30 community gardeners join the program. The MUG course is open to Massachusetts residents with preference given to those who are active community gardeners and demonstrate a commitment to sharing their skills with others. Click for further details and application.


Tastes of the Garden presents
PRESERVING THE HARVEST
Join Boston Natural Areas Network in the Tastes of the Garden cooking series to learn new and fun ways to preserve your bountiful summer harvest. Every attendee will go home with a jar of canned goods.

All classes are free and open to all. Registration is required, limited space. To register, contact info@bostonnatural.org or call 617-542-7696.

Download Tastes of the Garden fall series flyer.

Dips and Dressings
Saturday, September 27
9:30 - 11:30AM
Future Chefs, 560 ALBANY STREET, SOUTH END
Join us in learning how to make your own dips and salad dressings with dried herbs from the summer harvest. A great way to save money, stay healthy, and have fun!

Jams and Chutneys
Saturday, October 4
9:30 - 11:30 AM
Future Chefs, 560 ALBANY STREET, SOUTH END
A great workshop to get a headstart in making homemade holiday gifts. Learn how to use berries and vegetables to make different and interesting canned goods for friends and family (or yourself!).

Pickling and Preserving
Saturday, October 18
11:00 AM- 12:30 PM
Uphams Corner Branch Library
500 COLUMBIA ROAD, DORCHESTER
Enjoy the flavors of summer all year long. Come learn simple ways to can, pickle and store vegetables that are packed with flavor.


MayorWalsh’s Seed Share
Saving Seeds
Saturday, September 27
10AM–12NOON
MATTAPAN BRANCH LIBRARY
1350 BLUE HILL AVENUE,MATTAPAN

Learn to collect, process and store seeds from tomatoes, lettuce, beans and other garden favorites.


Canning & Freezing Demonstration
Sunday, September 28
11AM–1PM
WEST ROXBURY FARMERS MARKET
CENTRE STREET AND COREY STREET, WEST ROXBURY

Pick up some fresh seasonal produce and learn how to preserve summer’s flavors.


Spreading Roots Tree Giveaway Fall 2014
Applications due Monday, September 22, 5:00 PM

Boston Natural Areas Network is excited to announce our third major Spreading Roots tree giveaway! On Sunday, October 5 we will be giving away 75 trees to deserving Boston residents, non-profits and community groups. The funding for this tree giveaway is made possible through a donation from the American Bar Association. For more information and application click here.


Seed, Sow & Grow
Autumn Perennial Garden Care
Saturday, October 25
10AM–12NOON
LOCATION ANNOUNCED AT REGISTRATION

Demonstrations in season end soil care, cleanup, mulching and bulb planting. Registration required.To register, contact info@bostonnatural.org or call 617-542-7696.


Neponset River Greenway
13th Annual Pumpkin Float
Thursday, October 30
5:30PM registration
6:00PM float
POPE JOHN PAUL II PARK
HALLET STREET ENTRANCE
, DORCHESTER

Bring your hollow carved jack-o-lanterns and watch them float in Davenport Creek. Halloween costumes encouraged! Pumpkins can be no larger than 8 inches, or they won’t float. At the end of the event, pumpkins are collected for compost and used in Boston's gardens. No registration necessary. Event check-in at Hallet Street entrance to park. Co-sponsored by MA DCR.

Volunteer Opportunity
Pumpkin Float Volunteers
Thursday, October 30
5:30–7PM Volunteer Shift
POPE JOHN PAUL II PARK
HALLET STREET ENTRANCE
, DORCHESTER

Lots of enthusiastic volunteers are needed to pull off this well-loved community event! A great opportunity for youth groups looking for fun community service. Possible volunteer assignments include check-in table, float set up, refreshments and shuttling pumpkins. Contact candice@bostonnatural.org or 617-542-7696.


Urban & Green Newsletter

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