The Growing Community Farm Blog

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Cool Season Plants Giveaway this Thursday!

Cool Season Plants Giveaway this Thursday!

Cool season plants giveaway! This Thursday, April 21st from 9-11:30AM at 837 Albany Street (during Rev Phil Food Pantry hours) our farmers will be giving out extra cool season crops that were started inside at our SiCM offices. These vegetable plants are ready to be...

Open House(s) at the Farms!

Open House(s) at the Farms!

It's that time of year! We have spring vegetable crops seeded in pots inside almost ready to go into the ground. We have seeds and onion sets ready to plant too! We will be working in the Community Kitchen at SiCM next week Tuesday and Thursday from 1-4PM, unless it's...

We Are Soil Farmers

We Are Soil Farmers

We are soil farmers here at SiCM’s Urban Farms. Why? Soil is the most essential part of our ability to grow any food or plants at all. One of the main components of soil is humus, decayed organic material that gives soil its texture and allows for the very living...

Will Allen at Vale Farm

Will Allen at Vale Farm

“Father of Urban Agriculture” Farmer Will Allen visited Schenectady last week! Mr. Allen is food activist and and influencer in the global realm of food accessibility. He visited Vale Farm and spoke about food accessibility, justice, urban farming, vermicomposting,...

Soil Blockers & Seeding

Soil Blockers & Seeding

As farmers this is one of our favorite times of year! After a long winter we are getting our hands into the soil again and seeding plants for the farms! Right now we are starting leeks, onions, cabbage, and broccoli. Last year as part of our Urban Farmer Training...

Maple Time in Maple Nation

Maple Time in Maple Nation

Spring is coming and we are in the midst of our farms’ first harvest of the year; maple water! Indigenous Peoples of this territory call this land, these northeast forests, Maple Nation. Such is the value of this keystone species, that the lands it thrives on were...

Leah’s Lavender Lemonade

Leah’s Lavender Lemonade

Have you tried Leah's Lavender Lemonade? It is the signature beverage of Schenectady Urban Farms. Incorporating honey produced by bees from the farms, this refreshing and aromatic beverage is sure to delight. To make your own batch of Leah's Lavender Lemonade, first...

Farms in the Community Kitchen

Farms in the Community Kitchen

The Schenectady Urban Farmers have been keeping busy during these chilly months. Yesterday, SiCM staff tried their hand at grinding blue corn into a fine cornmeal powder using an antique hand-crank grain grinder. It provided quite an arm workout.Farmers have also been...

Seedtime!

Seedtime!

In our agricultural calendar, we are in Seed-time! Most of what we grow on our Schenectady Community Farms we start from seed. We have our seeds and planting plans for 2022 ready! We have incredible varieties of vegetable seeds to choose from because of our ancestors’...