The Growing Community Farm Blog

Welcome to the Schenectady Urban Farms Blog! Check here often for updates from the farms.

Urban Farms to Your Table

Urban Farms to Your Table

Several tomato varieties grow well in our climate, including Opalka Paste Tomatoes. The sauce was canned depending on farm members' preference to how thick or strained it was. Once the recipe was perfected, the sauce was water bath canned in our community kitchen.You...

Canning Salsa in the Community Kitchen!

Canning Salsa in the Community Kitchen!

Late summer our farm work turns towards preserving some of the bounty of vegetables overflowing our gardens. Recently farms members and staff harvested tomatoes, hot and sweet peppers, onions and cilantro and made a delicious salsa that we then water-bath canned....

Watering through the Drought & Rabbit Kittens

Watering through the Drought & Rabbit Kittens

Hi Farmers! We are in a drought and working hard, along with many of you, to keep up on both watering and harvesting all the veggies coming in now. We have potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, green beans, yellow wax beans, cucumbers, cabbage and culinary herbs, to name just...

Free Food Fridge at Fehr Ave Farm

Free Food Fridge at Fehr Ave Farm

The Free Food Fridge at Fehr Ave Farm is officially open 24/7! Stop by for a snack, a meal, or to stock up on essentials. This unique refrigerator cools food by harnessing the power of the sun. Look for it at the corner of Fehr Avenue & Duck Pond Rd (near Central...

Farms Late Spring Update

Farms Late Spring Update

Busy days on the farms! There are sugar snap peas, lettuce, broccoli, kale, collards, strawberries and more available for harvest at the farms now. Given the lack of recent rainfall, we need at least one inch per week for established vegetables, a lot of our farm...

Warm Weather Plan Giveaway!

Warm Weather Plan Giveaway!

Warm season plants giveaway at the Rev Phil Food Pantry tomorrow! This Wednesday, May 25th from 9-11:30AM at 839 Albany Street (during regular pantry hours) our farmers will be giving out extra warm season crops that were started inside at our SiCM offices. These...

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...