Increased WIC Fruits and Vegetables Benefit

Due to the hard work of advocates around the country, including FRAC and CFSC, the FY 2010 Agriculture Appropriations provided a $2 increase to fruit & vegetable vouchers for women participating in WIC. Participants will now receive $10 a month (as opposed to the previous $8 provided) to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. This increase was recommended by the Institute of Medicine, and will be implemented by USDA within 60 days. According to the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), “The value of these additional benefits will be approximately $55,000,000. Over the next five years these additional benefits will be worth a quarter of a billion dollars in additional fruits and vegetables for woman in the WIC program.” Visit FRAC’s website for more information and resources.

Last day of CSA logistics

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Next week (Tuesday, October 27) will mark the end of our CSA season. We are thankful to all of our CSA members for joining us this year and hope that you enjoyed getting your share of the harvest!

Next week, you shares will be delivered in crates, but ask that you bring your own bags to transfer your share into. We will have plastic bags available for those who forget their own bags. Please also return all crates at the last CSA pickup.

We will send out another reminder about this in next week’s newsletter, but we figured that two reminders are better than one! Also stay tuned for future emails about the end-of-season survey and registration for the 2010 season.

Fall Days

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We've been quiet on the website and blog lately but have been busy at the office, of course. Soon, Cronin Park will be undergoing major renovations and you'll be able to follow the progress here. We're very excited to see the work begin there.

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Our Green Team helped out at Canal IllumiNations this past Sunday and will be attending Bioneers by the Bay this coming weekend. This year’s Bioneers by the Bay Youth Initiative, organized by youth for youth, focuses on the interconnectedness of social justice and environmental sustainability, weaving in artistic elements and activities.

There are two more weeks left in the CSA Distribution. This weekend Farmer Dave will be hosting a pot-luck at the farm. If you missed information about it in the newsletter, be sure to check it out!

Some of us here at the office (read-me) are in mourning that Gourmet Magazine will no longer be published. I've included links to a few recipes that I just love as a quick tribute and help with your CSA share cooking this week. Some of these are also in the newsletter.

Arugula Pesto
http://www.gourmet.com/recipes/2000s/2002/11/linguine_witharugulapesto
Arugula in Chickpea Soup
http://www.gourmet.com/recipes/2000s/2007/01/chickpea-soup-with-arugula
Tomato and Corn Pie
http://www.gourmet.com/recipes/2000s/2009/08/tomato-and-corn-pie
Spiced Applesauce Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
http://www.gourmet.com/recipes/2000s/2009/10/spiced-applesauce-cake-with...
Bulger Veggie Burgers
http://www.gourmet.com/recipes/2000s/2008/06/bulgurveggieburgers
Cheddar Bites with Jalapeno Mustard
http://www.gourmet.com/recipes/2000s/2009/10/country-ham-and-cheddar-pre...

Whew! Is it dinner time yet?

2009 Spicket Cleanup

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Thanks to all our volunteers at the 2009 Cleanup. We had a final count of 350 adults and youth from the City and surrounding communities. Over 250 of the volunteers were youth including a large group from Lawrence High School, a resilient crew from Community Day Charter School and a brave new bunch from St. Patrick's 3rd grade Bear Den (Cub Scouts). In addition to that we had our Green Team and two other Green Teams from Groundwork Somerville and Groundwork Springfield.

Many thanks go to our sponsors who contributed dollars and goods to make the cleanup happen. The

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sponsors include SoBe, Covanta Energy, Allied Waste, and Bay State Gas. Mainstream Global provided lunch for the volunteers and Deb Gurry from Clock Tower Cafe did the cooking. We were also ecstatic to distribute Richardson's Ice Cream from Bread and Roses.

Additional help came from our friends at Lawrence Heritage State Park who were able to collect trash from certain sites and move it to the dumpster and drop locations. Also, The Greater Lawrence Community Boating Program donated 4 boats to use for the day. The boats were used at Scarito Park to ferry trash across the river from the steeper bank on the Prospect Hill Side. (The picture of the New Balance crew on this entry is of some of the material they collected!)

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Take a look at our pictures here and also on our Flickr site. If you have any pictures from the day- please email Kathrynhref=> since our staff wasn't able to take as many pictures as we'd like! If you're willing to share them, please let us know!

Also, check back here for updates on our final tally of trash and metal and tires collected!

Spicket River Cleanup-tomorrow September 19

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Tomorrow, Saturday September 19, join us at Manchester Street Park for the 8th Annual Spicket River Cleanup. We're keeping the Spicket River Greenway Green!

Join us at 9 a.m. to collect trash and recycling from the parks along the river and the river's banks. You can check out our event page for more details.

At the Cleanup you'll also learn more about The Green Team’s "Green It Up!" campaign, an ongoing effort to clean up city streets, enlists local youth to reduce, reuse and recycle, while working to keep their own neighborhoods free of trash.

Busy week-please join us tomorrow, Wednesday September 16!

csasep152009 004_0_0.jpg We have a busy week and an especially busy day Wednesday September 16! Join us at the press event at the Farmers Market at 1pm to join Commissioner Scott Soares (Department of Agricultural Resources) and Commissioner Julia Kehoe (Department of Transitional Assistance) for a special announcement about a new partnership to bring increased EBT access to Massachusetts Farmers’ Markets, followed by a free cooking demonstration. Read more here!

Then come with us to Manchester Street Park for the Ribbon Cutting at 3pm. Join us with Mayor Sullivan in celebrating the opening of the newest gem on the Spicket River Greenway!

Today I caught up on CSA Newsletters on the website-so I hope you haven't missed anything, you can also join our eNews mailing list here .

Saturday is the 8th Annual Spicket River Cleanup! Join us at 9 a.m. at Manchester Street Park!

Manchester Street Park Ribbon Cutting September 16

Park Ribbon Cutting September 16, 2009 at 3 p.m.

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Please join the City of Lawrence Mayor Michael Sullivan for the Official Ribbon Cutting of our newest gem on the Spicket River Greenway on Wednesday September 16 at 3 p.m. We're pleased to celebrate the opening of the park complete with a playground, swings, a pond overlook and community garden beds.

Come celebrate with us!

Baked cucumbers, loads of extras and thanks to our interns...

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The CSA distribution yesterday was full of activity. Most everyone got to meet Bruce who will be taking over for Kemi since she is leaving us to go back to school. Also, the shares this week had a lot of "extras" - items not in your bin but that you could pick and choose from to suit your tastes and needs. I know that my family picked a LOT of the jalapeños but no summer squash -my coworkers think my tastes are odd. It makes for a little bit more confusion at pick-up but we appreciate everyone's patience! Also the regular shares had "lemon cucumbers" in them which confused many folks and they chose not to try them out. One super share member (super shares had received them last week) thought it was an early squash so she stuffed and baked it and said it tasted great! We hope the CSA allows you to eat healthily, in season and locally, but that it also opens up your taste buds a little!

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Sadly, this is our last week with Kemi, one of our summer interns. She and Yashira worked fantastically together and for Groundwork all summer. We will miss them both and wish them the best back at college in the fall (Providence and Holy Cross) - smart ladies!