Beans on the Boulevard

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The Beans on the Boulevard project began in 2011 as a way to promote vegetable gardening in visible spaces, encourage community involvement, foster healthier eating habits and heighten awareness of food security issues in our neighborhood.

IMG_2966Participants in the program receive compost, pole bean seeds, a 6’ rebar structure on which to grow the beans and any help they need to plant the little gardens on their boulevards or other space visible to the street.  In exchange, they make a commitment to tend the garden and share their harvest.IMG_3878

Each spring we kick off the Beans on the Boulevard season with our annual Bean Summit – a mini festival of all things bean!  With it we hope to get folks excited about planting and cultivating a more connected community by becoming one of a growing number of Beans on the Boulevard ‘Bean Farmers” on the West Side.  In 2015 we passed out 25 bean kits and brought the total of bean farmers on the West Side to around 65!  In 2016 we hope to grow another 25 farmers.

Year of Pulses!

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This year is a special year for us bean farmers.  The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has declared 2016 to be the International Year of Pulses. What is a PULSE?  Pulses are dried leguminous crops – dry peas, lentils, chickpeas, beans, broad beans, cowpeas, pigeon peas to name a few – which are vitally important all over the world as a economical protein source and a crop that that has a positive impact on the environment, increasing soil fertility with its nitrogen fixing properties.  You will be hearing more about this from us as the season progresses.  Until then,
read more about it here on the FAO website!

Please Contact us at  beans@growingwestside.com for more information on how you can participate.

Hope we hear from you soon!