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Seedlings: Free Virtual Workshops on Gardening & Food Justice


The Providence Seed Library, Providence Community Library, URI Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener Program & Brown University Superfund Research Center have teamed up to bring you a six-part virtual series of workshops about food sovereignty and gardening presented throughout the winter.  These workshops offer the opportunity to gain practical skills for new and experienced gardeners, and will also highlight the leadership of BIPOC farmers and educators in creating a just food system. Workshops will feature topics including urban gardening, seed saving, soil remediation, and food justice. 


Know Before You Grow: Understanding Site Risks for Gardening

Thursday, January 13th, 6:30pm, Zoom

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Is your soil safe to grow a garden? Lead and other contaminants and debris may have an unwelcome presence in many urban, community and backyard gardens. Jessica Dominguez and Ann Carroll of the Environmental Protection Agency will introduce participants to their Know Before You Grow guide and outline key questions for growers and local garden and urban agriculture advocates to consider and answer on the way to safe and healthy growing and safe space selection. 


Food Justice & Soil Remediation

Thursday, January 27th, 6:30pm, Zoom

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Summer Gonsalves, an Environmental Scientist and the Co-Leader of the Brown University Superfund Community Engagement Core, will discuss inequities in the current food system that harm both consumers and food producers. We will imagine what a food just system would look like for all people, everywhere.


Indoor Seed Starting

Thursday, February 17th, 6:30pm, Zoom

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Join URI Master Gardener Sue Scotti for a short and simple rundown of the best way to start seeds inside your home this winter using materials you may already have!


African Diasporic Seeds & Seed Keeping (NEW DATE)

Monday, February 28th, 6:30pm, Zoom

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Amirah Mitchell, who recently crowdfunded + $30,000 in donations to start a black heirloom seed farm, joins us to talk about seed keeping.


Outdoor Seed Starting & Transplanting

Thursday, March 3rd, 6:30pm, Zoom

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Learn tips and tricks from URI Master Gardener Sue Scotti for direct sowing and transplanting seedlings in your outdoor vegetable garden!


Soberanía alimentaria en la ciudad: Un taller virtual en español

Jueves, 24 de Marzo, 6:30pm, Zoom

Consigue entradas gratis

Importancia, técnicas y qué productos se pueden sembrar y cosechar exitosamente en la ciudad sin necesidad de un gran espacio, con Catarina Lorenzo.


About our Partners

The Providence Seed Library is a living collection of open-pollinated, heirloom and culturally resonant seeds sustained by new and experienced gardeners, and housed at participating Providence Community Library locations (Knight Memorial, Mount Pleasant, Rochambeau and Washington Park). 

The Brown University Superfund Research Program is focused on complex environmental contaminant issues in Rhode Island. An academic-government-community partnership model is a key feature of our overall SRP research strategy. Together with our partners we work to expand the understanding of the human health consequences and management of contaminated sites in Rhode Island and other post-industrial states. Our research embraces the complexity of mixed contaminants and their inevitable proximity to dense population centers, and is responsive to the needs of our government and community partners in managing the problems that this causes.

The mission of the URI Master Gardener Program is to educate residents in environmentally-sound gardening practices through the dissemination of factual, research-based information while honoring ancestral practices.  Through the train-the-trainer approach, over 700 volunteers serve as URI Extension Master Gardener educators, amplifying the impact of Cooperative Extension to improve environmental quality and build healthy communities.  


Contact Us

Questions? Email Aimee Fontaine ( ) or Lee Smith ( ).