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The garden continues to grow

Our Urban Agriculture course has come to a close but it is wonderful to see that the garden is still growing. It is now the moment to start harvesting the beautiful vegetables but it is also time to think about what crops to plant now for the end of the season. A garden is a continual cycle that must be nurtured and cared for throughout the year. The course may be over but we still have seeds to plant and care for.

One of the most gratifying outcomes of the class has been the formation of the BU Gastronomy Gardening Club. Mike Mennonno, the president of the Fenway Garden Society, has encouraged the group and given them space to grow. We are fortunate to be part of this vibrant garden community.

As for the course, we hope we can do it again next year. The first round was a lot of fun and we all learned a great deal. The smooth running of the course would not have been possible without the help of Mayling Chung, who acted as Graduate Assistant. Mayling helped with bibliographic research, course planning and hosting guest speakers. The course would not have been nearly as fun or organized without Mayling.

Thank you to everyone who made this a very special experience.

-Rachel Black


Thank You

Last night, we had a lovely potluck picnic to wrap up the Urban Agriculture course. Amongst good food and friends, the students shared their final projects (check the posts out on their group blogs) and we talked about what we learned both in and out of the classroom, from major discussion themes to garden lessons.

On behalf of BU’s Urban Agriculture class, I would like to thank Leo and Casa Romero, Sarah and theBerkeley Community Garden, Tyler, JD and Patrick from the Organic Gardening Collective at BU, Victoria of the Fenway Victory Gardens, Lisa of theBoston Tree Party, Charlie and the Boston Truck Farm, Marianne and the Carter School, and Noah ofBest Bees.

A special thank you to Mike and the Fenway Victory Gardens for giving us the opportunity to grow food in this city during the course. 

And of course, to Dr. Rachel Black, thank you so much for such an amazing opportunity. This was truly a wonderful experience!

Reminder: Truck Farm Film Screening and Q & A tonight!

Just a quick reminder about the Truck Farm Film Screening!

Truck Farm Screening Tonight
Tonight at 5:30pm
We’re meeting at 725 Commonwealth Avenue (College of Arts & Sciences)

Room # 313

There will also be a Q & A session with the Boston Truck Farm following the film screening! Hope to see you there!

Truck Farm Film Screening: June 15th


PRESENTED BY: Boston University’s Gastronomy Program
DATE: Wednesday, June 15, 2011
TIME: 5:30pm
LOCATION: Room 313, College of Arts & Sciences, 
725 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston 
Admission is free! Visit the Urban Agriculture course 
blog ( for more
information about our Urban Ag class or 
contact Dr. Rachel Black at

Introduction: Garden Journals

The class is in full swing and we have been busy!

This past week included an introduction to the garden site in the Fenway Victory Gardens, a handy compost-building workshop, and a delicious meal at Casa Romero (just to name a few of our activities thus far).

All the students are now posting Garden Journal entries to their group blogs, so please visit each of their blogs by clicking on the tabs at the top of this page!


Introduction: Garden Topics

We couldn’t have asked for more glorious weather here in Boston for the first day of the Urban Agriculture course, even if we aren’t gardening outside just yet! The students will be formally introduced to their garden plots next week.

Today is about getting started:

As an introduction to our Garden Topics page, please visit this link to the Basic Garden Care post that is intended to provide resources for basic garden care as it relates to urban agriculture. There is a category for the Garden Topics page on the home page. The student groups will take turns preparing garden topic posts with a list of annotated web links for more information.

It’s Urban Garden Time!

Welcome to the Urban Agriculture course at Boston University. We are part of the Masters in Liberal Arts in Gastronomy program, which is a multidisciplinary approach to the study of food. This space was created to share what we are learning as we learn about what it means to grow food in the city.

Growing food in urban contexts raises interesting questions about food access, nutrition education, perceptions of public spaces and the place of nature in the urban environment. This course, which begins at the end of May, will focus on urban agriculture in Boston and a number of case studies from around the globe.

Throughout the course, students will visit gardens, learn basic cultivation skills through hands-on activities, study the social and cultural sides of urban agriculture, as well as the political and city planning aspects of urban ag projects.

There are four gardening groups with their own sites, which can be accessed on our homepage. We welcome you to visit each garden group’s site and join us as we get our hands dirty with urban agriculture!