CityFarm Suggestion

A cousin had read my post about CityFarm and asked if Dave Goldberg’s vision included something like the Fenway Victory Gardens. For those who aren’t familiar with the Fenway gardens, they comprise over 500 individual plots, each of which are about 15′ by 25′.  The plots are available for any Boston resident for $30 for a single plot ($15 for seniors).   The plot owner then spends the season tending his plot, providing vegetables or flowers for his own use, and a beautiful space for visitors to walk through.

The gardens are gorgeous and usually combine both vegetables and flowers:


I really like this idea, because it brings a sense of ownership to an otherwise unused bit of land.  Perhaps we should start thinking Victory Gardens for every parcel we can’t find a suitable buyer for.  We’re in a tough economic climate, the gardens don’t necessarily need to go on for longer than one season, and I can think of at least one parcel of land that would suit this project perfectly.

(Image: vegetable gardens can be beautiful, a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 image from Aria Nadii’s photostream.)

Common Story

I’m one of those people who thinks the Worcester Common gets a bad rap.  Sure, I find it a touch cluttered (I think the memorial-to-grassy-knoll ratio is too high) but it’s pleasant enough as a cut-through when I’m walking downtown.

I had a lovely experience in the Worcester Common that I figured I’d share (though I’ve told plenty of people about it in person).

About a month ago, I was walking to my car (parked in the McGrath lot) from City Hall, and a man was walking in the same direction a bit ahead of me.  It was dark out, he was pretty tall, and as a short, relatively wimpy woman, I tend to be on my guard about tall, tough-looking guys.

He crossed the street near Paris Cinema, as do I, and then he turned around and said, jokingly, “Hey, are you following me?”

I laughed.   “I don’t know that I’d be able to get very far with this,” I said, showing him the key I was carrying in my hand.

“Oh, no, let me show you what you need to do with that.”  And he showed me an effective way of stabbing someone in the back of the neck in case I was attacked and could get someone’s neck from behind.

So many people write letters to the editor about how unsafe they feel on the Common in broad daylight.  I wish all of those people could have gotten the impromptu self-defence lesson I did.  It might just change their minds.

Scandinavian Fair Tomorrow

This year’s Norumbega Lodge Scandinavian Fair will be held at Concord-Carlisle Regional High School, 500 Walden St, Concord, MA., on Saturday, November 13, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

I wrote about the Scandinavian Fair last year, and I think most of what I wrote remains the same. 

Here are my recommendations:

Get there early if you want any pastry.  Stay for the accordion music.  Feed your Snipp, Snapp, Snurr addiction.  Volvo ownership is a plus.  Yes, by all means, get your Dale of Norway sweaters out of mothballs and wear your loudest sweater.  If you feel the need to dress like this, you will not be out of place.