Groundwork Somerville, Inc.

Groundwork Somerville strives to bring about the sustained regeneration, improvement and management of the physical environment through the development of community-based partnerships which empower people, businesses and organizations to promote environmental, economic and social well-being. Groundwork Somerville works closely with the Somerville community to create opportunities for all people to participate in the "greening" of the community. We focus primarily on youth populations.
Apr 2, 2013

Eco-Heroes Survive The Snow!

After a long, snowy winter--and a productive maple syrup season!--we're more than ready for spring! In January and February, our after-school club "Eco-Heroes" learned all about animals, their relationships in nature, and what they do in winter.  They enjoyed making birdhouses from recycled coffee cans, preparing and eating "worm slaw", and playing Endangered Animal Tag. In the second-grade classrooms, Maple Syrup Educators led an interdisciplinary curriculum teaching how maple syrup is made, where sap comes from, and how trees change through the seasons. 
Now that the spring has melted and the days are getting longer and warmer, our school gardens and South Street Farm getting ready for the growing season.  We just kicked off a new "Healthy Eating" curriculum, exploring where food comes from, how we can eat in healthy, sustainable ways, and how different parts of plants are important.  Students have a unique chance to interact with food from soil to table: they can plant a seed, water it and keep it healthy as it grows, harvest, and cook a healthy snack from it! Spring also brings garden renovations at three of our school gardens, as well as a new mural at the South Street Farm; it's a busy, exciting time.
Mar 26, 2013

Hibernation is Over

Green Team builds the beds
Green Team builds the beds

Green Team is coming out of hibernation! After a winter spent honing their presentation skills, and advocating actively for youth jobs funding by rallying at the statehouse and meeting one on one with their senators and representatives, The Green Team youth are carefully tending their seedlings in preparation for the spring plant. In fact, I can see them now, spritzing the little sprouts at the other end of our office.

They also worked hard all winter planning for the new South Street Farm expansion, both by creating planting plans, prepping a new construction project that will bring rain harvesting to the Farm, and by working in the cold weather to repair and move beds in anticipation of the growing season. This is when your donations really get put to work as we emerge from the shelter of these office walls, get back on our bikes and make the earth productive. Most of our food this year will be going to the Mobile Farmers Market in the summer, which travels around Somerville bringing health produce at affordable prices.

The Green Team will next be presenting at the annual Groundwork Gala on April 5th 7-10pm at the Armory at 191 Highland Ave, and hosting an Earth Day Cleanup on April 27th.

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Nov 16, 2012

Winter Without Warmth

Greenhouse-post hurricane
Greenhouse-post hurricane

Autumn 2012 was looking like it would be a pretty typical harvest season. The returning members of our summer Green Team were busily buzzing about the city gathering the last tomatoes, bunches of basil and root veggies out of the ground, and preparing the soil for a winter rye cover crop. Following these housekeeping projects, the Green Team would typically come in for the winter and prepare one or two campaigns during the cold months to advocate for state-wide youth jobs funding, or work on designs for local parks or transit stations. However, as most of the East Coast knows, things are not so typical, thanks to Hurricane Sandy.

By no means can we say we experienced devastation up here in Somerville. Most of us, if we lost power, had it back within days. In fact, there is only one notable long-term effect our Green Team suffered, and that is the loss of our brand new greenhouse at the South Street Farm. Having constructed the greenhouse this summer, we painstakingly anchored it, tied it down, and did everything short of dismantling it completely. However, it wasn't enough, and come Tuesday, we couldn't even find it! When we did locate it, we found it over a 12 foot fence in a twisted heap of metal and plastic.

So what does this mean? This means the Green Team's new winter project is to design and build a new greenhouse so for the South Street Farm! They've already started sourcing recycled windows to build a bigger and better greenhouse. Any funding you give over the next few weeks will be essential to helping us work with a designer, source materials and make this greenhouse a reality!

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