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.
Feb 14, 2012

Gardens 2011

Healey Garden
Healey Garden

The Schoolyard Gardens Program unites school communities through the production of high quality organic local produce and participation in enriched nutrition, biology, ecology, agriculture, and economic education in Somerville. Through Schoolyard Gardens, Somerville Public School students have the opportunity to plant and harvest their own food.  Groundwork then uses that experience as a catalyst to empower them to make decisions that positively affect their own health and the health of the environment.  The Schoolyard Gardens curriculum, which complies with Massachusetts Education Standards, focuses on children in kindergarten through 8th grade and reaches over 400 students per year. 

Also under the umbrella of Schoolyard Gardens are two garden related programs run outside the public school system.  Groundwork oversees a Spring Break Camp at the Somerville Community Growing Center and Nature Workshops at three branches of the Somerville Public Library.

In 2011, Groundwork offered Schoolyard Gardens in 9 schools each season, and reached over 450 students.  The program also provided opportunities for 26 weekly-committing volunteers to assist in seasonal school garden programming and many additional opportunities for one-time volunteers to engage.  

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Feb 14, 2012

Green Team 2011 Update

South Street Cleanup
South Street Cleanup

The Green Team is a job-training program that provides urban, at risk youth with a stipend to participate in maintenance and improvement projects in park stewardship and urban agriculture.  In 2011, Groundwork crew members worked with the National Park Service to gain sustainable agriculture skills in the Boston Harbor Islands.  They learned how to identify invasive plants, practiced using and maintaining landscape power tools and hand tools, and participated in life-skills building workshops. The 2011 Green Team also began construction on the South Street Farm, Somerville's first Urban Farm, to be completed in Spring 2012.

Short Term Goals:

The short term goal of the Green Team is to provide employment and job training to urban, at risk youth.

 

Long Term Goals:

 The long term goal of the Green Team is that the youth enrolled in the program find sustainable employment and become contributing members of the Somerville community.

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May 10, 2011

Groundwork Somerville Schoolyard Gardens Update!

SomerGreen Festival 2011
SomerGreen Festival 2011

When folks ask us how things are going in the school gardens, we answer, “Busy!”

  • Twenty one 2nd and 3rd graders gathered in the Growing Center from April 19th-22nd for the “Spring into Action!” April Vacation program.  They planted veggies, stayed warm with a lot of running and active play, visited Gaining Ground Farm in Concord, and prepared their own healthy lunches.  Check out the photos and recipe book available on the program page.
  • Twelve “Dig Spring!” after school Garden Clubs are in full swing at nine sites across the city!  Students have kept busy planting seeds, examining flowers, pretending to be pollinators, beautifying their school grounds, and playing plenty of garden-themed running games.  Our last day of after school programming is June 10th.
  • Summer plans are starting to solidify – keep your eyes on our calendar to find out about eco-themed children’s workshops at the libraries this summer.  They will be free and open to the public thanks to the Friends of the Somerville Public Library.  If you run childrens’ programming and would like to host a Groundwork Somerville nature-themed workshop, contact tai@groundworksomerville.org!
  • Want to learn more about the school gardens? Check out our program’s page.

Thank you for all of your support! Please spread the word about this amazing program and continue to support creating a more sustainable Somerville!

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