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.
Nov 24, 2010

Maple Syrup Project event coming up!

Every winter, with our partners at the Community Growing Center, the Somerville Public Schools, and Tufts University, Groundwork Somerville taps local maple trees and collect the sap.  Simultaneously, GWS staff and  community volunteers teach a four-week arts and science curriculum to second graders at several public schools.  The season culminates with a spectacular two-day boil-down event held at the Somerville Community Growing Center.  Metal shop students from Somerville High made the evaporator pan and maintain all the equipment each year.  The syrup is used at local pancake breakfasts, given as thank-you gifts to community partners, and sold at the GWS stand at the Union Square Farmers’ Market.

Recruitment for 2011 Maple Educators has begun! The 2011 Maple Syrup Project education component will run from Jan 21st-March 5th.  Do you have several hours free  during the school day on a weekly basis, care about trees or the environment, and like to work with elementary students?  Contact to learn more or reserve a spot.

Save the date: the 2011 Boil Down is scheduled to happen on the weekend of March 5th at the Somerville Community Growing Center!


Join us on December 5th at The Independent in Union Square for the second annual Maple Syrup Project Fundraiser! Brunch will be served from 10am-4pm on Saturday and 20% of proceeds will be donated to the Somerville Maple Syrup Project! The seasonal menu will feature maple-inspired offerings such as Maple sausage Belgian waffle, Maple pancake breakfast wrap with scrambled eggs and bacon, French toast with honey crisp apple compote, and much more.  Seating is limited so reservations are highly recommended! Call 617-628-9988 and identify yourself as a supporter of Groundwork Somerville and The Maple Syrup Project.

To learn more about the Maple Syrup Project, please click here.

To view a flier for this fundraiser event, please click MSP Brunch Flyer 2011.  Thank you in advance for helping to spread the word!

To RSVP and invite friends, please visit the facebook event here.


Nov 24, 2010

Green Team videos! They're amazing

Green Team Video on active transit:

Groundwork Somerville and Somerville Community Access Television teamed up for a fantastic Next Generation Producers program focusing on Somerville’s community path, bicycle safety, nutrition, and living a healthy lifestyle. Check out the great videos below and be inspired!

Green Team teams up with Somerville Climate Action on this December's Living Green Festival!

  • Living Green Festival
  • Supporting Healthy, Sustainable, Just Communities
  • Sunday, December 5th
  • 1pm-4pm
  • Somerville Hispanic Seventh-day Adventist Church
  • 59 Cross Street, East Somerville
  • Saving energy & money; Diabetes screening; Reducing waste; Asthma information; Health impacts of pollution in your community; Energy rebates and efficiency
  • Workshops in English and Spanish
  • Kids Activities


Aug 24, 2010

Green Team over for the summer!

Green Team
Green Team

Well folks, it's true - the Green Team is over for the summer! After an amazing seven weeks of biking around the city, visiting farms, designing a new garden, harvesting and maintaining four garden spaces, and organizing an amazing youth summit, we are done!

The good news is that the fall Green Team begins in just a few weeks! You'll be able to see us STILL riding bikes, assisting Groundwork Lawrence at their Spicket River Clean-up (September 11, Lawrence MA), visiting Groundwork Springfield for a service day, and hosting a series of educational energy efficiency fairs!

We can't wait to get going again and appreciate all of the support you've been able to give us over the past year.



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