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.
Jun 9, 2010

Green Team hiring this week!

Green Team assessing parks in Somerville
Green Team assessing parks in Somerville

Well it's that time again - time to hire our THREE 6-person Green Teams. This year we are focusing on three ideas:

1) Urban Agriculture 2) Community land-use planning 3) Sustainable Agriculture

In partnership with the Somerville Housing Authority, the Minute Man National Historical Park, the Somerville Community Growing Center and Community Corridor Planning (another collaborative program of Groundwork Somerville), we will be working 20 hours each week for seven weeks creating sustainable communities!

Congratulations to our THREE Supervisors and THREE Assistant Supervisors (one Tufts student and two former Green Teamers). We are so excited to move forward with an amazing summer of building sustainable communities through partnership!


Jan 25, 2010

Maple Syrup in Somerville!

The Maple Syrup Project has begun!

Each winter for the past eight years, sap has been collected in this New England city (most densely-populated in New England, as a matter of fact) just around the time that it dips below freezing at night and above freezing during the daytime.

For the past two years, GWS has been in lead of the charge to collect sap and boil it down for extremely local syrup! In collaboration with the Friends of the Community Growing Center, Tufts University and the Somerville Public Schools, we will teach science lessons, boil down over 80 gallons of sap to syrup, and engage hundreds of community residents in this wonderful event!

Join us from March-12-14 at the Community Growing Center (22 Vinal Ave, Somerville) to see firsthand what it's all about!

Jan 25, 2010

Green Team now powering the SoilCycle Program!

Green Team members are now responsible for ensuring that local residents' compostable materials are picked up weekly as part of our newest program, Somerville Soil Cycle, our resident compost pick-up program.

The youth team is responsible for: picking up the compostable materials ON BIKE, by pulling a bike cart full of buckets behind them; maintaining the compost bins at a local garden space; and doing outreach for the program.

This successful program currently has 12 subscribers for the winter months, with the goal of engaging at least 30 come summer.

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