Spring and Summer 2012 is one of the best on Green Team Record! The only way to convey the magnitude of their accomplishments (which are still underway!) is to start at the beginning:
With 7 youth in the Spring, and 14 in the Summer, the Green Team has:
Built and planted Somerville's first urban farm, the South Street Farm, a 4000 square foot, raised bed farm that is growing produce for Somerville residents and the Union Square Farmers Market
Done a comprehensive park stewardship program in the state park at Blessing of the Bay Boathouse, including planting all their beds, and constantly maintaining them, as well as working on an invasive species removal project eradicating Eurasian Water Chestnuts from the Mystic River. On August 4th they were part of a record-setting team of 70 volunteers who removed 806 twenty pound baskets of the invasive weed.
Partnered with local business Culinary Cruisers to put local, youth-grown mint and basil into their Ocean Ave Pops
Done community service projects in National Parks on the Boston Harbor Islands and in Concord, MA at the Minuteman National Historic Park, as well at the Alewife Reservation, a State Park.
Volunteered all over Somerville at community and arts events
Maintained Schoolyard Gardens with the Garden Youth Crew.
Planned and performed a public open mic event with Teen Empowerment
Partnered with youth groups in Everett, Malden and East Boston to do waterfront assessments within the Mystic River Watershed
Learned how to ride and take care of bikes for carbon neutral transportation all summer.
Attended youth leadership summits with REEP and others.
And they have more to do!
Before the summer is over they will have built a greenhouse, created a rain water harvest system, presented at Boston Green Fest, created a sample green roof, and more!
We are lucky to have these youth, and hope continued support for the program will lead to ongoing schoolyear and summer Green Teams for years to come!
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.
Well spring is upon us, that is for sure! We have so many exciting events this season. We just successfully completed our 5th annual SomerGreen Festival, in partnership with the City of Somerville, our first ever Boston Tree Party apple tree planting, our river clean-up with the Mystic River Watershed Association and the Friends of the Mystic River, a garden raising, and a bike drive with Bikes Not Bombs. And that was just on ONE day! So thank you to everyone who has participated so far, and welcome to all our new partners who are about to embark upon greening initiatives with Groundwork Somerville. Read on to find out about some upcoming events this spring.
Every day I question if we are doing the right thing to have so many events - yes, it makes sense to work collaboratively to do clean-ups and bike drives, and youth-led gardens. But are we being noticed for the work that we do? As an Executive Director, I constantly analyze this. And you know what? We finally did get noticed! Yes folks - THE White House Blog did a post about Groundwork Somerville! Check it out here, and make sure to email the White House and let them know that you support GWS. A Major thank you to our partners at GlobalGiving - the White House found us through their website.
Thank you for all of your support and please keep giving!
Outgoing Executive Director
While we are sad that we have lost the amazing skills of Maura Schorr Beaufait as she travels across Guatemala, we are so excited to be working with Adam Machson-Carter. Adam will bring us into a great new era of the Green Team!
Adam Machson-Carter, Green Team Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) Adam is the Green Team Coordinator at Groundwork Somerville. He began at Groundwork in January of 2011. Adam comes from a background in outdoor education, youth development, and environmental justice. Adam believes in the power of young people to be catalysts for change in their environment and the world. He has been a Massachusetts Promise Fellow at GED Plus as well as a youth worker and member leader at an environmental justice organization in Boston. Adam is excited about carrying this work forward (and having fun!) with the Green Team at GWS!
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!
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