Youth building the Ecoshed at South Street Farm
With the kick-off this summer’s Green Team, the first week of July ushered in a flurry of activity. We welcomed back returning Green Team youth and supervisors, met youth new to the program, and, of course, tuned up the donated bicycles that youth ride to the gardens where they work. Some of these brave youth had never ridden a bicycle before, but soon they were pedaling along confidently, travelling all over the city on their own power.
South Street Farm and the Schoolyard Gardens are in full swing, producing lots of carrots, collards, beans, and even herbs like Lemon Balm to sell at the three Mobile Farmer’s Markets. These markets, a partnership with Shape-Up Somerville and a Western Massachusetts farm, provide healthy, affordable food to all Somerville residents. Before each market, youth harvest vegetables and get to work washing, bunching, and packing the produce. At markets, some youth sell the produce, while others practice outreach skills by going around the neighborhood and engaging with residents to let them know about the market.
Green Team members are also looking forward to the South Street Farm ribbon cutting, at 9:15 am on July 30th. The event will celebrate Somerville’s first urban farm, as well as the completion of the on-site EcoShed, which features a rainwater harvesting roof system, a bicycle-powered water pump, and green wall, as well as storage and display space. Green Team youth, Somerville Mayor Curtatone, and Groundwork Somerville staff will speak at the event.