Garden Club @ The Library

May 27th, 2010

Come join Groundwork Somerville as we lead a six-week garden club at the Main Branch of the Somerville Public Library! Over the course of the summer, young Somerville residents will be introduced to the natural world right in front of the Library. Kids will learn how to plant flowers and vegetables, play with creepy-crawly worms and other decomposers, discover the reasons for flowers, investigate the animal and plant neighbors in our urban habitat, cook delicious Somerville-grown snacks and play garden-themed games. Each week’s activities will revolve around a different garden theme and related books will be available in the children’s room to take home after the club meets.

The program is recommended for children five years of age and older and limited to 12 participants on a first come, first served basis each week. Each session will last approximately one hour. Thank you to the Friends of the Somerville Public Library for their support of this series.

Garden Club @ The Library

May 27th, 2010

Come join Groundwork Somerville as we lead a six-week garden club at the Main Branch of the Somerville Public Library! Over the course of the summer, young Somerville residents will be introduced to the natural world right in front of the Library. Kids will learn how to plant flowers and vegetables, play with creepy-crawly worms and other decomposers, discover the reasons for flowers, investigate the animal and plant neighbors in our urban habitat, cook delicious Somerville-grown snacks and play garden-themed games. Each week’s activities will revolve around a different garden theme and related books will be available in the children’s room to take home after the club meets.

The program is recommended for children five years of age and older and limited to 12 participants on a first come, first served basis each week. Each session will last approximately one hour. Thank you to the Friends of the Somerville Public Library for their support of this series.

Garden Club @ The Library

May 27th, 2010

Come join Groundwork Somerville as we lead a six-week garden club at the Main Branch of the Somerville Public Library! Over the course of the summer, young Somerville residents will be introduced to the natural world right in front of the Library. Kids will learn how to plant flowers and vegetables, play with creepy-crawly worms and other decomposers, discover the reasons for flowers, investigate the animal and plant neighbors in our urban habitat, cook delicious Somerville-grown snacks and play garden-themed games. Each week’s activities will revolve around a different garden theme and related books will be available in the children’s room to take home after the club meets.

The program is recommended for children five years of age and older and limited to 12 participants on a first come, first served basis each week. Each session will last approximately one hour. Thank you to the Friends of the Somerville Public Library for their support of this series.

Garden Club @ The Library!

May 27th, 2010

Come join Groundwork Somerville as we lead a six-week garden club at the Main Branch of the Somerville Public Library! Over the course of the summer, young Somerville residents will be introduced to the natural world right in front of the Library. Kids will learn how to plant flowers and vegetables, play with creepy-crawly worms and other decomposers, discover the reasons for flowers, investigate the animal and plant neighbors in our urban habitat, cook delicious Somerville-grown snacks and play garden-themed games. Each week’s activities will revolve around a different garden theme and related books will be available in the children’s room to take home after the club meets.

The program is recommended for children five years of age and older and limited to 12 participants on a first come, first served basis each week. Each session will last approximately one hour. Thank you to the Friends of the Somerville Public Library for their support of this series.

Garden Club @ The Library!

May 27th, 2010

Come join Groundwork Somerville as we lead a six-week garden club at the Main Branch of the Somerville Public Library! Over the course of the summer, young Somerville residents will be introduced to the natural world right in front of the Library. Kids will learn how to plant flowers and vegetables, play with creepy-crawly worms and other decomposers, discover the reasons for flowers, investigate the animal and plant neighbors in our urban habitat, cook delicious Somerville-grown snacks and play garden-themed games. Each week’s activities will revolve around a different garden theme and related books will be available in the children’s room to take home after the club meets.

The program is recommended for children five years of age and older and limited to 12 participants on a first come, first served basis each week. Each session will last approximately one hour. Thank you to the Friends of the Somerville Public Library for their support of this series.

Garden Club @ The Library!

May 27th, 2010

Come join Groundwork Somerville as we lead a six-week garden club at the Main Branch of the Somerville Public Library!  Over the course of the summer, young Somerville residents will be introduced to the natural world right in front of the Library. Kids will learn how to plant flowers and vegetables, play with creepy-crawly worms and other decomposers, discover the reasons for flowers, investigate the animal and plant neighbors in our urban habitat, cook delicious Somerville-grown snacks and play garden-themed games. Each week’s activities will revolve around a different garden theme and related books will be available in the children’s room to take home after the club meets.

The program is recommended for children five years of age and older and limited to 12 participants on a first come, first served basis each week. Each session will last approximately one hour.  Thank you to the Friends of the Somerville Public Library for their support of this series.

West Branch Library Kids Garden Workshop

May 27th, 2010

Join Groundwork Somerville as we lead lead children’s activities in the West Branch Library kids garden.  We will become explorers, scientists, and chefs as we investigate the garden habitat, harvest food, and learn to make sensible choices for our own health and the health of the planet.  Thank you to the Friends of the Somerville Public Library for supporting this event.

Water Chestnut Pull on June 5th!

May 26th, 2010

Mystic River Water Chestnut Hand Pulling Event

When: Saturday, June 5, 2010

Time: 9 a.m. to noon

Where: If you have a boat, meet in Medford on South Street at Curtis Street, east of the Winthrop Street Bridge. If you need a boat, contact Mystic River Watershed Association to arrange at contact@mytsicriver.org.

Sponsors: Groundwork Somerville , Mystic River Watershed Association, Friends of the Mystic River, Riverside Yacht Club, Mystic Wellington Yacht Club, Winter Hill Yacht Club and Medford Boat Club

The problem: Water chestnut is an invasive aquatic plant that is detrimental to the river in three ways:

  • Ecological: Water chestnuts out-compete beneficial native plants, decrease biodiversity, reduce water quality, decompose slowly and reduce oxygenm and generate poor conditions for fish
  • Recreational: Water chestnuts reduce the aesthetic quality of the river, tangle around outboard motors, obstruct access to boat ramps and lanes, snag fishing lines, and reduce visibility in the water.
  • Economic: The presence of water chestnuts and other aquatic invasive plants can devalue waterfront property and require substantial funds to manage

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Somerville Garden Tour

May 26th, 2010

The Somerville Garden Club will be sponsoring a garden tour of Somerville gardens on July 25th, 2010 from 11-5pm. Groundwork Somerville is excited that this year’s focus will be on growing edibles!

FOUR school yard gardens will be featured on the tour: Brown School (201 Willow Ave), Healey School (5 Meacham St., around back), Winter Hill Community School (115 Sycamore St., in upper playground), and Argenziano School (240 Washington St., around back).  Visit the gardens any time between 11am and 5pm to taste test herbs and edible flowers and meet some of the dedicated parents, volunteers, interns, staff, and youth who help maintain (and play, relax, and harvest from) the gardens during the summer.

Advanced ticket sales (including booklet, ticket, and map for $10) are available from July 1-July 24th at Pemberton Garden Center, Sherman Cafe, and True Grounds.  Day of event ticket sales will take place at the Davis Square Statue Park and at the Somerville Community Growing Center.

Check out the video on SCAT!

Compost Workshop

May 26th, 2010

Have you wanted to learn about urban composting?  Come learn the basics of turning yard and food waste into a valuable soil amendment from Gardens Coordinator Tai Dinnan.   Learn a few simple guidelines for maintaining healthy odor-free compost  and see a range of options from indoor worm composting to build-your-own pallet bins.  Stop by early to participate in the Growing Center’s workday or check out the year’s first Farmer’s Market while you’re in Union Square!