Signing of the School Nutrition Bill THIS Friday!

July 28th, 2010

Bike to the Sea in the Everett Independent!

July 28th, 2010

Nice article in last week’s Everett Independent about the Northern Strand Community Trail (a.k.a Bike to the Sea) in Everett!

Check out the article here!

Help bring ultra high-speed internet to Somerville!

July 28th, 2010

Google plans to build and test ultra high-speed broadband networks in a small number of trial locations across the United States. This program, called Google Fiber for Communities, will launch an extremely fast broadband network that will deliver speeds up to 1 gigabit per second (over 100 times faster than what most Americans currently have access to).

Somerville has worked to bring this high-speed internet to our city, but it is our job as a community to drive the point home! Here’s how:

We plan to drop a “Google Bomb” to emphasize our interest in this beneficial opportunity! Sign in to your Twitter (or a friend’s) and simply tweet the following message: “@Google #SomervilleGigSpeed

Somerville is vying with 1,100 other communities to receive this high speed internet, so it is important to get involved. To show Google we are the perfect city for this program, we are developing a website that will keep track of the Twitter tags, so tweet often!

Feel free to check out this site for more information:

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/02/think-big-with-gig-our-experimental.html

A new website connecting farms – check it out!

July 28th, 2010

GrowFood connects farmers interested in teaching with people interested in farming. We can help you: Work on a farm this weekend; give your kids a real farming adventure; spend some time working in exchange for room, board, and experience; build a career for a lifetime.

And change the world. Our mission is to help grow a community of 50 million new small-scale organic farmers. That’s how many it will take to break America’s dependency on factory food.

Check out their website!

Check out Somerville Local First’s video about SomerFun!

July 27th, 2010

Thanks Paper Fortress for this great video!

Check out the Nourishing the Planet Blog by Worldwatch!

July 27th, 2010

Nourishing the Planet

Groundwork Somerville in the Boston Globe!

July 27th, 2010

Fertile ground for urban gardeners

July 27, 2010

WE APPLAUD you for highlighting the productive use of abandoned lots as community gardens in the article “Flowers now bloom where trash piles lay’’ (Globe North, July 22). Some may doubt the potential of urban gardens as reliable food because of Massachusetts’ short growing season. But the benefits of urban gardens last beyond what you get out of the ground.

In Greater Boston, nonprofits including the Food Project, Groundwork Somerville, and ReVision Urban Farm are showing great success in educating youth on agriculture and engaging community members to grow and sell produce in farmers’ markets. Dismissing these as after-school projects would be a grave mistake. Entrepreneurs, such as the founders of Top Sprouts, already see potential in profiting from urban gardening through helping building owners develop sustainable rooftop greenhouse systems. Benefits for gardeners include access to fresh produce year round, and an avenue to channel heat loss from their buildings.

We hope local authorities will show more support for urban renewal projects that turn bare and abandoned spaces in Massachusetts green.

The message is clear: Urban gardening is not just child’s play — it is here to stay.

Danielle Nierenberg
Alexandra Tung
Worldwatch Institute, Washington

Check out the Boston Globe website here!

Closing Day at the Union Square Farmers’ Market

July 27th, 2010

Come visit the gang at the “ultra-LOCAL” booth at the market to see all the local produce and goodies we have to offer.  Meet the youth involved in Groundwork’s programs and learn about everything they do throughout the city!  Help us celebrate the close to an incredible market season.

Groundwork Somerville at the Union Square Farmers’ Market

July 27th, 2010

Come visit our booth at the market to see all the local produce and goodies we have to offer.  Meet the youth involved in Groundwork’s programs and learn about everything they do throughout the city!

Groundwork Somerville at the Union Square Farmers’ Market

July 27th, 2010

Come visit our booth at the market to see all the local produce and goodies we have to offer.  Meet the youth involved in Groundwork’s programs and learn about everything they do throughout the city!