Green Line Station Area Walks!

November 30th, 2010

THE GREEN LINE IS COMING

TO SOMERVILLE!

It is time to begin station planning and design. The Community Corridor Planning Project (CCP) with participation of members of the Green Line Extension Community Design Working Group invites you to participate in planning for design and access to the Ball Square and College Avenue Green Line Stations.

Your opinions and ideas about how to make the station work best are important.

WHEN: Saturday, December 4, 2010 at 10 AM

WHERE: We will meet on the westbound side of the bridge on Broadway at the corner of Boston Ave. at 10 AM and will walk around each Station area where you can make suggestions about pedestrian, bicycle and bus access to the station, safety, lighting, station design, comfort, signs and area maps.

At 11:15 AM we will meet on the bridge at College Avenue for the station walk.

Bring your camera to take photos and email them with your suggestions to   Ellin Reisner — reisnere51@gmail.com.

CCP partners and MBTA/Mass DOT staff will have preliminary station diagrams for the station location as well as copies of designs developed by community members at the CCP Design Workshop in May.

Living Green Festival Supporting Healthy, Sustainable, Just Communities!

November 30th, 2010

Sunday, Dec 5th 1pm to 4pm
Somerville Hispanic Adventure Church 59 cross street, East Somerville

Maple Syrup Project Fundraiser Brunch

November 30th, 2010

Sat Dec 4th 10am-4pm
Join us @ The Independent 75 union Square

Invite your friends on Facebook or check out our events page!  Reservations are highly recommended, call 617-440-6022.

Northeast Organic Farming Association/Massachusetts Chapter 2011 Winter Conference

November 29th, 2010

Saturday, January 15, 2011

WORCESTER STATE UNIVERSITY (new location)

WORCESTER, MA – Worcester State University is the new 2012 host of the Northeast Organic Farming Association/Massachusetts Chapter, Inc. (NOFA/Mass) Annual Winter Conference on Saturday, January 14, 2012.  The use of a new venue is the result of an expansion in conference registration over the past five years to over 900 participants.   The conference features workshops, a keynote speech, exhibits, vendors and a catered organic lunch provided by Worcester State.  The community event is designed for farmers, gardeners, consumers, landscapers, homesteaders, and policy advocates. “Anyone who eats will be interested in attending the NOFA conference,” said Conference Coordinator Cathleen O’Keefe, “..there are workshops for teens, children, and adults.  Workshop topics range from farm management to ensuring a fair, equitable, regional food system, to food preservation and healthy living.  There are also great practical skills workshops like knot tying & chainsaw safety.”

This year, the 2012 NOFA/Mass Winter Conference will feature keynote speaker John Jeavons of Ecology Action, in Northern California.  Jeavons is known internationally as the leading researcher and method developer, teacher, and consultant for the small-scale, sustainable agricultural method known as GROW BIOINTENSIVE ™  mini-farming. Jeavons’ food-raising methods are being used in 141 countries and by such organizations as UNICEF, Save the Children, and the Peace Corps.  Jeavons will also be teaching an all-day seminar on Designing and Planning Your Garden/Mini-Farm for the Future.

For gardeners there are workshops on Practical Seed-Saving Skills, Basic Organic Gardening, or Low Tunnels for Vegetables. Consumers might enjoy the sessions on Foraging for Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms or Maple Syrup 101. Livestock workshops include Pigs and Pork Products on the Small Farm, So You Want to Raise Grass-fed Beef,  or Raising Chickens in an Urban Backyard.  Foodies can whet their appetites by attending Making Fresh Mozzarella, Curing Ham, and Using a Pressure Canner.

Dennis Irish, Vice President of Marketing, Government and Community Relations at Vanguard Health Systems offered a perspective on the importance of the NOFA/Mass conference: “We in the health care field feel that the opposite of hungry is not full. It’s healthy. To the extent that we can improve the quality of nutrition – the consumption of fruits, vegetables and organic food, our patient-base will benefit from it both physically and mentally. We’re looking forward to presenting at the conference.”

Conference registration is $65 per person with discounts available for NOFA members, certified farmers, students, teens and children; seminar registration is $120.  Early-bird registration discounts available before January 1st. Beginning Farmer Scholarships are available for anyone who has been farming for less than 10 years. Complete conference information is available at www.nofamass.org.

The conference is sponsored by Whole Foods Markets, Stonyfield Farm, Farm Family, Greenfield Farmers Cooperative Exchange,  Farm Family, Clements Law Office, LLC, Greenleaf Foundation, Franklin Community Cooperative, Vermont Compost, Frontier Natural Products, Neighboring Food Coop,  Boston Organics, Groton Wellness, RMA, Groundscapes Express, Lancaster Ag, Albert’s Organics, Chelsea Green Publishing, Fertrell, Harris Seeds, The Weston A. Price Foundation.

Registration OPEN: http://www.nofamass.org/conferences/winter/index.php

GWS School Gardens in the News

November 29th, 2010

Check out Elizabeth Sheeran’s article about Groundwork Somerville’s school yard garden programs in the Somerville News!

http://www.thesomervillenews.com/archives/9951

Somerville school gardens sow the seeds of smarter food choices

By Elizabeth Sheeran

At lunchtime recess on a sunny fall day, the Arthur D. Healey schoolyard is swarming with third and fourth graders playing ball, tag, or just hanging out. Off to one side, a few kids pick leaves off an interesting-looking plant, and each takes a nibble.

Time to call Poison Control? No, they’re just getting a taste of the licorice-flavored herb anise hyssop in the Healey School garden, under the watchful eye of School Gardens Coordinator Tai Dinnan.  Read more.

theMOVE Chomp + Roll!

November 24th, 2010

CHOMP + ROLL!

Please join theMOVE as we gather up our community at Flatbread/Sacco’s in Davis Sq on Tuesday 11/30, for an amazing night of (responsibly-sourced + ridiculously-delicious) pizza + bowling!

No cost to enter.  Just Chomp + Roll to your heart’s delight.  Proceeds from all pizza sales will go to support theMOVE’s powerful work getting folks out onto farms, to connect them with the systems that sustain us daily.  We’ll also be raffling off prizes and awarding the highest score of the night with a Flatbread/Sacco’s gift card!  Please check out the facebook invite + RSVP if you can make it.

Chomp + Roll!
when: Tue 11/30
where: Flatbread/Sacco’s @ 45 Day St / Somerville
cost: no cost to enter

Community Corridor Planning community gathering

November 23rd, 2010

Press Release                                       Contact:  Meridith Levy

Somerville Community Corporation

617 776 5931×242

Somerville, MA—participants of Community Corridor Planning (CCP) will be presenting a Community Action Agenda on December 2nd, 2010 at the Capuano Early Childhood Center in East Somerville, 150 Glen Street.  The Action Agenda spells out concrete goals for turning community priorities and principles into direct action around Jobs and Local Businesses; Affordability; and Green-Open Space/ Active Transit.   The event takes place between 6:30 and 8:30pm.  Refreshments, child-care and interpretation will be provided.

In the fall of 2009, CCP convened a community process to develop and vote for 11 corridor principles along the new Green Line corridor in anticipation of significant changes.  The Action Agenda that will be presented on December 2nd recommends specific goals for how to turn these principles into action.  CCP working groups developed the recommendations over the summer and fall, and are eager to share their plans and gain support from the broader community.

Led by a 16 member resident advisory team, Community Corridor Planning (CCP) is a partnership of Groundwork Somerville, the Somerville Community Corporation (SCC), the Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership (STEP), and the Somerville Community Health Agenda, committed to resident participation in planning for a livable, equitable Somerville in anticipation of the Green Line Extension. Since its inception in 2008, CCP has reached over 900 people through door-knocking, one on one visits, community meetings, data and photo collection for “inTeractive Somerville”, an on-line mapping tool. Participants of CCP created the 11 Core Corridor Principles in 2009, which have guided all subsequent work. CCP hosted a series of design workshops for community members culminating in a final report with visual recommendations for the proposed Green Line stations that were submitted to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.  CCP also convened 3 working groups to create the Action Agenda that will be presented on December 2nd, 2010.

What:                    Community Corridor Planning meeting

Where:                  150 Glen Street, Capuano Early Childhood Center, Somerville

When:                   Thursday, December 2nd, 6pm Registration; 6:30-8:30pm meeting

Groundwork Springfield on the EPA website!

November 19th, 2010

Check them OUT!

Green-a-thon in the Somerville News!

November 18th, 2010

Cleaning up for a cause in Somerville

On November 17, 2010, in Latest News, by The News Staff

Green-a-Thon combines fall cleanup with fundraising

By Elizabeth Sheeran

Open space is a precious commodity in Somerville. But not every open area in the city is an oasis of natural beauty, and efforts to make Somerville a greener place are often held back by financial limitations. Groundwork Somerville, a local non-profit, recently set out to tackle both those problems in one day, with its first annual Green-a-thon, Saturday.

Volunteers met at multiple sites around the city, to gather trash and recyclables, and to rake leaves for composting. Participants also collected sponsorship pledges to support Groundwork’s local programs, which include teaching gardens in all Somerville public schools, green jobs for teens and young adults, tree planting and conservation projects, and advocacy for sustainable development.

Fred Hicks learned about Groundwork when his twin sons joined the garden club at the Kennedy School. He said taking part in the Green-a-thon at Junction Park was a way to take some ownership for a neighborhood space his family can enjoy. “My hope is that more people would get out from time to time if you’re using the space, to get involved with the maintenance of it,” said Hicks.

More information about Groundwork’s programs is at www.groundworksomerville.org.

Sign the Rails to Trails petition!

November 17th, 2010

In a recent issue of AAA World magazine, Don Gagnon, president and CEO of AAA Mid-Atlantic, argued to restrict the federal Highway Trust Fund (HTF) to just highways. That argument may sound reasonable on its face given the fund’s name, but such a change would eliminate popular and effective programs that have been the … lifeblood of our movement for two decades, helping to create more than 19,000 miles of rail-trails and many other bicycle and walking facilities around the country…Find out more on the Rails to Trails website:

http://www.railstotrails.org/ourWork/whereWeWork/national/news/AAA.html