Tufts Food System Planning Coalition!

December 30th, 2010

Volunteer to help with Groundwork Somerville’s Maple Syrup Project Last changed: Dec 29, 2010 10:15 by Kristin Feierabend

Each winter, Groundwork Somerville coordinates the tapping of sugar maple trees on Tufts’ campus and the collection of the maple sap to be turned into maple syrup at a Boil Down event in early March. The project engages 2nd graders from Somerville public schools with a 4-week, in-class environmental education curriculum focused around maple trees.

Tufts students help make the Maple Syrup Project happen by assisting in the collection of sap from the sugar maples and by teaching elementary students in their classrooms. If you’re interested in helping with urban maple syrup production or in-class education, please contact Tai, the Groundwork Somerville Gardens Coordinator, at tai@groundworksomerville.org for more info. A more detailed description of the project and the volunteer opportunities can be found here: http://www.groundworksomerville.org/2010/12/10/announcing-maple-syrup-project-2011/

Check out the Tufts Food System Planning Coalition website!

Winter farmer’s market comes to Somerville

December 20th, 2010

Mayor Joe Curtatone and Shape Up Somerville announce the launch of the Somerville winter farmer’s market.

Winter Farmers’ Market comes to Somerville!

December 15th, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                            December 14, 2010


Farmers and fresh food vendors from across Massachusetts to participate

SOMERVILLE – Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and Shape Up Somerville are pleased to announce the launch of the Somerville winter farmers’ market. The winter farmers’ market is an initiative of Shape Up Somerville, designed to increase access to healthy and local foods for all Somerville residents during the winter months. The market will take place on Saturdays from 10 am – 2pm, January 8th through March 26th at the Center for the Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Avenue in Somerville.

“Just because it is cold outside, that doesn’t mean our healthy eating habits have to go into hibernation,” said Mayor Curtatone. “I suspect we’re going to discover a significant pent up demand for a winter farmers’ market and that the Armory will become one of the hottest places to be in Somerville during Saturdays this winter.”

Somerville residents have long appreciated the fresh and local produce found at the City’s two farmers’ market, located in Union Square and Davis Square, June through November. In January 2010, community members identified the need for more fresh and local foods during the winter months and the idea of a winter farmers’ market was born. Shape Up Somerville, local farmers and community stakeholders met in March of 2010 to begin developing a business plan for the market.

“Somerville knows the value of collaboration and the winter market is a great example of the community coming together to create something that would be difficult for each organization to achieve on our own,” said Shape Up Somerville Director Jaime Corliss. “I extend my thanks to the Center for Arts at the Armory for partnering with the City on this exciting venture. I would also like to thank the organizations that participated in the planning process for winter market, especially MA Farmers’ Markets, Union Square Main Streets and Groundwork Somerville.”

“We are delighted to bring the Winter Farmer’s Market to the Armory,” said Debra McLaughlin, Chair of the Arts at the Armory Board of Directors. “The summer farmers’ markets have always been an important source of fresh, locally grown food and other locally-sourced products for the people in our community. We are very proud to help extend the farmers’ market season through the winter months.”

Somerville residents will find an array of produce, meat, bread and specialty vendors at the market.  For the first time ever, residents will be able to sample and purchase wine from Massachusetts farm wineries.  The addition of farm wineries is a result of statewide legislation that was enacted during the summer.  Participating vendors include:

Enterprise Farm, South Deerfield, MA

Winter Moon Farm, Hadley, MA

Stillman’s Farm, Hardwick, MA

Apex Orchards, Shelburne, MA

Cook’s Farm, Brimfield, MA

Austin Brothers Valley Farm, Belchertown, MA

Globe Fish Co, Boston, MA

Hi-Rise Bread Co., Cambridge, MA

Great Cape Baking Company, Marstons Mills, MA

3 Little Figs, Boston, MA

Seta’s Mediterranean Foods, West Newton, MA

Q’s Nuts, Georgetown, MA

Reseska Apiaries, Holliston, MA

Elaine Hsieh, Chocolatier, Somerville, MA

Taza Chocolate, Somerville, MA

Coastal Vineyards, South Dartmouth, MA

Turtle Creek Winery, Lincoln, MA

Zoll Cellars Winery, Shrewsbury, MA

EBT, debit and credit will be accepted at market to increase payment options for residents of all income levels.  Residents can stay updated on the products that will be available each market day by following the winter farmers’ market Facebook page which will be launched shortly.

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Michael Meehan 617-625-6600, ext. 2620

Cell: 617-877-8803

Jackie Rossetti 617-625-6600, ext. 2614

Cell:  857-636-2396

Check out Tri-CAPs video on the Malden River!

December 14th, 2010

Part 1

Part 2

For more information on the Mystic River Watershed, check-out

Illuminations Bicycle Tour of Somerville!

December 13th, 2010

Please join the Somerville Bicycle Committee on Saturday evening, Dec. 18, to celebrate the coming of winter and year round cycling. We will enjoy a casual tour to see some of the city’s homes warmly lit for the holidays.

We will meet at the Somerville High School entrance at 6:50pm, departing promptly at 7:15 pm.  We will tour the city in coordination with the Somerville Arts Council’s Illuminations Holiday Trolley Tour the same evening.

This is a winter evening ride, so please dress warmly and use bike lights.

Underground Artist and Burner Bazaar!

December 13th, 2010

Local Somerville Artist Julie Cahill will donate a portion of her proceeds to Groundwork Somerville this upcoming weekend – check it out!


Your favorite underground holiday craft fair returns under a new name!
Do you want to find some funky crafts & wares for your fabulous friends & fam this holiday season? Does the classic Holiday Fair format bore you? Then come enjoy a craft fair featuring YOUR artistic friends! There will be snacks, drinks, live music, djs, & amazing wares – including hula hoops, modded LED flashlights, handmade candles, fun fashions, blown glass…, scented oils, paintings, photography, jewelry, glass pipes, adult gifts, and CDs & merchandise by local musicians!

• The Boston Hoop Troop
• Flash Flood™ Photography
• Kameleon Healing Aromatherapy
• Julie Cahill
• Tess “Aquarium” Lee
• Alyssa “Rabbit” Barclay and friends
• Jen Hill
• Ammon EP
• Eartha Harris
• Jenn Bliss
• Katie Morrissey & Co.
• David ‘Dessicant’ Gardner II & Madelaine Ripley
• Katya Popova
• Tarot readings and music from the ” Four Elements”
by Jo Ball & Nicole Edgecomb
• Music by Paul “Stretch” Erlich
• And a local band merchandise table featuring goods from Honey Circuit, Psylab, Provocateur, The Statesmen, You Shriek and more!
**More vendors to be announced!!**

$3 at the door for entry gets you one $3 coupon to spend on participating vendors!

Are you interested in running a door shift? Helping with cleanup? We still have some room, and we still need help! Contact eartha.harris at gmail to lend a holiday hand!

Announcing: Maple Syrup Project 2011!

December 10th, 2010

Read on to find out about all the cool, fun, and enriching ways you can get involved in the Somerville Maple Syrup Project.  It’s not until the new year, but now’s the time to sign up before you disappear into the abyss of holidays and winter vacations. Please do not hesitate to contact Tai (tai@groundworksomerville.org or 617-628-9988) with ideas or questions about the project. If you know of groups or friends who might be interested, please forward this article to them! If you want to get involved, contact Tai so you can reserve the time that works best for you.

MSP Volunteer Opportunities:

Maple Educator: (volunteer position, 45min to 1.5hr in class time per week plus travel) For the past 10 years, community members have volunteered for the Maple Syrup Project. For the in-school component, teams of 2 volunteers visit 2nd grade classrooms once a week and teach 4 lessons from 1/27/11 – 3/4/11. Multidisciplinary topics cover parts of a tree trunk, poetry, graphing, a year in the life of a tree, history of New England syruping, tree tapping/syrup production, measuring, and more. Groundwork Somerville will provide curriculum, training, materials, and coordination. Lessons lead up to the Boil Down field trip on March 4th, 2011.

Interested? Contact tai@groundworksomerville.org and include days of the week (M-Sat) and times between 8:30am and 2:30pm when you expect to be free from 1/27/11 – 3/4/11. Save the date: Educator Training will take place on Sunday January 23rd from apx. 3-6pm.

Maple Sap Collector: (volunteer position, 2 hrs max. per day, weekly) Sap from tapped Somerville sugar maple trees (predominantly on Tufts Campus) is collected daily from late January through the end of February (depending on weather) by volunteers and delivered to refrigerated storage space at Somerville Public Schools. Week day sap collection ideally happens between 10am and 1pm. The Maple Syrup Project depends on the dedication of these weekday and weekend collectors. Car access or ability to tow a bike trailer in the winter (provided by GWS from our Union Sq. Office) needed.

Interested? Contact tai@groundworksomerville.org and include days of the week you can commit to sap collection from January through March. Save the date: Tapping will likely happen the last week of January, up-to-date info available at our website.

Garden Club Assistant Educator: Visit Schoolyard Gardens for more information about this additional Groundwork Somerville volunteer position.

Save The Date!

2011 Maple Syrup Boil Down: Saturday March 5th, 10am-2pm, free and open to the public, 22 Vinal Ave., more info will be posted to our website as the date approaches.

Please contact Tai at tai@groundworksomerville.org or call (617)628-9988 for more information about the Somerville Maple Syrup Project and other “healthy EDUCATION” programming.

Staff and Volunteers at GWS Boil Down

Garden Club Assistants needed: Cool Volunteer/Intern Opportunities!

December 7th, 2010

Groundwork Somerville offers after school Garden Clubs in 8 public schools across the city of Somerville throughout the school year.  The success of these clubs depends on the collaboration between the lead Garden Educator and the Volunteer Gardens Assistants as they help open the eyes of elementary students to the natural world right outside their schools.

Are you interested in elementary, hands-on, environmental education? Hands-on learning? Urban agriculture?  You should get involved at Groundwork Somerville!

VOLUNTEER: After school Garden Clubs’ winter session runs from Jan. 3 – March 25th.*  Groundwork Somerville seeks volunteers willing to make a weekly commitment for this 10 week period to assist the lead Garden Educator as they engage elementary students after school in their garden!  Slots are available M-F from 3 – 4 or 3 – 5:20 pm plus time for transportation.  Winter garden clubs focus more heavily on environmental education due to the fact that our gardens are resting for the season. Email tai@groundworksomerville.org for more information or to reserve the day and time that works best for you!  *If you are a student and will not return in time for the start of the session, I’d still love to hear from you!*

INTERN: The Garden/Environmental Education Intern position is open for those with experience working with elementary students who can make a 6-10 hour commitment for their Spring Semester.  The Garden Education Intern will assist in 3-4 Garden Clubs per week and have the opportunity to develop and lead gardens and outdoor-based lesson plans in the after school setting.  Intern must have afternoons open (2:30 and after) at least three times a week. Additional environmental education opportunities avaliable based on applicant’s experience and interest areas. This position is unpaid but students are welcome to apply for credit through their college or university for their time and learning at Groundwork Somerville.

Please email tai@groundworksomerville.org with any questions, concerns, or ideas!

Brown bag on Green Roofs (at Charles River Watershed Assoc.)

December 7th, 2010

Apex Green Roofs, Inc. will provide an overview on green roofs and their benefits, the different systems and components, design considerations when designing/building a green roof and how municipalities and legislation are encouraging green roofs. Green roof system materials will be on hand to view. The brown bag will be held from 12:30- 1:30 pm at Charles River Watershed Association office at 190 Park Road, Weston MA.  For more information, contact Julie Wood at jwood@crwa.org.

Announcing GWSForum: Join the Discussion!

December 2nd, 2010

The mission of Groundwork Somerville is to create a sustainable community through partnerships that empower people, businesses and organizations to promote whole communities. In other words, we enjoy having discussions with YOU about what you care about, what parts of our environment you find concerning or hopeful, and what your dreams are for the health and environment of our community.

The Groundwork Somerville Forum allows just this sort of discussion to take place!  Starting this December GWS Staff members will be sharing their thoughts and starting discussions through the Forum.  You can always find a link to the forum on the bottom left section of our home page.  We encourage you to challenge us, offer your opinions, and engage with our community through Groundwork Somerville’s website!