Thank you for a successful Gala!

March 29th, 2011

Our 4th annual Greening the City Gala was a huge success!

Thank you to our sponsors, food vendors, Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project, Cambridge Brewing Company, Chive Catering, all our awardees (and partner organizations), artists, Board, Staff, Advisory Committee and participants!

Check out some pictures here:

http://www.thesomervillenews.com/archives/13886#comment-30005

http://somerville.patch.com/articles/photos-groundwork-somerville-presents-greening-the-city-gala#photo-5405734

http://www.facebook.com/GroundworkSomerville#!/album.php?aid=287155&id=572684138&fbid=10150124566899139

See you all next year!

“Dig Spring!” Garden Clubs Start

March 23rd, 2011

Groundwork Somerville offers year-round garden-based education to children from kindergarten to eighth grade, in all of the city’s eight public elementary and middle schools, a public charter school, and a public library.

Starting March 28th, students will join us in our “Dig Spring!” Garden Clubs at every elementary school in Somerville. Argenziano and East Somerville Middle Schoolers will be participating in the fist day of “Garden Youth Crew, Jr.” this week as well.

In after-school programs, children learn to plan, plant, tend, and harvest from their own school gardens. They cook with food they have grown. They learn biology, chemistry, math, English, and social studies in a practical, hands-on laboratory. Volunteers assist Lead Garden Educators as they facilitate activities and games with club members. The school gardens have all been built with volunteer labor, and most are located on sites that were previously paved or abandoned.

April Vacation Week Program for 2nd and 3rd graders

March 23rd, 2011

Dear Second and Third Grade Somervillians:

What are you doing over vacation? Come explore, play, cook, dance, dig, plant, race, meet new friends and have fun in the garden!

Spring into Action!” April Vacation Week Program provides environmental education and physical activity, and gives children experience preparing balanced meals. Second and third grade campers cook and eat their own delicious lunch each day. They participate in outdoor activities in the Community Growing Center’s garden space, and go on a field trip to Gaining Ground’s vegetable farm in Concord, MA. $100 fee, sliding scale. Interested families can check out the program page to view and print the registration form, or contact Tai Dinnan at (617)628-9988 or tai@groundworksomerville.org for more information.

Please take the Winter Farmers’ Market survey!

March 22nd, 2011

From Shape Up Somerville:

https://spreadsheets1.google.com/viewform?hl=en&formkey=dDU4NWMtZVd0NzBubDA5S1NrNF9NeWc6MQ#gid=0

New Davis Square CSA: World PEAS

March 17th, 2011

The World PEAS CSA is part of growing effort by Tufts’ New Entry Sustainable Farming Project to help beginning, immigrant and refugee farmers connect with local consumers.  The World PEAS CSA includes freshly harvested produce from over three dozen small farmers along with sweet corn, strawberries, apples, peaches and more from other local farms.  Weekly shares include enough vegetables and fruit for a household of two (small share) or four (large share), and are delivered to several pickup locations in the greater Boston area, including on the Tufts campus, and a new site on College Ave. near Davis Square.  For more information, and to register visitwww.worldpeascsa.org, email mhimmel@comteam.org or call (978) 654-6745.

Grab today’s The LevelUp Deal and support GWS

March 15th, 2011

$4 for 3 “Every Day Flavor” Cupcakes ($9 value) @ Kickass Cupcakes

Eat cupcakes, support a cool new start-up (The LevelUp), support local, independent business, and donate to GWS – what’s better than that?

Kickass Cupcakes’s creative daily offerings include exciting choices like The Lucky Cupcake, complete with a fortune. Baked fresh daily with the best all-natural ingredients, these guilt-free treats will have you snapping off a series of joyous high kicks after your first bite.

School Garden Panel at Bountiful Brookline

March 10th, 2011

Join Groundwork Somerville’s Gardens Coordinator at the School Yard Garden Panel, part of Bountiful Brookline’s 2nd Annual “Spring into Gardening” event:

Spring into Gardening 2011 will be a day-long celebration of edible gardening and local food, combining information with inspiration and community spirit.  In the morning, four two-hour workshops will offer intensive learning experiences for small groups of participants. Additional fees apply to the morning intensive workshops and pre-registration is required.  Doors open for General Admission and the Resource Area at 11:15 am.  Greg Watson, a pioneer of local food and sustainability initiatives in Massachusetts and nationally, will deliver the keynote address at noon. Three afternoon sessions of 45-minute workshops and panels include topics for gardeners at all levels from novice to advanced. We even have options if you don’t have your own yard. Throughout the afternoon there will be demonstrations and children’s activities, while community organizations and businesses will be on hand in our resource area.

The event costs $10 for individuals and $20 for families.  Pre-registeration is encouraged: check out www.bountifulbrookline.org or email bountifulbrooklineevent@gmail.com.

Help GWS become a Top-Rated Green Nonprofit!

March 9th, 2011

Simple go to this link and write a review! Easy-peasy :)

http://tinyurl.com/gwsgreatnonprofit

Help GWS earn a spot on the Top-Rated Green Non-Profits List!

March 8th, 2011
Help Groundwork Somerville be included in the Top-Rated Green Non-profits List in 2011. It’s easy! Simply go to our review page, write a nice review (please!), make sure to choose the “Green Choice” campaign from the drop-down menu, and be done!: www.greatnonprofits.org/reviews/groundwork-somerville-inc

Executive Director Job Search!

March 8th, 2011

Executive Director Job Description 2011

Groundwork Somerville is excited to search for a new Executive Director! Please read the attached description. We will accept resumes until April 11th.

Sincerely,

The Groundwork Somerville team