“Trail clearing part of Mystic Community Earth Day,” Boston.com

April 28th, 2011

“On Saturday, April 30th from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Tri-City Community Action Program, Inc. (Tri-CAP), Bike to the Sea, Groundwork Somerville, and Cambridge Health Alliance will be hosting a volunteer trail clearing and clean-up around the emerging trail network along the Malden River…” Read more…

B2Green Expo

April 27th, 2011

B2Green Expo & Networking. Somerville’s leading business green event of the year! 4:00 P.M. Doors Open, Thursday, May 5, 2011 at the Holiday Inn. Dozens of local business innovators participate in a fast paced exhibition demonstrating how to go green & save money — followed by a special after hours networking event. Expo sponsored by Bunker Hill Community College. Networking sponsored by Century Bank. Exhibitor fees vary based on membership & for profit, non-profit status. Expo & Networking visitors FREE.

RSVP by May 3 with name(s) and affiliation(s) to smackey@somervillechamber.org

Groundwork Somerville highlighted on the White House website!

April 26th, 2011

Growing Green Neighborhoods Through Youth Engagement

Posted by Divya Kumaraiah on April 26, 2011 at 12:41 PM EDT

Groundwork Somerville teens tending and harvesting a garden and learning about urban agriculture.

In 2010, Chelsea Clarke joined Groundwork Somerville (GWS), a nonprofit that promotes sustainable community development and revitalization in Somerville, MA.  It was a “giant leap of faith,” for the environmental consultant, but it turned out to be the perfect blend of her passions and the incredible investment in her own community she had been yearning.

Clarke began at GWS as a Green Team supervisor.  Green Team is an environmental job corps that employs youth ages 14-17 to learn about and practice environmental stewardship, educate communities on green space issues, and conduct community health outreach.  The youth also maintain the upkeep of school gardens and harvest and sell produce at local farmers’ markets.  Green Team helps youth develop strong interpersonal skills through their team, with their supervisor, and through interactions with farmers’ market customers.  “You can really see them grow over time,” gushes Clarke.  “Just a few weeks ago, we took some of the teens to Philadelphia for the 2011 EPA Brownfields Conference.  It was amazing to see someone who started out as a shy kid get up and present so confidently at a national conference.”

Now a community organizer, Clarke works more extensively within the neighborhood, primarily with the Green Line/Green Spaces Team.  This team concentrates on the planning and use of lands for the extension of the Boston metro system through Somerville, specifically focusing on the project’s affect on urban youth.  Clarke explains that “key issue areas for city youth are surprisingly similar to those of older demographics” – youth are just as concerned with sustainability, transportation affordability, and efficiency as their parents.

Garden Youth Crew gets their hands dirty and learn about urban agriculture in Somerville.

GWS also has programs for younger children as well as the broader community.  The Schoolyard Gardens Program and Garden Youth Crew teach urban kids about their ecosystem and the agricultural practices behind the food they eat.  The Community Corridor Planning program aims to make community planning processes inclusive and advocate for health equity and local jobs.  The Somerville SoilCycle picks up compost for community members and uses the fresh soil from the composting for school gardens.  Finally, the “Spring into Action!” program gives 2nd and 3rd grade Somerville students a chance to spend their spring breaks learning about their environment, participating in outdoor physical activities, and learning to prepare balanced meals.

Groundwork Somerville is part of the national Groundwork USA network, which works to improve neighborhoods that have experienced long-term decline in their physical and social environments.

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(Thank you whitehouse.gov!)

Earth Day/ Arbor Day Celebration in the Boston Globe!

April 26th, 2011

Plant trees, donate bikes with Groundwork Somerville
The following was submitted by Groundwork Somerville:

When: Saturday, April 30, 2011, 9am-3pm
Where: Blessing of the Bay Boathouse, 32 Shore Drive, Somerville, MA
What: Groundwork Somerville is teaming up with Bikes Not Bombs and the Boston Tree Party to plant trees and collect used bicycles!  Join us at the Mystic River to donate your used bike to teens in Groundwork Somerville’s summer youth program and Bikes Not Bombs’ youth program in Boston and stick around to plant a tree with the Boston Tree Party.

Your bike might even be shipped around the world to sustainable development projects that partner with Bikes Not Bombs.  So get down in the basement, dust off that old bicycle, find your gardening gloves, and come out to the Mystic River to celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day.  Who knows, you might find yourself picking apples beside the river in Somerville or see your bike rolling down the street here in Koforidua, Ghana!  All bike sizes and vintages needed!

After you donate your bike, stick around the Mystic for a spring cleanup, heirloom apple tree planting with the Boston Tree Party, and the City’s SomerGreen festival!

Questions: Contact Adam Machson-Carter, Groundwork Somerville, 617-628-9988, adam@groundworksomerville.org.

Groundwork Somerville strives to bring about the sustained regeneration, improvement and management of the physical environment through the development of community-based partnerships which empower people, businesses and organizations to promote environmental, economic and social well-being.  Find us at www.groundworksomerville.org

Bikes Not Bombs promotes bicycle technology as a concrete alternative to war and environmental destruction. For 25 years, BNB has been a nexus of bike recycling and community empowerment both in lower income neighborhoods of Boston and in the nations of the Global South. BNB’s programs involve young people and adults in mutually respectful leadership development and environmental stewardship, while recycling thousands of bicycles annually.  Find BNB online at www.bikesnotbombs.org

The Boston Tree Party is a collaborative campaign to plant 100 pairs of heirloom apple trees in civic spaces across Greater Boston. We’re planting with schools, hospitals, faith communities, businesses, neighborhood groups, nonprofits, restaurants, social clubs, assisted living centers, and more. We want to plant with you! www.bostontreeparty.org

Growing Center Volunteer Open House

April 25th, 2011

The Somerville Community Growing Center needs volunteers! Please come to our VOLUNTEER OPEN HOUSE & ANNUAL MEETING on Thursday April 28 at the Somerville Public Library (79 Highland Avenue, Somerville).  The Volunteer Open House runs from 6:30-7:30 pm and is immediately followed by the FCGC Annual Meeting 7:30 pm.

At the Volunteer Open House, learn about volunteer opportunities, sign up for volunteer teams and committees and meet others with similar interests. There are a number of volunteer teams and committees that need leadership and members, including:

Compost Caretakers Lawn & Labyrinth Care
Event Support Open Garden Saturday
Farmers Market Playgroup
Gardening Workday Leadership Publicity and Outreach
Herb Garden Watering Angels
History & Archives

Children and Nature Initiative
Board of Directors
Master Planning
Program Planning

Everyone is invited! Come share your talents and interests and spend a bit of time figuring out how to get involved.

For more information, contact Aileen at 617-623-0097 or growingcenter@aol.com

About the Growing Center: The Center is a beautiful outdoor garden and space for arts, performance, education, and community gatherings. It is run and maintained by a volunteer organization called the Friends of the Community Growing Center. It is located at 22 Vinal Ave, Somerville (near Union Square). Check out our website at www.thegrowingcenter.org

The White House just called to ask about our community work! We’ll keep you posted :)

April 21st, 2011

1% for the planet music give-away in honor of Earth Day!

April 21st, 2011

As a 1% for the Planet non-profit partner, Groundwork Somerville works every day on behalf of the planet we all call home. This Earth Day, we want to thank you for your support with the gift of free music. Download and enjoy 1% for the Planet: The Music, Vol. 1, a benefit compilation featuring 41 rare and exclusive tracks from artists like Jackson Browne, Josh Ritter, Grace Potter, and Jack Johnson—simply visit http://music.onepercentfortheplanet.org/redeem/ and enter code EARTHDAY11.

Once you’ve had a chance to enjoy the music, consider giving back. Any donation, large or small, will help us to continue our work in support of the environment. Thank you for thinking of us on Earth Day!

Mystic Valley Parkway Community Visioning Meeting – MAPC

April 21st, 2011

May 17 MAPC Meeting, Flyer

Community Opportunities and Concepts

Patriots Day Ride

April 15th, 2011
From our friends East Somerville Main Streets:
Patriot’s Day – This Monday, 4/18
Re-live Revere’s Ride down East Broadway!, 10-11:30am!
An Event for the whole family!
* See Paul Revere on Horseback! —- Colonial Fair

Become a recurring donor to Groundwork Somerville!

April 14th, 2011

Recurring Donation Campaign via GlobalGiving!

Become a recurring donor to Groundwork Somerville! It’s easy. It allows you to give back to the community without the hassle of sending checks. It helps a great organization build a sustainable funding base. Learn how to sign up EASILY at  GlobalGiving.

GlobalGiving makes it easy for donors to make recurring donations.  Read instructions on how to set up a recurring donation .

This May, GlobalGiving is making it even easier for you to sign up for recurring donations through their Recurring Donation Campaign! GlobalGiving is giving away $12,000 in bonuses to help you encourage current (and new!) donors to sign up for recurring donations.
•    The top 20 projects that receive the most unique recurring donors will each be awarded a $500 bonus.
•    One project that raises the most money from recurring donations will be awarded $1,000.
•    One project that attracts the most unique recurring donors will be awarded $1,000.
•    Projects must have at least 10 unique recurring donors to be eligible for bonus awards.

Check it out, fans of GWS!