The Groundwork Somerville Garden Youth Crew took a trip to the Gaining Ground organic farm in Concord, MA on Tuesday, July 26th. The crew doused themselves in sunblock to prepare for an afternoon of hard work outdoors. Bruno the bunny was a big hit as the members fed him lettuce as they waited to begin their tasks for the day.
Led by one of the farm volunteers, Raf, it was day was full of compost, wheelbarrows, weeds, and taste tests—but most of all (and most importantly) learning. This volunteer experience taught the Garden Youth Crew what organic farming is, the benefits, and the precautions an organic farm must take in lieu of pesticides. We also learned things like what our everyday vegetables look like before while they are harvested and sold, the hard work that goes into raising crops, the benefits of growing and eating locally, and got the crew in touch with the journey of our food in order to get to us.
The day was a success. The members of the crew enjoyed being helpful, moving the compost, the wheelbarrows, the rye, and the Mexican bean beetles, but we all agreed that it was a bit sunny!
Groundwork Somerville’s Gardens Consultant Tai Dinnan worked with an amazing team of community members, teachers, staff, and students at Everett High School this spring to plan and build a new school garden. Check out the photos below and visit our partner Energize Everett’s Facebook Group for updates on the garden and news about where the produce is going.
Learn more about Groundwork Somerville Gardens Consultation here!
Here’s what EHS Science Teacher and Green Club Advisor had to say about the process: Groundwork Somerville was an essential and integral part of planning and creating the garden at Everett High School (EHS). Creation of a school garden is a complex task especially for people who have never gardened before. Tai Dinnan was the GroundworkSomerville representative that met with the garden team at EHS. She was able to guide us in our choices in practically every aspect of the garden—from construction and number of garden beds to plant choices to an ideal time frames for garden planting. Without Tai’s expertise and advice, the garden at EHS would not have been the success it has been.
On Saturday, July 30th, from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Groundwork Somerville will host a community event to remove invasive water chestnuts from the Mystic River. Using canoes, kayaks, and small boats, volunteers will pull water chestnuts out of the water by hand and then deposit the harvested plants at a designated shore site. Volunteers who have canoes or kayaks are encouraged to bring their own. If you need a boat, Groundwork Somerville may be able to provide you with one (thanks to the generous cooperation of the Boys and Girls Club of Middlesex County).
We only have 20 canoes available for volunteers, so please register for this event as soon as possible. Canoes are available on a first come, first served basis. We also need volunteers on the riverbank to help move harvested plants from boats to dump trucks. Boaters are required to use life preservers/personal flotation devices. The group will be launching off DCR property just outside of Medford Sq. and concentrating on the water chestnut just downstream of the I-93 Bridge. If interested RSVP by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Jonathan Reis at (617) 628-9988. In your RSVP, please indicate your full name, phone number, email address, and whether you will need a canoe.