End of Summer Bash TODAY — 3rd raffle basket contents

August 30th, 2011
TODAY: August 30th, is our End of Summer Bash at Flatbread! From NOW until 9pm!
45 Day St., Somerville, MA 02144
Discounted candlepin bowling! Just $2 person/string
Delicious Flatbread PIZZA!
College Student Meet ‘n Greet from 6 – 9pm.
$7 ticket basket will include:
- Local business coupon book worth $10
- Gift certificate to Flatbread worth $25
- Two tickets to Somerville Theater in Davis Sq. or Capitol Theater in Arlington worth $8 each
- Two Museum of Science tickets worth $22 each
- Apex Green Roofs consultation for a green roof design or sustainable landscape worth $100
- Green oil change from Mike’s Automotive Services
- Fitness session at Corp Basics in Somerville
- One night stay at Holiday Inn in Somerville

End of Summer Bash — 2nd Raffle Basket Contents

August 29th, 2011
Don’t forget — Tomorrow, August 30th, is our End of Summer Bash at Flatbread! 12pm – 9pm
45 Day St., Somerville, MA 02144
Discounted candlepin bowling!
Delicious Flatbread PIZZA!
Children’s Activities from 12 – 2pm.
College Student Meet ‘n Greet from 6 – 9pm.
$5 ticket basket will include:
- Local business coupon book worth $10
- Gift certificate to Flatbread worth $25
- Gift certificate to Armory Cafe worth $25
- Gift certificate to MUD Flat studios worth $40
- Two tickets to Somerville Theater in Davis Sq. or Capitol Theater in Arlington worth $8 each
- Glass minuteman statue engraving, Minuteman National Park Postcard, and two patriot mugs worth $40
- Gift certificate to Taza Chocolate worth $25

Raffle Items at End of Summer Bash!

August 29th, 2011
Don’t forget — Tomorrow, August 30th, is our End of Summer Bash at Flatbread! 12pm – 9pm
45 Day St., Somerville, MA 02144
Discounted candlepin bowling!
Delicious Flatbread PIZZA!
Children’s Activities from 12 – 2pm.
College Student Meet ‘n Greet from 6 – 9pm.
The $3 ticket basket will include:
- Gift certificate to Flatbread worth $25
- Local business coupon book worth $10
- Two Museum of Science tickets worth $22 each
- SCAT TV T-Shirt and Guided Tour through the studio worth $12
We will announce the $5 ticket basket and $7 ticket basket over the day!

End of Summer Bash Fundraiser at Flatbread

August 25th, 2011

Supporting your community and Groundwork Somerville has never been easier!
Join us at The Flatbread Company for pizza and discounted candlepin bowling!

45 Day St., Somerville, MA 02144

12pm – 9pm

Children’s Activities 12pm – 2pm
Including group mural painting and a sing-a-long with Dan the One Man Band!

College Student Meet ‘n Greet 6pm – 9pm

There will be three gift baskets raffled off.
We will announce each one over the next few days, to whet your appetite! Be on the lookout for this exciting news!

Real Food Campaign Presentation & Discussion

August 22nd, 2011

Check out this free event if you’re interested in getting an introduction to bionutrient rich crop production and the work of the Real Food Campaign.

September 7th,2011:  7-9pm at the Boston Nature Center in Mattapan

Learn answers to the following questions: How can we build vitality in our soils, crops and bodies? How can we better understand the complex relationship between soil, crop nutrition and human health? Learn how the Real Food Campaign is approaching these questions and working toward systemic solutions. Presented by Dan Kittredge Life-long organic farmer, Director of the Real Food Campaign.   The evening is free of charge & open to the public. Donations to support the work are welcome!  For more information, please visit www.realfoodcampaign.org

Last Day of Garden Youth Crew

August 18th, 2011

As the August days pass, the summer comes to a close. The Garden Youth Crew completed its final day on Thursday, August 11th. We marked our last hours together with the planting of basil seedlings in the sun, reminiscing, and eating some grub!

After planting the seedlings, we made thank you cards to voice our appreciation to all of the people that helped us throughout the summer to make our program extra interesting and fun, such as: The Elizabeth Peabody House, Gaining Ground Farm, MEM Tea, and the Somerville Public School Food Services.

And after sitting around a potluck of eclectic deliciousness, and looking back fondly on the summer journey, everyone said goodbye with a sense of camaraderie and accomplishment.

With lots of new experiences and having learned so many new things, we were all proud to have been part of the 2011 Groundwork Somerville Garden Youth Crew!

Garden Youth Crew at Union Sq. Farmers’ Market

August 13th, 2011

The Groundwork Somerville Garden Youth Crew made their debut at the Union Square Farmer’s Market on August 6th with Lemon Balm, Chamomile, Mint, Chocolate Mint, and Anise Hyssop teas and Catnip, arranged in baskets alongside the Green Team on that Saturday morning. With the taste tests ready, we anxiously awaited our first customer.

As the Farmer’s Market population began to trickle in, the tea began to trickle out. Between many vibrant characters and even some familiar faces, our baskets emptied. Before the Farmer’s Market had ended, every last packet was sold. Although shy at first, the Garden Youth Crew became comfortable behind the table and selling what we had to offer. It was a new experience that was great fun!

The crew left with some valuable information. Our featured item, Catnip, was in demand—but, unfortunately, more demand than supply! This is something that we will try to accommodate in the future, along with many other things. Now, being Union Square Farmer’s Market Veterans, we know the in’s and out’s of it. So, we can use everything that we’ve learned to be even better next year!


Although we were already pretty good…

Water Chestnut Hand Pull

August 11th, 2011

Mystic River Clean Up:

Water Chestnut Hand Pull!

Saturday, August 13, 8:00 AM – Noon
75 South Street
Medford, MA

Final event of the year!

Will you help us break our record? Last year our end-of-year water chestnut harvest yielded 372 baskets. This year we want to harvest 500 baskets of water chestnut for our final event! Please sign up online and help us out with what will be a really fun and productive morning on the water.

On Saturday, August 13th, 2011, Groundwork Somerville, with support from the Mystic River Watershed Association and the Friends of the Mystic River, will host a community event focusing on the removal of invasive water chestnut 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, we will provide a boat for you.

Volunteers should meet at 8:00 AM at the old DCR boat ramp adjacent to 75 South Street in Medford, MA. A limited amount of parking is available on South Street; additional parking is available on nearby Curtis Street, Maple Ave, Touro Ave, and Manning Street.

Please register for this event by signing up with our Online Form (http://mysticriver.org/water-chestnut-sign-up-form/).

If you have any questions, please contact jonathan@groundworksomerville.org or patrick@mysticriver.org. Boaters are required to use life preservers/personal flotation devices (PFD’s). Immediately following the hand-pulling event, lunch and refreshments will be available for volunteers at the put-in site. Learn more about water chestnuts at www.mysticriver.org/invasive-species/).


End of Summer Bash @ Flatbread Company

August 9th, 2011

Groundwork Somerville will be having an End of Summeer Bash to celebrate a memorable summer.  There will be interactive activities for children from noon to 2pm.  Prize offers from local businesses and discount bowling all day.  Flatbread Company will donate a portion of the proceeds of each pizza sold to Groundwork Somerville.  Perfect way to enjoy delicious pizza, discount bowling, and support your local Organization.  WE’LL SEE YOU THERE!!!

RSVP and spread the word to your friends on Facebook!

Groundwork Somerville Summer Appeal

August 4th, 2011

Dear Friends and Supporters,

As you all know, the last two years has been a hard time for all of us – businesses, homeowners, renters, non-profits, municipalities. Groundwork Somerville has also been wrestling with these challenging times. We have realized that without the strong financial support of our local community, we will have to significantly restructure and reduce our Green Team, Gardens and Community Corridor Planning initiatives – cutting staff and providing only minimal support for programs that have made a tremendous positive impact on the youth and physical environment of Somerville and its neighboring cities and towns.

These drastic changes will take place on September 1, 2011 unless we canraise $100,000 to help us close out the year and start 2012 on a solid footing. We are calling on you, our neighbors, volunteers and supporters, to help us reach this critical goal. This is the moment to demonstrate that our GWS community capital is powerfully available for the continued pursuit of environmental justice and youth empowerment in Somerville and beyond.

We are seeking:

  • 25+ super supporters to give $1000
  • 50+ able friends to give us $500
  • 250+ gracious givers to share with us whatever you are able – whether it’s $25 or $200, your gift makes a difference!

We CAN get to our goal of $100,000, because we believe that Groundwork Somerville supporters are passionately committed to our shared work: 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. Here’s how you can provide your donation:

* Cash or check is always the best way to donate to GWS! Pick-up options are available by contacting admin@groundworksomerville.org; you can also send us your check at 21 Properzi Way, Suite O, Somerville, MA 02143

* You can also donate online.

We are thankful and encouraged by all of the support and enthusiasm we have received from our community over the past 11 years. Let’s make 2011 the start of another 11 successful years of providing transformative service and positive change throughout our city and region!


The Groundwork Somerville Board of Directors

Nancy Bernhard
Catherine Brady
Brandy Brooks
Vithal Deshpende
Peter James
Peter Kwass
Michael Lambert
Jennifer Lawrence
Kathleen O’Brien
Mark Pedersen
Dawn Quirk
Rebecca Schrumm

Please help us continue great projects to serve Somerville, like the Green Team, Schoolyard Gardens, Mystic River Restoration, Community Corridor Planning and more. Your support will help us continue to create access to green space, jobs, and a healthy environment for all of Somerville.

21 Properzi Way, Suite O
Somerville, Massachusetts 02143