Mystic Market Block Party

September 28th, 2011

Join Groundwork Somerville and other community partners of the Mystic Market including Enterprise Farm, Shape Up Somerville, and the Welcome Project at this fun Block Party!   Veggie Twister, made by Groundwork Somerville’s Maura Schorr Beaufait, will be a center piece of the kid’s activities and games!


North Street Playground Community Meeting

September 27th, 2011

Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, Ward 7 Alderman Bob Trane, and the City of Somerville Parks and Open Space Department invite all interested community members to attend a public meeting to discuss renovation plans for the North Street Playground, to be held Tuesday evening, September 27th, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. At the meeting, city officials and landscape architects will discuss the proposed plans for the upcoming renovation of the North Street Playground, located on North Street between Powderhouse Boulevard and Broadway.

The meeting will be held at the West Somerville Neighborhood School Cafeteria located at 177 Powderhouse Boulevard, and will review two different schematic plans for the park. Parents and neighborhood residents are encouraged to attend to help the City determine the new layout and features to be included in this very important community space. Refreshments will be provided.

17th Annual Harvest Festival

September 26th, 2011

The Friends of the Somerville Community Growing Center invite friends old and new to come celebrate this year’s bounty at our 17th annual Harvest Festival at 22 Vinal Ave. This annual event, running from 1pm to 5:30pm on October 1st, allows us to honor the joys of the growing season and sharing time together.

Attendees of all ages are invited to participate in apple pressing, butter making, pumpkin decorating, and nature activities for kids from 1-4pm. Music from the Gloucester Hornpipe and Clog Society will entertain guests from 4-5:30pm. Come support the Growing Center’s facilities and programming by bidding on our small but select Silent Auction. It’s guaranteed to have something for everybody, from a tour of Formaggio’s cheese cave for you and 3 friends, a private tarot card reading session, an Eat More Kale T-shirt of your choice, and more!  In the event of rain, the Harvest Festival and Silent Auction will take place on October 2 from 1-4 pm.

The Somerville Community Growing Center is much more than a community garden. Situated on a ¼ acre of gently sloped hillside near Union Square, the site has become a center for both environmental education and cultural performances in Somerville. Initiated in 1994, it is a model for urban land use and collaboration between city government and local nonprofit and community agencies. This urban oasis was designed and built by local residents and is maintained by volunteers. Check out our website at to find out more about the Growing Center and learn about other programming and events that happen at this unique outdoor site.

For more information on the Harvest Festival: Lisa at (617) 666-2969 or info[at]

For more information on the Silent Auction Fundraiser: Marla at marla217[at]

For up-to-date event updates:

Complimentary Appetizers at Johnny D’s!

September 21st, 2011

Join Groundwork Somerville staff and other Walk/Ride supporters in Davis Sq. for free Johnny D’s appetizers and fun!!

Johnny D’s at Davis Square would like to thank all car-free commuters on Friday September 30 with complimentary appetizers from 5 pm to 7 pm. Come on foot, bike, bus or T and meet other car-free commuters, enjoy delicious green appetizers, and learn more about Walk/Ride Day. If you do car free that Friday don’t forget to check in on-line ( – this will enter you into a fun raffle and help Green Streets track car-free commuters. More information can be found at or

GWLawrence Spicket River Cleanup

September 21st, 2011

Representatives from Groundwork Somerville will be heading north to help Groundwork Lawrence clean up their river!

In partnership with the City of Lawrence and local schools, community groups, and businesses, this annual event brings together hundreds of volunteers to remove trash, debris and invasive plants from the banks of the Spicket River and the developing Greenway.

Check out their webpage!

Somerville Corn Shucking in the News

September 21st, 2011

Check out the Globe article about corn shucking in Somerville!  Groundwork Somerville works to make this event possible along with partners at Somerville Public Schools Food Services and UMass Extension.  Thanks to all who are volunteering for Groundwork Somerville to help staff this event!

Thanks to local farmers, Somerville students will be all ears

By Michael Prager, Globe Correspondent / September 21, 2011

For a few frenzied minutes tomorrow morning, Somerville’s elementary schools will be all ears – more than 3,000 of them. Students will shuck a shipment of local corn as part of Massachusetts Harvest for Students Week, and later get to eat some.

“It’s an opportunity for a lot of kids to have fun while learning where corn comes from, that it doesn’t come from a can or a bag,’’ says Charlotte Stephenson, nutrition outreach coordinator.

Coordinated with help from the UMass Extension program and volunteers from Groundwork Somerville, a nonprofit group that promotes sustainable communities, the event is one of dozens during Harvest Week in which students go to farms or farm produce is served to students. The goal is to promote ties – and sales – from state farmers to nearby schools, from preschools to colleges.

Other events include former White House chef Roland Mesnier preparing desserts with local ingredients for students at UMass-Amherst today and the gala opening of a salad bar tomorrow at Morse Elementary School in Cambridge.Click here for the full article.

Thank you for a successful End of Summer Bash at Flatbread on Aug. 30

September 15th, 2011

Emily- winner of our $5 raffle.  Gift box included; Gift certificate to Mudflat, SLF cupon book, Somerville Theater,

Congradulations Emily!!!

Winner of the $5 raffle basket; Gift certs. to Mudflat, SLF coupon book, Flatbread, Minute Man Figurine, Somerville Theater 


Somerville Housing Symposium

September 14th, 2011

Join the discussion at the upcoming Housing Symposium on September 27th at the Arts at the Armory! A panel of housing experts will discuss, explore and share their views on

· Current and future Somerville and Boston Metro housing trends
· The impact of future development on affordable housing in Somerville
· Strategies for expanding housing options in Somerville

Check out the Housing Symposium Invitation! For more informaiton, contact Emmanuel Owusu, Tel: (617) 625 – 6600 Ext 2575, Email: Eowusu (at)

Somerville Garden Club Plant Sale

September 14th, 2011

Could your front yard use some new color or greenery?  Any birthdays coming up that you need presents to?  The Somerville Garden Club is selling hundreds–yes, really!-of well-priced perennials for sun and shade, beautiful indoor plants, plus garden books and decor.

Do some shopping, have a delicious brunch, then head home to plant….what’s better than that?

Your purchases support The Somerville Garden Club’s programs (always open to the public for free) and public plantings all over the city of Somerville.

Check out the Poster Here!

Connecting for Change

September 9th, 2011

Groundwork Somerville is excited to be sending youth and staff to the Connecting for Change Conference again this year!

The 7th Annual Connecting for Change: A Bioneers by the Bay Conference presented by the Marion Institute is an annual three-day, solutions based gathering that brings together a diverse audience to create deep and positive change in their communities. This internationally acclaimed event summons environmental, industry and social justice innovators to bring focus on food and farming, health and healing, green business, indigenous knowledge, environmental and social justice, women and youth empowerment, spirituality and sustainability, all working to catalyze a movement to heal our world.

Click here for more information and complete conference program.