Maple Brunch This Saturday

November 30th, 2011

We can’t wait to kick off this year’s Syruping Season at The Independent this Saturday.  We hope you and your friends and family will join us on December 3rd in Union Square for the third annual Maple Syrup Project Fundraiser! Brunch will be served from 10am-4pm on Saturday and 20% of proceeds will be donated to the Somerville Maple Syrup Project.   Seating is limited, so reservations are highly recommended, call 617-440-6022.

For more information, check out the event’s page.

GWS is hiring: Lead Garden Educator

November 23rd, 2011

Groundwork Somerville is accepting applications for a Lead Gardens Educator to begin January 2nd 2012 to manage and run Groundwork Somerville’s nature and garden-based elementary after school programming.  One full day orientation before winter vacation will provide the foundation for this new staff member to begin programming on January 2nd.   The Lead Gardens Educator will support our Gardens Coordinator with our additional winter and spring programming including: The Somerville Maple Syrup Project, April Vacation Week Camp, and Gardens Consulting.

GWS will be hiring a new full time Gardens Coordinator to start March 26th.  The Gardens Coordinator will supervise and/or run all “healthy EDUCATION” programming.  It is our hope that this will be a stepped process with the Lead Gardens Educator transitioning into the role of Gardens Coordinator to ease into management of such a multifaceted position in our vibrant community-based environmental non-profit organization.

Both positions are contingent on continued funding. As a core program, Schoolyard Gardens is a primary priority for the organization.  Visit for more information or to apply.

Healey Campus Planning Meeting

November 21st, 2011

to discuss Healey’s outdoor space!

Come help us envision what the Healey grounds could look like in the coming years!

  • How do the existing outdoor areas work and not work?
  • What do you like and what needs improvement?

The Healey Campus Planning Group is a newly-formed group of parents/guardians, staff and community partners who are interested in exploring ideas about the Healey outdoor grounds and we welcome your input!  For more information please contact Healey parent Jennifer Kimball at 617.718.0354 or

Childcare and interpretation will be provided.

South Street Cleanup #2

November 16th, 2011

Urban Agriculture workday with the Green Team at 100 South Street in Somerville.  We will be cleaning up, filling raised beds, and planting garlic!  Volunteers welcome!  For more information contact Adam Machson-Carter, Green Team Coordinator at

Interactive Somerville Launch

November 11th, 2011

Next Monday, November 14th, Groundwork Somerville’s Community Corridor Planning Project will host a launch party for it’s new land-use mapping tool, inTeractive Somerville! Join us for some appetizers, great people, at an awesome location to learn about this new interactive tool.

Precinct Bar
70 Union Square
Free appetizers, cash bar

The event will be held as an introduction to Community Corridor Planning’s (CCP) new website: .  Also, the link to our Facebook event page is:!/event.php?eid=125227220918952.

Walk to the River – Blueback Herring Route

November 10th, 2011

The long-awaited Blueback Herring Route opens officially on November 16th! Join Groundwork, Mystic River Watershed Association and the City of Somerville, along with students from the Healey School as we make the first official trek from Foss Park to the Blessing of the Bay Boathouse. Once there, we’ll have a ribbon cutting ceremony and put the boathouse gardens to bed for the winter. Come enjoy the beautiful views and meet your neighbors at this event.

Meet at 12:30pm at the Foss Park entrance at Fellsway W and Jacques St. Register for the event now, so we know you’re coming!

South Street Cleanup

November 10th, 2011


Join the Green Team as they get the lot at South Street ready for a new urban agriculture site! This is a great way to meet some of the staff and youth of Groundwork Somerville, and to make a huge difference as we clean up this lot. We’ll also be laying the base for some of the raised beds that will be going in.


GWS Gardens Featured in NPS Newsletter

November 10th, 2011

Each month, the National Park Service sends a newsletter to their national stakeholders.  heck out the first article, and click on the linked “Somerville” word. You will be directed from the National Park Service’s monthly newsletter directly to our School Gardens Program Page!!!

Conservation + Recreation:

November, 2011

Connecting with the Land: Community Gardens
Sometimes a love of the great outdoors starts not with a mind-blowing wilderness trek, but through tending a garden.  There are probably examples happening all through your neighborhood.  Within sight of downtown Washington is a fantastic community garden inside Fort Dupont National Park.  The garden offers small plots where the Park’s neighbors can find the space to grow – to experience the physical, mental, spiritual and social benefits of tending a garden – in a green refuge from the city’s pavement.  The garden’s Dibbles n’ Buds newsletter is a resource for anyone interested in garnering gardening skills.

In addition to fresh, healthy food, gardening also provides mental health and social benefits.  Hester Parr of the University of Dundee has documented substantial benefits, including a key insight that people with mental health problems generally felt positive emotions when gardening.  Nonprofit Groundwork Trusts like the ones in Somerville, Massachusetts and Buffalo, New York are helping build community gardens in schoolyards and in public housing developments as a key strategy for building healthier communities.

If you’re ready to find a community garden near you before it’s planting time again, check out the American Community Gardening Association.  They can help you find a nearby community garden, or grow one near you.

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School Gardens Fall Update

November 10th, 2011

Groundwork Somerville is running FIFTEEN weekly after school clubs across the city this fall!  Harvest Heroes (K-2nd grade) and Green Thumbs (3rd-5th grade) after school garden clubs will be responsible for maintaining their school gardensfor the fall harvest season across the city. Our team will explore, play, maintain, and enjoy harvested snacks in our garden. As the season turns cold and the frost comes to Somerville, we’ll use team energy to “put our garden to bed” for the winter.

Garden Youth Crew, Jr. (6-8th grade) members will join the youth team responsible for taking care of and harvesting the vegetable gardens at the Somerville Community Growing Center at 22 Vinal Ave.  This fall, crew members will also get to be in charge of inventing a product from the gardens which we will sell at the Groundwork Somerville booth at the Union Square Farmer’s Market on 10/29.  Crew members will also learn how to cook yummy snacks with the food we grow!

Maple T-Shirt Contest: Entries Requested!

November 7th, 2011


We hope you got a chance to see last last year’s year’s wonderful Maple Syrup Project T-Shirts (still available for sale, $12). The fact is, they’ve been the same for too many years in a row.  In preparation for the 2012 syurping season, we are asking you, community program participants and fans,  to help design a brand new shirt.

Please send 8.5″x11″ white paper with black ink or marker drawings.*  Scan at 300 dpi and email to or mail a hard copy to Groundwork Somerville c/o Tai Dinnan; 21 Properzi Way, Suite O; Somerville, MA; 02143.

Entries are Due by November 27th and winners will be announced at the Maple Syrup Project Brunch on December 3rd!  Write your name, email and/or phone number on the back of the paper with pencil. We will select 3-4 of the illustrations that best portray the Somerville Maple Syrup Project and combine them onto next year’s shirt. Trees, tools, buckets, boilers, and kids having fun would all make great images.

(*black on white will ensure high quality scans, ink and T will be colorful again – don’t worry!)  In fact, we’re also taking suggestions for fabric and ink suggestions, along with type of apparel (long-sleeve T, hoodie, etc.).