Edgerly Center Garden Work Day

March 30th, 2012

Join Groundwork Somerville for a Garden Work Day at the Edgerly Center.  East Somerville Community School, Next Wave, and Full Circle students, parents, teachers, staff, and neighbors are encouraged to come!  We will be installing new durable raised beds (salvaged from the old East Somerville School), painting signs, planting seeds, and preparing a healthy snack to keep participants energized.

Get your hands dirty, make new friends, and have fun outside!

Summer Edgerly Kohlrabi Harvest

Groundwork Somerville on Radio Boston

March 30th, 2012

Groundwork Somerville and our Somerville Maple Syrup will be highlighted today on Radio Boston!

This regular WBUR program has a food segment called “Farm to Fork” exploring  different local foods in New England.  Andy Husbands of Tremont 647 and Radio Boston’s Dan Mauzy and pick a local product, talk about it with the person who made it,  and then cook something with it.

Tune in to find out about the Somerville Maple Syrup Project and find out what recipe we got to try out!

Miss the story, you can listen online now!

Sponsor a Student for April Vacation Camp

March 29th, 2012

Students hoping to play, cook, garden, and learn outside this April Vacation need your support!  Groundwork Somerville seeks donors to sponsor students who wish to attend camp but cannot afford to pay the $120 fee.

“Spring into Action” April Vacation Week Camp provides Somerville 2nd and 3rd graders the opportunity to experience hands-on outdoor environmental education and be physically active for a majority of each vacation day.  Students also work together to prepare a healthy lunch and take the time to enjoy our meal as a group.  The program takes place at the Somerville Community Growing Center’s unique urban garden space and includes a field trip to volunteer at Gaining Ground’s vegetable farm in Concord, MA.

We currently have five students who need sponsorship.  Please contact Tai at tai@groundworksomerville.org for more information.  If you have 2nd or 3rd grader who would like to enroll in the camp, there are still places left.  Visit www.groundworksomerville.org or contact Tai for more information.

Urban Family Outreach Meeting

March 27th, 2012

Help us plan out Dodgeball Tournaments that we will be hosting at North St. Park.  We will also start painting sessions and chess tournaments, along with developing a citywide effort to engage communities of color.  Please join us at 11:30AM along with refreshments.  For more information please contact Victory @ 857.540.1540

Food Movements Unite!

March 22nd, 2012

Food Movements Unite! will stimulate a vibrant discussion of food justice, sovereignty, movements, and politics on April 13. Eric Holt Gimenez, Executive Director of Food First/The Institute for Food and Development Policy, will introduce his new book “Food Movements Unite!” A panel discussion will follow with Eric, Will Masters (Tufts University), Saulo Araujo (Grassroots International) and a youth organizer from Alternatives for Community and Environment (ACE). The discussion will span the uprising of food movements and politics, from the global to local perspectives.

When: Friday, April 13th, 6-8pm

Who: Eric Holt-Gimenez, Will Masters, Saulo Araujo and local youth organizers

Where: The Austin East Room, Austin Hall, Harvard University. 1515 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge MA 02138

Cost: Free

**Refreshments Provided**

Contact Caiti at caitihach@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Final Celebration: 2012 Eco-Explorers Club

March 20th, 2012

Spring has arrived! And this week we’re wrapping up our Winter 2012 Eco-Explorers session of after-school programming.  Each club is celebrating with a special finale, which includes making Eco-King and Eco-Queen (and Eco-Knight) crowns, cooking and eating a healthy snack, and playing our favorite garden games from the winter session, such as Bird Migration Obstacle Course and Snowflake Tag.

Next week we’ll kick off our spring session of after-school programming, Garden Arts! If you’re interested in volunteering as a club assistant this spring, click here.  Stay tuned for more updates…

Growing Center is Hiring!: Volunteer Coordinator

March 20th, 2012

Check out this job opening at the Somerville Community Growing Center!  They’re looking for someone to be their Volunteer Coordinator – a perfect project for Somerville Residents wanting to get outside in nature, have a place to garden, and meet awesome people.  You can view the pdf by clicking here.

The Friends of the Community Growing Center seek a committed local resident for a contract position of Volunteer Coordinator from April 2012 to December 2012, open for annual renewal. We are grateful to Aileen Bellwood for all the energy and enthusiasm she has brought to this position in recent years. She will be passing  on a strong legacy–and we are relieved that she and her family will stay actively involved!
Contract terms are dependent on experience,  equivalent of $14-18/hour, for approximate average of 8hrs/wk over key active months of April through October, less other months. Hours to be set by consultant, but will require some weekends and evenings. Payment on quarterly schedule. Communicates with Executive Committee of the Friends group. Please send letters of interest and resume to: info@thegrowingcenter.org. Interviews will start in April, until position filled. (Current consultant will be available to support transition.)

The Friends of the Community Growing Center is the volunteer group that supports the planning, maintenance and funding needs of the city owned garden/park space at 22 Vinal Avenue in Somerville, MA. Volunteers are the key resource of this dynamic community resource, helping to implement a wide range of activities and events each season.

-Strong communication skills-written, oral, visual
-Strong organizational skills, including electronic documentation (such as Excel, database management)
-Demonstrated volunteer experience, coordination of volunteers and/or development of volunteer base, preferably community-based.
-Experience working with range of ages and cultures, children to seniors
-2nd language and/or demonstrated experience working with Somerville’s cultural populations
-Experience with gardening and/or physical space management
-Personal experience with the Growing Center or demonstrated relevant experience
-Familiarity with Somerville social infrastructure, with ties to sectors such as child serving organizations, food production/gardening, media/outreach, environmental/sustainability community or other relevant groups

Key areas of responsibility :
·      Recruit and manage volunteers to assist with full range of responsibilities, including these listed under coordinator, at coordinator’s discretion
·      Organize volunteer trainings throughout active year
·      Maintain database of volunteers and individuals interested in SCGC activities
·      Organize and Manage Volunteer Teams
·      Maintain or update, as needed, forms for tracking and updating database
·      Communicate needs for and of volunteers to FCGC Board
·      Updating of Web calendar, Facebook, etc for social media communications
·      Create e-newsletter, approx. 8-10/yr, to communicate with volunteers and keep public informed of opportunities and offerings
·      Manage promotion of events and programs
·      Site visits to review space ready and safe for programs/events, update needs for volunteers, and provide supports for volunteers

“Bag It” Free Film Screening

March 15th, 2012

What started as a documentary about plastic bags evolved into a wholesale investigation into plastics and their effect on our waterways, oceans, and even our bodies. Join the Bag It movement and decide for yourself how plastic your life will be.

Celebrate Earth Day

Seating is limited so reserve space here!

3 Showings on WED. APRIL 1 1
5:30, 7:00, 8:30

Somerville Theater, Davis Sq.

Sponsored by MyRWA, Somerville Climate Action, Rep. Denise Provost, Preserve, Groundwork Somerville, Surfrider Foundation, Eagle Eye Institute, Herring Alliance, Ocean River Institute.

Bag It Flyer

2012 Groundwork Gala and Volunteer Appreciation

March 14th, 2012

Groundwork Somerville presents our Annual Fundraising Gala and Volunteer Appreciation on Friday, April 27th from 7-10pm at the Center for the Arts at the Armory.

Join us this special once-a-year night when we clean off the dirt, get dressed up, and celebrate the amazing accomplishments of the past year, while raising money for the big year ahead and toasting to our amazing volunteers and interns who have put so much effort in over the past 12 months. They’ve planted seeds, boiled syrup and built beds, and are ready to do it again this year! We’ll be celebrating all night with live music, prizes, and beer samples from Somerville Brewing Company. Tickets are $25 each at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/233802. VIP tickets can be purchased at the same site for $50 – VIPs get three drink tickets and a ticket for our raffle drawing.

Tickets are free for volunteers! If you volunteered in the past year, RSVP to ronald@groundworksomerville.org with the subject title ” RSVP Gala”. In your email, include the date and project that you volunteered for.  We will send you a confirmation email to confirm that your name is on the list.

Email admin@groundworksomerville.org for more info or discount codes.

Urban Family Outreach Meeting

March 14th, 2012

Urban Family Outreach will be meeting and discussing taking next steps on community improvement projects that we are initiating at the North St. Park: mural painting sessions, dodgeball tournaments, building a toy chest for the park, building a community board, and more!  Our goal is to create positive activities in the park with the community members while talking about the importance of getting involved in the changes and redevelopment that is supposed to happen soon.

We will also talk about strategies to reach other parts of the city with the same goal of getting the community of color involved in these important changes to their community, since we are working with the City of Somerville to implement some of our technique within their practices and policies.

Come help with these cool projects by giving your input at our next meeting.  All races, genders, and ages are welcome!  We will meet at:

38 Albion St.

Medford, Ma 02155