DePaving Party

May 29th, 2012
Two Depaving Parties are Coming Up Soon
We look forward to seeing you!


Please sign up on this form:
Email informmotion(at) for more info.
* Saturday June 2 from 1:00 to 4:00
Gail Strickler’s house at 50 Francesca Ave. (near Davis Square)
* Saturday June 16 from noon to 3:00
John Ringeling’s house at 15 Vinal Ave. (across from the Growing Center)
Check out this time-lapse video:


Somerville is the most densely populated city in the Boston area. It has a population of almost 80,000, and only 23% of our land will absorb water. This means that 77% is covered with impervious surfaces, which direct storm water runoff directly into the sewer system.
The purpose of the Depaving Parties is to help Somerville residents build community and help each other to depave their yards, thereby creating a greener, more resilient Somerville.
All residents benefit themselves and the city of Somerville by allowing storm water to infiltrate into the water table, purifying storm water naturally and preventing storm drain overload which floods basements. Some residents want to replace their pavement with vegetable gardens, some want to design rain gardens and some will install interlocking permeable pavement.
Storm water management is a challenge that must be faced by urban areas all around the globe!
Corvid would like to organize a group to work on any one of the projects together. This is a good chance to learn community organizing, event organizing, stormwater management, soil restoration, permeable surface materials (for driveways and patios) and how to construct a rain garden with native plants.
You can get involved by signing up for one or more roles:
* Hands-on work:
   – Use a sledgehammer and pick axe to pry up the asphalt
   – Haul chunks of asphalt in a wheelbarrow to the dumpster
* Bring tasty food
* Supply energizing music
* Help organize an event (There are now 5 events being scheduled)
* Organize publicity
* Organize clean-up


Learn How to Compost at the Growing Center!

May 25th, 2012

Interested in starting a compost bin or recycling yard waste? Learn the basics of urban composting from Lee Dwyer, Groundwork Somerville Gardens Coordinator and Growing Center volunteer, on Saturday, June 2nd at 2 pm at the Growing Center (22 Vinal Ave). You’ll learn about indoor and outdoor composting, how to start a worm bin, and tips to keep your compost healthy.

Contact for more information.  Suggested donation $5; all materials provided. Wear shoes you don’t mind getting dirty!

SomerStreets Carnavale

May 24th, 2012

The City of Somerville’s Open Streets Initiative, SomerStreets, is a monthly celebration from June – October of each year, during which the City closes sections of roads to vehicle traffic in favor of walking, running, biking, dancing, and other activities. By partnering with local businesses and organizations, one Sunday each month the city transforms different Somerville neighborhoods into celebrations of active living, community pride, and live entertainment.

Come find us in East Somerville from 12-4pm on Sunday, June 3rd

McCarthy Overpass Meeting

May 24th, 2012

Do you live in or near Somerville and have to walk, bike, take transit, or drive through the McGrath Corridor to get to work, class, or do errands?   

For more than a year, we have been re-envisioning what the corridor could look like. Today we have the opportunity to change one important part, the McCarthy Overpass. Now is the time to take action!

On Thursday, May 31st, there will be a public meeting about the McCarthy Overpass. We need you to attend and speak up!

It will take place Thursday, May 31st from 6-8 pm at the Argenziano School Cafetorium, 290 Washington St, Somerville. Come early between 4:30-6:00 pm for the LivableStreets McCarthy Overpass meet up to learn more about the “Remove McGrath Campaign” from LivableStreets Ambassadors and neighborhood groups.

MassDOT could repair the McCarthy Overpass section of the McGrath Highway as a temporary fix, keeping a dangerous highway that acts as barrier in place for at least another 10 years. Or MassDOT could spend the $11 million to remove the highway and reconnect Somerville neighborhoods and business districts. Watch this video to find out what people are saying about the McCarthy Overpass.

Do you want the McGrath corridor to look like this?

 Or this?

Come to the meeting and share your ideas!

Apply now to the 2012 Garden Youth Crew!

May 22nd, 2012

Applications are now available for the 2012 Garden Youth Crew!

Groundwork Somerville is offering an exciting opportunity for students entering grades 7 and 8 in 2012.  This summer, we will hire two crews of 5 youth each to maintain the gardens at Winter Hill School and the Edgerly Center.  Crew members will work 4-6 hours a week for 6 weeks from July 9th through August 17th.  In recognition of their care of the gardens and completion of the program, each member will receive a $50 stipend at the end of the summer.  Youth will join a team that is dedicated to learning about working in urban gardens, growing and harvesting fresh herbs and vegetables, creating value-added garden products, and cooking, serving, tasting, and selling fresh veggies within the Somerville community.

You can download the application here.  The deadline to apply is June 8th, so don’t wait!

Spring Garden Day (with Morris Dancers) at the Growing Center!

May 4th, 2012

Join the Growing Center’s 18th annual spring kick-off event to celebrate spring, gardening and community. Free seed, seedling, and garden supplies exchange-bring along any extras you have to share with other gardeners! Come help Kagen Weeks of Hive at Your Home paint bee hives and learn about the important role of bees from 9-11 am. Give your input on design concepts to create more space for growing food as part of the Center’s Master Planning process. Enjoy traditional Morris dances performed by Red Herring and Pipe Dreams teams. Join the annual Maypole Dance, an agrarian ritual to encourage a fertile, productive season in the gardens of Somerville.

Green Team Summer Applications Available Now!

May 1st, 2012

The Green Team is back for a sixth summer!  Groundwork Somerville will be hiring youth ages 15-19 to participate in a 8-week environmental justice training and leadership program.  Each participant will commit to working 20 hours per week as well as 21 hours of community service over the course of the summer.  Specific projects will include: running and maintaining the South Street Farm and school yard gardens, running the “Grown in Somerville” Farmer’s Market booth, parks stewardship and community outreach, and a three day camping trip on the Boston Harbor Islands.  Apply today!

Download the Green Team Summer Description and Application

Submit completed application including two references to Adam Machson-Carter,, 617-628-9988.  You may also mail or drop off your application at the Groundwork office at 21 Properzi Way, Suite O, Somerville, MA 02143.  Applications must be received by Friday, May 11, 2012.

Urban Family Outreach meeting

May 1st, 2012

At a successful dodgeball tournament at North St. Park on 4/28/12 , we delivered the message to the community that “this is your park”.  Next on the groups agenda:  Engage community members of color about the Mystic Mobile Market,  BBQ/ Mural painting session at North St. Park, Identify other areas that concern community members.

Come help us plan our next events.  We will be meeting at 21 Properzi Way, Somerville, Ma. 02143 suite O.   ( right off Somerville ave.)
Any questions please call Ronald at 617.628.9988