Somerville Mobile Market

July 10th, 2012

Formerly The Mystic Mobile Farmers Market, the Somerville Mobile Market is expanding this year to three sites all over Somerville!  Groundwork Somerville and Enterprise Farms are the vendors at this moving market run by the City of Somerville and Shape Up Somerville. The Mobile Market features affordable, fresh, local produce. If you like fresh from the farm food, but find the prices sometimes a bit steep, visit the Mobile Market at any of our sites all summer, June 23-September 29!

Everything 1/2 price with an EPT Card.

The sites and times each Saturday are:

10am – 12pm Mystic Housing Development by the playground
1pm – 3pm Glen Park, right in front of the Capuano School
4pm – 6pm Clarendon Hill Housing (NOT CLARENDON HILL TOWERS!!) right off Powderhouse Blvd behind the manager’s building off of the main parking lot

Union Square Farmers Market

July 10th, 2012

Groundwork Somerville has begun the farmer’s market season!  All summer long, our Green Team will be harvesting our farm and gardens, and bringing select produce, maple syrup and composting kits to you at the Union Square Farmers Market every other Saturday. Come on down and take look, say hello, and pick up the “localest” produce in town!

Every other Saturday from 9am-1pm

Saturday Union Square Farmers Market Dates:

July 14th
July 28th
August 11th
August 25th
October 13th



July 10th, 2012

Groundwork Somerville will be doing compost demonstrations and playing some garden games (like Veggie Twister) at this year’s ArtBeat in Davis Square. Find us in the main plaza in front of the JP Licks all day. Visit the Somerville Arts Council website for more info.

About ArtBeat:

On July 20 & 21, we will present one of the area’s largest and most innovative arts festivals, complete with two stages of music with over a dozen bands, dance troupes, 75 craft vendors, food and migration-themed activities.  Stay tuned for calls to craft vendors, talent, and community and food vendors.

Migration evokes many ideas: movement, immigration, Monarch butterflies fluttering en masse and New England snowbirds heading to Florida’s balmy shores. We encourage artists to explore migration in various ways. Visual artists might explore how forms morph and move—like atoms within a molecule, for example. Dancers might explore flight patterns of migratory birds. Other ideas include an interactive map project in which Somervillians trace their migratory route to Somerville. Migration also can be explored from environmental, geo-political and inter-galactic angles. We look forward to your creative interpretations of this year’s theme!

End of Summer Bash

July 10th, 2012

Join us at Flatbread all day on Tuesday, August 28 to celebrate the summer, do some bowling, and eat some pizza. Every pizza you eat helps support Groundwork’s efforts in the city.

Northeast Permaculture Convergence Tour

July 9th, 2012

Groundwork Somerville will present three facets of urban agriculture efforts in New England’s most densely populated city: an organic schoolyard garden; a new urban farm, designed and run by Somerville youth; and the Growing Center, a community-directed urban oasis full of fruits, flowers, trees and bees. We will meet at 10:30am at Lincoln Park/Argenziano School at 290 Washington Street, Somerville MA. Trip will take approximately 2 hours, and will include 1.5-2 miles of walking. Groundwork Somerville strives to bring about 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. Groundwork provides environmental education, green jobs, and advocates for equitable community participation in public planning processes.

Sign up for this tour here.

About the Northeast Permaculture Convergence

Register here for the full weekend or Saturday only:

Register here for Permaculture Site Tours on Friday:

To become a Vendor or Exhibitor at the Permaculture Marketplace on Saturday, sign up here:

Where? Soule Homestead, Middleborough, MA

When? July 13th – 15t

Why should you attend?

·         20+ Workshop Sessions over 5 sessions throughout the day on topics like: Introduction to Permaculture, Edible Forest Gardening, Polyculture Design, Permaculture and Community, Bioshelters and Urban Resiliency, Infiltrating Higher Education with Permaculture, Social Permaculture, Beekeeping, Wildcrafting and Herbal Medicine, Regenerative Real Estate, Hugelkultur and more.

  • Presenters include Dave JackeEric ToensmeierEthan RolandLisa FernandesRyan HarbJulius Piti, Emily French, Felix Lufkin,Aaron GumanAbrah DresdaleSteve Whitman and many more
  • Keynotes from Scott Kellogg and Lisa DePiano,
  • 6 permaculture site tours, including lunch cooked by Didi Emmons of Wild Flavors and tours of edible forest gardens at Wellesley College and University of Rhode Island
  • A full kids program all day Saturday with arts and crafts, games, nature walks and a parade
  • A design gallery featuring our collective permaculture designs
  • Local folk music and entertainment Friday and Saturday evenings
  • Take a weekend to step back and think about the design of your own life. Walk away with a yield (new ideas, strengthened relationships, & next steps). Develop new slow and small solutions, learn about local resources and produce more sustainable outcomes.Use and value the diversity of the Northeast’s resources and people!


For a full program schedule and workshop descriptions, visit the website:

Need help getting there?

Soule Homestead is a few miles from Boston public transportation (the Middlboro/Lakeville line on the commuter rail). Please contact us ( if you are in need of transportation assistance, or post to our ride-share site here:—July-13—15th-2012

Why do the tickets costs so much?

We have kept ticket costs the same, if not lower, than last year’s cost of attending. Due to the high costs of food in our area (being close to Boston), we’re unable to offer full meals this time around without significantly increasing the cost to attend.

We are thus crowdsourcing food for this event from our collective abundant gardens. We will provide plenty of coffee, tea, fresh and fermented food to supplement what you bring with you, and will provide a full brunch on Sunday. Clover Food Lab will also be on site offering lunch and dinner Saturday. With sandwiches at $6, the food is not only affordable, but local and delicious too. Here is a sample menu of what to expect:

What does my ticket pay for?

Ticket costs pay for the use of Soule Homestead, a working farm and education center teaching kids about where their food comes from. Your ticket also directly supports the attendance of our volunteers, presenters and scholarship recipients. No one is paid to plan, attend, present or work at this event. The costs also pay for insurance, food and the rental of tents, chairs, and tables.

Ticket costs still holding you back?

We have a number of full and partial scholarships available to help you attend the convergence – it’s not too late to apply. Fill out an application here and we’ll be in touch same day to get you registered:

Can’t make it but still want to support the event?

If you or your business or organization would like to Sponsor the Convergence, please register here: or contact to make an in-kind donation.


Register for the 2012 Northeast Permaculture Convergence here.

August 4th Water Chestnut Pull

July 5th, 2012

The Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) will be hosting a community water chestnut pull on August 4th at the Blessing of the Bay Boathouse on Shore Drive in Somerville.  All equipment will be provided but early registration is required to participate. To register, go to

Eradication efforts of water chestnuts, an invasive plant clogging the Mystic River and elsewhere in the Watershed have been ongoing for many years. Currently, MyRWA is aggressively combating Water Chestnuts and partnering with local environmental organizations and boat clubs including Groundwork Somerville, Friends of the Mystic River, Riverside Yacht Club, the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, and others, and is participating in a multi-year project to control water chestnuts in the Mystic.


Community Water Chestnut Pull

July 5th, 2012

Looking for something fun to do on the weekend while helping the environment? Come join the Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) as they tackle invasive species removal during their Water Chestnut pull on Saturday July 14th. The event is open to the public, and all equipment is provided by MyRWA. There are a limited number of canoes available so you need to register early to participate. To register, go to and follow the registration link on the homepage. Hope to see you there!

Learn How to Compost at the Growing Center!

July 5th, 2012
Have you wanted to learn about urban composting or had trouble managing your compost bin? Come learn the basics of turning yard and food waste into a valuable soil amendment in one of the most rewarding ecological activities that fits well in the city. Learn simple guidelines and see a range of options.  Led by Groundwork Somerville’s own Gardens Coordinator, Lee Dwyer at the Growing Center near Union Square.  Suggested donation $5; no RSVP needed.

Urban Chicken Keeping Workshop

July 5th, 2012

You don’t have to be a farmer to keep chickens. Terry Golson has more than sixteen years of experience keeping a small flock of laying hens in her backyard that supply eggs for her family’s table. In this slideshow and lecture, Terry will share everything you need to know to get started with your own chickens. She’ll cover selecting the right breeds, housing, feed, and how to keep the hens healthy. Terry will talk about chicken behavior, predators, and daily chores. She’ll show you how she composts the manure and makes use of it in her garden. Terry speaks and writes frequently on this topic. You can find out more about her and her hens at

To RSVP for workshop please click here

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact Drew Love at by email at


Urban Chicken Keeping Workshop
Tuesday, July 24
Groundwork Somerville

21 Rev Nazareno Properzi Way
Somerville, MA 02143