Composting Workshop–Rescheduled!

September 12th, 2012

Interested in starting an indoor compost bin or creating rich soil out of yard waste? Learn the basics of urban composting from Lee Dwyer, Groundwork Somerville Gardens Coordinator and Growing Center volunteer, on Thursday, Sept. 20 from 6 pm to 7 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 Lee@groundworksomerville.org for more information; no RSVP needed.

Suggested donation $5; all materials provided. Wear shoes you don’t mind getting dirty! Rain or shine.  We’ll also have worms for sale at the workshop.

Composting Workshop at the Growing Center POSTPONED

September 11th, 2012

The “Learn How to Compost” workshop scheduled for this evening at 6 pm at the Growing Center has unfortunately been postponed, due to the presenter’s illness.  Sorry y’all! But check back here at our website to find out when the workshop will be rescheduled (probably next Wednesday!).

Somerville Riverfest

September 10th, 2012

Somerville Riverfest takes place Sept. 15 in Assembly Square. The city festival, presented in partnership with Assembly Row, will feature live music, activities and performances for children, an Edsel car show, food trucks, a rock wall and more.

Learn more at http://somerville.patch.com/articles/somerville-riverfest-eight-live-bands-seven-food-trucks-edsel-car-show

People vs. Places: Investing in Emerging Environmental Leaders

September 10th, 2012

Groundwork Somerville Executive Director, Chris Mancini, will present at Tufts University’s Lunch & Learn Series on Groundwork’s leadership model and cultivating youth and food in New England’s most densely populated city. Learn more at http://as.tufts.edu/environmentalstudies/events/lunchlearn.htm.

Thursday, October 18th, 12pm-1pm
Lincoln Filene Center, Rabb Room, Tufts University

Yelp Helps: Hop To It!

September 10th, 2012

One Brick Boston is working with Yelp Boston on really great event to help connect service-minded folks to excellent local NPOs. Yelp Helps: Hop To It! marries greater Boston’s finest craft brew with volunteer-powered NPOs to make a tasting/expo hybrid the world has never seen. Better yet, it’s all to benefit Arts at the Armory and, possibly, your organization!

20 local beers, 20 local volunteering opportunities, 800 Yelpers. One day only. We’d love for you to join us.

Date: Sunday, September 30th
Time: 2-5p and 6-9p (yep, two sessions)
Venue: Arts at the Armory, Somerville MA

Urban Chicken Keeping Workshop

September 10th, 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 www.HenCam.com.

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 drew@nofamass.org.

 

Urban Chicken Keeping Workshop
Wednesday, October 3rd
6:30 pm-8:30 pm
Groundwork Somerville

24 Park St., #7
Somerville, MA 02143

MetroFuture Walks & Talks: PARK(ing) Day Panel Discussion

September 10th, 2012

Co-sponsored by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and the LivableStreets Alliance

Thursday, September 20, 2012

4:00 to 5:30pm EDT

Metropolitan Area Planning Council, 3rd fl Conference Room

60 Temple Place
Boston, MA 02111

Join MAPC and LivableStreets Alliance for a panel discussion of parking and public space in celebration of PARK(ing) Day, featuring:

·         Jackie Douglas of LivableStreets, Jackie Douglas of LivableStreets Alliance, on Park(ing) Day in the Boston region and their work to rethink urban open space and imagine how we can transform our urban street-space to better uses, such as transit, biking and walking.

·         Lisa Jacobson of Nelson Nygaard, on their work with municipalities around the MAPC region to revamp parking policy to unlock the value of this public asset;

·         Stephanie Groll of the City of Cambridge, on Cambridge’s innovative policies to reduce demand for parking even in areas of high growth, and use public parking as an asset to fund Complete Streets programs.

 

PARK(ing) Day is a annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places. Since the project began in 2005 in San Francisco, PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement, with organizations and individuals creating new forms of temporary public space in urban contexts around the world.

The mission of PARK(ing) Day, which this year occurs on Friday September 21 in cities around the Greater Boston region and the world, is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat … at least until the meter runs out!

 Please RSVP.

Home Energy Workshop

September 10th, 2012
Home Energy Workshop with Somerville Climate Action and Next Step Living
Wednesday, September 12, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Somerville Public Library (Main Branch), 79 Highland Avenue
***Refreshments will be served!***
 
Somerville Climate Action, along with our partner Next Step Living, is hosting a residential energy efficiency workshop to help Somerville residents, landlords, and homeowners lower their utility bills and environmental impact. Not many people realize that through existing State and City programs, Somerville residents living in a 1-4 unit building can receive a free home energy assessment, free CFL lightbulbs, free targeted air sealing, and up to $3500 in discounts for home energy efficiency improvements. At this workshop, home efficiency experts will give a presentation about these programs and answer any and all questions you might have about ways to save money and lower your energy use. We’ll also hear from Russell Koty, the City of Somerville’s Energy Advocate, about Somerville’s Residential Energy Efficiency Program (REEP). RSVP encouraged but not required – please contact John Massie at 617-513-1220 or john.massie@nextsteplivinginc.com to RSVP or for more information. We hope to see you there!

Composting Workshop at the Growing Center Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 6 pm *CANCELLED*

September 6th, 2012

*We apologize, but this event has been cancelled; check back for the reschedule date!*

 

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 Tuesday, Sept. 11 from 6 pm to 7 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 Lee@groundworksomerville.org for more information.

Suggested donation $5; all materials provided. Wear shoes you don’t mind getting dirty! If it’s raining lightly, we’ll be there; if it’s pouring, check in for rescheduling.

Fall Volunteer Opportunities!

September 5th, 2012

Want to get involved in your community and help kids learn about gardening and science this fall? Check out our Volunteer Opportunities page for more details!