Join Bike to the Sea on Saturday, October 19th for the Malden Bike Path Community Garden Volunteer Build Day! There will be painting, carpentry, mulching, wheel barrowing and planting. So through on some gloves, strong shoes or boots, and a good hat and come on down to the Malden Community Garden.
Around the country, people are celebrating Food Day! Food Day is a nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food and a grassroots campaign for better food policies. To find local Food Day Events or to sign up to host your own, visit the Food Day Website:
The Groundwork Somerville Green Team will be hosting a volunteer day on October 20th from 9am to 12pm at the South Street Farm located on 100 South Street in Somerville. South Street celebrated its grand opening and ribbon cutting of the Eco Shed. Now, we need to get it ready for the fall with your help! If you would like to come help us clean up the lot and move sheet mulch, please email email@example.com to see if there are any open spots left!
Groundwork Somerville will be tabling at SomerStreets on Sunday, October 20th from 10 to 2. Come by to learn more about Groundwork, volunteer opportunities, upcoming Groundwork events, and enjoy the October-themed SomerStreets shenanigans including: a costume parade and contest, food and craft vendors, hay rides, pumpkin carving expos, and much more! Groundwork will be on Somerville Ave. in front of the Groundwork office near Conway Park.
This summer, Groundwork Somerville was invited by Groundwork USA and the National Park Service to be part of the Youth Conservation Corps at Yellowstone National Park during the last week of August. Our Green Team Coordinator and two Green Team members attended, along with youth and youth workers from nine Groundwork trusts nationwide. Together and in teams, we installed 400 lb bear boxes, swept gravel out of natural geyser downspouts, and built trails. During the off hours we hiked to the peaks of mountains where the sun set beyond the Idaho border, investigated microbial life around geysers, learned about the repopulation of wolves in the park, camped with Bison, and dipped into a confluence of the boiling river.
At Yellowstone National Park, the wildlife determined the way we moved through the land, and the land determined the volume of our movements. We drove slowly around blind corners, cautiously next to herds of Bison feeding on the sides of the roads, and quietly as we looked through binoculars to see young wolves playing in the grass beyond earshot. We tread softly on the silica coated earthen downspouts of the geysers, while working to remove gravel, as to prevent the destruction of radiant microbial life. The land revealed glacial erratic movements from millions of years ago as we witnessed large boulders strewn and still across a meadow. We felt the heat of the last super volcano 640,000 years ago under foot and in our faces as mud pots, hot springs, geysers, and fumaroles released steam and mist that wandered airborne into our bones. On the night of our camping trip to Nez Perce, a park services campground, we released from the muted silence of felled trees and the creaks and hums of insects in heat with our own sounds- all of the worst and best pop songs of each generation since Aretha Franklin, sung cathartically in a cabin while it rained. Each trust from around the country took a turn to sing one line, followed by a chorus of 30 to finish each song.
The physical work we completed throughout the week, the learning and expanding of our experience that took place while the National Park Service gave us a tour through history, and the bond we cultivated, so clearly represented Groundwork’s mission for all of our communities, in all of our different manifestations, around the country: To bring about the sustained improvement and regeneration of the physical environment and to promote health and well-being through community-based partnerships and action. At Yellowstone, we found ourselves closer to our work, ourselves, and each other.
We will be building the new community garden in Malden along the Northern Strand Trail. Limited space for volunteers, so please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info or to sign up.
When: Friday, August 30, 9am-1pm
Where: Malden Community Garden, behind 662 Cross St. in Malden, along the bike path.
Help us rebuild the Brown School Garden for the school year! We’ll be making new beds, filling them with soil, weeding and planting and painting.
Limited space is available at this volunteer day, so let us know if you want to join us by emailing email@example.com.
When: Friday, August 23, 9am-1pm
Where: Brown School Garden, 201 Willow Ave, Somerville, MA 02144
Starting this Saturday, 7/13, the Somerville Mobile Farmers’ Market will take place INSIDE the Community Room at the North St/Clarendon Hill Housing Development. The room is off Powderhouse Blvd around the corner from the market’s previous site on the North St Playground, which will be under construction.
The market will take place at the same time–2 to 5 pm–and will feature the same local, fresh produce from our South St Farm and school gardens, as well as our local maple syrup! Enterprise Farm and representatives from Shape Up Somerville will also be there. And we’ll have facepainting! So join us at the market on Saturday.
Groundwork Somerville will be visiting the White House on Tuesday, May 28th with five elementary students from the Healey School, Principal Jill Geiser, and Susana Hernandez-Morgan from the City of Somerville to harvest the summer crop from the White House Kitchen Garden with Michelle Obama.
The five students are members of Groundwork Somerville’s Garden Club at Healey, and traveled to the White House in April to plant the garden with the First Lady. Groundwork Somerville has partnered with the City and Somerville Public Schools to establish and maintain the Schoolyard Gardens at Healey and every elementary school in Somerville, in order to offer environmental and nutritional education to students, and to promote “…environmental, economic and social well-being…”