Celebrate the season’s first heat wave by supporting some very local growers–and one of our school gardens! The Healey School Seedling Sale is this Saturday, June 1, 9:00am-1:00pm at the first Union Square Farmers’ Market of the season.
First- and third-graders started the seedlings in their classrooms this year as part of Service Learning projects that integrated a natural science curriculum with community service learning. For sale will be vegetable seedlings, including heirloom tomatoes, various herbs, flowering annuals and perennials, including shade perennials, strawberry, raspberry, and as always, mystery seedlings. If you cannot make the sale tomorrow, there will be a leftovers sale Friday, June 7, after school at Healey (provided there are leftovers!).
Proceeds will go to the Friends of the Healey School group, which supports off-site enrichment, school events, and learning opportunities as well as the school garden–the very same one recently honored by the First Lady!
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…”
The Mobile Market Starts on June 22!
Every Thursday at the Somerville Council on Aging
Every Saturday at Mystic Housing, Capuano School and North Street Housing.
Times and more details to come!
After a 2 year community planning process, design and construction, the New Chuckie Harris Park will open in East Somerville!
More info to follow
Tuesday May 14, @ 7:30pm the Board of Alderman will be hosting a Public Hearing at City Hall about filling Board of Alderman vacancies. Currently if an Alderman resigns, she or he simply appoints an interim replacement. Recently, 140 registered voters in Somerville signed a petition calling for a public hearing about this matter, forcing the BoA to host this public forum. An order considering a rule change to “make the replacement of members of this Board subject to a time limited community review process when a vacancy occurs mid-term” will be put forward. Advocating for this rule change promotes transparency and community engagement, specifically the opportunity for more people to step forward and engage in the activity of leadership.
Groundwork Somerville is co-sponsoring a FREE movie showing of Urban Roots, a documentary on Detroit’s urban farming story, with Somerville Climate Action, Rep. Denise Provost, and the Somerville Community Growing Center. It’ll take place Wednesday, May 29th from 7-9 pm on the Mezzanine of Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., with a discussion of urban farming to follow.
When Everything Else Collapses, Plant Your Field of Dreams!
Detroit’s story of urban farming demonstrates that one good option for people to take control over their food is to feed themselves. Citizens come together to solve their problems and discover that the fiber of community is powerful. The growing movement of urban farmers is changing the way people think about food- and life in Detroit.
Youth jobs in Massachusetts are at an all-time low, and many youth-led leadership teams around the state spent the winter advocating for new revenue and funding for this cause. This Friday, April 12th, 2013, the Green Team will facilitate a meeting between local officials Denise Provost, Tim Toomey, and Somerville youth to reiterate the importance of funding the Youth Works Line Item. The meeting will provide an opportunity for the youth to get to know their representatives, to share stories, and connect outside of the State House.
Join us at 24 Park Street #7 at 4pm to support youth in developing their political voices and in securing much-needed funding for youth jobs!
Spring Chickens: Basics of Urban Chicken Keeping
Workshop co-hosted with NOFA Mass, led by Terry Golson
Raising chickens is not just for farmers! Terry Golson has many years of experience caring for 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 all the information needed to get started with chickens, including breed selection, housing, feed, and how to keep the hens healthy. Terry will talk about chicken behavior, predators, and daily chores. She will also show how she composts the manure and uses it in her garden.
Cost: $25 NOFA members; $31 non-members. Please click here to buy tickets!
For more information, please contact Drew Love by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 330-801-0389.