Groundwork Somerville offers year-round garden-based education to children from kindergarten to eighth grade, taking place in all of the city’s eight public elementary and middle schools, a public charter school, and a public library. In both in-school and after-school programs, children learn to plan, plant, tend, and harvest from their own school gardens, and even cook with food they have grown. In addition to learning biology, chemistry, math, English, arts, and social studies in a practical, hands-on laboratory, students participate in fun activities to get their bodies moving, minds thinking, and creativity flowing. The school gardens have all been built with volunteer labor, and most are located on sites that were previously paved or abandoned.
Our Healey School Garden received recognition from the First Lady and her “Let’s Move” Initiative! Five students from the Healey, including former “garden club” members, were selected to go to D.C. to help plant in the White House vegetable garden.
Check out our schoolyard garden sites: View Schoolyard Gardens map!
Garden Workshops: Do you offer programming to elementary or middle school students? Do you want to enrich your children’s programming with a Groundwork Somerville Garden Club or Workshop? Click Here to find out more.
Garden Consulting: Are you looking for help starting a school garden in your community? Groundwork Somerville offers consulting services to garden advocates in neighboring cities hoping to start or improve their own vibrant schoolyard garden programs! Click here for more information.