As interest grows in sustainable living and low-cost local food, more community members and organizations are coming to Groundwork Somerville for advice. Our knowledgeable staff provides practical knowledge to community groups, schools, or individuals interested in starting or improving their own gardens. We provide information regarding the logistics of urban garden raising, community garden management, organic vegetable gardening techniques, and more.
For more details about requesting Garden Workshops or Gardens Consulting services, Click here. Please email Groundwork Somerville’s Gardens Coordinator at Lee@groundworksomerville.org with additional questions.
Here’s what our clients have said about GWS Gardens Consulting:
- Groundwork Somerville was an essential and integral part of planning and creating the garden at Everett High School (EHS). Creation of a school garden is a complex task especially for people who have never gardened before. Tai Dinnan was the Groundwork Somerville representative that met with the garden team at EHS. She was able to guide us in our choices in practically every aspect of the garden—from construction and number of garden beds to plant choices to an ideal time frames for garden planting. Without Tai’s expertise and advice, the garden at EHS would not have been the success it has been. (Keely, High School Science Teacher and Green Club Advisor)
- After I contacted Groundwork for a garden consultation, I was impressed that the consultant was very professional– she let me know what the consultation would entail and the goals we’d achieve through the consultation. When she came to my home, despite the fact that I am only working with a tiny patch of ground, she took my garden seriously and gave me thoughtful advice. She even drew up a helpful chart of varieties I could successfully grow, and a timeline for preparing and planting. I am thrilled with the assistance I received and really excited about my new garden! (Kate, Somerville Resident)
- Reactions from a Teacher’s Workshop focusing on bringing classrooms outdoors: I was pleased with the workshop because it was hands on and thought provoking and kept participants’ attention. Outdoor learning is very realistic and exciting! Anything can be taught outdoors – so many curriculum connections! I left with lots of ideas about classroom management outside. Tai was great – very knowledgeable and realistic. Loved it – thanks! (Needham Elementary Teachers)
- Following a professional development workshop for Everett Public School teachers: Lee, thank you so much for coming out and helping us with our program this year! Groundwork Somerville rocks! (Jodi, Health & Wellness Coordinator)