Interested in joining the Green Team? To submit an application for the Summer 2016 season click here! Summer Green Team begins on Tuesday, June 28th. The deadline for applications has been extended to April 20th!
The Green Team is Groundwork’s environmental youth employment program, which builds the leadership of Somerville youth to work for positive social and environmental change, while providing an important opportunity for job training and skill building. Green Team members work across the city of Somerville building gardens, cleaning up rivers, and engaging the community in Groundwork’s mission of positive environmental change.
This past summer, the Green Team continued to build the Green Team legacy with two exciting projects — Urban Agriculture and Urban Forestry. The South Street Farm is Somerville’s newest urban agriculture project located at 100 South Street at the border of Cambridge and Somerville. Last summer, the Green Team worked with Green City Growers to build raised bed gardens on vacant city owned. This year they planted and tended crops throughout the full growing season, producing hundreds of pounds of produce to be sold at Somerville Farmer’s Markets (including the Union Square Farmer’s Market and the Mystic Mobile Market) and distributed to local food relief organizations including shelters and food pantries. As part of the Urban Forestry project, the Green Team collected data about the health of our city trees, and envisioned new ideas for how more fruit and food producing trees could be part of our urban food plan.
As always, the Green Team continues to focus on improving access to green, open space in Somerville. Working with Shape Up Somerville and the City of Somerville, Green Team youth are working to make sure that youth voice is included in the planning process for Somerville’s newest parks including the Draw 7 Park.
During the Fall of 2015, the Green Team will be maintaining the South Street Farm and Groundwork Somerville’s school yard gardens as well as working with partner organizations and community outreach projects. We will also be conducting leadership and job training workshops regarding financial planning, marketing, social media campaigns, and business skills.
For more information about the Green Team, please contact our program manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.