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In COVID-19 Era, Green Youth Employment Program Adapts to Online Format

November 20, 2020

Most summers, Green Team members can be spotted planting produce at South Street Farm, working a shift at the Somerville Mobile Farmers’ Market, or biking through one of the city’s neighborhoods. Though this year the Green Team was most visible on Facebook and Zoom, the cohort found creative ways to carry out their mission of…

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Fresh produce grown by Groundwork Somerville helping those who lack access

October 15, 2020

A Somerville non-profit working to improve the physical environment through community-based initiatives is aiming to address food insecurities resulting from the pandemic. By Madison Schulman /somerville@wickedlocal.com Posted Oct 14, 2020 at 4:43 PM Thank you to the Somerville Journal for highlighting our work! Groundwork Somerville has already grown over 1,000 pounds of food in its collaboration with a local mobile…

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Help us celebrate 20 years of Groundwork Somerville!

October 13, 2020

Help us celebrate 20 years in Somerville! We turned 20 on October 27 and couldn’t be more honored to live, work, play, farm, teach, and serve in this community. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel today and keep updated on upcoming events! For the rest of 2020, we’re hosting 20 free, virtual events to celebrate our…

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Food Insecurity in Somerville: What is Groundwork Somerville Doing?

September 15, 2020

Written by Emma Zehner, amazing community volunteer for Groundwork Somerville **************************** Food insecurity has increased by almost 60 percent in Eastern Massachusetts compared to before COVID-19. Household gardens, community farms, and other unused city space are working overtime to meet a growing need for fresh food. In Somerville, New England’s densest city, urban agriculture nonprofit…

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South Street Farm Mural: A Chance to Rest!

July 22, 2020

Thank you to the Somerville Times and Jessica Sisavath for writing about our Somerville Arts Council-funded mural!  Full article follows: For ArtBeat Week, Groundwork Somerville involved the community to help create a new mural at South Street Farm. With this year’s ArtBeat Week theme “Chance,” Groundwork Somerville sent out a survey collecting responses from the…

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ArtBeat 2020

June 30, 2020

We’re making a mural for ArtBeat 2020 and we need your help! The theme for ArtBeat this year is “chance” and we’ve decided to work with the community to make a mural focused on ‘a chance to rest.’ This is where you come in. Please send us pictures, thoughts, poetry, sketches, and ideas about what the following means…

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Green Team Leaders

Black Lives Matter

June 24, 2020

Black Lives Matter. To our community, The horrendous murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade and countless others are only some of the most recent tragedies resulting from our nation’s long-standing history of systemic racism and violence. As a community made up of residents from every corner of the world, we see ourselves in…

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10,000 Trees Planted with Greening the Gateway Cities

November 27, 2017

Groundwork has been getting our hands dirty! 10,000 trees have been planted to date as part of an effort to improve environmental conditions in former industrial cities across the state of Massachusetts. “Gateways cities” such as Lynn, Lawrence and Brockton often suffer from significant economic and environmental challenges such as the urban heat island effect,…

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Beyond the Feeder: Should we feed birds in the winter?

February 28, 2017

Helen Macdonald wrote an article for the New York Times entitled, “Why Do We Feed Wild Animals?” In it, Macdonald explores why we choose birds to feed over other animals, what it does for us psychologically, and whether this act is helping or hurting the animals. She argues that it helps us, but hurts them.…

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How to Build a Backyard Wildlife Brush Pile

January 14, 2017

Looking to make your backyard a little more friendly to nature’s creatures? With little more than some fallen branches and logs, you can provide shelter for birds, rabbits, dragonflies, and many other animals right in your own yard!   Materials: Branches, Logs, Stones, seeds/bulbs   Choosing your Spot: If you have a garden, you can…

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