Groundwork Somerville manages two urban farm sites: South St. Farm and Artfarm. These are unique spaces where we grow approximately 2,000lb of food each season, providing our Somerville community with access to culturally relevant, affordable, fresh produce. South St. Farm serves as an urban demonstration and education farm site where our Green Team, volunteers, school groups, and community members can get their hands dirty and take part in their local food system. The farm also provides habitat for countless pollinators, and is home to two bee hives. We strive to create a flourishing ecosystem within an urban environment, and to cultivate an inclusive community for all Somervillians.
We grow a variety of vegetables, flowers, and herbs. We strive to grow food that is culturally-relevant to our diverse community, and gather feedback from community members about the kinds of crops they would like us to grow. Some of our crops include: jilo, Asian long beans, cherry tomatoes, hot peppers, zucchini, cucumbers, callaloo, escarole, and Thai basil.
We are not organic certified, but we use all-organic growing methods.
We prioritize distributing our food to communities and individuals who need affordable, accessible, and culturally relevant produce. Our partners include:
- The Somerville Mobile Farmers Market, which sells produce at a discounted rate at various housing developments and schools from July - October
- Project Soup, the Somerville YMCA, and Somerville Community Fridge Sites, which donate food to individuals
- Neighborhood Produce, a local community grocery store that sells produce to individuals
Our farm sites are primarily cultivated by our high school Green Team members. In addition, we have a Farm Manager and Food & Farms Intern, along with volunteers who care for these spaces.
South St. Farm is located at 138 South St., Somerville. Visitors are welcome to stop by the farm anytime! This is an open community space for our neighbors to take a walk, enjoy their lunch, and see what we’re growing. We are on-site regularly from Monday - Friday during the growing season (May - September).
Artfarm is not currently not accessible to the public.