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. The school gardens have all been built with volunteer labor, and most are located on sites that were previously paved or abandoned.
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 minds thinking, creativity flowing, and bodies moving. Recent research shows that Groundwork Somerville's school garden programming, in combination with revamped school lunches, a stronger focus on physical activity and healthy eating, and other public health efforts, has been effective in reducing child obesity rates in the Somerville Public Schools.
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. Executive Director Chris Mancini accompanied the group when they returned to help Mrs. Obama harvest what they'd planted!
Check out all of our gardens:
- Argenziano School
- Arthur D. Healey School – 5 Meacham St.
- Benjamin G. Brown School – 201 Willow Ave.
- Brown School
- Capuano Early Childhood Center
- Dr. Albert F. Argenziano School at Lincoln Park – 290 Washington St.
- East Somerville Community School
East Somerville Community School – 50 Cross St.
- Edgerly Center (Next Wave and Full Circle Schools) – 8 Bonair St.
- John F. Kennedy Elementary School – 5 Cherry St.
- Kennedy School
- Next Wave/Full Circle Schools
- Prospect Hill Academy Charter School
- Prospect Hill Academy Lower Campus – 15 Webster Ave.
- Somerville High School
- West Somerville Neighborhood Community School
- West Somerville Neighborhood School – 177 Powderhouse Blvd.
- Winter Hill Community Innovation School
- Winter Hill Community School – 115 Sycamore St.
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?
Watering Heroes & Garden Gurus Needed!
Get involved in maintaining our school gardens.