Have you always wanted to be a better, more productive person…in the garden? Well, this is your chance! (drum roll please….)
Introducing the Somerville Urban Agriculture Ambassador Program!
The Mayor’s Urban Ag Initiative and Somerville’s own Green City Growers are jointly launching a FREE, intensive, hands-on educational program to train 15 Somerville residents of all ages in the skills needed to be able to grow food at home and in the community.
Residents would leave with certification as a “City of Somerville Urban Agriculture Ambassador,” and there will be an expectation of at least 30 hours of volunteer time in Somerville gardens over the course of one year as part of this program. The course is free to accepted Somerville residents.
Courses will take place on 4 consecutive Saturdays, March 16th- April 6th, from 10am-4pm. All sessions will be held at the Green City Growers office, near Union Square, at 600 Windsor Place, Somerville, MA.Lunch will be provided on the first day, and for other days, participants will be expected to bring lunch or venture to the Union or Inman areas for a lunch break.
We are looking for Somerville residents who want to get involved in growing food, both at home and within their community. The program is open to all residents, and all ages and we hope to host a diversity of demographics and representative communities. Application deadline is February 15, see below.
Topics will include, but are not limited to:
- Getting Started: Light, soil viability, locating your ideal garden space, containers vs. raised-beds vs. in-ground, small and intensive techniques
- Installing a Garden: Raised-bed construction, soil selection, watering and irrigation
- Planting: Picking priorities for your space, choosing plant varieties, seeds vs. starts, finding good seed and plant suppliers, creating a crop map, plant spacing, cool vs. warm weather crops, perennials and annuals
- Garden Maintenance: maintaining healthy and fertile soil, organic fertilization methods, micronutrients, soil testing, spacing and thinning, transplanting, watering schedules, trellising, mulching, pest and fungal management, pruning, harvesting for maximum yield, winterizing the garden.
- Season Extension: Cold Frames, hoop houses, plant selection for winter growing, winter maintenance
- Beyond your Garden: Introduction to bee and chicken keeping, cooking with your produce, and information on getting involved in your community.
To request an application, DUE FEB 15, please email:
Applicants will be notified by March 1st, 2013.