Somerville’s City Hall Garden has hit the big leagues! Peppers, eggplant and tomatoes! Hooorah! Finally, something other than lettuce and cabbage (and cabbage worms) to talk about.
City of Somerville employees are learning to grow food in a container garden at the entrance of City Hall. Thanks to McCue’s Garden Center in Woburn for donating the containers (reused bulb boxes), the soil and the seedlings and to the City’s very own DPW for helping to secure the boxes, we have our very own vegetable patch. The garden is a great way to encourage urban agriculture and get people talking about healthy, local food.
City Hall Employees from Resistat, 311, Somerstat, Communications, Planning and the Purchasing departments congregate around the new “water cooler.”
Next time you come to City Hall at 93 Highland Ave in Somerville, MA, take a look. We are growing some food up in here! Think you don’t have space or time for a garden? We took advantage of the pedestals flanking the front entrance to install two container gardens, each measuring less than 20 sf. DPW helped us get them secured and MCCue’s Garden Center in Woburn donated all the containers (old bulb boxes), the soil and the plants. (Thank you!) Employees take turns watering, weeding and harvesting during their lunch hours and the food is distributed throughout City Hall. With initiatives like Shape-Up Somerville and the Mayor’s Fitness Challenge, it only makes sense. Besides producing some great food, it’s a great way to get employess outside during lunch and away from the computer screen. We’ve got tomatoes, beets, swiss chard, lettuce, peas, beans, herbs, edible flowers and even pumpkins!