On April 5th, 2013 the City of Somervillewas awarded the Golden Trowel Award by Groundwork Somerville for it’s innovative “Mayor’s Urban Agricultuire Initiative” and for being the first municipality in the Commonwealth to pass an Urban Agriculture Ordinance! Jesse Banhazl of Green City Growers (GCG) was also awarded a Golden Trowel GCG’s innovative business focusing on urban agriculture.
In preparation for next weekend’s Maple Boil Down Festival, Groundwork Somerville is holding a workshop this Saturday, March 2nd at 2 pm, at the Central Library. Participants will read the Woksis Legend, learn how Native Americans and European colonists gathered sap and made syrup, and explore old and modern materials for syrup production. This workshopis be a perfect lead-up to the Boil Down Festival on March 9th, and is open to parents as well as kids! For more information, visit the Groundworks Somerville site.
Have you heard about Somerville’s first urban farm? Earlier this year, the City of Somerville partnered with Groundwork Somerville andGreen City Growers and with hard working volunteers to install the South Street Farm. This pilot project is a public-private-non-profit partnership: the City is allowing the use of the land, Green City Growers donated the raised beds and soil and Groundwork’s high school Green Teamis farming it. What is unique about the South Street farm is that it both serves as an urban learning ground for youth participating in the Green Team, and, it is also a production farm growing produce to sell at the Union Square and Mobile Farmer’s Markets this summer. Can you say “coooool-io?”
You can see the South Street Farm being built and learn more about the important work Groundwork does in Somerville in the above video. In addition to building and maintaining gardens all over metro Boston, Green City Growers presented at the City’s Let’s Grow educational series earlier this year and was featured in Stuff magazine in June. The budding Somerville business is also raising money to publish a guide to growing vegetables for urban and suburban areas. If you want to help them do this, you can find more info, including another cool video, here. No question, the ‘Ville is where it’s at.