City of Somerville, MA
Urban Agriculture Initiative Blog

Posts Tagged: localfood

Food Day Weekend in Somerville is on!
Mark your calendars - with a thick marker.
by guest blogger Erica Satin-Hernandez

Somerville Food Day Weekend is just around the corner (partayyyy!)  In honor of Food Day, a national, annual day inspiring work towards food security and food justice, the Somerville Mobile Farmer’s Market is hosting two Somerville-style Food Day Parties! 

Come on out on:

-Thursday, October 23rd from 4 to 7 at the Clarenden Hill Development  (268 Powderhouse Boulevard)

-Saturday, October 25th from 1 to 4 at Mystic Ave Development at 530 Mystic Ave.

Learn about urban vegetable growing and composting; sign up to share urban gardening space; help map out our city’s food resources, swap recipes, win a raffle (with prizes!), and of course buy fresh organic produce (see pictures above) at wholesale prices!  All are welcome, there will be music and fun and all your full-price purchases help sustain our EBT discount program which brings fresh, local produce to low income residents.

Tweet us at @ShapeUpSam and #SomervilleFoodDay14 to let us know how you’ll celebrate Food Day.

 Erica Satin-Hernandez is the recently-hired Coordinator of the Shape Up Somerville program. She manages the mobile markets and tries her hardest to keep this city eating and living well.

Comments
There is NOTHING (truly nothing!) like a homegrown tomato.
3 Year old Isham Martin of East Somerville holds up his bounty of “Big Boy” tomatoes grown at his family’s Glenn Street community garden plot.  yummmmm.

There is NOTHING (truly nothing!) like a homegrown tomato.

3 Year old Isham Martin of East Somerville holds up his bounty of “Big Boy” tomatoes grown at his family’s Glenn Street community garden plot.  yummmmm.

Comments
'Tis the Season!
Grown in Somerville and sooooooo delicious. YESSSSSS!

'Tis the Season!

Grown in Somerville and sooooooo delicious. YESSSSSS!

Comments
somervillema:

Somerville, however, does allow you to have bees. Check out this handy video to find out what you need to do to establish your own colony.

somervillema:

Somerville, however, does allow you to have bees. Check out this handy video to find out what you need to do to establish your own colony.

Source: somervillema

Comments

Do you know what hydroponics is?  The Groundwork Somerville Green Team does!

The GWS Green Team hopped on their bikes and rode across the river to check out Corner Stalk Farm, a Freight Farm located in Newmarket Square, Boston. Freight Farm is a MA company that re-purposes shipping containers with all the hydroponic equipment necessary to grow crops. A farm in a box, really. The Green team met with Connie and Shawn Cooney, owners of Corner Stalk Farm, and learned about how exactly they get all those basil plants to flourish…without soil…one harvest after another after another. One Green Team youth remarked that it was very relaxing to be inside the farm, with the cool glow of the LED lighting and the hum of hydroponic agriculture….ahhh…the serenity of urban agriculture.

Some seriously cool things are happening when it comes to growing food in unconventional urban places. Do you know of others? Share here.

Comments

GOOD FOOD MAKES YOU SMILE!

Shape Up Somerville’s Mobile Farmers’ Market travels around the city bringing affordable fruits and vegetables to locations across Somerville. This Saturday, September 28th, 2013, is this season’s final market day. It’s your last chance to stock up on local, fresh produce at cheap prices until January 2014.  And, they are giving away water bottles at the Clarendon/North St. Market! Read more about this awesome traveling market here.

Comments

What is your town harvesting from its City Hall?

The demonstration container garden flanking the steps of the Somerville City Hall is tended to by a team of municipal employee gardeners.  When they need a pepper for lunch, they go outside and pick one? It does not get more local (or delish) than that.

Comments

TOMORROW, THURSDAY, March 14th, 2013.  GET YOUR SHARE!

Love fresh, local produce? Come meet growers and food producers from across Massachusetts and compare Farm Share programs. Fun prizes and gift certificates for anyone who signs up for their share! Info here.

Comments
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!

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!

Comments