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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!