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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!)  Food Day is a national event inspiring work towards food security and food justice. Come celebrate!

Somerville Mobile Farmer’s Market is hosting two Somerville-style Food Day Parties at which you can buy organic produce at the least expensive market in Massachusetts!

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

-Saturday, October 25th from 1 to 4 pm 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.

Somerville Food Security Coalition, Somerville Family Learning Collaborative and SPS Food and Nutrition Services is hosting Come to the Table!

-Thursday, October 23rd from 5 to 7pm
Winter Hill Community School
Please use the Medford Street Entrance
  • a light meal served to all guests, made with local ingredients by volunteer chefs
  • games and activities for children of all ages (including awesome prizes!)
  • updated Food Resource Guide 2014, available to all attendees
  • food demos and tastings
  • opportunities to learn more about Somerville community organizations, and volunteer opportunities
  • and more!
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.

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Somerville Innovation Farmat the Edgerly School in East Somerville, MA
Students  learn Science,Technology, Engineering and Mathematics while growing food. What a wonderful way to engage the city’s youth.

Somerville Innovation Farm
at the Edgerly School in East Somerville, MA

Students  learn Science,Technology, Engineering and Mathematics while growing food. What a wonderful way to engage the city’s youth.

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No filters, just fall in Somerville.

No filters, just fall in Somerville.

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Growing gardens, grows communities
by guest blogger Kim Schmid

As I walk around the city, it’s hard not to notice the urban agriculture boom happening here. Pots of tomatoes, peppers, and basil grow happily in many a front yard. I’ve even seen corn growing in front of my neighbor’s house.That’s right, corn. In Somerville! Such a sight is so fantastic, that you just might need to stop, introduce yourself to that neighbor and let him know that his garden makes you happy.

I did.

As I notice all this wonderful growth, I find myself thinking not just about how these vegetables nourish the people growing them, but about how a tended and well-cared for space feeeeelllss better and brings together the people living there. Growing gardens, grows communities.

Here’s a sampling of the before/after pics I have seen while exploring Somerville. What spaces have you seen transformed? What is the story behind that transformation? Who have you met along the way?

Kim Schmidt is the program coordinator for the Somerville Urban Ag Ambassador program- a joint project between the City of Somerville and Green City Growers. She is also the volunteer coordinator for the Somerville Community Growing Center.

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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.

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Interested in learning about gardening and growing food?  Want to connect with others who are into it, too? Have a look at some of the events happening in the area. If you know of more events, please add them in the discussion!

SATURDAY, September 6, 2014
The Fall 2014 Mid-Cambridge PLANT SWAP, NOON to 2 pm 
a Fayette Park (off Fayette St., across from the former Longfellow School and library, near corner with Broadway) Bring anything that’s growing in too much abundance in your garden. Elegant packaging not required, but please write down plant names. Expect perennials, biennial seedlings, seeds, houseplants, catalogs, pots, and lots of “whatever.” Nothing to swap? Come anyway—meet other gardeners! Rain date Sunday, Sep.7, 12-2

SUNDAY,September 7, 2014
Sustainable
Belmont Green Garden Tour,  12 to 3. Come visit some of the most sustainable gardens in Belmont and talk with their miracle-workers! You will find everything from hoop-houses to compost know-how; beautiful perennials to delicious annuals…and yes, a bunny tractor! Pick up some new knowledge, commiserate on the dry season and enjoy the day with us. Maps available at the Beech Street Center that day or more info HERE.


SUNDAY,September 7, 2014
Watertown Citizens’Fall Life-Friendly Garden Tour, 1:30 to 5.
This fall will bring the 14th Life-Friendly Garden Tour on Sunday, Formerly known as the Chemical-Free Yard and Garden Tour, this event is co-sponsored by Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice and the Environment and Watertown Community Gardens. A chemical-free growing space, however humble, is a welcoming place for beleaguered honey-bees, bumblebees, butterflies, moths and other important pollinators! Click here for more info.

SATURDAY, September 20, 2014
Somerville Garden Club Annual Plant Sale, 9am to 1pm, Davis Sq.  Great stuff, at good prices, and lots of advice.  Always fun. More info here.

 

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Come on into Somerville City Hall where you will be greeted by Elena Viveiros, 311 Customer Service Representative, and the bounty from our demonstration garden.  Tomatoes and a smile, what more could you ask for?

Come on into Somerville City Hall where you will be greeted by Elena Viveiros, 311 Customer Service Representative, and the bounty from our demonstration garden. Tomatoes and a smile, what more could you ask for?

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Cities are changing their zoning to address urban agriculture and Somerville is at the head of the class.

Read about it in American Planning Association’s this month’s Zoning Practice Newsletter (above).

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Q: Where would you want to be when the vampires come?

A: The South St. Farm in SOMERVILLE!

Not only does the South Street Farm have freshly harvested vampire repellent (common name: garlic), but there is a water catchment system that captures 600 gallons of rain water and fantastic vegetables growing all over. This is how you transform a vacant parking lot into a vampire  apocalypse shelter. yessss.

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

'Tis the Season!

Grown in Somerville and sooooooo delicious. YESSSSSS!

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