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May 28, 2020

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The first week that school was cancelled, my six year-old son, Danny, and I were hanging out in our yard one sunny morning with his two younger siblings. Looking around the yard and trying to think happy thoughts about spring, we decided to write some riddles for his c...

May 13, 2020

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We asked the poets who have been part of the Growing Center's Poetry in the Garden reading series for poems, either their own or by others, to help get us through these uncertain times. Here are a few:


Susan Donnolly offered one of her own poems:


"A Morning Moon"

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A big THANK YOU to all of our wonderful friends and supporters, because last month, we not only succeeded in matching the $500 gift we received, but we MORE than DOUBLED it!

Thanks to all of you, in the month of April we raised $1,101, and this is in addition to the $50...

May 1, 2020

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Lines at the store. Bare produce shelves. Empty frozen foods aisles. This is our reality now––or at least, it was for a few weeks. For those of us who actually enjoyed food shopping before, it's turned into nothing but a huge stress on our lives, a chore that takes up...

April 24, 2020

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Look up! See it? That tall, tall pine tree in someone’s front yard? (This one’s on Hamlet Street.)


Somerville has lots of tall, tall pine trees. Once you spot one, you’ll start to see these beauties all over town!

Take a look out your window, or go out on a Tree Hunt...

April 17, 2020

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Spring is here, birds are becoming more active. Looking and listening to birds is something most of us can do, from a porch, city street, back yard, or window.

This is my friends’ son, quietly sitting by a window in their home, eating toast and watching the crows in the...

April 11, 2020

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The day after St. Patrick's Day, while my three kids watched their morning cartoons during our first week of cancelled school, I was catching up on my email and saw that some neighbors up on Prospect Hill had collaborated to put rainbows in their windows. A wonderful c...

April 6, 2020

This is the second year I have sprouted seeds indoors. It is truly the most magnificent way to beat the winter blues and look forward to spring! 

Here is the very first sprout coming out of the soil this year. It’s a “Guy” tomato (a variety grown by long time Growing Ce...

For more than a quarter century, the Growing Center has been dedicated to engaging the full population of Somerville, with a focus on children and youth, in providing an open and welcoming green space dedicated to nature education, urban agriculture, and community enga...

March 30, 2020

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A week ago, not long after Somerville got directions to stay put in our homes, I looked out my kitchen window and saw my neighbors on the front porch banging on pots and pans. I opened my window (at a safe distance of 6 feet) and asked them, “What are you doing?”

“Did...

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