Visit the Growing Center at: 

22 Vinal Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

Mailing Address: P. O. Box 76

Somervillle, MA 02143


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Updates at the Growing Center in response to COVID-19


Update: April 2, 2020

COVID-19 Programming and Site-Related Updates:
The Somerville Community Growing Center is a place for people of all ages and backgrounds to gather, learn, and celebrate – to grow a healthy community through ecological and multicultural educational programming and unique volunteer opportunities.

For public safety, at this time we are unable to maintain our normal programming and operations. The following activities are suspended until further notice:

  • Group Visits

  • Spring Calendar Schedule

  • Open Hours

  • All Composting

With the Growing Center’s existing trained volunteers, using recommended safety guidelines, the Friends of the Community Growing Center will continue to maintain and run the Growing Center so that the site will be ready to reopen at the appropriate time.

Please stay connected with the Growing Center community through our website and Facebook page, where we will regularly share resources related to our mission, and also ways to support the Growing Center this season.

Stay safe and be well!


March 15, 2020

As part of the caring community of Somerville, the Growing Center is striving to keep current with recommendations for the health of everyone. At the moment, the following changes will be happening at the Center:


  • All group visits will be suspended until further notice.

  • Plans for spring activities are currently on hold; please refer to our calendar or website for updates. [Please note: the Somerville Winter Farmers Market has been cancelled, so our Seed Swap on March 21 will not take place.]

  • We are not accepting additional compost materials at this time, so please hold until further notice.

  • Volunteer activities involving small numbers of people will take place on a limited scale to maintain the site. Please be in contact with Christine for updates as we will work to have the Center ready to be enjoyed when guidance indicates that it is appropriate to resume. Volunteers will be oriented in safety precautions, such as social distancing and wiping down surfaces, etc. 

  • As long as it is practical, we are working to offer limited Open Hours, which will vary with volunteer availability; with appropriate precautions such as keeping space between individuals, carrying out personal trash, etc.

  • As with many other nonprofit organizations that rely on individual donations to survive, we need to raise $30K this year to cover costs, including retaining our part-time staff during this time. Please be as generous as you are able, but we are encouraging everyone to try to donate $20 for 2020! Click here to learn more. 


Please take care of yourselves, your families, and neighbors during this time of disruption. Breathe. Take time to get outside and observe the unfolding of spring to help reduce anxiety and stress. Remember that we need to exercise to be healthy. Check in with friends and neighbors. If you want to do more, consider checking out the newly formed MAMAS group (Mutual Aid Medford and Somerville), developed to help build strong community connections.

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