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July 23, 2020

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Laughing children in the playgroup room; doors swinging open and shut as staff head out on home visits; the friendly greetings of families and staff walking through the halls. These are the sounds of the Somerville Family Learning Collaborative (SFLC)––or at least, the...

July 20, 2020

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ArtBeat 2020 took to the neighborhoods this summer when Mayor Joe cancelled all city events due to COVID-19.

Inspired by ArtBeat 2020’s theme of CHANCE, I created an installation on the Growing Center’s Vinal Avenue fence which explores the role that chance plays in P...

The Somerville Community Growing Center and its board, the Friends of the Community Growing Center (FCGC), stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in protest against police violence across the country. Locally, we are heartened by Mayor Curtatone’s mes...

We are excited––and grateful––to announce that the Growing Center is able to resume some limited Open Hours! This spring and summer, we have missed sharing the site with you, and are excited to welcome you back into the space to enjoy the greenery, fresh air, and local...

The Friends of the Community Growing Center's Fundraising Committee is delighted to report that as of May 31, our fundraising totals for the month were a whopping $868––PLUS the $500 gift that the month's campaign was meant to match. Thank you to all of our generous fr...

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"

is m...