News, Stories, and Field Notes from the Growing Center

Gabion Wall Update

After a few sessions of volunteer support from YouthBuild USA, Groundwork Somerville and dedicated SCGC volunteers (a shout out to Andy Avila for moving big rocks to safety!), the gabion cages are assembled and filled. Terra Cura is finalizing product details for the bench material above the gabion wall -- black locust --- a highly durable, rot resistant native wood species, a truly sustainable alternate compared to typical decking material such as Cedar and Ipe, which are tropical rainforest hardwood. Construction for bench framing support is scheduled to be on July 15th. The final bench installation will take place by beginning August. Stay tuned for updates on a community gabion wall plan

Cinema Somerville Outdoor Movies

Somerville Community Access TV is happy to bring you its 2nd season of “Cinema Somerville Outdoor Movies,” an outdoor movie series at the Somerville Community Growing Center (22 Vinal Ave). The event series is free and is open to the community-at-large. On Thursday, July 14th, we are screening, "The Hitchhiker," a 1953 film noir, directed by Ida Lupino, about two fishing buddies who pick up a mysterious hitchhiker during a trip to Mexico. Other upcoming movies are: July 21: Alice In Wonderland (1903); Superman Cartoons (1940’s) July 28: Charlie Chaplin shorts (1920’s-40’s) Screenings start at 7:30pm with a BYOPicnic and will play at 8:30pm (dusk). Seating is limited; moviegoers are e

Volunteer Spotlight: Chris Ditunno

1. Who are you and and how did you first learn about the Growing Center? I am a Somerville resident who coaches and supports communities, groups and individuals in improving their health and wellness. I experiment with my own Health adVentures Herban Garden in my yard in Union Square. I attended a musical performance at the Growing Center during Somerville Porch Fest a couple of years before I moved into the neighborhood. 2. Where is your favorite place to escape to in the greater Boston area? A few local lakes, parks and ponds where I can escape into natural oases with my dog Moka, particularly the ones where we can swim! 3. What is your favorite vegetable? Sweet potato. 4. What do you like

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