News, Stories, and Field Notes from the Growing Center

Volunteer Spotlight: Abigail Dickson

1. Who are you and and how did you first learn about the Growing Center? My name is Abby and I run a theater company for kids who want to do Shakespeare (Youthquake Theater). We have been performing at the Growing Center in the summer for the past 4 years. I first learned about the Growing Center when I was around six years old and I went to a "fairy night" there. It was a bunch of kids running around, having fun, and building fairy houses. A young child's paradise. That is when I discovered that the Growing Center is a magical place where community and beautiful plants abound. It was a perfect backdrop for my first show there, Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," which is full of fair

Share your Growing Center Story!

It is true! If you believe in our mission and want to help support us even more, we have an easy way for you to participate! Please just take a minute to nominate us for a 2017 Top-Rated Award (see that cool graphic above, we would love that to share that with our community!) and this can help us gain tremendous exposure and online promotion worth up to $20,000. All you have to do is share a positive story about The Somerville Community Growing Center! Please follow the link here to make your voice heard! Many thanks. 💚🌻🌷🌱

"Flight Song Collective" Seeks Volunteers

Flight Song Collective Wanted: Creative people to join the Flight Song Collective! The Collective is working on a two-part project… A SANCTUARY GARDEN & PRAYER FLAGS FOR POLLINATORS AND OTHER BENEFICIAL INSECTS Sanctuary Garden What: We’re making the Somerville Community Growing Center a welcoming place for our insect friends by providing nesting sites and designing & planting a garden with lots of irresistible pollen and nectar sources Meetup times: Monday afternoons from 3-5 pm from April 24-June 26. Summer & fall meeting times to be determined (TBD). Meetup location: The Somerville Community Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave, Somerville (near Union Square) Who: This is group learning pro

New Volunteer Orientation (April 29th)

Volunteers are the life-blood of the Growing Center—and there are so many ways to get involved!Come learn the history of the Growing Center, the basics of site operations and volunteer opportunities. Volunteer training is required for anyone who will be running a program, hosting an event, or wanting to compost on site. Registration is required! To register, please visit:

Seed Sale Order Pickup Information

We are excited the seeds have arrived from High Mowing! Come pick up your seeds on Saturday, April 22nd with two pick-up options: Morning: 10am-12pm at the Somerville Growing Center (22 Vinal Ave, Somerville) Afternoon: 1pm-3pm at SCATV, 90 Union Square, Somerville. If the weather is nice, we'll have a table outside - otherwise, we'll send instructions to you all on how to find us! Thank you again to everyone who placed their seed order. We appreciate all the support and your commitment to helping foster a healthy food ecosystem. Any questions please contact Olivia Kefauver at

Annual Spring Garden Day (May 6th)

Spring Garden Day, May 6th, 1-3pm Itching to get outside, meet other Villans, exchange some seeds or seedlings? Join the annual Maypole Dance at 2pm, and enjoy the Red Herring Morris Dancers (and perhaps some of their dancing friends)? Free seeds available--all welcome to bring some to add, or seedlings or plants to exchange to get an affordable head start on the garden season. Volunteers needed, 12-1pm May 6th to help set up for Spring Garden Day Please contact

Spring Growing Center Mixer

Looking to find your next garden oasis in Somerville? Look no further... ​ Are you interested in getting involved with children's garden activities, composting trainings, organizing an open mic or storytelling event, leading a yoga class, or other fun outdoor activities? Maybe you don't want to volunteer but you just want to know more about this Somerville urban garden oasis near Union Square (@22 Vinal Ave)? ​ Then please come by for this Growing Center Mixer @Aeronaut Brewery (14 Tyler Street) for more information! At the mixer, you will meet volunteers, learn about upcoming events at the garden space and find out how you can get involved! Aeronaut is family friendly and you are encourage

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22 Vinal Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

Mailing Address: P. O. Box 76

Somervillle, MA 02143


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