News, Stories, and Field Notes from the Growing Center

An Autumn Mushroom Experiment at the Growing Center!

The middle of Autumn, when we're busy harvesting the last produce from our garden, is a great time to start growing mushrooms. One of the most accessible ways to enjoy mushrooms before winter is to grow Oyster mushrooms on leaf litter. I started a leaf litter mushroom bed at the Growing Center to experiment with this growing technique. I spread a layer of fallen leaves (24" x 12"x 3") on top of the soil and then sprinkled in oyster grain spawn (think of it as a mushroom 'seedling'). Then, I added another 3" of leaf litter and another round of spawn. I chose to inoculate Oyster mushrooms because they colonize quickly and are highly versatile. However, this is an experimental method of growing

Flatbread Pizza Benefit to support the Somerville Community Growing Center!

The Growing Center is having a community benefit at Flatbread Pizza on Tuesday, November 19th from 5 pm - 9 pm. Please join us! A portion of all pizza sales will benefit the Growing Center. Takeout or eat in! Raffle tickets will be $2 each, for the following beautiful prizes: Taza chocolate gift box, handmade soaps, and High Mowing seed collection. Please help make this a successful event by dining on pizza and inviting your friends! Flatbread Pizza offers fresh, wood-fired, clay oven flatbread pizza featuring a variety of organic vegetables and herbs and all natural ingredients. Check their menu on-line at

25th Anniversary Celebration for the Somerville Community Growing Center & Somerville Garden Clu

Come celebrate 25 years of ‘community greening’ with the Somerville Community Growing Center and Somerville Garden Club. Let's get together and: Celebrate 25 years of history together Get to know one another Learn more about the great work each organization does Enjoy live music, food, drink, and a raffle Suggested donation: $10. This event is free, but please consider letting us know to expect you by RSVPing here: Please join us! The celebration will take place on Sunday, Nov. 10, from 4-6 pm, at the Somerville Museum, 1 Westwood Road, in Somerville. Mark your calendars and please help us mark

The Story of Tyler the Turtle

On Thursday, September 19th, Tyler the Turtle climbed to his new home at the top of the Growing Center. Tyler was sculpted and cemented by Somerville artist Emily Bhargava and tiled by more than 100 community members at fall events, summer playgroups, and other summer programs. Designed as a kid-height table, the sculpture also works as a bench and can welcome people to the garden through the fence. The turtle was sculpted from polystyrene and covered in multiple layers of fiberglass mesh and cement before the mosaic pattern was added, a process that Emily learned from artist Sherri-Warner Hunter. All of the materials are frost-proof and should last through many New England winters. The tile

Fund-Raise a Glass Social Hour for the Growing Center @ Aeronaut

Grab a beer and join fellow Growing Center supporters for an evening of sips and support. Friends of the Somerville Community Growing Center representatives will give an update on the progress of the Growing Center's Cultivate Campaign 2019, share successes from this year's events, and discuss plans for completing the renovation. The Social Hour will be Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 6-8 pm at Aeronaut Brewing Company, 14 Tyler Street, in Somerville. Please join us!

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Mailing Address: P. O. Box 76

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