News, Stories, and Field Notes from the Growing Center

Somerville Family Learning Collaborative Brings Storytime to the Garden

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, they used to be, before COVID-19. Now, we hear the ringing of our cell phones; the tapping of the computer keyboard; the daily noises of our own homes. But the connections and the relationships that flourished before are not lost: we see the smiling faces of children and families via video chat; read families’ greetings and comments on our Facebook page; and hear the sound of each other’s voices through phone calls and Zoom meetin

ArtFence @ Vinal Avenue

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 POLLINATION. First, I made giant frames of pollinators out of willow branches which I had found––by chance––bundled up in the Growing Center’s compost area. A volunteer had asked me if he could take some home to try bending them into furniture, and well, I borrowed his idea––thanks, Dave! Someone then told me to soak them in water for a couple of days, so I put them in a kiddie pool in my yard, and after a few days, I started

Statement of Solidarity

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 message declaring racism a public health emergency and City budget proposals to address structural racism and equity within our community. We at the Growing Center recognize that access to nature is also political. The Growing Center was born of community activism linked to the belief that time spent in nature, outdoor play and exercise, and relaxation in green spaces are important for good health, and that access to the outdoor

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