News, Stories, and Field Notes from the Growing Center

Our 2020 Summer Music Series Kicks Off With Receita de Samba!

The Growing Center’s Summer Music Series went virtual this year when Mayor Joe cancelled all events city-wide. I asked the Arts Council if we could record some of our scheduled performances and make a series of “virtual concerts.” The Arts Council consented, so we asked three of our favorites “acts” to come record a “show” in the garden. Receita de Samba, was recorded on July 3rd and features singers Anna Borges and Bill Ward as well as the Pollinator Garden in full bloom. I’m so glad that Anna convinced me to take pictures of the garden to use in the videos, because it was particularly beautiful that afternoon. And, yes, there is a bunny in one video, and the birds started singing with Bil

Martha Oesch brings Qigong back to the garden––as part of our 2020 Virtual Programming!

The Somerville Community Growing Center remains committed to our mission of building local community through ecological and multicultural educational programming this summer, as ever. Although we're unable to host public events at the garden right now, we are pleased to continue our free programming by sharing it with you online. We will be posting virtual garden tours, as well as music and wellness videos! And we're excited to announce the first of our offerings: Wellness in the Garden: Qigong with Martha Oesch! The Growing Center is delighted to welcome back Martha, a certified Qigong instructor, for two virtual sessions that were filmed at the garden. Qigong is a centuries-old practice,

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