The Somerville Family Learning Collaborative Offers Outdoor Playgroups at the Growing Center
Bundled up in jackets, snow pants, gloves, boots, and of course masks, young children and their grown-ups enter through the Growing Center gate ready for the week’s SFLC Playgroup. Children find the bag with their name on it, which contains their own shovel and pail for our time together (with more materials added each week), plus a maraca and dance scarf for circle time. Then they’re off to explore the garden and play safely with their grown-ups and their new or old friends,
Tomoko Iwamoto and 440 Bring Swing Back to the Garden!
Tomoko Iwamoto and her gypsy jazz ensemble, 440, are certain to sweeten your Valentine’s Day! “Yo-Ki Swing” was recorded live at the Growing Center in July 2020 as part of our Summer Music Series, through a grant from the Somerville Arts Council. Please note everyone wearing a mask! Yes, due to COVID, our 2020 music series became virtual––but the pandemic did not dampen the spirits of our musicians. Tomoko & 440 will get your toes tapping! You might even recognize our garden
Winter-Sowing with DIY Milk Jug Greenhouses!
Where Upcycling and Gardening Meet! With the cold and snow, it’s easy to think of February and March as a quiet time in the garden, but now is actually the perfect time to get a head start on planting, AKA winter-sowing. You don’t need any grow lights, just a sunny outdoor spot and some clear milk jugs to be transformed into mini greenhouses that can used to germinate seeds of hardy cool season plants like kale, broccoli, and peas, natives like milkweed and joe pyeweed, and f