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September 22, 2020

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The Growing Center has a new song! “Growing at the Growing Center” was written especially for us by the Salvadoran singer, Maura Mendoza.

Maura is known in our community for her beautiful voice and fun shows. Whether she is singing in English, Spanish, Portuguese, or Hi...

September 17, 2020

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I want to share some pictures and stories with you from my "Art en Plein Air" class with Parts and Crafts. We had such a wonderful time at the Somerville Growing Center for the month of August. 

The kids loved spending their mornings surrounded by the beauty of the gard...

September 4, 2020

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Hi Growing Center friends! My name is Eidy and I work as a Head Start Education Specialist and Teacher's Coach and––as of recently––a Children’s Yoga Teacher.

I love practicing mindfulness!!! I had noticed its wonderful effects on my own life and feelings. "WOW!!!" I t...

August 17, 2020

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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 ask...

August 13, 2020

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...

July 23, 2020

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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, the...

May 13, 2020

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We asked the poets who have been part of the Growing Center's Poetry in the Garden reading series for poems, either their own or by others, to help get us through these uncertain times. Here are a few:

Susan Donnolly offered one of her own poems:

"A Morning Moon"

is m...

For more than a quarter century, the Growing Center has been dedicated to engaging the full population of Somerville, with a focus on children and youth, in providing an open and welcoming green space dedicated to nature education, urban agriculture, and community enga...

March 30, 2020

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A week ago, not long after Somerville got directions to stay put in our homes, I looked out my kitchen window and saw my neighbors on the front porch banging on pots and pans. I opened my window (at a safe distance of 6 feet) and asked them, “What are you doing?”


January 16, 2020

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This week, Lauren Evans from The Monarch Studio dropped off a mud kitchen for the preschool groups that have been visiting this winter to use. Lauren has been designing mud kitchens and sensory bins for several years now. She also runs arts classes for kids using her b...

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Maura Mendoza is "Growing at the Growing Center!"

September 22, 2020

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September 17, 2020

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22 Vinal Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

Mailing Address: P. O. Box 76

Somervillle, MA 02143


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