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July 20, 2020

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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 P...

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 mes...

We are excited––and grateful––to announce that the Growing Center is able to resume some limited Open Hours! This spring and summer, we have missed sharing the site with you, and are excited to welcome you back into the space to enjoy the greenery, fresh air, and local...

The Friends of the Community Growing Center's Fundraising Committee is delighted to report that as of May 31, our fundraising totals for the month were a whopping $868––PLUS the $500 gift that the month's campaign was meant to match. Thank you to all of our generous fr...

May 28, 2020

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The first week that school was cancelled, my six year-old son, Danny, and I were hanging out in our yard one sunny morning with his two younger siblings. Looking around the yard and trying to think happy thoughts about spring, we decided to write some riddles for his c...

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"

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May 1, 2020

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Lines at the store. Bare produce shelves. Empty frozen foods aisles. This is our reality now––or at least, it was for a few weeks. For those of us who actually enjoyed food shopping before, it's turned into nothing but a huge stress on our lives, a chore that takes up...

April 24, 2020

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Look up! See it? That tall, tall pine tree in someone’s front yard? (This one’s on Hamlet Street.)


Somerville has lots of tall, tall pine trees. Once you spot one, you’ll start to see these beauties all over town!

Take a look out your window, or go out on a Tree Hunt...

April 11, 2020

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The day after St. Patrick's Day, while my three kids watched their morning cartoons during our first week of cancelled school, I was catching up on my email and saw that some neighbors up on Prospect Hill had collaborated to put rainbows in their windows. A wonderful c...

April 6, 2020

This is the second year I have sprouted seeds indoors. It is truly the most magnificent way to beat the winter blues and look forward to spring! 

Here is the very first sprout coming out of the soil this year. It’s a “Guy” tomato (a variety grown by long time Growing Ce...

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Somerville Family Learning Collaborative Brings Storytime to the Garden

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