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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...

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...

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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A big THANK YOU to all of our wonderful friends and supporters, because last month, we not only succeeded in matching the $500 gift we received, but we MORE than DOUBLED it!

Thanks to all of you, in the month of April we raised $1,101, and this is in addition to the $50...

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 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...

January 13, 2020

It may be cold outside, but don't forget that the Growing Center can be enjoyed all year round! For folks interested in visiting the site this winter, we've put together some information to help guide your use of the grounds.

Winter Use Guidelines at the Growing Center:
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December 12, 2019

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In early November we spent time at the Growing Center harvesting all the still-producing tomatoes and herbs that wouldn’t survive the frost that was on the way. We raked leaves, cleaned the raised bed, coiled up the hoses, and put them out of the way for the winter.

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October 23, 2019

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The middle of Autumn, when we're busy harvesting the last produce from our garden, is a great time to start growing mushrooms. One of the most accessible ways to enjoy mushrooms before winter is to grow Oyster mushrooms on leaf litter. I started a leaf litter mushroom...

October 3, 2019

On Thursday, September 19th, Tyler the Turtle climbed to his new home at the top of the Growing Center. Tyler was sculpted and cemented by Somerville artist Emily Bhargava and tiled by more than 100 community members at fall events, summer playgroups, and other summer...

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Somerville Family Learning Collaborative Brings Storytime to the Garden

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