Ongoing Opportunities:


The Growing Center offers many flexible and relaxing opportunities to volunteer time and skills, both outdoors and indoors, even if your schedule is unpredictable! Some are ongoing and open to everyone, and others are best suited for volunteers who have attended one of our volunteer orientations.

We use our newsletter to announce general, all-inclusive volunteer opportunities, as well as upcoming free programming events, and volunteer orientations. To sign up, go here.

Volunteer Orientations are held second Saturday and fourth Tuesday of the month. Sign up here!

Check Out all the Opportunities with the Growing Center in 2022!


Beyond Permaculture: An invitation for Reflection & Strategies for Regeneration  Saturday, August 20: 1:30-3:30 pm
This event, to be held at the Somerville Community Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave. (alternative site TBD if weather is a factor) is open to all who want to be more involved in the Growing Center's strategic planning process and vision as we build out a long-term plan for growth. The recent renovation design and implementation process at the Somerville Community Growing Center was guided by Permaculture principles, both socially and ecologically - that is, a "creative design process based on whole-systems thinking informed by ethics and design principles." See more at Here.

We will review these principles and spend time together exploring how well are we doing and where do we go from here? What does it take to sustain sustainability? Volunteers, Friends and partners are invited to join with members of the Friends of the Community Growing Center’s Strategic Planning Committee and Terra Cura Inc for a guided opportunity for reflection and thinking forward to the future.
Facebook event here.
Please RSVP here or email Lisa at

Join Us for August Work Days
Want to garden in community and learn about the Growing Center and our community herb project? Feel free to join any of our August work days. All are drop-in except where noted. 
Thursday, August 11, 5:30-7:00 pm: Please RSVP, space is limited! Come work in the herb/flower garden and learn more about our community herb projects and how you can help. 
Saturday, August 27, 9:00-11:30 am 

Volunteer Group Work Day Visit - Co-hosts Needed!
Join with Lisa to host students from Tufts and BU for Site work projects (preserving wooden elements like benches, storage and pergola, barn related repairs, other garden work as needed.) Co-host would work with a small group of students on a selected task.
Monday, August 29: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Thursday, September 1: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Contact Lisa at if interested and/or have questions.

Wanted: Nature Materials! Like to go on long walks and collect pinecones, sticks and bark? Going to the beach and coming home with too many shells? We are looking for YOUR nature materials for making Fairy Houses! Flyer here

Volunteer at the Gathering of the Fairies!
Saturday, September 24: Two-hour shifts vary from 1:00-6:00 pm  
Tasks: Set-up Crew, Greeter, Raffle Ticket seller, Wand Making Assistants, Story Readers, Face Painters, Clean-up Crew. Contact to sign up: Betsy,

Volunteer hosts Needed! Tasks: Hosts open up the garden, set up FCGC table, welcome performers and guests, track and report attendance. Requires showing up generally 30 min prior and staying to wrap up after. Contact to sign up: Morgan,  

Event Name: The People of Tables to Farms: Food Access Perspectives
Date: Wednesday, August 17
Shift: 5:30-7:45 pm

Event Name: Modular On The Spot
Date: Sunday, August 21 (Rain Date August 28)
Shift: 2:30-6:15 pm (can be two shifts)

Event Name: Somerville as Muse Poetry Reading
Date: Friday, September 9
Shift: 3:30-6:15 pm

Strategic Planning Team
Weekly meetings, times vary, for background work towards development of a strategic planning process and desired outcomes to lead the Center into the next 5-10 years, with shared commitment to the renewed mission, vision and values. Contact Lisa at