Trained volunteers open the Growing Center to the public every Saturday from 9am-noon during the growing season. Open garden Saturdays are the easiest way for most people to get involved and provide an opportunity for any member of the community, from child to adult, the help maintain the space.
Somerville High School students played a key role in the creation of the Growing Center. Youth events, such as Open Mics, Poetry Readings, and Art Exhibitions, strive to continue to engage Somerville’s young adults in the Growing Center’s space.
Union Square Farmers Market
The Union Square Farmers Market provides an opportunity to bridge the concept of where the food we eat comes from. Participation in the Farmers Market allows volunteers to harvest food grown at the growing center and sell it at a local market. Union Square is within walking distance and it allows our food to be labeled as “ultra-local”. This is a great opportunity to bring awareness to adults and children alike about the availability of locally grown food and how they can do more with the bounty of their own gardens. For local residents, it can be a fun experience in entrepreneurship that may not be regularly available.
In 2010, Seniors were provided an opportunity to come to the SCGC every Saturday from June to September. Free transportation was provided every Saturday to get any interested seniors from the Somerville Home to the garden to participate. If you are interested in coordinating this program, email firstname.lastname@example.org.