Community Gardens in Somerville
The Conservation Commission initiated and oversees the City's Community Garden program. The Commission helps establish new gardens, hires a city-wide garden coordinator and establishes policies for the gardens. Currently, the City has 11 active gardens shown on the map below. The Commission administers the Conservation Fund that can accept donations for the assistance with gardens and plantings in the City.
Community Garden Volunteer Coordinator Sought: Apply Now
The City of Somerville has an opening for our citywide Community Garden Coordinator position. In this role, you will be the liaison between each of the 11 Community Gardens and the City. The role receives a $500 annual stipend paid quarterly.
Full responsibilities include:
- Maintain the application, waitlist, and renewal processes with assistance from the Conservation Agent
- Support Garden Coordinators as appropriate, for example by assisting with the infraction process, performing spot-checks for maintenance at gardens, and assisting with communications with city staff as necessary
- Attend Spring and Fall cleanup events at gardens, when possible
- Send out online season summary form to garden coordinators and report to the Conservation Commission regarding feedback
If you have any questions or are interested, please feel free to contact:
Conservation Agent, Deputy Tree Warden
Please spread the word to fellow Somerville Garden Enthusiast who may be interested.
Lincoln Park Community Garden opened in 2018 with 20 garden plots, including four raised beds and four ADA accessible beds.
How does it work?
Each garden is managed by one or more volunteer Garden Coordinators. Coordinators assign plots, help gardeners get seeds and compost, and provide information and advice to those who want it. Garden plots are available on a first-come-first-served basis. If no plot is available, your name may be added to a "wait list". Gardeners are charged a nominal fee and asked to sign a letter of agreement recognizing the cities rights and the gardener's responsibilities.
How do I apply for a garden plot?
To apply for a community garden plot you can fill out an online application form, or download and print the application form. Please keep in mind that the community garden program is an extremely popular program, and waitlists can be quite long.
Community Gardener Resources
- Community Garden Manual
- Somerville Community Garden Plot Renewal Form
- Somerville Community Garden Plot Application Form
Who do I contact?
If you have any questions about applying for a plot or the community garden program in general please send an e-mail to email@example.com
The Somerville Community Growing Center
The Somerville Community Growing Center is much more than a Community Garden. Situated on a ¼ acre of gently sloped hillside near Union Square, the site has become the center for both environmental education and cultural performances in Somerville. Initiated in 1994, it is a model for urban land use and collaboration between city government and local non-profit and community agencies. This urban oasis was designed and built by local residents and is maintained by volunteers.
A volunteer group, the Friends of the Community Growing Center, coordinates a full season of concerts and other events open to the public, in addition to educational programming. The Friends recruit and train the Center’s volunteers and also raise the funds to support all programming.
The Center provides a hands-on learning environment for local youth to learn about the natural world, science, community service and cultural issues. After school programs are offered during the fall and spring, and there is a spring vacation camp, in collaboration with local elementary schools, such as the Cummings School. Teachers from Cummings and the High School use this space as an outdoor classroom to support a wide range of educational programs.
The Center has garnered widespread recognition, including a 1995 National Garden Association Youth Garden Award, and a community garden award from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. A number of local, state, and national conferences have featured the Somerville Community Growing Center - which has provided the inspiration for innovative garden programming throughout the United States.
For current programming at the Community Growing Center, go to: www.thegrowingcenter.org.
School Yard Gardens
Groundwork Somerville and the Somerville School Department run an active schoolyard garden program. For more information see the Groundwork Somerville website at www.groundworksomerville.org.
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