Dr. Albert F. Argenziano School Garden (garden use schedule)
Size: 444 square ft
Best thing about the garden: built into the school, south facing, water connection, visibility
Plants: Veggies on one side, herbs and flowers on other
Maintenance: Educator visits from Groundwork, summer maintenance by Groundwork Somerville Green Team and 2nd grade teacher, Jill Toce
How the garden is used: Urban Ag production for mobile market, outdoor classroom: new interest from 2nd grade teachers being fostered by Groundwork Somerville
Benjamin Brown School Garden (garden use calendar)
|A field of yummy mesclun at the Brown School!|
Best thing about the garden: It's visible from the street and school, brand new beds and a great water connection.
Plants: vegetables of all types - tomatoes, carrots, peas, beans and more!
Maintenance: Parent volunteer Shawn Szturma, Somerville Farm to School Project, and additional Brown School families throughout the summer
How is the garden used: outdoor classroom for students from the Brown School and mobile market production, when produce is available
East Somerville Community School (garden use calendar)
|ESCS garden courtyard|
Size: 896 square feet of growing space
Best thing about the garden: Size, visibility in the school
Plants: Berries, garlic, tulips, daffodils, herbs, all kinds of vegetables
Maintenance: Weekly visits by Groundwork Somerville Green Team and Middle School Garden Crew
How is it used: Teachers and students helped to plant the garden, teachers participated in professional development days to learn how use the garden as an outdoor classroom, produce sold at Somerville Mobile Market
Arthur D. Healey School (garden use calendar)Size: 800 square feet (total area), plus additional raised beds outside of garden
|Greens harvest at the Healey Garden|
Best thing about the garden: size, longevity, diversity, amphitheater, large storage shed
Plants: veggies, perennial flowers, herbs, raspberry, rhubarb, garlic
Maintenance: Community and parent volunteer support; Groundwork Somerville Educator visits, Green Team visits throughout the summer and into fall.
How is it used: Used by afterschool program, 3rd grade spring curriculum, seasonal lunchtime recess open garden days/activities; Pre-K through Grade 2 Classroom Explorations and Activities; Outdoor Classroom and Outdoor meeting space; Groundwork Somerville Green Team for Somerville's Mobile Market
John F. Kennedy School (link to blog post)
|Watering the garden|
Size: 72 square feet
Best thing about the garden: most unusually spaced, integrated with playground, raised above play area
Plants: peas, plant part beds, flowers
Maintenance: Weekly by Kennedy parent volunteers, Somerville Farm to School Project
How is it used: Kindergarten and 5th grade classes, Kennedy school families led by Emily Leadholm
Next Wave and Full Circle Alternative Schools
Size: 110 square feet (growing space only)
Best thing about the garden: Visibility, dedicated area, adjacent to new indoor hydroponic system
Plants: herbs, some veggies
Maintenance: Weekly educator visit, Summer maintenance by Green Team for Urban Ag
How is it used: Urban Ag production for mobile market, transitioning to increased use by Full Circle/Next Wave schools.
Somerville High School
Somerville High School Garden is planted, maintained and harvested by the High School's Green Club.
West Somerville Community School
Approximate size: 196 square feet (growing space only)
Best thing about the garden: Visibility from sidewalk, long-term volunteers, water access
Plants: mostly vegetables, herbs, some flowers
Maintenance: An active community group through the summer, with assistance from Groundwork Somerville's Green Team
How is it used: The Groundwork Somerville Green Team used the garden produce for Somerville's Mobile Market. Community volunteers maintain and harvest from the garden.
Winter Hill Community Innovation School (link to blog post)
|Red zinnias in the upper tot lot garden|
Size: 128 square feet (growing space only)
Best thing about the garden: visibility, integrated with play spaces
Plants: Veggies, flowers, herbs
Maintenance: Somerville Farm to School Project, Somerville Food and Nutrition Services
How is it used: PreSchool, 2nd and 3rd grade lessons led by Somerville Farm to School Project
If you have questions about a specific garden please email Karyn Novakowski, Farm to School Project Director, (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that we can put you in touch with the right people!
Photos and content provided by Karyn Novakowski, Somerville Farm to School Director, Groundwork Somerville, and garden volunteers