Everett Community Growers Meet to Envision a Sculptural Garden along Northern Strand Community Trail

On a snowy afternoon in Everett, MA, more than a dozen community members gathered to discuss a proposed public art and urban agriculture project. Hosted by MAPC’s Arts & Culture Team and ECG, with support from the City of Everett, residents shared their hopes and vision for the upcoming project along the Northern Strand Community Trail. With a working title of “Everett Earthworks” (to be officially named by the community) this sculptural garden would serve as artwork, recreational green space, and space for food production.

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The site design features circular garden beds and paths that represent ripples created by a water drop hitting the surface of water. A vertical element in the center of the garden represents the water drop, and it will feature portraits of community members and their food stories. The metaphor is that when people share their stories and grow food together, it will create a ripple effect, and more people will become involved in community gardening. *Which is what we all want!*

The “ripples” are curved garden mounds made from burying Christmas trees and branches in compost and topsoil. This method of garden construction is called “Hugelkultur” and is a great way to use tree debris to create a self-fertilizing system that requires little water once established. The community discussed planting these hugelmounds with crops that are harder to grow in small garden plots: cut flowers to attract pollinators, pumpkins, squashes, corn, herbs, and berries, for instance.

looking at designThe meeting, held in both Spanish and English, drew families and participants of all ages. MAPC’s Artist in Residence, Carolyn Lewenberg, introduced the preliminary concept and designs to the group and discussed the larger vision for the project. Participants were asked to provide feedback on the design, current use and accessibility of the site. Community growers discussed how the proposed garden could connect with other community gardens in Everett. The group shared thoughts about soil quality, watering plans, storage, meals they’d like to cook with their new produce, the challenges of currently neglected space, and the benefits that a new green space would provide.

Along the walls, Lewenberg displayed designs, as well as key questions about community benefits and impacts upon which participants shared their perspectives. One such question read: “What kinds of activities do you think would bring people together in this space?” Ideas that were generated included musical events, planting events, gatherings to pull weeds and harvest, path cleanups, lunches with food grown in the gardens, workshops, and kid’s events. Other questions generated important feedback with regards to equity, resilience, community ownership, and creating opportunities for families to be engaged.

Organizers plan to take the design feedback into consideration and present a revised design in January. Organizers are also planning community garden raising events in March and April, and will regroup after the growing season in October to ask similar questions to compare residents’ initial thoughts on the project, and assess progress made.

The Everett Earthworks project is intended to advance the City of Everett’s 2017 Open Space and Recreation Plan update, as well as a Community Food Assessment currently underway through Everett Community Growers, the City of Everett, and MAPC. Key partners in the Earthworks project also include the UMass Boston (UMB) School for the Environment and the Trotter Institute. This project is made possible with a technical assistance grant from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and with in-kind support from the City of Everett and Everett Community Growers.

Contact us for more information or to become involved in the new project! Reach us at everettcommunitygrowers@gmail.com.


Kombit Screening on Sunday July 17

Please join us Sunday, July 17 at Noon at the Connolly Center (90 Chelsea St) for a screening of Kombit: The Cooperative.

About the film: Once known as the richest agricultural country in the Caribbean, Haiti has been wracked by instability and natural disasters. Decades of decline have taken their toll on Haiti’s people, and today the country is 98% deforested with little of its once prosperous agricultural industry enduring. When Timberland commits to creating a sustainable intervention in Haiti that will lead to 5 million trees in 5 years, they work to find partners that understand the harsh realities of aid work but share the vision to build something sustainable. Over the course of 5 years, we follow Timberland’s support of a nascent partnership between a Haitian agronomist and a former NGO leader that commit to empowering communities of farmers to plant millions of trees while improving their crop yields. As the end of Timberland’s financial support approaches, SFA’s leaders race to develop new markets and opportunities for Haitian farmers that will endure and ensure a sustainable, greener future.

See the trailer here:

KOMBIT: THE COOPERATIVE (TRAILER) from Impact Farming on Vimeo.

Volunteers Needed at NSCF!

Join us to grow food at the Northern Strand Community Farm (located at the intersection of West. St. and Wellington St. in Everett!) Generally, volunteer days at the farms will take place:

  • Tuesday evenings from 5 PM-6:30 PM
  • Thursday afternoons from 2 PM-4 PM
  • Saturday mornings from 10 AM-12 PM

Check out the calendar tab for complete information!

Volunteer tasks include planting, watering, weeding, helping with the compost, helping with deliveries to the food pantry, and more! We’re SO excited about NSCF and we hope to see you there!

Food Day Celebration and Storytelling Success!

Thanks to everyone who celebrated Food Day on Saturday, October 24 with us at Common Ground Coffee Roasters! The event was a great success, and we were so excited to see many familiar faces showing up to support local food and urban agriculture in Everett.


Residents who attended the event were able to pin a map to select their preferred site for our new farm:

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Many residents and growers also shared their stories with Tufts students for a video project being completed for a Food Justice course. And finally, we gave away amazing local apples and a gift basket which was raffled off! Thanks to everyone who attended and we hope to see you again next summer at our new farm!

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Food Day 2015: Everett Community Growers to Host Storytelling Event at Common Ground Coffee Roasters


Join ECG at Common Ground Coffee Roasters (1727 Revere Beach Parkway in Everett) from 10AM-2PM on Saturday, October 24th to share your food stories with ECG, enter a raffle for an AMAZING gift basket, learn about the future of urban agriculture in Everett, and more! ECG wants to know how residents in Everett envision the future of community gardening and urban agriculture. Come share in the fun and invite your friends to stop by in celebration of Food Day!

RSVP here (optional):  http://www.foodday.org/eknink/everett_community_growers_food_storytelling

ECG Is a Finalist in the #GardensforGood Contest!


Dear Supporters,

Thank you all so much for your support over the last two weeks – we finished 6th in the ‪#‎GardensforGood‬ contest, allowing us to become a finalist for an important grant! Keep your fingers crossed for ECG over the next month or so- if we are selected from the six finalists, we will be able to build a new garden next year to grow organic produce for food pantries in Everett!

As many of you know, Everett has an extremely high need for urban gardening, as demonstrated by our wait list and data from several research projects. We are truly amazed by the support shown by the community over the past year and throughout this contest, as we were up against some very well-established organizations!

We can’t wait to get folks off the wait list for garden plots and we are anticipating a great finish to the season this year and an even better season next year! None of this would have been possible without your votes and we deeply appreciate your support for a healthier Everett. Thanks especially to Everett Farmers’ Market, Mayor Carlo DeMaria,Everett Community Health Partnership, Everett Community Television and Energize Everett!

Wish us luck in phase 2 of the grant selection process!


Everett Community Growers

Schedule for Educational Workshops

ECG will host educational workshops in English and Spanish at Tremont Street on Saturdays at noon, starting on June 13th. At Florence Street, the workshops will take place on Wednesdays at 6 PM, starting June 10th.

June 24/June 27

Herb Spiral Construction

July 1 (No Workshop July 4)

Rainwater Harvesting

July8/July 11

Companion Planting

July 15/July 18

Seed Saving 1: Collecting Seeds and Drying

July 22/July 25

Seed Saving 2: Wet Fermentation and Storage

July 29/August 1

Seed Saving 3: Germination Testing

August 12/August 15

Repropagating Onions and Celery

August 19/August 22

Canning and Preserving the Harvest

August 26/August 29

Crop Rotation in a Raised Bed

September 2/September 5

Caring for Chickens

Join us in either garden to learn more about how to take care of our community together!

Please contact ECG Education Coordinator Emily Nink with any questions regarding the workshops. Emily can be reached via email at everettcommunitygrowers@gmail.com.

Community Gardens at Tremont Street and Florence Street will Open on May 30, 2015

Everett Community Growers will host opening day events at both Florence Street and Tremont Street on Saturday, May 30, 2015. Gardeners will come together to participate in compost setup, garden painting, and bulletin board construction. There’s a lot of activity at both community gardens, and opening day activities will carry this momentum forward to start the season off with a bang! ECG members can join in the festivities and community building at 10:00 AM at Florence Street or at 12:00 PM at Tremont Street.

Gardeners will also discuss ongoing educational activities that will occur throughout the summer, which will include workshops on composting, seed saving, herb spiral construction, and more!

Los Jardineros Comunitarios de Everett van a acoger eventos para un día de apertura, en los jardines de la calle Florence y también en la calle Tremont, en el 30 de may de 2015. Los jardineros se reunirán para participar en la construcción de compost, pintura del jardín, y la construcción de tablones de anuncios. ¡Hay mucha actividad en los dos jardines comunitarias, y las actividades del día de apertura será llevar este impulso hacia adelante para comenzar la temporada con una explosión! Miembros del ECG pueden unirse a la fiesta y construcción de la comunidad a las 10:00 AM en la calle Florence, o a las 12:00 PM en la calle Tremont. 

Jardineros también discutirán actividades educativas en curso que se producirán a lo largo del verano, que incluirá talleres sobre compostaje, el ahorro de semillas, construcción de espiral de hierbas, y mucho más!