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Behind the Scenes: Spring Volunteering

Spring Volunteering at The Grommet

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Last Friday we had the pleasure of volunteering at the Somerville Community Growing Center, a local community space and garden. The site has become a 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 nonprofit and community agencies. This urban oasis was designed and built by local residents and is maintained by volunteers.
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I have to say I am proud to work at a company that supports the local community with actions - not just words. This volunteer event kicked off The Grommet's volunteering initiative, where we spend some work-time helping our local community throughout the year. Our first go at it was very successful:
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We sanded and painted the woodshed (designed and built by local students!)
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Spring Volunteering at The Grommet
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We learned how to properly use (and hold) garden tools...
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Spring Volunteering at The Grommet
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We stacked wood into giant piles... (harder than it looks, trust us...)
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Spring Volunteering at The Grommet

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We practiced our teamwork....
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Spring Volunteering at The Grommet

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We did some dancing (trivia: the straw used to cover up the ground after grass seeding is meant to keep the birds from easily finding the seeds).

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Spring Volunteering at The Grommet

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Although this photo does not do our work justice, we raked, collected compostable leaves, gathered and separated out uncompostable tree seed pods, aerated the soil, planted grass seeds, and covered them with straw. We crossed our fingers for rain (it worked!).

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Spring Volunteering at The Grommet

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All in all, our wonderful volunteer guides Kim and Lisa told us we were super efficient (in true Grommet style...). Well, besides maybe the Girl Scouts....

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Spring Volunteering at The Grommet

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Many thanks to The Growing Center for having us, teaching us, and for all that they do for the community. The Grommet was proud to lend a few hands and can't wait to do it again soon.

 

 

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