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Urban Archaeology Summer 2016

This summer, in collaboration with the National Park Service, Groundwork Lawrence will add a new and exciting program to our ranks! The Urban Archaeology Corps (UAC) is an innovative project that will engage 8 Lawrence young adults, ages 16 - 24 in exploring urban cultural heritage and archaeology within the National Park Service and the Greater Lawrence community. This new program not only provides five weeks of paid work for Lawrence young adults but also provides hands-on professional training and exploration of archaeology as a career.

Free Spring Classes offered by Groundwork Lawrence


Snow on the first Monday of spring in 2016? Goodness gracious, doesn’t the weather know how busy we are here at Groundwork Lawrence.

This spring, we are so excited to have a variety of FREE classes for the public to take! We just had an incredibly popular cooking class where we invited budding chefs to share, learn, and create something marvelous! (Next one is on April 16- paella!)

Not my Mother's Vegetable Stock

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I’m looking at a vegetable stock that may smell, taste and cook like it came from my mother’s kitchen, but it certainly doesn’t look like it did. It’s purple.

Let’s back up. There I am, a little into my eighth week of service at Groundwork Lawrence, when Maria Natera, our Healthy Living Programs Manager, reminded me that Farmer Dave had brought our first CSA share, the drop-off conveniently located downstairs.

I had heard about CSA programs before, and given that I’m a somewhat recent college grad whose interest in food has only recently upgraded past ramen and Doritos, I signed up because a. fresh food is allegedly good for you, b. my mother made sure I knew how to chop vegetables and c. GWL pays for my share as a benefit for my service.


Posted: Sunday, April 26, 2015 12:15 am - By Lisa Kashinsky

LAWRENCE — For Lawrence resident Sarai Concepcion and her 8-year-old daughter, Michelle Delacruz, cleaning up Campagnone Common on Saturday was both a bonding experience and a chance to better their community.

“It starts from family and education and the first thing we need to do is educate our kids so we can have a better planet,” Concepcion said.

Local groups win grants that support region's sense of place

Posted: Sunday, April 26, 2015 2:00 am - By Terry Date

LAWRENCE — At the spring gathering of the Essex National Heritage Commission at the Everett Mills, 150 guests celebrate the region’s strong sense of place and the award-winning projects that enhance that dynamic.

Daylight streamed through tall windows at the Thursday morning event and brightened the sturdy hardwood floor that factory workers once trod. The long, wide room with a high ceiling smelled of brick and wood and looked spacious enough for a basketball game.

Cleanup set for Saturday in Lawrence aims for 2,000 volunteers

Posted: Thursday, April 23, 2015 12:07 am | Eagle Tribune

LAWRENCE — The city hopes to attract up to 2,000 volunteers to participate in its Comcast Cares Day cleanup throughout the city Saturday.

The event is staged by Groundwork Lawrence and Comcast, with the support of Mayor Daniel Rivera.

Last year, 1,200 volunteers came out to clean Lawrence. This year, Mayor Rivera is hoping to increase that number to 2,000.