Videos from the Massachusetts Gubernatorial Forum 2010

On June 29th, Groundwork Lawrence proudly sponsored the 2010 Massachusetts Gubernatorial Forum on Energy and the Environment. Click here to watch videos of what the Gubernatorial Candidates had to say about their views on important environmental and energy-related issues!

Presentation of ideas-West End of Essex Street


Announcing a presentation at City Council Tuesday July 6 of ideas for the West End of Essex Street. Groundwork Lawrence was approached by Sasaki Associates, an interdisciplinary planning and design firm that finds solutions based on rigorous analysis, economic realism, environmental responsibility, and cultural awareness, to “donate” their summer interns for a 2-week charrette and visioning exercise in Lawrence.

The interns of Sasaki Associates worked with the City of Lawrence and Groundwork Lawrence on this 2-week charrette with a goal is to produce a preliminary land use master plan that offers a new vision for the West End of Essex Street, which can serve as a framework for potential funding opportunities from Massachusetts.

Their Master Plan for the West Essex Street Area focuses on engaging community, enhancing natural
systems, and galvanizing an economic renaissance
in the area adjacent to downtown Lawrence.

We hope to see you at the final presentation! Tuesday July 6th at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers.

About the intern program at Sasaki:
The interns will be worked with direction from Sasaki staff representing all of their disciplines. In previous years, Sasaki has had between 9-14 interns working for them and supervised by staff in landscape architecture, architecture, urban planning/design, civil engineering, and environmental graphics.
During the 2-week period Sasaki Associates works with the host city (in the last 2 years it was Quincy and Newton) to study urban issues related to planning, architecture, landscape design, open space, engineering, and infrastructure. The interns work with direction from Sasaki professional staff while engaging residents and leaders in a study of a small, discrete portion of a community.

Please contact Kathryn with any questions.

4th of July Fireworks & Festivities at the Stadium

The 4th of July is an excellent opportunity for members of the community to have a good time enjoying a family oriented celebration at the stadium. Don't miss out of the City of Lawrence's Fireworks display, the gates open at 1pm and the fireworks start at 9pm! Please read this flyer to learn more.


Farm Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, Baked Goods, and Handmade Arts and Crafts
Now Available Three Days a Week at Locations Throughout the City

Lawrence, MA July 1, 2010 – The Lawrence Farmers Market will celebrate its 16th season this summer with two new days and two new locations around the city. Lawrence’s favorite farmers, food and crafts vendors will return to the markets again this year, as well as a new crop of fruit and vegetable growers and local bakers, creating healthy shopping and eating venues and lively gathering places for the entire community. Beginning July 6th, McGovern Train Station at 211 Merrimack Street will host a Tuesday evening market from 4:00-7:30 PM. Starting Saturday the 10th a third market be open from 9:00 – 1:00 at the Park St. Greater Lawrence Family Health Center’s new parking lot at the corner of Park and Lawrence Streets. Of course, our Wednesday market is continuing and will take place every Wednesday from 9:00 – 4:00 at Appleton Way, between Essex and Common Streets and next to City Hall.

The Lawrence Farmers Markets feature fresh, locally grown produce, honey, baked goods and eggs, handmade jewelry and accessories, and healthy prepared foods from returning vendors Boston Hill Farm of North Andover, Brox Farm of Dracut, Riverdale Farm of Groton, Clock Tower Café of Lawrence, and S & C Exchange of Lawrence. New to the market this season is Roma’s Bakery, offering freshly baked breads, pies, cookies, and rolls as well as Johnson’s Highland View Farm of Windham, NH and Nagog Fruitters of Littleton, MA.

Market operator Groundwork Lawrence, a local non-profit organization focused on creating healthy communities, aims to make the markets accessible to all. As in previous years, the market accepts EBT cards (SNAP/food stamps), as well as WIC and Senior Farmers Market-specific coupons, debit and all credit cards. The Lawrence Farmers Markets were also chosen as one of five markets in Massachusetts to pilot acceptance of the new WIC cash-value vouchers, offering WIC recipients the chance to use their monthly fruit and vegetable checks on nutritious and locally-grown produce for their families. In an effort to ensure that Lawrence residents who are eligible for food stamps are receiving benefits, Groundwork Lawrence will offer SNAP eligibility screening at the market. In addition, WIC, the UMass Nutrition Extension Program, and MassHealth will host tables at the market where shoppers can receive bi-lingual information about nutrition and health, and the Frost Foundation of Lawrence will feature local artists and cultural happenings around the city. We also look forward to hosting Greater Lawrence Family Health Center health staff at different markets throughout the season.

“The Farmers Market provides a healthy shopping alternative for all Greater Lawrence residents,” said Janel Wright, program manager at Groundwork Lawrence. “We are committed to making the market a place where convenience, value, and accessibility combine to make it easy for residents to incorporate more fresh fruits and vegetables into their diets and to build good eating habits for themselves and their families.”

Farmer Dave Dumaresq of Brox Farms stated, “We are excited to be in Lawrence again this year for the 11th season and the opportunity to join the Saturday market. Each year, we look forward to seeing our old friends and meeting new ones, bringing the special vegetables like Rosita eggplant and calabasa squash that our customers have asked us for, and learning about what they want for next season. It’s this intimate relationship with our customers that makes our jobs so fulfilling and all the hard work of farming so worthwhile.”

The Lawrence Farmers Market is sponsored in part by Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, Rumbo, MA Dept. of Agricultural Resources, and the Bank of America and New Balance Foundations. For information about the Lawrence Farmers Markets vendors and special events, visit

The Lawrence Farmers Markets are operated by Groundwork Lawrence, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Groundwork Lawrence has been making change happen in Lawrence, Massachusetts since 2001. Through its environmental and open space improvements, community food programs, youth education and employment initiatives, and community programming and events, Groundwork Lawrence creates the building blocks of a healthy community, and empowers Lawrence residents to improve their quality of life. Groundwork Lawrence is an affiliate of Groundwork USA.

What: More access to fresh, healthy, delicious local fruits, vegetables, baked goods, jams, jellies, art, crafts, and more!

When & Where:

  • Tuesdays at McGovern Train Station, 211 Merrimack Street, 4-7:30, July 6 – Oct. 26
    • Johnson’s Highland View Farm, Windham NH
    • Nagog Fruitters, Littleton, MA
    • Clock Tower Café, Lawrence
    • S & C Exchange, Lawrence
  • Wednesdays at Appleton Way 9:00 – 4:00, July 7 – Oct. 27 (between Essex & Common Streets, next to City Hall),
    • Roma’s Bakery, Woburn
    • Boston Hill Farm, North Andover
    • Brox Farm, Dracut
    • Riverdale Farm, Groton
    • Clock Tower Café of Lawrence
    • S & C Exchange of Lawrence
  • Saturdays at 216 Lawrence Street (parking lot at the corner of Lawrence & Park Streets across from GLFHC), 9 am - 1 pm, July 10 - August 28
    • Brox Farm, Dracut
    • Riverdale Farm, Groton
    • S & C Exchange, Lawrence

Why: Because food that's grown close to home is better for you, better for your community, and better for the environment. Get some fresh produce at a great price and connect with other market-goers and with growers!
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CONTACT: Heather McMann, (978) 974-0770

City of Lawrence to Host 5th Annual Old-Fashioned 4th of July Event!

Among the many 4th of July festivities, the City of Lawrence will be hosting the 5th Annual Old-Fashioned 4th of July Event!

Schedule of Activities
11 A.M. – 12 Noon: Outdoor entertainment in Visitors Center Park by the “Sounds of Concord” barbershop quartet, face painting, and Pappy the Clown.

12 Noon: Brief Oration, Flag-Raising Ceremony, Singing of the National Anthem, Short Parade Around the Block, Reading of the Declaration of Independence and Complimentary Luncheon.

Free Raffles! Free American Flag for Every Visitor!

Farmers Markets Starting

Groundwork Lawrence is pleased to announce that the Lawrence Farmers Markets will be open for business beginning Tuesday, July 6th. This season, in addition to our market on Wednesdays at Appleton Way, we are offering new markets on Tuesdays from 4-7:30pm at the McGovern Train Station and Saturdays from 9-1 at the corner of Park and Lawrence Streets. Come check out any of our three markets to pick up fresh fruits, vegetables, breads and pies, and locally-made art and crafts. The markets are a wonderful opportunity to support local farmers while also purchasing healthy and deliciously fresh produce for you and your family! Check out our informational postcard below for important details. See you there!


Introducing Our Summer Interns!

We are proud to announce the addition of seven interns to our summer staff! Their names are Allie Evarts, John Haak, Chelsea Hogan, Wanny Munoz, Jennifer Pagan, Samantha Palazzo, and Anna Rickards. Check out our Staff page to learn more about them and what they plan to contribute to Groundwork this summer.

Partner News: LGH Red Cross Blood Drive.

The American Red Cross and Lawrence General are holding a blood drive to support the community blood supply for patients in need. Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood, and every pint donated could save up to three lives. To help this cause Lawrence General Hospital is hosting a blood drive on Thursday, July 1st from 9am-2pm in the Auditorium. The address for the hospital is 1 General Street, Lawrence, MA and we encourage you to donate. The Red Cross is urging the public to make an appointment to donate blood at this location by calling 1-800-RedCross (1-800-733-2767) or visit

First Day of CSA Pickup 2010 is a Success!

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The first day of CSA pickup was a success! On Tuesday our CSA members were greeted at pick up by an array of fresh vegetables straight from the farms. The selection included beets, radishes, peas, and a variety of greens and lettuces. We would like to thank everyone for their cooperation during this initial pickup, especially to the staff at Farmer Dave’s and Deb Gurry and her staff and at the Clock Tower Café! As the first participant in our Beets&Treats Program, Clock Tower Café, provided delicious homemade lemonade, banana bread and cranberry-walnut chicken salad for our CSA members to sample.

Many of our CSA members were curious about the Tatsoi that was included in the share pickup. To help you get an idea of how to use the Tatsoi, we have included the following tasty recipes:

Big fun at the Cronin Park Ribbon Cutting

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Thanks to everyone who was able to come to the Cronin Park Ribbon Cutting yesterday! Thank you also to the funders, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and Housing and Urban Development Community Block Grants, and supporters, The City of Lawrence, The Tarbox School and the neighbors.

We are pleased that the Tarbox School has adopted the park and will be using two of the new garden beds at the park.

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At the ribbon cutting we did sign up one new community gardener, but we still have room in those beds for community members who would like to use a bed for growing vegetables and flowers. You can contact Janel at the office if you are interested in gardening at Cronin Park.

More pictures below and on Flickr!
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