With funding from the EPA and the help of numerous volunteers, this past summer Groundwork Lawrence built twenty-one raised beds. Growing your own food in Lawrence can be a challenging activity for many residents because soil lead levels tend to be high and soil quality is low. Groundwork's Backyard Garden program alleviates this problem by building raised beds and providing a compost / loam growing medium. This enables residents to enjoy the benefits of growing their own fresh food.
For the past seven weeks a select group of young adults from Lawrence have organized a work crew to remove solid waste from the Spicket River. The Spicket River Crew has worked tirelessly to make the river a better place for people and wildlife. The project is generously funded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Natural Resources Damages Trust Fund. The Smith Family Foundation also provided funding for Groundwork to buy a truck to implement this project. Below is the first blog entry provided by crew member Santiago Reyes.
Lawrence, Its People & the Spicket River
The number of community gardeners participating in the community garden network doubled this summer. Groundwork Lawrence, working in partnership with the City of Lawrence, converted five vacant publicly owned lots into space for growing fruits and vegetables. The lots were previously dumping grounds for trash or overrun with invasive plants like Japanese Knotweed, but now they are sources of pride for the neighborhoods -- often inspiring landowners to make improvements to their own properties.
Please join us to celebrate the ribbon cutting for the Community Gardens!
August 16 at 10:00 AM at the corner of Spruce and Myrtle (Lawrence, MA...in case you were wondering!)
See you there
Massachusetts Land Initiative for Tomorrow - AmeriCorps Positions with MassLIFT at Groundwork Lawrence
Please join us for a public meeting regarding the Oxford Paper Site Park and the Spicket River Greenway. The meeting will be held at 7:00 PM on February 10 at the Lawrence Public Library (51 Lawrence Street).