Save the Date! 2009 Spicket River Cleanup is September 19


This will be our 8th Annual Cleanup and we're looking forward to the day that is not only trash pick-up but a celebration of the Spicket River and the wonderful parks that are on it.

You can check out some of the parks on the Spicket River Greenway here!

Last year we received amazing support from Jackson Lumber and have many tools, trash bags, and gloves for use at the Cleanup, but we still need additional support and manpower. If you are interested in Supporting the Cleanup in any way, please call me at the office or you can make your donation on our website here.

If you are interested in Sponsoring the Cleanup in a bigger way, please call Kathryn or Heather at the office!

Thanks so far go out to SoBe and Covanta Energy for supporting the Cleanup.

There are just too many vegetables!

So there are not too many vegetables, or fruits, today in the CSA share, but we're pleased that Farmer Dave has brought tomatoes today for the vegetable shares. For folks with fruit shares, there are strawberries and Shiro plums. You can check out newsletters each week here and check out a picture of the CSA share on our Flickr page!

GWL and Fresh Food

Last week the Boston Globe published an article highlighting CSA programs and specifically Farmer Dave. A quote from Farmer Dave from the article: “It was about growing what was needed, not wasting, and working within natural forces to determine what is harvested,’’ he said. You can read the entire article here. (MS Word).

Also, this past weekend Janel and I attended and spoke at the Northeast Organic Farming Association Summer Conference. Our workshop (titled Overcoming the Affordability Barrier: Connecting Low-Income People to Fresh Food) was attended by approximately 30 individuals who all had a mix of experience but most importantly desire to figure out how best to provide an equal opportunity for fresh, healthy food to low-income individuals in their community. You can check out our slideshow here. (pdf). What most encouraged me Saturday was the wealth of knowledge and willingness to share triumphs and challenges in the community-we look forward to further exploring and learning how to reach our neighbors with fresh healthy food.

Celebrate National Farmers Market Week!

Come on down to the Lawrence Farmers Market tomorrow August 5th! We'll be celebrating National Farmers Market Week with lots of free, fun activities to bring people over to Appleton Way: Power 800, the Spanish language radio station, will be broadcasting live from the market from 12-2pm, salsa band Los Sugar Kings will be playing from 1-2pm as part of the Live Lawrence concert series, there will be free face painting for the kids,food demos (with free samples!) featuring market produce from the UMass Extension program, and more.Items you can buy this week include: Green Beans, Corn, Beets, Cucumbers, Green Garlic, Lettuce, Scallions, Squash, zucchini, tomatoes, Parsley, Blueberries, Peaches.

Vengan para el Mercado de Granjeros mañana el 5 de Agosto! Estaremos celebrando la semana nacional de los Mercados de Granjeros con muchas actividades gratis y divertidas para traer gente para Appleton Way: Power 800, la estación de radio español, estará transmitiendo en vivo desde el mercado de 12-2pm, la banda de salsa Los Sugar Kings estará jugando de 1-2pm como parte de los serie de conciertos de Live Lawrence, habrá una pintora de cara para los niños (gratis!), demonstraciones de comida (gratis!) incorporando productos del programa de UMass Extension, y mas. Productos que se pueden comprar esta semana incluye: Habichuelas, Maiz, Remolacha, Pepino, Ajo, Lechuga, Cebollino, Calabazas, Calabacín, Tomates, Perejil, Arándanos, Melocoton.

Manchester Street Community Garden-Successful and Amazing Volunteer Build!

The tally for the day was 40 volunteers, over 10 bags of ice, 65 yards of soil, over 2300 feet of lumber, over 1000 screws and almost as many nails! There are also some uncounted donated energy drinks, gasoline trips, water runs, and recycling. Our fantastic volunteers built 26 garden beds for vegetables and joy to grow in and we thank them so much.

Special thanks go to

  • MA office of Refugees and Immigrants and the City of Lawrence Community Development Department for funding the material and supply costs.
  • Home Depot Reading for providing volunteers and rented tools free of charge as well as Home Depot Methuen for adding additional drill power to the day.
  • Tennis Lilly for extra (and much needed) generator power.
  • Heavenly Donuts for coffee and donuts in the morning.
  • Bruckman’s Lawn and Garden for plants for the beds.
  • New Balance, TRC Solutions, TEC, Community Development Department, Arlington Community Trabajando, The Plus Company, and Groundwork Lawrence Green Team for volunteer labor and all the other volunteers who worked so hard and brought their tools for use for the day, we could NOT have done it without you!



Groundwork Lawrence achieves results by engaging the community it serves in its mission. Its education programs, volunteer events and family activities are designed to foster ownership among participants in making Lawrence a safer, healthier place to live. Each year, Groundwork’s community programs attract increasing numbers of residents who are passionate about their city and doing their part to change it for the better.

Volunteer Events

Manchester Street Park-Volunteers Needed!

Come help us fill this space with a garden!

Please join us in building raised wooden garden beds at the city’s newest park-Manchester Street Park. Situated on a former municipal incinerator site (the Covanta Site) next to Malden Mills/Polartec, the bulk of the park is complete and ready for fun and all that is left is your help in building the beds!

We’re excited to have a few volunteers lined up for Tuesday, July 28 to construct community garden beds at the park site. Home Depot, Reading will be providing some tools and volunteers and through funding from the MA Office of Refugees and Immigrants and the City’s Community Development Department we have funding to buy the materials to build the beds and a compost area.

We need volunteers though! If you can join us for the day Tuesday, July 28 from 9-5, call (978.974.0770) or emailhreff=> Kathryn.

The community garden was a happy outcome of the community meetings for the Manchester Street Park Design where residents at the meeting said they would love to garden at the park and gardeners would be regular “eyes” on the park. Some residents in the Arlington Neighborhood are currently experienced gardeners and need more healthy space to grow veggies. Due to budget constraints in the bidding, we weren’t able to construct the beds during construction but we have the space secured, prepared and with water-we just need the garden beds to fill it!

Live Lawrence! Summer Concert Series

These FREE concerts are from 5:00 – 8:00 PM at Lawrence Heritage State Park, One Jackson Street, Lawrence, MA.

  • July 15 - The Lost Soul (Rhythm & Blues, Soul and Motown), food from Clock Tower Café
  • July 30 - Essex Music Chamber Players, food by Sweeney’s
  • August 13 - Jazz in the Air, food by North End Deli
  • August 20 - Grupo Fantasia

For more information visit
food at concert series is for sale by the listed vendors

Farmers Market Concert Series Schedule
below concerts from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. at Appleton Way

  • July 15 - Burnin' Roots (reggae)
  • July 22 - Kenjisaurus
  • July 29 - Teresa Ines, Latin
  • August 5 - Los Sugar Kings, Latin
  • August 12 - Ryan Thomson, Fiddle
  • August 19 - Jandee Lee Porter, Guitar & Vocals
  • August 26 - Jeff Harrington Duo