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Somerville is offering a trade for gardening volunteers

Posted by Brock Parker  February 14, 2014 11:20 AM

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Somerville is offering to trade some gardening and chicken-keeping know-how to people willing to volunteer at local garden projects around the city.

The city and Somerville-based urban agriculture company Green City Growers are seeking applicants to participate in a program beginning this March that will train 20 residents in urban growing techniques in exchange for 30 hours of volunteer service in local garden projects.

The Urban Agriculture Ambassador program is returning this year after running as pilot program in 2013 and will be held on four consecutive Saturdays from March 29 to April 19, according to the city.

Participants will learn how to build raised garden beds, plant and harvest, troubleshoot pests and will receive an introduction to bee- and chicken-keeping.

The partnership between the city and Green City Growers seeks to share knowledge about growing food in an urban environment and increase access to healthy food and nutrition education.

The program is also seeking organizations and garden projects where the participants can volunteer their time. Last year, some of the organizations that participated in the program included The Walnut Street Center, the East Somerville Community School, The Welcome Project and The Council on Aging.

Somerville residents can apply for the program until March 10 by emailing urbanagambassadors@gmail.com or by submitting an application that can be picked up at public libraries in the city.

--brock.parker@globe.com

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