Food For Thought

garden programs 2020

Due to social distancing guidelines, workshops will be videotaped and shared on our YouTube channel until we are safely able to meet in person.

  • Friday, April 24: Planting Day. View the videos made by our farmer Dani as she removes the winter cover, conditions and fertilizes the soil, and sows seeds and plants seedlings.
  • Saturday, May 30: Trellising and Thinning 
  • Saturday, June 13: Summer Crop Planting
  • Thursday, July 16: Maintain, Harvest, Plant, and Learn. Learn how garlic is harvested and processed, and ways to control garden pests such as aphids, leaf miners, and birds. We'll be harvesting lettuces and herbs and planting new summer crops too.
  • Wednesday, August 5: Maintain, Harvest, Plant, and Learn. In this workshop, we enjoy a visit from a Very Hungry Caterpillar, learn the superpower of fish emulsion for giving seedlings a strong start, discover why our broccoli grew so small, learn a cool technique to harvest baby lettuces, learn how to prune our staked tomatoes for max production, and more.
  • Wednesday, September 2: Maintain, Harvest, Plant, and Learn. 
  • Thursday, September 17: Maintain, Harvest, Plant, and Learn.
  • October workshops, dates TBA: Maintain, Harvest, Winterize, and plan for Garden 2021!

For more information about the SPL's Food For Thought urban gardening initiative, contact Meg at

The Somerville Public Library’s Food for Thought urban gardening initiative started in April 2019 with a federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. Our mission is to engage Somerville residents’ interest in gardening and urban agriculture, to develop their capacity to garden at home in containers and the small green spaces available in our community, and to promote and teach health and wellness through lectures and hands-on experiences. Programming is anchored by two raised bed teaching gardens installed on the library lawn and will include gardening and cooking workshops and activities for all ages throughout the 2020 growing season.

Check out this mini-documentary of highlights from our first growing season, courtesy of our community partners, the Somerville Media Center.

urban agriculture workshop

Friends of the Somerville Public Library


This workshop series is made possible with funding by the Friends of the Somerville Public Library.