Earth Day 2009
In This Issue
Green Team Corner
Community Gardens
Donate to GWL
Earth Day
Chance for an Orchard!
2010 Calendar
Cronin Park Update
Green Team Corner 
GT at Blue Hills in February
Green Team Blue Hills Hike

Over the past few months we have been very excited about our new partnership with Mass Audubon. Through this partnership we have met naturalists and scientists who have come to Lawrence and really opened our eyes to the great habitat we have right here in our city. Though we don't often consider urban centers as places for great habitats for wildlife, we have learned first-hand that this isn't true and in fact, with Lawrence having three rivers running through it, these water bodies provide rich wildlife habitat.  


We have also been working on our "Green It Up!" Campaign and as part of this effort we are organizing an Earth Day event, in partnership with Comcast Cares Day.   We hope to Green Lawrence by decreasing the trash and litter that lines our city streets, increasing the amount of households that recycle in the city, educating other youth in this city about the importance of environmental stewardship, as well as engaging other youth in service and informing residents about the benefits of reducing, reusing, and recycling.  Please join us on Saturday, April 24 in celebrating Earth Day.   We hope to see you there!

Learn more about Green Team.
Garden Beds Available
With the recently completed Manchester Street Park and the soon to be complete Cronin Park Garden, the city has doubled the number of garden plots and we now  have community garden space available for the first time in a long time!
If  you are interested in your own space to garden at Manchester Street Park or Cronin Park contact Janel.
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Each year Groundwork Lawrence helps Lawrence residents, businesses and organizations to "change places and change lives" with new and improved parks, gardening, wellness and youth programs, clean-ups, tree plantings and family festivals. Any amount you donate helps us continue these much needed programs and projects. 
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Groundwork Lawrence
Spring 2010 Newsletter
Dear Friends,

Spring is here! The weather is warming up, trees are blooming, farmers are starting their crops and we are busier than ever. You've received a few emails from us regarding the opportunity for Lawrence to win a free fruit orchard from Edy's Fruit Bars and The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation. We need your support and cyber-activity! Please vote online daily and help bring a fruit orchard to the city.

Groundwork Lawrence's Community-Supported Agriculture Program (CSA) is presently accepting registrations for 2010 membership! This fourth season in partnership with Farmer Dave's of Dracut brings you weekly shares of farm fresh vegetables and promises to be delicious! Farmer Dave has added a "choice-option" and the fruit share is now twice as big.  Click on the link above for more information and to register and to learn about GWL's
Share-A-Share program, which subsidizes CSA shares for those in financial hardship - please consider helping us extend the harvest to those in need.  
This gardening season starts soon! We have room in some of our
community gardens especially as Manchester Street Park opened last summer and Cronin is currently undergoing renovation that includes new gardens.

In other food and summer planning news, we are currently looking for new vendors for the Farmers Market, for our Wednesday market and a new Saturday market! If you know a vendor or are one that is interested, please contact Janel.

There's more updates below in the newsletter so we hope you enjoy keeping up with us. 
As you read on about upcoming GWL activities, please consider making an online donation to support our work of "changing places, changes lives."  Your support enables us to create the building blocks of a healthy community while empowering Lawrence residents to improve their quality of life. And of course, don't forget to join us this Saturday for our annual Earth Day Cleanup (more details below) and this Saturday's fundraiser by Los Sugar Kings
Best wishes, Heather
Earth Day 2009
Earth Day Cleanup

This Saturday, join Groundwork Lawrence's Green Team, the City of Lawrence, Comcast, Lawrence General Hospital, Whole Foods (Andover), Allied Waste, Covanta Energy, and Northern Essex Community College in a celebration of Earth Day and Comcast Cares National Day of Service.  

The event will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day by engaging hundreds of volunteers in tree planting, transforming vacant blighted lots, improving community garden sites and cleaning up  litter from our city streets and parks. A light breakfast, lunch and t-shirts will be provided to all volunteers.

  • Registration from 8-9am at the North Common(across from City Hall at 200 Common Street.)

  • Work from 9-12

  • Lunch from 12-1pm

    Please let us know if you can attend.  For more information contact Rose at GWL 978.974.0770.

Los Sugar Kings at Glow
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Los Sugar Kings support GWL!

This Saturday April 24, after the Earth Day Cleanup, come out to the Havana Night Benefit for GWL.  Los Sugar Kings will be performing all night long and recording a LIVE VIDEO in a really cool performance space at the Real School in Burlington. Doors open at 7:30PM, Tickets are $15.

Space is limited so buy your tickets now!  

The Real School of Music is located at 56 Middlesex Turnpike - Burlington, MA 01803, (781) 328-0530

Vote for a GWL Orchard!
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We need your help to bring a fruit orchard to Lawrence! We need you to vote online every day and then the five applicants that have the most votes June 1 will be selected to receive a fruit orchard!  While this contest has monthly winners through August, we are hoping to win in May.

Please visit CommunitiesTakeRoot.comtoday and vote (you'll have to use the map or index to find our entry-we're the only one in Massachusetts), and click it every day from now through May!
Provide Food for All with the Share-a-Share Program
Established in 2008, our Share-a-Share Program raises funds through tax-deductible donations to subsidize the cost of a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share for those who cannot afford farm-fresh produce.

Last year, thanks to the generosity of many CSA members and friends of GWL, we raised $3,000; funding which was used in the community to buy food for several Lawrence families and countless individuals through the Neighbors In Needfood pantries, who dispersed over 5,700 lbs.of the donated fresh produce to the needy.

Fresh, healthy produce is one of the simplest and most effective defenses against the diet-related diseases so prevalent amongst low-income Lawrencians and as such, this year, we'd like to raise $5,000. Currently we've raised over $1,000 in donations-please consider helping us get to our goal of $5,000! Visit our websiteto make a donation or to read more on this program and how far your donation can go!
Suport Share-a-Share by attending the movie Fresh!

Join us Wednesday night, May 12th from 6-8 at Chesters to see the movie Fresh.
About the movie: "FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system."
Suggested donation is $10 and all proceeds go to Share-a-Share to subsidize fresh healthy food for low-income individuals and Neighbors in Need.
Kite Festival, A Family Fiesta 2009
2010 Calendar

GWL's 2010 Calendar of Events  is available online.  We continually update the calendar as we add events and finalize details.
Save the Dates!

Earth Day is this Saturday from 9-1 (info below);
Arbor Day Celebration - April 30.
Kite Festival - June 12
Spicket River Cleanup - Sept. 11
Glow - November 18 
As we enjoy the spring and look forward to summer, join us as we enjoy and celebrate Lawrence's public spaces, fresh food, and urban habitat. While no one wants to think about winter now, we've changed the date of Glow significantly this year - so please mark your calendar for November 18!
Cronin Park Update
Playground work in Feb.
Cronin Park Construction
Work began at Cronin Park in mid December.  The renovation includes a complete overhaul of the roughly 1 acre park in the dense Arlington Neighborhood.  The park is also directly across the street from the Tarbox Elementary School so the kids and teachers have had a front row seat on the demolition and then installation of new playground equipment.  The park work includes new equipment, a lawn and garden beds for use by neighbors and for a school gardening programming.  The ribbon cutting will be in June - we hope you can join us! See photos on our Flickr site.
Heather McMann, Executive Director
Groundwork Lawrence