Farmers Markets Starting

Groundwork Lawrence is pleased to announce that the Lawrence Farmers Markets will be open for business beginning Tuesday, July 6th. This season, in addition to our market on Wednesdays at Appleton Way, we are offering new markets on Tuesdays from 4-7:30pm at the McGovern Train Station and Saturdays from 9-1 at the corner of Park and Lawrence Streets. Come check out any of our three markets to pick up fresh fruits, vegetables, breads and pies, and locally-made art and crafts. The markets are a wonderful opportunity to support local farmers while also purchasing healthy and deliciously fresh produce for you and your family! Check out our informational postcard below for important details. See you there!


Partner News: LGH Red Cross Blood Drive.

The American Red Cross and Lawrence General are holding a blood drive to support the community blood supply for patients in need. Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood, and every pint donated could save up to three lives. To help this cause Lawrence General Hospital is hosting a blood drive on Thursday, July 1st from 9am-2pm in the Auditorium. The address for the hospital is 1 General Street, Lawrence, MA and we encourage you to donate. The Red Cross is urging the public to make an appointment to donate blood at this location by calling 1-800-RedCross (1-800-733-2767) or visit

First Day of CSA Pickup 2010 is a Success!

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The first day of CSA pickup was a success! On Tuesday our CSA members were greeted at pick up by an array of fresh vegetables straight from the farms. The selection included beets, radishes, peas, and a variety of greens and lettuces. We would like to thank everyone for their cooperation during this initial pickup, especially to the staff at Farmer Dave’s and Deb Gurry and her staff and at the Clock Tower Café! As the first participant in our Beets&Treats Program, Clock Tower Café, provided delicious homemade lemonade, banana bread and cranberry-walnut chicken salad for our CSA members to sample.

Many of our CSA members were curious about the Tatsoi that was included in the share pickup. To help you get an idea of how to use the Tatsoi, we have included the following tasty recipes:

Big fun at the Cronin Park Ribbon Cutting

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Thanks to everyone who was able to come to the Cronin Park Ribbon Cutting yesterday! Thank you also to the funders, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and Housing and Urban Development Community Block Grants, and supporters, The City of Lawrence, The Tarbox School and the neighbors.

We are pleased that the Tarbox School has adopted the park and will be using two of the new garden beds at the park.

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At the ribbon cutting we did sign up one new community gardener, but we still have room in those beds for community members who would like to use a bed for growing vegetables and flowers. You can contact Janelhref=> at the office if you are interested in gardening at Cronin Park.

More pictures below and on Flickr!
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Find Out Where the Gubernatorial Candidates Stand on the Environment

The outcome of this November's gubernatorial election could have profound effects on the Massachusetts environment, given the obvious importance of the state environmental agencies under the Governor's control. Groundwork Lawrence and other environmental organizations are planning a gubernatorial forum for Tuesday, June 29, to ask the candidates about their views on environmental issues. Governor Patrick and Green Party candidate Jill Stein already have confirmed, and all candidates have been invited. This will be a fascinating event in an historic setting with opportunities for Q&A.

Tour the dam in Lawrence - this Saturday at the Kite Festival

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Take a tour of the dam! On this Saturday June 12 during the Kite Festival, the free trolley tours are on the hour at 12, 1, 2, and 3. The tours will be to the Great Stone Dam and Gatehouse. Enel is holding an open house at the Gatehouse exhibit from 12 to 2, and the Hydroelectric plant will also be open to visitors from 12 to 2. Hopefully the salmon will be running!

Tours begin at the RiverWorks Visitor Center behind NACA
6 South Broadway, Lawrence, Massachusetts
Tours by appointment only on the below dates
May 27
June 11 & 21
July 6 & 21

The hydro plant is also open on
June 12 @ Noon – 2 p.m. & July 17 @ 10 a.m. – Noon
(No Appointment Necessary)
Call (978) 681-1900 to schedule your tour!

Summer Youth Programming: for 10 to 14 year olds

Summer Stewards

This summer, Groundwork Lawrence is looking for students aged 10-14 to be part of a first-time ever Summer Steward Program. This group of reliable, enthusiastic, and curious students will be responsible for taking care of the Leonard Middle School Garden throughout the summer and occasionally caring for other garden beds in the city of Lawrence. These students will also have the opportunity to learn about nutrition and cook together once a week using in seasonal produce from the garden or a local farm. This is not a paid position, but a summer program for Mondays to Fridays from 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. You may download the application and information here..

Applications must be submitted by Monday June 14, 2010 5:00 PM

  • by mail or dropped off in person at: 60 Island St., 2nd Floor, Lawrence MA 01840
  • faxed to Janel Wright at 978.974.0882