Our Programs

Green Team

Green Team is intended to promote the current and future protection and restoration of the Southcoast’s critical ecological systems, natural resources, and public health and food access by engaging teens in advocacy and experiential-learning efforts focused on the community’s parks, gardens, waterways, and vacant open spaces.

The Green Team program has dual goals – to prepare youth for a lifetime of environmental and healthy community leadership, and to invest in our community’s future and capacity to improve its physical environment.
We’re hiring! Click here to check our our jobs page for more information about Green Team positions and how to apply.

Sow & Grow

We’ve launched our Sow and Grow and getting signed up is a piece of cake! Simply sign up using the button below and we will send you a seed starting kit along, and then our staff and Green Team employees will help you learn how to grow your own food in the process. We’ll be growing remotely together! In exchange for a kit we’ll ask for you to participate in our online Sow and Grow community (as well as to fill out a couple of forms for us to make sure we have your permission and share with our funders, etc.)

Green Explorers

The Green Team has run two Green Explorers programs this year, one in the Summer and one in the Fall of 2019.

So far, ten youth have successfully completed all 8 sessions of at least one of the Green Explorer programs. These youth learned about our F3 Farm, and various skills including weeding, harvesting crops, as well as learning about the importance of pollinator gardens.

Congratulations to all who have completed the program so far!

F3 FARM

He then took occasion to enlarge on the advantages of reading, and combated the idle superficial notion, that knowledge enough may be acquired in conversation. ‘The foundation (said he,) must be laid by reading. General principles must be had from books, which, however, must be brought to the test of real life. In conversation you never get a system. What is said upon a subject is to be gathered from a hundred people. The parts of a truth, which a man gets thus, are at such a distance from each other that he never attains to a full view.’

The F3 Farm currently features 24 raised beds located at Riverside Park. These will soon expand to 100 raised beds that can be adopted by the community. Groundwork Southcoast through the hands-on efforts of our Green Team, seek to:

  • grow at least 1000lbs of fresh produce

  • sell the produce at markets that accept SNAP benefits

  • increase food security by distributing unsold produce to community residents

  • engage community residents through workshops, activities and other programming at the Riverside Park location

  • Create an outdoor classroom/ learning lab space at Riverside that encourages STEM exploration and deepens community engagement

The Orchards are located at Hazelwood Park and Victory Park. Groundwork Southcoast through the hands-on efforts of our Green Team, seek to:

    • Care and management for at least 36 fruit trees including training young residents of New Bedford to be effective tree managers

    • engage community residents through workshops, activities and other programming at the Riverside Park location

    • support installation of other infrastructure to raise community awareness of the public orchards and their use

 “I love working with my team. It’s awesome to learn, have fun and help the community!”

Destiney Cannata & Jade Pennington
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