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Articles in Category: May 2016 eNews

Join Our Ride for Food Team

Did you know that Project Bread’s 2014 Status Report on Hunger in Massachusetts found that the food insecurity rate has increased by 71% over the past ten years?

This year, Gaining Ground will be participating in the Three Squares New England Ride for Food, a bike ride that raises funds to eliminate hunger in New England. 



Our Barn Is Officially Open!

On a blustery Sunday in May, Gaining Ground donors and friends gathered to celebrate our completed barn.

This new structure will advance all aspects of our mission and will be the center of life at the farm. Our barn will protect our equipment and supplies — the essentials for growing more food. It will provide produce storage areas, enabling us to harvest vegetables at their peak and to keep them fresher longer so we can distribute more food. It will provide shelter for our ever-growing number of volunteers, allowing them to gather and work in all kinds of weather.



Full of Possibility

Spring at Gaining Ground reminds me of the beginning of Richard Wilbur’s poem “Seed Leaves:”

Here something stubborn comes
Dislodging the earth crumbs
And making crusty rubble
It comes up bending double
And looks like a green staple.
It could be seedling maple,
Or artichoke, or bean
That remains to be seen.



Farmers' Footprints

I wander around the farm as dusk settles in on this silent spring night, and I pause knowing this is the calm before the storm. This spring marks the beginning of my fourth season of growing at Gaining Ground. Which means I have walked all around and over this piece of land. Back and forth from the orchards to the greenhouse, up and down every row and through each field. I am blessed by the opportunity to walk the fields determined, yet again, to plough, sow and reap its soil, seed, and bounty. 



Our 2016 Seasoned Farm Crew and Office Staff

We are a five-person farm crew again this season, with Doug and Kayleigh co-managing the farm, Coleman Wadsworth and Alexis Mantis as our two seasonal apprentices, and Paula Jordan as Head Start mobile market manager. 



Quickly Sign Up to Volunteer

For farms, winter means more time to plan, and this year’s focus has been to streamline our volunteer sign-up process. We want our volunteers to spend less time in their planning and more enjoyable time in the planting and harvesting.



Many Thanks!

The Board and Staff would like to express our sincere gratitude to all those supporters who have given generously and shared their time and talents with Gaining Ground through the winter and early spring in 2016.



Spring 2016 Wish List

Please contact us if you would like to help with these or other donations!

  • Vermont garden cart
  • Supply of wax boxes and banana boxes
  • DeWalt cordless drill
  • Stihl chainsaw
  • Stanley FatMax tape measure
  • Klein 4-piece screwdriver set
  • Tarps
  • Felco hand pruners
  • Small baskets