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Articles in Category: September 2016 eNews

The Zen of Farming

This year has been the most instrumental season toward my growth as a young farmer.

Most importantly, I’ve learned to let go, and that I cannot possibly live and die with each and every seed and plant on the farm. To practice patience and to stay present. 



The Art of “Growing the Soil”

I am an interdisciplinary artist, engaged in various media: painting, drawing, textiles, sculpture, photography, video and sound installation, with a little performance thrown into the mix. For the past 40 years, I have been lured by the landscape and how human intervention has molded, nurtured, and altered the natural environment.

 



Common Threads: Looking Back on a Farm Apprenticeship

Recently I have been thinking about what I would do once my apprenticeship ends. As a somewhat last resort, I retook the the famous Myers-Briggs personality test online. I had taken it in high school as sort of a career guidance tool but had not thought about it again until recently. I am so glad I did, as it seemed to have opened a door to the inner workings of my psyche. 



Finding Purpose

The first time I visited Gaining Ground I was in third grade with a school group. I was really impressed by the selflessness of the farmers: growing so much organic food, to then donate to charity. I had been looking for ways to positively influence those in need, and I decided that this was a great way to do so because I would be able to help others, while working and having fun.



Farm to Shelter: Nutrition for the Homeless

Fresh, locally grown cucumbers, kale, spinach, apples, berries, and more… That’s breakfast for many homeless and low-income men and women living in the Lowell area! How? These delicious vegetables are turned into free healthy breakfast smoothies thanks to a new partnership with Gaining Ground and other produce providers. 



Join Us for Our Community Harvest Celebration

Mark your calendar and gather together at Gaining Ground for a community harvest celebration on Sunday, September 18!

  • Listen to Twisted Pine, a new roots band with an unbridled, contagious spirit.
  • Purchase locally sourced sandwiches, salads and dessert from pop-up restaurant Company Picnic or bring your own lunch.
  • Participate in cider making, art projects, treasure hunt and games.

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