At the end of March, Gaining Ground hosted an interdisciplinary panel focused on the issue of hunger relief. In a community like ours, hunger might not be obvious, but here are the numbers:
41 million Americans are hungry, and yet 40% of food in the US is thrown away during the growing, distribution, and eating process.
Children struggle with hunger with 1 in 8 children in Eastern MA being food insecure and 1 in 6, nationally.
800,000 Massachusetts residents do not know where their next meal will come from, an increase of 71% in the last decade.
Our panel included:
Danielle Nierenberg, activist, author, and journalist who co-founded Food Tank, a non-profit organization that researches food systems, hunger, and poverty.
Dr. Kathryn Brodowski, preventive medicine physician who specializes in food insecurity and nutrition. She oversees both program and research at The GBFB.
Doug Wolcik, farm manager at Gaining Ground. Doug has focused on soil health and introduced no-till agricultural practices to Gaining Ground, a switch that has vastly increased the amount of food the organization is able to donate to hunger relief efforts.
We had a full crowd join us for an evening of discussion about food security, human health and one of the most surprising levers for positive change: the soil beneath our feet.
Read on for the full story by Patricia Brady.
Gaining Ground presents:
Hunger Relief: From the Ground Up
Thursday, March 29, 2018 • 7 p.m.
The Fenn School—Ward Hall • 516 Monument Street • Concord, MA 01742
Please join us for an evening of discussion about food security, human health and one of the most surprising levers for positive change: the soil beneath our feet. Our panelists for the evening will include: Danielle Nierenberg, co-founder and president of Food Tank; Dr. Kathryn Brodowski, senior director of health and research at the Greater Boston Food Bank; and Doug Wolcik, farm manager at Gaining Ground.
Join us for two upcoming events on Saturday, December 2, 2017, and looking ahead to Thursday, March 29, 2018. Join our email list to stay in the loop on upcoming events and other news!
This year, Gaining Ground participated in the Concord Food, Farm and Ag Weekend on September 9–10.
On September 24, under sunny skies, 11 cyclists rode for Gaining Ground in the Three Squares New England 6th annual Ride for Food. They raised more than $13,000 to help further Gaining Ground’s mission to grow organic produce and donate it to hunger relief efforts. Five volunteers donated their time by checking in riders, marshaling, and posting on social media.
Looking back through the winter months, we want to thank those who helped us move forward.
Our March 4, Maple Sugaring Open House landed on a day with frigid temperatures.
This year, Gaining Ground welcomed over 150 people to the farm for our Community Harvest Celebration on Sunday, September 19. Della’s Dinner offered a locally sourced menu of sandwiches, salads, and irresistible desserts, while Twisted Pine, a popular, local, new roots band, entertained the crowd from the volunteer pavilion. Bass player Chris Sartori had been a volunteer at the farm years ago while in high school.
On Sunday, September 25, a team of Gaining Ground supporters cycled between 10 and 50 miles in the Ride for Food fundraiser organized by Three Squares New England. The team raised over $20,000, doubling their goal of $10,000 — a tremendous accomplishment for our first year participating in this event.
Mark your calendar! On Saturday, December 3, Debra’s Natural Gourmet will donate 5% of its proceeds to Gaining Ground. Set aside the date to shop at Debra’s, 98 Commonwealth Avenue in West Concord, and help Gaining Ground, too. We greatly appreciate Debra’s Natural Gourmet’s generous and long-time support of our work and mission.
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.
Gaining Ground has a strong team of 16 riders participating in its first year of the Three Squares New England Ride for Food, a bike ride on Sunday, September 25 that raises funds to eliminate hunger in New England. The team has pledged to raise at least $10,000 with a portion benefitting Gaining Ground directly.
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.
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.
In the spring, we asked our community to help us raise funds to build a barn. New and long-time donors, foundations, and our Board have responded, and a barn is coming.
A dedicated group of our Staff, Board, and consultants, led by Board member Jeff Young, has been working on design and siting all summer. The barn won’t be the proverbial camel, a horse designed by committee, and has taken shape as a highly functional building to serve the various needs of our farm, farmers, and volunteers. We maintained our commitment to making the barn advance all aspects of our mission, enabling volunteers of all abilities to help us grow as much produce as possible for our recipients.