A Healthy Farm Culture

Board member Linda Booth Sweeney received a poignant piece by Wendell Berry from Schumacher Center for New Economics, with its mission to envision a just and sustainable global economy; apply the concepts locally; then share the results for broad replication. This writing seems relevant to the work at Gaining Ground while we address hunger relief. A culture […]

Welcome to New Board Member

We are fortunate to have Karen Bechtel Perkins join our Board of Directors. Karen is former Executive Director of the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest where she was responsible for the operation, growth, and development of the organization. Prior to joining the Chest, Karen was the business director at Lovelane, a therapeutic horseback riding program. Before working […]

The Progress and Power of Gaining Ground

Gaining Ground drew me to Concord. For 20 years, I brought my students from Nashoba Brooks School to volunteer in the garden and consequently viewed the program through a seventh-grade lens. Some responded to the sheer physicality of the work, some marveled (or screamed) at worms in the soil, some became passionately enraged about childhood […]

I Watch the Work of 5,000 Hands

I watch the work of five thousand hands. Here’s a thanks to the volunteers at Gaining Ground, the veterans and new ones, the seen and unseen. All their work translates to pounds of greens, melons, roots, red fruits and joy. Here come a dozen children full of wonder, singing, pulling carrots and shrieking at spiders. […]

Report on September Direct Markets

We had another amazing market at the Phoenix Avenue site. Since moving indoors from the playground space, we have served so many more families. We had over 50 individuals and families visit with lots of enthusiasm. Teachers, bus drivers, staff, parents, and children participated. I had recipes for leeks and kale from Just Food, and folks were […]

Widening the Circle with Ride for Food

On a beautiful fall morning, more than 350 bikers from all over eastern Massachusetts arrived at Nobles and Greenough School to fight hunger by participating in the Three Squares New England Ride for Food. Started in 2012, this 10- to 50-mile cycling event has raised more than $1.6 million for the benefit of its 18 […]

What We’re Reading

A panelist at Gaining Ground’s Hunger Relief from the Ground Up event in March, Danielle Nierenberg recently edited Nourished Planet: Sustainability in the Global Food System by the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition Foundation. The issues that Gaining Ground confronts locally are addressed globally. “Access to food is one of the first and most […]

For the Love of Bees

I have always wanted to work with animals, but growing up in a crowded city like Bogotá, Colombia, there was a large gap between what I learned in school and the knowledge of the world of animals that I was seeking. In 2010, I became captivated by honeybees, with their mystical world and important connection to our food systems. This early interest […]

Forward into Fall

By participating in the Concord Food, Farm and Garden Fair on the second weekend in September, Gaining Ground jump started its fall community activities. On Saturday, September 8, the farm hosted a tent at the Ag Day Farmer’s Market, alongside Concord’s other farms. Board member Jen Flint created a hands-on activity that attracted the attention […]

The Long View

A speech-language pathologist in a school setting, Meghan has been volunteering during the summers for 14 years. I have been volunteering at Gaining Ground since July 2004, a couple of months after I moved here to start graduate school at Emerson College. Many things have changed over the years, including the amount of land farmed, […]

Rosie’s Place and Gaining Ground Team Up to Take on Hunger

As guests peruse items at the Rosie’s Place food pantry in downtown Boston, the odds are good that the fruits, vegetables and herbs they’re choosing from were grown in Concord. Gaining Ground, a nonprofit organic farm on Virginia Road, is in its third year of providing fresh produce to Boston’s longest-running women’s shelter. “It’s a […]

Seeding a Partnership with Potatoes

This summer Executive Director Amy Capofreddi toured Haley House Bakery Cafe with Executive Director Bing Broderick. One topic led to another and soon they were talking potatoes. On Saturday, August 11 at 5 pm, Haley House is hosting its 6th Annual Outdoor Community Tables Dinner. The outdoor pay-what-you-can feast features a delicious, made-from-scratch buffet dinner […]

Community Harvest Celebration and more

On September 8–9, Gaining Ground is celebrating its harvest and hunger relief efforts in coordination with Concord Food, Farm and Ag Weekend.

On Saturday, we will have a tent at Concord’s 10am–2pm Main Street Farmer’s Market to share our explorations into the connections between vital soil, healthy food, and hunger relief.

On Sunday from 3pm–5pm, sign up for our afternoon Community Harvest Celebration featuring Twisted Pine string band along with farm tours, children’s games and a mini farmer’s market with local beer, wine, sweets, breads, flowers and pumpkins. Read More

Sunday Morning Meditations

I love visiting the farm during off hours. Stepping onto the land, I feel peace. I see the farm in an alternate light. I have this moment of clarity, this realization that this is where I get to spend every day. I observe the work that took place during the week and all that was accomplished. I notice how things have changed, even in just one day. I notice how the first peas have grown, how the flowers have bloomed, the bright red that is taking over the strawberry patch, the size of the cucumbers, and of course some of the work that will take place in the coming weeks.

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Sue’s View as Board President

I sometimes wonder how I got so lucky to become involved with Gaining Ground. It was really serendipitous that I biked by one day seven years ago and decided to start volunteering. Once I started, I didn’t want to stop, easily convincing my husband, Mark, to join me every other weekend. Getting to know Gaining Ground from the perspective of the physical work that goes into making it successful is enlightening for someone who works in an office all day.

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Gaining Ground’s Star Farm Staff

Our 2018 farm staff includes the familiar faces of Doug Wolcik, Hannah Lawson, and Paula Jordan from last year, along with the new additions of Jared Kimler and Kim Schmidt. Our market intern in Lowell is Wellinton Lantigua. We are so fortunate to have this team growing food, growing community in such an exceptional way this year.  Read More

Welcome to New Board Members

Gaining Ground welcomes two new members to its Board of Directors: Nina Frusztajer and John Canally. Here they share their interests and thoughts on becoming more closely involved with the organization.
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Farm Team: A Youthful Summer Force

Calling all high school-aged youth with a passion for being outside and digging in for a good cause. Join Gaining Ground’s Farm Team to work with others your age any Tuesday or Thursday morning from 9:00 a.m. until noon, rain or shine. The goal is to assist the farmers in tackling essential projects for the day, while also having a fun way to work with peers during the summer. Lexi and Ava of Concord-Carlisle High School are co-leaders for this year’s Farm Team.

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Long-time Partner, Bedford Food Pantry

The Bedford Community Table/Pantry was started in 1991 by the Grey family, who had participated in the Walk for Hunger for ten years prior to organizing the pantry. Now the organization is open every Thursday and, during the school year, offers a free community dinner.

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A Generous Award from Cummings Foundation

Gaining Ground recently received a $100,000 grant from the Cummings Foundation to expand and strengthen its programs of hunger relief and community volunteerism. Specifically, the grant will support the work of our innovative farmers who, in the past four years, have doubled the amount of produce delivered to those who face food insecurity. The grant will also support partnerships with our recipient organizations.

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