Special Thanks from Our 2023 Season

The board and staff would like to express our sincere gratitude to all those who gave generously and shared their time and talents with Gaining Ground last season. Special thanks go to:

Belmont Day School, Thoreau Elementary School, Tenacre Country Day School, and all of the individual students who participated in our 2023 Read for Seeds campaign. They raised $6,900 toward Gaining Ground’s annual seed budget.

Bouke Noordzij for the days upon days of time he’s given to growing the farm, for always keeping an eye out for opportunities for us, and for his thoughtful input and ever-friendly presence.

Mark Mildrum, Ben Kelchlin, Steve Huberman, Jalen Winstanley, and Jerry Vanasse for high tunnel end-wall construction, careful maintenance of the buildings and land, and firewood chopping.

Neversink Farm for their generous sponsorship, including farm education and high-quality tools.

David Salomón Saléh for his careful tending of the farm’s bee colonies.

Cathy Dittemore for her accounting and bookkeeping services.

Lucy Rosborough for her thoughtful stewardship of the Food for Families program in Concord.

Tony Rinaldo for his beautiful photographs of the farm and our staff.

Liz Chambers for her beautiful design work.

Whit Painter and Reed Holden for weekly bread deliveries, and Reed for donation of a maple sugaring tank.

Alicia Blais for summer bagel donations for our hungry farmers.

Pete Kelleher, Renee Portanova, and students in Minuteman High School’s Horticulture Program for their invaluable landscaping, pruning, and fieldwork assistance.

Carrie Finizio, Carolyn Morris, Anne Riley, Lisa Laich and the Concord and Wellesley chapters of the National Charity League, for coordinating volunteers to help with our produce deliveries, flower arranging, appeal mailings, events, and numerous other tasks.

Boston Area Gleaners, Paul Lamoureaux, Gail Black Smith, Martha Hamilton, our cherished partner organizations (especially Open Table in Maynard), and many other community members for their regular donations of recycled banana boxes.

Jennifer Polito and the Concord Housing Authority for hosting our Food for Families produce distributions at Everett Gardens, and Bonny Wilbur, Nicole Saia, and Melissa Roman for their assistance with the Food for Families program.

Iron Tree Service, Marquis Tree Service, and Estabrook Landscape for donating wood chips.

Chad Castro for the incredible support and expertise he has lent to our publicity efforts. 

Sean Walther for ongoing technical assistance and website support.

Whole Foods Bedford for donating paper and plastic bags for our 2023 Food for Families produce distributions. 

The many maple tree owners in Concord and the town itself, which kindly allowed us to tap their trees during maple sugaring season. Benjamin Cacace, John Jasilewicz, and the town of Concord for donating firewood to our maple sugaring operation.

Dominic Ingegneri for a generous donation of farmer reference books.

The hardworking members of the 2023 Community Farm Team for their invaluable help all season: Allison Aley, Louise Axon, Poulod Borojerdi, Bob Brooks, Belinda DiSilvio, Laurie Gleason, Martha Hamilton, Hans Heilman, Vivian Howell, Jonathan Hyde, Jodie Krisiak, Christine Lundblad, Pauline Maclellan, Lauren McDade, Susan O’Dell, Rachel Orchard, Paul Ruhlmann, Nancy Shepard, Diane Sinski, Barbara Sommers, Deborah Starr Meyers, Janey Tallarida, Elif Tosun, Julia Tricca, Polly Vanasse, Aaron Waddell, and Rob Webber.

Our wonderful non-board committee members for the generous donations of their time and expertise.

The Concord Free Public Library and Concord Lumber for supporting our Poetry and Photography on the Farm events, and the many artists and poets who contributed works to these exhibitions.

Banner image by Tony Rinaldo.