The Groton Gardeners

By Elizabeth Salisbury  ’14

G3, also known as the Groton Gardening Club, is a group founded three years ago by a group of Groton parents who were concerned about food production in the Groton area. Ms. Palomo said, “Lexi Ladd, mother of Fourth Former Olivia Ladd-Luthringshauser, along with other Groton parents and alumni, attended an event about local agriculture held at Groton School a few years back. They were so inspired by what they heard that they began to reach out to people in the Groton community to figure out how the school could begin the work of growing its own food and creating a garden of its own.” This initial idea of Groton producing its own food took shape in the form of a garden next to the B&G building where students and faculty members have helped plant and grow food for the past three years.

This year, Beth Suedmeyer and Takashi Tada, a couple living in Ayer who were both involved in the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project at Tufts, are leasing school-owned farmland, and according to Ms. Palomo, “they will be selling food to Mr. Coughlin for use in our dining hall since the school is not actually paying them.”

Students will have an opportunity to join the members of GCS and the Enviro Board and help Beth Sudemeyer and Takashi Tada plant seeds, weed, and harvest crops at their farm behind Mr. Fry, Ms. Humphrey, and Mr. Lyons’ houses. Sixth Former Gideon Lovell-Smith encourages “the Groton community to get their hands dirty” by stopping by to help, even if it is just for 10 minutes. Students in the past have gotten involved through an FSA in the garden, and they have helped plant and harvest numerous vegetables from the B&G garden.

Access to a larger farm will not only increase the amount of food produced, it will also increase the number of workers needed! Helping out in the garden is an easy way to get involved in service because it is close by and does not require a large amount of time. Ms. Palomo comments that “[G3 hopes] that more people in our community will be aware of the incredible, sustainable agriculture going on in our backyard, and that they will get involved!”

Olivia Ladd-Luthringshauser ’15 hopes that G3 “will not only teach the Groton community about gardening and local food,” but also “bring the community together to work…in the field and make the community stronger.”

Access to a larger farm will not only increase the amount of food produced, it will also increase the number of workers needed! Helping out in the garden is an easy way to get involved in service because it is close by and does not require a large amount of time. Ms. Palomo comments that “[G3 hopes] that more people in our community will be aware of the incredible, sustainable agriculture going on in our backyard, and that they will get involved!”

Olivia Ladd-Luthringshauser ’15 hopes that G3 “will not only teach the Groton community about gardening and local food,” but also “bring the community together to work…in the field and make the community stronger.”

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