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Common Ground Student-Run Educational Farm


The 2001 season began with students making a personal goal to increase their vegetable donations to over 8000 pounds. Adam Wheeler (PSS) was elected as the Farm manager. Guy Burgess (PSS), Matt Leonetti (PSS) and Liz Patterson (SNR) were full-time farm workers while Yarrow Collins (PSS) and Ellen Dizza (PSS) were part-time workers. Buddy Tignor advised the club through the summer season helping students buy drip irrigation parts and helping to harvest. They had two different shares hold options including a 15-week and extended share of 18 weeks. They sold 36 shares and 3 shares were only bought and donated to food shelves.

The club surpassed their year goal of donations by expanding acreage and working with researchers at the farm by trading labor for crops to donate. They ultimately donated 19,554 pounds of vegetables, apples, tomatoes and potatoes from research plots.

September was a month full of activities for Common Ground. They were part of a Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) field days. Students gave tours for the Master Gardeners, Friends of Horticulture Farm, interested guests and 30 Environmental Science first year students. Underhill elementary school 5-6 graders visited the farm as well. These students left excited and with gourds and veggies.

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