Nashoba Brooks School Students Revisit Gaining Ground

Throughout April and May, Nashoba Brooks School students in Grades 2 through 5 volunteered their time to the Read for Seeds fundraiser at Gaining Ground, a non-profit organic farm in Concord that helps those in need by donating all of their produce to meal programs and food pantries in the area.
Students took part in a read-a-thon where they tracked their independent reading and raised money for the number of minutes they read. Following up on Read for Seeds, students visited the farm at the end of May to volunteer and deliver their donations. Students were able to see the impact of the money they raised first-hand.

On the farm, students dug in by sorting seeds, weeding eggplant and squash beds, composting plants, spreading dirt, and planting flowers. They also sampled different herbs and learned why weeding and composting are essential for farming. As this was the second trip to Gaining Ground this year, students saw the full cycle of life on a farm, from planting to harvesting.

Grade 2 teacher, Nicole Myers, recalls, “The students loved working hard, getting dirty, and understanding the impact their actions have on the community.”

Nashoba Brooks School’s relationship with Gaining Ground spans two decades, and we look forward to continuing our partnership for many years to come.

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Nashoba Brooks School is a coed Lower School from Preschool to Grade 3 and an all-girls Middle School from Grades 4 to 8 located in Concord, Massachussetts.