"Gaining Ground has been cultivating Concord land for twenty years. We began operating in 1994 as a small garden on private land. In 1997, we began managing the reproduction kitchen garden at The Old Manse, a Trustees of Reservations property. In 1999, we established our main farm adjacent to the Thoreau birthplace house on Virginia Road. In 2009, we expanded operations to an adjacent field under license from Massport. In total, Gaining Ground manages approximately 20 acres of land, actively cultivating about five acres each growing season. We grow over 150 varieties of produce, including asparagus and raspberry beds established in 2011. Gaining Ground has proven itself to be a responsible steward to the land and documents its management and land improvements in annual reports to the Natural Resources Commission.
Over the years, Gaining Ground has made significant improvements to its farm operations. In 2005, we constructed a greenhouse. A year later, we brought electricity to the fields and installed electric fences to control nuisance wildlife. In 2009, we added a sugaring operation and erected a small building for boiling maple syrup. In 2012 we purchased a tractor to give us control over our field preparation and management schedule. As part our long-term strategy to increase the fertility and yield of the land, we added irrigation and deer fencing in 2014 and most recently a post and beam barn for storage and shelter."
The United States is one of the most diverse countries on earth, jam packed full of amazing sights from St. Patrick's cathedral in New York to Mount Hollywood California.The Northeast region is where it all started. Thirteen British colonies fought the American Revolution from here and won their independence in the first successful colonial rebellion in history. Take a look at these rolling hills carpeted with foliage along the Hudson river here, north of New York City.The American south is known for its polite people and slow pace of life. Probably they move slowly because it's so hot. Southerners tend not to trust people from "up north" because they talk too fast. Here's a cemetery in Georgia where you can find graves of soldiers from the Civil War.The West Coast is sort of like another country that exists to make the east coast jealous. California is full of nothing but grizzly old miners digging for gold, a few gangster rappers, and then actors. That is to say, the West Coast functions as the imagination of the US, like a weird little brother who teases everybody then gets famous for making freaky art.The central part of the country is flat farmland all the way over to the Rocky Mountains. Up in the northwest corner you can find creative people in places like Portland and Seattle, along with awesome snowboarding and good beer. Text by Steve Smith.