Farm movement founders honored at community agricultural day ceremony

Union Leader Correspondent
November 24. 2014 9:08PM
Trauger Groh, Alice Groh, Lincoln Geiger and Anthony Graham were honored with a ceremony of recognition for founding the community supported agriculture movement (CSA). It was proclaimed that Nov. 23 be Wilton-Temple Community Farm Day. (KATHLEEN BAGLIO HUMPHREYS/Union Leader Correspondent)

PETERBOROUGH — The Wilton and Temple Board of Selectmen, the House of Representatives and the Governor all proclaimed Nov. 23 as Wilton-Temple Community Farm Day in Temple and Wilton with a ceremony presided by the Grange #35 in Peterborough. Hundreds came out to honor the founders of the Community Supported Agriculture movement.

Trauger and Alice Groh, Anthony Graham and Lincoln Geiger were honored with a ceremony of recognition. The 35 founding families were also recognized.

The Peterborough Historical Society building was standing-room only with overflow on the balcony to pay tribute to the farm that founded of the concept of Community Supported Agriculture in 1986.

Keynote Speaker Steven McFadden said via a Skype link, “People would pledge money and the farmers would deliver food each month. If farmers can be free from the social arrangement to have finances they are free to do what is right for the soil and the plant.”

Alice Groh said, “CSA is a way for more people to care for the earth.” She added, “We grew 45 different vegetables, not because we had to but because that is what the members wanted to eat.”

Groh’s son Theodore Groh read a proclamation from Gov. Maggie Hassan which ended with “for the three farmers and their membership we thank you.”

Farmer Lincoln Geiger said, “I would like to honor the close village in Wilton and Temple. We had only a little land on Echo Farm and people in Temple and Wilton leant us their farm and we were honored to take care of some of that farm.”

“It was amazing to be one of the farmers and receive all the trust from the farm members,” said Geiger.

“I don’t think how many rows of carrots I need to grow to make a living I now think how many carrots I have to grow to feed all these people,’ added Geiger.

Anthony Graham joked he would rather be weeding carrots than talking. His statement was short and sweet. “We were thinking about how to do agriculture and a way a farm can be supported so a farmer can do what he needs to do, that was not a marketing strategy. If we can get away from that, we are heading in the right direction.”

A letter from Lorraine Merrill the Commissioner of New Hampshire Department of Agriculture was read. “Wilton-Temple Farm is the longest continually running CSA in the country and in the state.”

Graham and Geiger still run the Four Corners Farm in Wilton. At their farm, members pay what the can and take what they need.

In total, six speakers and a number of politicians came to pay tribute the trio.

The third and fourth graders at Pine Hill Waldorf School sang “The Happy Plowman” and “I Will go with my Father A-Plowing.”

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