Greens Farms Academy

An Independent Co-Ed Day School For Grades PreK-12


Sustainability in Action

GFA Gardens Are Growing Up

At GFA, we’re taking gardening to a new level — seven levels, to be exact, on each of the new aeroponic Tower Gardens in the Lower School. With a priority placed on sustainability, the structures are designed to conserve more soil and water than traditional gardening practices and allow for gardening year-round.

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Sustainability seminar

Senior Sustainability Class Report

In our sustainability seminar, we have been considering our mission statement, in relation to sustainability, and how it must be compared with both nearby schools and the Chewonki School and foundation, where our class spent a week in the fall. We thought that having a better understanding of sustainability throughout GFA and a more explicit mention of sustainability would help guide and improve our approach to sustainability.

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Rejuvenation Pruning

By Tom Barry
Grounds Manager

At GFA we have had yews around campus that have become staples of the landscape. Many of them have been around for as long as the school has. Unfortunately, these yews have become overgrown for the space they were initially planted in. 

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Trees: Testing the Risk

By Tom Barry
Head Grounds Manager & Field Care Specialist

In the neighborhood where I live there used to be a beautiful alley of trees that lined the road. These trees were a part of the reason why we decided to move to that neighborhood. Last year a large grouping of these trees were cut down. Being the neighborhood tree-hugger, I called the town's Public Works Department to get some answers.

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Tree Tagging

Last year we performed an inventory on the larger trees around school, which included identification of the tree species, age class, risk rating and economic value. Throughout the year, students from the Regenerative Landscapes class teamed up with the Grounds and Tech departments to make this information accessible to the community.

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