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.
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.
By Tom Barry
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.
By Dr. Heather Heenehan
Upper School Science
Continue to think about what you dispose of, and how. Think about the amount of plastic you use in your everyday life. Can you change any behaviors to reduce that plastic?
While this week is Spirit Week — leading up to Homecoming on Saturday — Sustainability Coordinator Jackie Tran is asking us to also embrace our environmental spirit.
By Jackie Tran
Coordinator of Sustainability
Did you know that GFA has an apiary with three hives? The bees have been a buzzing, working hard to prepare their colonies for the winter. The beekeeping team has been doing weekly hive checks to make sure these ladies are prepped.
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.
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.