ICP Students Visit America's Grow-A-Row Farm

On Monday, May 6, 13 MBS sophomores from the Interdisciplinary Concentrations Program (ICP) visited the America’s Grow-A-Row farm in Pittstown to learn more about the organization’s mission and see firsthand how they are combatting food insecurity. 

The trip was arranged with the help of MBS sophomore Erica Adu ’24, who is exploring ways to alleviate hunger issues as part of her passion project with the Global Citizenship cohort of the ICP. 

At the farm, the students met with Shauna Alvarez, Executive Chef and Programming Lead for America’s Grow-A-Row, who explained that the organization aims to impact as many lives as possible through a volunteer effort of planting, picking, rescuing, and delivering fresh produce.  In addition to growing its own vegetables, Grow-a-Row is also committed to gleaning — saving produce that would otherwise go to waste.  Every day, volunteers rescue “not quite perfect” produce from local supermarkets and deliver it to local food pantries. The organization distributes produce locally and regionally through partnerships with Community FoodBank of New Jersey, City Harvest, Philabundance, Feeding America, and many others.

She said that the organization is always looking for volunteers to help, especially during the harvesting months. Morristown Beard School is hoping to expand its partnership with the organization and is exploring the idea of engaging in a grade-wide service project next year.

The ICP students who visited the farm included: Erica Adu ’24, Kaitlin Brown ’24, Thomas Cotter ’24, Ethan Kothavale ’24, Alice McNamara ’24, Shira Radin ’24, Angie Ramos ’24, Emma Rieber ’24, Danica Rosenbloom ’24, Marlee Ryan ’24, Kayla Ruggiero ’24, Mollie Taylor ’24, and Samantha Yagoda ’24.  The faculty chaperones were: Darren Burns, Aline de la Torre-McCloskey, Paul Fisher, Klarissa Karosen, Kate Muttick ’97, and Brad Turner.

To learn more about America’s Grow-a-Row, visit https://www.americasgrowarow.org.


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