Northshore Magazine

November 2014

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Infinitely renewable, spreads like crazy. Positive energy is like that. And Pike students put it to good use – whether it's gathering food for the larder at Lazarus house, or raising money for a fish farm in Uganda (through Heifer International). Our motto, non sibi solum, means "not for oneself alone." And our community of incredibly invested students, parents, educators, and alumni do their best to live those words every day. (As our Head of School has been known to say, "It's not just the small classes at Pike. It's what happens in those small classes.") What happens is character development – the cultivation of a lifelong concern for the well-being of others. That's the power of positive energy. That's Pike. • 978-475-1197 • School learn more at Join us for an open house, Nov. 2 nd , 1-3 p.m. technology into their building design." Recover Green Roofs adapted the design and began building the rooftop farm with all locally sourced materials in April 2013. The following Memorial Day weekend, Green City Grow- ers planted its first crops. By the time they put the farm to bed in November, Banhazl's team collected more than 4,000 pounds—or two tons—of food. This season, they're on pace to more than double those numbers during their twice- weekly harvests. The plant varieties on the roof at Whole Foods Lynnfield are determined in collaboration with the produce depart- ment. "It's been a really interesting combination of people's favorite foods and crops they know will sell well," Benhazl says. Green City Growers' horticultural director assembles a crop map by season—crops that autumn yields include kale, radishes, jalapeños, Italian red peppers, banana pep- pers, and mint—and uses all-organic fertilizers, pesticides, and growing techniques like succession planting to ensure a healthy, continuous harvest. And without an obligation to grow in large quantities, they've experimented with un- common plantings like purple beans and chocolate mint— "interesting things you don't usually see in the grocery store," Benhazl says. The results have been a resounding success. "Our cus- tomers love the fresh, local produce," says Maykel, "and our team members have enjoyed the learning experience of Agriculture ne 112 Good Earth: The soil is a mix of shale, sand, compost, and biochar.

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