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GROTON — On Friday, Aug. 12, from 5-7 p.m., the Groton Historical Commission will host an opening reception for “Groton Farms!” an exhibit celebrating the history and diversity of agriculture in Groton at Williams Barn at 160 Chicopee Row. The exhibit will be open Saturday, Aug. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as well.

With funding from the Community Preservation Act, the Groton Historical Commission hired Oakfield Research of Concord to document the agricultural history of Groton and identify local events and broad trends that shaped that history. Electa Kane Tritsch, director of Oakfield Research, has worked with Michael Roberts and Al Collins of the Historical Commission, George Moore of the Groton Agricultural Commission, John Ott of the Groton Historical Society and with local historians and farmers to gather contemporary and historical materials to study the importance and changing role of agriculture in the town. The exhibit “Groton Farms!” celebrates the range of farms, farmers and working lands that have sustained the town and evolved over 400 years.

The exhibit will feature photos of many of Groton’s farms, and Tritsch and several of the committee members will be on hand to answer questions about the survey and exhibit. In addition to the exhibit, the study will also have a list of resources addressing agricultural issues and a report on the history, current status and future forecast for Groton farms.

Several of the farmers interviewed by Oakfield Research are vendors at the Groton Farmers Market held with the opening reception in the field behind Williams Barn. The exhibit will also be on view during the Friday Farmers Market until mid-September.

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