rip trauger groh, “farming adept”

posted August 8, 2016


Though we are a couple weeks late in the posting, we wanted to honor a new agrarian legend who passed– not unnoticed– at the end of July. The farming community has been mourning the passing of Trauger Groh, one of the founding members of the Wilton Community Farm in New Hampshire, one of the first two CSAs in the country and the oldest continuously operating CSA in the country. Read the beautiful obit written by Steven McFadden below.

With sorrow, I note the death this morning of my friend and
colleague Trauger Groh, 84, of the Temple-Wilton Community Farm in New
Hampshire, the oldest continuously operating CSA in the USA. Trauger is
survived by his wife, Alice, and their two children, Nicola and Theo. He is
also survived by the community farm, still thriving and poised to go forward
on the paths he helped to lay out over 30 years ago.

To honor Trauger (1932-2016) and his many contributions to the world at large
and in particular to farm communities around the world, I offer the following
appreciation. It’s something I wrote earlier this year for the Biodynamic
Association.  ~ Steven McFadden

Trauger Groh, Agrarian Adept

In the late 1980s I had the good fortune to meet Trauger Groh in New
Hampshire, and to engage wholeheartedly with him on the subject of farms and
the fundamental role they play in human existence. It took only an hour or two
for me to recognize that I was associating with an Agrarian Adept.

The word adept derives from Latin, adeptus, meaning one who has attained the
highest level of knowledge and skill in a field of endeavor. In olden times
the term was applied to accomplished alchemists, or in a general metaphysical
sense to an initiate who had mastered the Mysteries.

To me it seems altogether natural and fitting to attach adept as an epithet to
convey respect to both Trauger and his wife Alice Bennett Groh, and to his
longtime agrarian compatriots, Anthony Graham and Lincoln Geiger. Together
they helped initiate a profound form of healing for land, plants, animals and
people: Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). This form will endure, I feel,
to benefit future generations…