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Trustees of Reservations honor Dover farmer

Meryl LaTronica of  Powisset Farm in Dover.
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Meryl LaTronica of Powisset Farm in Dover.

During 12-hour work days as farm manager at Powisset Farm in Dover, Meryl LaTronica, 34, might organize produce headed for local food banks, run a workshop on growing vegetables, feed the pigs, mentor aspiring farmers, write a blog, or fix a tractor. The 109-acre property is owned by the Trustees of Reservations, a statewide land conservation and preservation nonprofit. Recently, LaTronica was selected by the organization as employee of the year from among 150 that work at all the properties. When she was hired eight years ago, the farm had been dormant for years. Fields were barren and a structure that housed cows was crumbling. LaTronica had some experience farming, but relied mostly on instinctive know-how. “They were crazy to give me the job,” she says. Apparently not. She spearheaded a farm that now thrives with 15 acres of vegetable beds and fruit patches, a 400-member Community Supported Agriculture program, and a farmstand. There are also cooking classes in a newly built kitchen. “I get to craft my vision,” says the farmer, who adds, “I feel supported and appreciated.” Powisset Farm, 37 Powisset St., Dover, 508-785-0339,