SOUTHINGTON — Local students will soon begin work on a new farm stand on the Grosky property on Berlin Street.
A produce stand used by the Grosky family on the farm, purchased by the town two years ago, was badly deteriorated. Town and school board officials came up with the idea that high school students studying carpentry and other trades could build the stand with donated materials.
During Thursday night’s Board of Education meeting, school board chairman Brian Goralski said that the foundation for the stand had been poured by a local company. Lumber was delivered Thursday to Southington High School, but rainy weather kept students from starting construction, which is now set to begin next week.
The farm stand will be used by local growers to sell produce. It will also give high school students a chance to use their building skills.
“You’re going to see a brand new farm stand there very soon,” Goralski said at the meeting. “It’s going to be used by our students and the community for years to come.”
The J. Allen Lamb and Edward S. Pocock Foundation donated the lumber. Pocock said donated materials and labor will be used on the project and “won’t cost the town a dime.”
The farm stand won’t have electricity or plumbing. The Farm Heritage Committee, which includes Town Council Chairman Chris Palmieri, will oversee use of the stand by local farmers.
Frank Grosky, owner of the farm, died in 2014 at the age of 93. The town bought the 3.5-acre property in 2016 and demolished a house and some outbuildings. Town officials have said they want to maintain an agricultural use for the land.