Another Griffin for Locally Grown

Carleton Student Organic Farm Carleton Student Organic Farm Griffin Williams
While out for a little Shot of Solitude yesterday morning, I came upon a new sign adjacent to the Rec Center parking lot: “Carleton Student Organic Farm – Righteous Food.” I followed the path back to get a photo and saw that a student was working on another sign. He told me that this was the first year that the garden, in existence since the 60s, would be selling its produce to Bon Appétit, Carleton’s dining service. I asked him his name after taking his photo. “Griffin Williams.” I pulled out my wallet to show him my driver’s license. He was as shocked as I was, as neither of us had ever met another adult with the same first name… spelled the same way, too.

The Carleton Shrinking Footprints Blog has a July post titled What’s Up with the Carleton Garden? authored by Griffin and another summer intern, Kelsey Ross.


  1. Katie Prichard said:

    I’m starting my senior year at Luther College, in Iowa, and we’ve had the same program in place for a while now. It’s a wonderful program, giving students the opportunity to personally invest themselves both in the food services and sustainability efforts. I’m really happy that Carleton has created this type of program for themselves.

    September 8, 2009
  2. john george said:

    Friff- It just occured to me that both you and Griff Williams could both use the same moniker. You, for your propensity to produce “fluff”. He, because he is involed in a farming operation. This is too good! Two “Friffs” in Northfield at the same time.

    September 9, 2009
  3. Griff Wigley said:

    Thanks for info on Luther’s program, Katie. I just got an email from Griffin saying “We just made it to $5,300 today (from one ton of produce, literally).”

    John, we hope to derive signficant revenues by licensing the name ‘LoGroNo,’ not withstanding others who claim it.

    September 11, 2009
  4. john george said:

    Griff (Friff)- Maybe it helps to have a patron saint.

    September 11, 2009
  5. Griffin Williams said:

    Thanks for posting this Griff! I must admit is seems odd to call someone else by the same name! Just an update on the farm – we have now made $12,500 from 2.5 tons of vegetables. Still shooting for $15,000!

    October 6, 2009
  6. Griff Wigley said:

    You’re welcome, Griffin. What’s the plan for the money you’ve made?

    October 10, 2009
  7. Griffin Williams said:

    final sales = $13,973.50!  The money will be going back into the farm for next year – intern’s salaries, supplies, etc.

    October 30, 2009

Leave a Reply