Published on November 4, 2021

Linda Conrad Named Volunteer of the Year 2021

Linda Conrad, Volunteer of the Year 2021

Linda Conrad, Volunteer of the Year 2021

We're happy to announce that longtime volunteer Linda Conrad has been named Drumlin Farm's "Volunteer of the Year," receiving the Jonathan Leavy Award for Outstanding Volunteer Contributions.

Linda has contributed almost 1,000 hours of volunteer time, lending a hand at the farmstand, special events, and more. Among her many incredible contributions to the farm, one of her most memorable gifts has been the fabulously endearing Drumlin Farm quilt-map, hanging proudly and prominently in the Nature Center. The number of children’s fingerprints on the quilt-map glass—tracing paths around gardens, barns, and animals—is a true testament to how the piece speaks to our visitors, young and young-at-heart alike.

Quilt

The Jonathan Leavy Award is bestowed annually to a volunteer who has made significant contributions to Drumlin Farm during the previous year. Jonathan Leavy (June 23, 1943–June 29, 2016) volunteered at Drumlin Farm for eight years, caring for our livestock and using his considerable carpentry skills to benefit the farm. 

Linda graciously accepted the award, presented by Metro West Advisory Committee Chair, Andy Goldberg, saying, "My love affair with this place began in the early 1970s when I moved to Lexington with two small boys and discovered Drumlin Farm. We walked around what was a stripped-down version of the farm today. Fast forward 30 years and I've brought my three grandchildren to the farm, and to dozens of preschool programs…..we chased the Gingerbread Man, watch maple sap boil into syrup, learned about rabbits, explored vernal pools, and more. When I retired and closed my law practice a dozen years ago, I immediately became a volunteer. Full circle in 50 years. The farm may be a different enterprise now, but it is essentially a working farm, an earthly treasure."

From all of us at Drumlin Farm, thank you Linda for spending your extraordinarily generous time and energy at the sanctuary. Be sure to keep an eye out for Linda on your next trip to the farm!

Volunteers are vital to the success of our mission to protect the nature of Massachusetts and practice sustainable agriculture with our community. If you're interested in volunteering at Drumlin Farm, we want to hear from you!

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