Midshipmen Action Group (MAG)
Over a three-year period, Goshen Farm benefited from the hard work and dedication of the United States Naval Academy’s Midshipmen Action Group (MAG). MAG is a midshipmen-managed community service organization that coordinates numerous projects in the Annapolis area and nationwide. Miriam Stanicic, the Naval Academy Community Relations Officer, coordinated those midshipmen who gave their time, talent, and energy with a variety of educational, environmental, and social service activities.
The GFPS Board of Directors appreciates the enthusiasm, the positive attitudes, and the speed with which the MAG accomplished the projects they undertook at Goshen Farm. These efforts have enhanced the historic Goshen Farm buildings and property.
Timeline of MAG Events
See what we have been up to.
MAG Members Have One Last Visit to Goshen Farm
In the midst of the very busy Commissioning Week, three Midshipmen First Class paid one last visit to Goshen Farm. Peter Guo, Susan Funk, and Cesar Segura, all of whom gave many hours of volunteer service over the last three years, joined Board Members, Dean Cowherd, Assistant State Soil Scientist, and Miriam Stanicic, MAG Public Relations Director for a pizza and sub lunch.
Midshipmen Action Group Award Winners
During Commissioning Week, two of the MAG members who have worked with Goshen Farm over the last three years received awards in a ceremony at the Naval Academy. Midshipmen First Class, Susan Funk and Peter Guo, received the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.
MAG Awards at the USNA
In the beautiful and solemn setting of Memorial Hall at United States Naval Academy the Goshen Farm Preservation Society (GFPS) received recognition for its work with the Midshipmen Action Group (MAG). A total of eleven community organizations were recognized for giving the Midshipmen an opportunity to provide community service.
Another MAG Workday at the Farm
We had 21 Mids spend the entire morning helping to clear vines and trees from an area to expand the Sharing Garden for four additional plots and for a ‘High Tunnel’ Greenhouse (24’ X 30’) which will be constructed north of the existing Sharing Garden and just west of the Servant’s Quarters.
Digging into a Farm’s History Helps Teach About Soil
Using an engineering drawing as their guide, the midshipmen dug a soil pit that demonstrates the complexity of soil. The midshipmen also helped to clear invasive vines and trees in a field where a barn once existed.
While many midshipmen cleared the former area of the Goshen Barn and old silo of vines, trees, and trash others began excavation of a Soil Health Educational Pit at Goshen Farm.