An article in The Guardian has recently affirmed that Harry Potter remains the best-selling English language book series of all time. With some 450 million copies sold since the release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in 1997, the Harry Potter books are bested only by the French detective series Maigret, a collection of more than 100 books and short stories published between 1931 and 1972. However, in terms of series written for young adults, Harry Potter’s throne is threatened only by R. L. Stein’s Goosebumps, which have sold upwards of 300 million copies since 1992. Nancy Drew, The Baby-sitters Club, The Chronicles of Narnia, and Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight round out the list of young adult series that have sold in excess of 100 million books each.
In his spare time, Ethan Bondick enjoys reading, particularly autobiographies of tennis stars like Rafael Nadal and Brad Gilbert and the Harry Potter Series.
Gaining Ground employs a unique model that depends on volunteers from the community to execute the majority of the work at the farm needed to produce nutritious food items. The farm then offers this food to a variety of organizations during the harvest season. The majority of the food is consumed within 24 hours of harvest due to the localized and direct mission of the organization.
The work at Gaining Ground makes a tremendous difference in the lives of countless families and individuals in need. Some of these individuals in need receive whole ingredients from food banks while others go to shelters and soup kitchens for meals prepared with the produce. Gaining Ground also impacts the volunteers, who learn more about where their food comes from and the work that goes into growing produce. Volunteers include children as young as eight years old up to people in their 80s who want to get a breath of fresh air, help the community, and learn about farming.
Ethan Bondick has had the opportunity to work at GG through his school.