Team Leaders: Sally Harwood
To promote the development of a sustainable food system through a better understanding of farming and a sustainable food network. To increase the appreciation of locally grown foods, and to encourage marketing opportunities for local growers.
Local Farmer Outreach & Farmland Preservation Efforts
Our team also conducts regular outreach programs to Maine Farmland Trust and other statewide agricultural commissions. We focus on policy work and preservation efforts to keep Maine’s beautiful farmland intact, especially in Benton, Clinton, Sydney, and Oakland. The Farm and Food team also coordinates with the first Agricultural Commission in Maine (in Winslow), an organization that supports local farmers, agricultural infrastructure, and community education about the merits of supporting local farming. Our team also held a meeting between local food pantry and soup kitchen coordinators to discuss issues and work on resolutions.
Community Garden Projects
Our team is dedicated to encouraging community and household gardening and promoting local, healthy food for residents across Kennebec Valley. The Farm and Food Team has organized and built six organic community gardens across Waterville, Oakland, and Winslow. The team also managed a school-based garden at Hall Street School in Waterville. Plots are 4x6 feet raised beds that cost $10.