Sourcing Our Food Locally – Growing Gardens Communally
Imagine a vibrant crop of carrots being harvested by a 9th grader who hands them over to a neighboring volunteer who washes them and stuffs them in bags for Food Pantry Clients. Next to them are a family who spend their summers on MDI who signed up to volunteer and are picking greens and bagging them up for Malvern Belmont residents. And across from all this activity are sitting a couple of senior citizens glowing in the sunlight, enjoying the activity, knowing that they’ll be leaving that afternoon having picked their own salad for dinner.
Community gardens will help us create vibrant centers that nourish creative interaction and at the same time produce nutritious foods for those most in need.
We’re asking all local area farmers, gardeners, educators, volunteers, businesses, organizations, students, and all our friends and neighbors to join us in establishing the prototype for community gardens on mdi. The idea is simple. Students and volunteers will start seedlings under the watchful eye of local farmers and master gardeners. Those seedlings will be planted – this first year – at Sweet Pea Farm and at Malvern Belmont Housing. Community members will be asked to volunteer – as little as an hour or two over the entire growing season and with instructions in hand – water, weed and harvest crops.
The bounty will be donated to the Malvern Belmont, the Food Pantries, on a limited basis to Meals for Me food program (which has now produced over 250,000 meals for local residents), and for personal use by residents of housing.
The goal is to create community gardens all over Mount Desert Island to supply food pantries and soup kitchens and with additional garden plots made available for all potential gardeners who wish to grow and harvest their own crops.
Please attend our first planning meeting to share your expertise or to simply learn about volunteering option. Meet the local farmers and master gardeners who are spearheading this project.
Thursday, April 26th. Union Meeting House/ Parish House Somesville 7:00 pm. Bring your suggestions. Bring a friend. Tell your neighbor.