Knox County Food Council features MCHT’s Teen Ag Crew

The Knox County Food Council (kcfoodcouncil.com) invites the public to a virtual gathering on Tuesday, February 2nd to learn about youth agriculture addressing food insecurity in the Midcoast. The meeting will begin at 3:30 pm with a presentation about the Teen Ag Crew that annual raises 20,000+ lbs. of vegetables in a 4-acre garden at Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s Erickson Fields Preserve, 164 West Street in Rockport. Produce from the teens’ garden supplies hunger relief agencies throughout Knox, Lincoln and Waldo counties as well as MSAD 28 school lunches, Quarry Hill Retirement Community and several local restaurants. Through diligent, cohesive teamwork the Teen Ag Crew manages from seed to distribution over 30 different crops at Erickson Fields, learning the A-Z’s of market garden production. Through Mainers Feeding Mainers, a Good Shepherd Food Bank program, over 18,000 lbs. of produce were distributed directly to eight local food pantries and a homeless shelter in 2020. Thanks to an ongoing partnership with the Knox County Gleaners, volunteers helped harvest over 60% of the garden’s total yield.

The presentation will be followed by a group discussion with the Teen Ag Crew team, Knox County Gleaners, and Knox County Food Council at 4:00 PM. All are welcome to attend and may email to receive the Zoom link.

Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Good Shepherd Food Bank, and the Knox County Gleaners, are a few of the founding members of the Knox County Food Council, a community-based coalition that formed in 2019 to promote a more resilient food system in Knox County, Maine. The Council’s monthly meetings are open to the public. Anyone who has an interest in food system-related issues, such as food insecurity, is encouraged to subscribe (eepurl.com/gI6J_H) to receive links to monthly meetings and endorse Knox County Food Council’s Food Charter online at aldermere.org/programs/outreach/kcfc.