[Gleaning] is a critical step in responding to food insecurity: gleaning activities both help to reduce food waste at the farming production level, by harvesting food that would have otherwise been left, and to more equitably distribute food throughout the food system.
“Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields were originally established as working farms, not as public preserves,” said Kate Stookey, president and CEO of Maine Coast Heritage Trust. “Yet for generations, they have done a remarkable job of welcoming thousands of annual visitors while fostering powerful connections between the food we eat and the land that sustains us.”
“I believe strongly in fostering the curiosity, work ethic and knowledge needed to thrive out in the world. I have experienced so many kids gain these skills by working, playing, and learning through the lens of agriculture, and there are few better (or more beautiful) places to do that than Aldermere Farm.” – Calder Gladstone
At the KCFC meeting, presenters will be introducing MFA to the broader food collective, talking about local food distribution needs and the collaboration between Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Maine Farmland Trust and Midcoast Farmers Alliance, and brainstorming with participants how the proposed project can increase food security.
“In a single growing season, people can learn skills and habits that serve them well for life. It’s gratifying to be part of that process.” – MCHT volunteer Marina Schauffler
Erickson Fields will host a six-month session of Kids Can Grow, a program introducing families with young children to growing vegetables for healthy eating.
MCHT invites all ages to celebrate Beltie Holiday with the cows at the Aldermere Farm.
Knox County Food Council hosts a virtual group discussion with Candice Richards from Knox County Emergency Management Agency.
“We want to make sure we’re serving the people in our community to the best of our ability,” says Heidi Baker, Manager of Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields.
Erickson Farm Manager, Aaron Englander, will demonstrate Korean Natural Farming, an agricultural method that encourages self-sustaining, closed loop systems through minimizing external inputs.
Learn about a citizen’s initiative involving businesses, residents, and organizations working together with City officials to make Ellsworth a model green community.
ROCKPORT – Saturday, May 8th Aldermere Farm, a preserve of Maine Coast Heritage Trust, will open its barnyard to introduce the newest members of Aldermere’s Belted Galloway herd. At the top of every hour from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. farm staff and volunteers will lead behind-the-scenes tours of the barnyard at 20 Russell Ave…
Central Maine FarmDrop has worked to create something new for Maine’s local food network.
The new off-leash hours will be in effect for a 6-month trial from April through September, 2021.
Interns will gain hands-on experience in sustainable agricultural practices and learn about their local food system from food production, processing and distribution to consumption and waste management.
Turn gardening dreams into a delicious reality!
Cabin fever setting in? Looking for a sweet pick-me-up? Come learn how to make syrup from sap.
MCHT invites youth ages 10 to 18 to work hands-on with Belted Galloway calves at Aldermere Farm.
Knox County Food Council invites the public to learn about youth agriculture addressing food insecurity in the Midcoast.
The survey will inform revisions to the existing preserve guidelines to better meet the needs of the community.