Notes From the Field

Read on to discover what we’ve been up to at Growing to Give.

Theda’s Farm Report – 3/29/20

25 bags of spinach to Brunswick Housing We had our first gleaning of spinach this week. Over seven pounds (in 25 individual bags) went to Brunswick Housing. There will be more spinach to harvest this coming week and lettuces ready in early April. An abundance of perennial food-producing plants on the farm We are beginning to set areas of the farm aside for perennial food-producing ... Click to read more.

March 30th, 2020|

Theda’s Farm Report – 3/21/20

This week, a lot of time and energy went into setting up systems to keep all of us as safe as possible when working and volunteering at the farm. We got a lot done on Saturday thanks to our volunteers This past Saturday was our first test and it seemed to go really well. There was tremendous support on Saturday and every volunteer slot was ... Click to read more.

March 23rd, 2020|

COVID-19 Response and Plan

Dear Growing to Give Community,  We are reaching out to ask for your help in ensuring that we are able to provide fresh, nutritious food to our neighbors in need this season. Now, more than ever, we need to work together to serve those who are experiencing food insecurity, knowing the numbers are sure to increase in the coming months.  Please come volunteer in a ... Click to read more.

March 16th, 2020|

Volunteering: COVID-19 response and plan

Dear Growing to Give Existing and New Volunteers, We hope this email finds you and your loved ones well. First, work at Growing to Give will continue this season and is more important than ever. We are so grateful for the support of those of you who have volunteered in the past, and we look forward to welcoming new volunteers to our community.  Volunteers are ... Click to read more.

March 16th, 2020|
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In the News

“Children, Bowdoin students and community members joined in solidarity protest for climate”
“John Newlin, co-founder of Growing to Give, a local farm-based program dedicated to reducing food insecurity through climate-friendly farming, said that with the right practices, agriculture would not simply become a smaller part of the problem, but a part of the solution. He encouraged those gathered to shop and eat locally, but more importantly, to “use your voice and vote.”” (read more)

“Students ‘growing, giving and learning’ in new farm-based program”
“Organizers say the program will teach students about local solutions to hunger, healthy food, and climate-friendly agriculture.” (read more)

“Brunswick farm looks to expand, marks 30k in vegetable donations”

“In gifting half a ton of organic vegetables to 15 area food access organizations earlier this month, Growing to Give surpassed the 30,000-pound mark in total donations since 2017.” (read more)

“Spotlight: Theda Lyden” (Merrymeeting Food Council Summer 2019 Newsletter)

A fun interview with Theda Leyden, Growing to Give’s Farm Manager, that features her work, her thoughts on the local and regional food system, and what one of her favorite summer meals is. (read more)

“Brunswick group grows fresh produce for food banks” by Steve Minich (WMTW, 7/26/19)

Steve Minich of Channel 8 in Portland (WMTW) honored Growing to Give as a “group” Community Champion on Friday, July 26, 2019! Watch the video. (Note: The lead-in is missing from the video: “It’s an organization out of Brunswick – called Growing to Give…”)

“Brunswick farm fights food insecurity with ‘Growing to Give'” by Elizabeth Clemente (The Forecaster, 6/8/18)

“It’s easy to miss Scatter Good Farm while driving along the winding East Coxon Road. But a food bank at the farm is attracting attention for helping several organizations fight food insecurity in Maine.” (read more)

Update: 17,000 lbs. were grown and donated in 2018, but the goal for 2019 has been revised to 18,000 lbs. The tentative goal for 2020 is 25,000 lbs.

“Growing to Give” by David Treadwell (The Times Record, 6/8/18)

“Great things can happen when good friends with big hearts and fine minds have a good idea. Growing to Give stands as a shining example.” (read more)

Article featuring Growing to Give volunteer Robin Knight (L.L.Bean intranet, October 2018)

“Manufacturing’s Robin Knight knows a lot about working with her hands. After all, she’s a Bean Boot finisher skilled at crafting our most iconic product. And, on Saturdays, she uses her hands in a different way, as a volunteer at Scatter Good Farm’s, Growing to Give program.” (read more)


Newsletter – Fall 2018

With fall vegetables still being harvested, and preparations well underway for early spring harvest, things are still busy at Growing to Give. But as Thanksgiving Day approaches, we hope you’ll join us in taking a few moments today to reflect on the true spirit of thanksgiving days - a spirit that countless humans have celebrated on special days over the millennia. It’s an overused phrase, ... Click to read more.

October 3rd, 2019|
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