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.
Established in 2017, Scatter Good Farm grows organic vegetables for local food pantries and
other low-income programs around the state. In the face of increased need, many pantries have
been reduced to supplying families with just empty calories rather than healthy, fresh foods. But,
programs like Growing to Give help provide nutritious vegetables to those who otherwise would
not have access to them.
So, once a week, dressed in her garden clothes and Bean Boots Robin leaves home and heads to
the 30-acre farm in Brunswick. Staff and volunteers are always up and at it early as well,
preparing for long days working the rows of tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower and
more. With over 10,000 pounds of fresh veggies grown, picked and donated so far this year,
there’s no shortage of things to do–and the Growing to Give counts on volunteers like Robin to
get their hands dirty for those in need.
“There are just not enough hours in the day—so planting, mulching, re-stringing tomatoes,
setting out and removing row covers as needed, extensive watering…this is work that may not
get done without volunteers,” says Robin who discovered the farm while job searching. While
L.L.Bean became her place of employment, Scatter Good called a year later, asking her to
volunteer. Since then, the Growing to Give mission, staff, hands-on-work–and maybe even the
Nigerian Dwarf goats and miniature horse–have grown on her.
While giving back to her community has become very important to Robin, she’s also reaped
multiple benefits from Scatter Good Farm. “I’m always doing something different,” she says.
“I’ve learned so much about plants, about food insecurity issues, even about making veggie
platters for the annual summer fundraiser,” she says.
Robin also plenty of teachable opportunities, “It’s one of the most peaceful places in Brunswick.
And I have purposely taken each of my three grandchildren there to just feel the calm, the beauty
and the peace of it, and to teach them firsthand about where real food comes from.”
As the growing season wanes, Robin’s duties shift to putting the gardens to bed in advance of
winter. “We’re prepping the plants for the cold; getting rid of tomatoes and peppers, while
planting other veggies, like cabbage, in the greenhouse.”
But come spring, she’ll be back, eagerly looking to dig in on growing the next bumper crop for
local food banks.
And, they’ll need it, as the farm plans to increase production again of fresh certified organic