Notes From the Field

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

Theda’s Farm Report – 9/14/2021

Whew! That about sums up this week.  We had 4 gleanings that all together, harvested over 1,000 pounds. That put us over 10,000 pounds for the year so far. We have a farm full of vegetables and are actually still planting in hopes of some late season harvests. Our Monday gleaners came on Tuesday this week due to Labor Day and some of ... Click to read more.

September 14th, 2021|

Theda’s Farm Report – 9/7/2021

We had another record week, sending another 1,000+ pounds into our community and adding Saturday as a 4th gleaning day. This week we will exceed 10,000 pounds total for the year and are far from being finished. Our carrots are ready! Carrie is showing off a carrot that (greens included) is 1/2 of her height! We dedicated a full plot (600sq feet) to carrots, plus ... Click to read more.

September 7th, 2021|

Theda’s Farm Report – 8/30/2021

1,608.94! That was the total weight of donated food sent out this week. A new record for us. Full disclosure; with our expansion now in production we should be setting some new records. 🙂 We had a whopping 7 pound spaghetti squash in that mix and our sweet colorful peppers are ripening and being added to the donation boxes. Twelve Bowdoin College ... Click to read more.

August 31st, 2021|

Theda’s Farm Report – 8/22/2021

We are starting to add up the poundage as we harvest some of our heavier and more prolific summer crops. Our late planting of zucchini is peaking in production. Our crew and volunteers picked almost 400 pounds of tomatoes this week. Our total was over 1,000 pounds and I think that will continue for a while with the addition of our extremely large spaghetti squash starting to ... Click to read more.

August 22nd, 2021|
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In the News

Bringing together people and food, Brunswick farm exceeds 50,000 lbs of donated produce
“Growing to Give, a nonprofit farm in Brunswick, aims to counter food insecurity and climate change through local, sustainable agriculture.” (read more)

Local organizations step up to help feed people in need during pandemic 
“Growing to Give, a farm-based nonprofit in Brunswick, is ramping up production to help feed more people, while local farms and the Brunswick Topsham Land Trust are distributing seedlings to help people grow their own food.” (read more)

Maine Voices: Hungry Mainers need help from Washington to feed their families by John Newlin
“We need Sen. Collins to push the Republican majority to increase SNAP benefits in the next COVID bill. This is not a time to let perfect be the enemy of the legislative good. This is a time to feed Americans in need.” (read more)

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)


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