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Notes From the Field

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

Theda’s Farm Report – 7/18/20

This week's headliner was onions and more onions! Lots of nice big white onions were sent out in all three gleanings this week. We literally packed Dalton's SUV with boxes to be delivered to MCHPP in Brunswick on Friday. Dalton is an intern from Bowdoin College working this summer with Merrymeeting Gleaners. He comes twice a week and helps us with gleaning, delivering, and anything ... Click to read more.

July 20th, 2020|

Theda’s Farm Report –  7/11/20

This week we added celery to our mix. Cameron is modeling two large crisp and crunchy bunches. The celery we can grow in Maine is much stronger tasting than the grocery store brand. It's great in soups and salads. A little goes a long way. Cameron also took a great photo of a Yellow Monarch on one the first sunflowers of the summer. ... Click to read more.

July 14th, 2020|

Theda’s Farm Report – 7/4/2020

The drought is definitely over and the vegetables are responding. The summer squash is looking healthy and happy in front of the greenhouse. Gleaners are harvesting the first of the summer squash in another area of the farm but this plot looks especially promising. We are currently harvesting eight different vegetables with several more coming this week. Our pea crop is especially prolific, poor ... Click to read more.

July 6th, 2020|

Theda’s Farm Report – 6/27/20

Our big news for the week was the comparison of poundage totals from 2019 and 2020. Last year at this point we had donated 700 pounds of fresh produce, and this year we have already donated 2,700 pounds! Part of the increase was the ability to get crops planted much earlier. The dramatic increase is probably not something we can sustain throughout the rest of ... Click to read more.

June 29th, 2020|
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In the News

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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