Notes From the Field

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

Rebecca’s Farm Report – 10/13/19

We harvested 764 pounds this week. Our total for the year is up to 12,592. The butternut squash has been picked and sweetening in the hoop houses. It will begin to be distributed in the next week or two. The spinach is growing faster than we can pick it, and the salad turnips continue to astonish. Carrots, lettuce, beets, peppers, a few tomatoes, Nappa cabbage, ... Click to read more.

October 14th, 2019|

Theda’s Farm Report – 10/6/19

What the first frost meant for Growing to Give Frost came this week and took the outside tomatoes and peppers. We had to harvest all the butternut squash. We welcomed Nat as a volunteer this week and he helped me pull all the Waldo butternut on Tuesday, maybe about 500 to 550 pounds. Cathy helped with the Waltham butternut on Saturday. Those squash were a ... Click to read more.

October 6th, 2019|

Theda’s Farm Report – 9/28/19

The harvest Another week of incredibly beautiful weather at the farm this week. This warm weather is encouraging the cool-weather spinach, radishes, and Hakuri turnips we planted earlier this month. Really exciting! The second plantings of broccoli and Chinese cabbage are also being harvested. The peppers and tomatoes in the greenhouse and tunnels are still coming on strong. One of our King of the North ... Click to read more.

October 1st, 2019|

Theda’s Farm Report – 9/21/19

"Goodbye" to an almost perfect Maine summer and "hello" to one of a lot of people's favorite season's: fall. I think one of the highlights of the past summer was no drought. Yes, we still irrigated almost daily in July but there was no real concern about the pond getting too low and needing to conserve water. New Hedgerow This week we installed a 100-foot ... Click to read more.

September 23rd, 2019|
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In the News

“Children, Bowdoin students and community members joined in solidarity protest for climate”
“John Newlin, a 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 could 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)

A group in Brunswick is growing fresh, organic produce for area food pantries. Growing to Give is a WMTW News 8 Community Champion. Watch the video.

“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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