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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 – 3/14/2019

I am happy to report we started planting food for our 2020 season. On Saturday, we had five, eager-to-get-their-hands-back-into-the-soil volunteers. 160 lettuce seedlings planted on Saturday Over 160 lettuce seedlings were planted in the Rimmel, which equates to a bed and a half. We have a total of four beds in that greenhouse. The volunteers planted the varieties with different harvest dates to create a ... Click to read more.

March 15th, 2020|

Theda’s Farm Report – 3/4/2020

Wow, our first Farm Report for the 2020 growing season! Thanks to all of you who have been inquiring about volunteer start-up times. Seed starting sessions We will have seed starting sessions here at my house, scheduled for 3/27 and again on 4/4. I seem to have plenty of help scheduled for those dates but if anyone is especially interested in being part of this ... Click to read more.

March 5th, 2020|

Theda’s Farm Report – 11/9/11

The growing season is coming to a close The farm report is about to go into hibernation! We are over 15,200 pounds as of last week and that is without last year's 4,000 pounds of zucchini. Many more greens were grown this year and are still being harvested. We are down to one gleaning per week now that spinach and chard are all we have ... Click to read more.

November 12th, 2019|

Theda’s Farm Report – 11/2/19

An Abundant Harvest Wow it's November and we are still going strong! Last week we harvested and delivered over 650 pounds of beautiful organic produce that included: spinach, lettuce, Swiss chard, carrots, turnips, peppers, a few tomatoes, beet greens, radishes, scallions, garlic, and winter squash. With winter temperatures predicted for next weekend, that variety will probably be greatly diminished. We do have a tunnel full ... Click to read more.

November 5th, 2019|
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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)

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