November 26, 2012

Brunswick garden produces 1,200 pounds of veggies for needy

Volunteers distributed the onions, carrots, potatoes and squash just before Thanksgiving.

By Dennis Hoey
Staff Writer

BRUNSWICK — More than 1,200 pounds of vegetables were harvested at a Brunswick farm and distributed to midcoast area families at risk of hunger earlier this month.

The Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program and the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust collaborated on the effort in an attempt to increase the amount of fresh food in the diets of needy families.

Volunteers harvested 1,241 pounds of onions, carrots, potatoes and squash in August and September from a 5,000-square-foot garden bed at Crystal Spring Farm in Brunswick. They distributed the food just before Thanksgiving.

The garden is named after Tom Settlemire, a Land Trust director and the organization’s former president, who has been a driving force behind the growth of locally grown foods. During the summer months, Crystal Spring Farm hosts a Saturday farmer’s market.

Settlemire said he is encouraged by the partnership and hopes to double the amount of food grown for the hunger prevention program.

Midcoast Hunger Prevention operates a food pantry that offers fresh and packaged food to families.

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