The Community Farm at Chestnut Ridge
The Community Farm at Chestnut Ridge serves campers, church and school groups, youth, and families from the surrounding area. As part of Chestnut Ridge Camp & Retreat Center and related by faith to the NC Conference of the United Methodist Church, we take seriously our mission to responsibly care for the earth and share what that looks like with others.
Our summer camp, after school, and outdoor education programs connect children with the natural world and the soils and cycles that put healthy food on their plates. Our community garden connects neighbor to neighbor, allowing us to learn and work alongside one another. At-risk youth join us on weekends to complete service hours and are invited to take fresh produce home with them. As we host potlucks and serve homegrown food from our kitchen, we can demonstrate what it means to eat close to the land, and have conversations about why that matters.
A few steers and hogs are raised each year to provide meat for our campers and retreat groups, and to offer children the opportunity to help tend livestock. In addition to the vegetables grown for members and our kitchen, we plan to set aside several beds to grow crops for a local charity, as a way to integrate the practice of giving into our camp programming.
This year, we’d like to draw upon permaculture principles to transform our small orchard into a bountiful food forest. By following a tier-system that imitates the structure and function of a forest, we can interplant species that support one another and best utilize the land available to us. The forest will become a place for exploring, harvesting, tasting, and enjoying – and will expand what we are able to share with those of all ages who participate in our community.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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3 Powderhorn Drive,
Scarborough, ME, 04074, USA