The Harvesting HOPE community garden project is one where HOPE is harvested ... Healthy Organic Produce for Everyone ... as part of UMaine Extension’s Maine Harvest for Hunger program (MHH). Harvesting HOPE also gleans hope in other arenas: hope for the future ... hope for positive change ... hope for food security during the growing season. The garden is a place where both produce and a person can grow, a sanctuary from food insecurity, a cog in the wheel that ends hunger in York County.
From the hilltop the garden perches upon, you look west onto the hills of Alfred, Maine. Turn east and you see the peaceful campus of the York County Shelter Program - a space where families and individuals who need assistance can get the helping hand and smile they need. Look to the north and you will see people in line at the food pantry - waiting to fill their box with donated foods.
In the past, the garden "up on the hill" was grown and managed by a team of York County Master Gardener Volunteers and volunteers from the community. Produce was grown with the intention of donating the bounty to MHH - a statewide Cooperative Extension program that gleans and grows for hungry Mainers.
This growing season we will expand the scope of the garden through the Harvesting HOPE community garden project. In addition to growing for MHH, four food insecure families who frequent the food pantry will be invited to adopt their own plot(s) of land in the garden. The space will be theirs - where they can harvest carrots, spinach, peas, tomatoes, their choice ... and hope. They will be secure in knowing they can grow their own food. They will harvest their own hope for positive change in their lives.
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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