Lincoln Academy Community Garden
The approved site for The Lincoln Academy Community Garden is located within a 5-10 minute walk from main classroom building and dormitory and a 15-minute walk at most to the Newcastle Food Pantry at the Second Congregational Church, the primary beneficiary of the garden’s harvest. The site is accessible to the road and parking, and has access to running water and a shed for equipment and supplies. Additionally, the site has excellent drainage, full sun, 2 large plots already in existence, and several mature apple and pear trees. There is plenty of open space for creating more in-ground or raised beds, hoop houses and for rows dedicated to a selection of fruit bushes.
Our mixed group of faculty, students, and staff, The Lincoln Academy Gardeners, intends to partner with established clubs and organizations in the school and area, and make use of the many excellent resources in our region, such as the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Service, MOGFA (Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association,) FARMS (Focus on Agriculture in Rural Maine Schools), and the Maine School Garden Network. Many members of our core group have close connections with representatives in these organizations.
Goals for the Community Garden include:
1) Provide fresh produce to a growing population of food insecure individuals and families in our immediate area through the Newcastle Food Pantry (www.newcastlefoodpantry.org.)
2) Provide seedlings and instruction in container and raised bed gardening to interested clients of the NFP.
3) Provide a compelling hands-on learning environment for LA students in such diverse areas as Biology, AP Environmental Science, fine arts, photography, Life Skills, media/communication, cooking, management/organization, personal finance, and independent study.
4) Align our efforts with the mission of FARMS (www.mefarms.org): “ To provide education about good nutrition and the role of local farms in promoting healthy, sustainable communities."
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