Harnessing the Power of the Land
MDI Teen Agricultural Crew Grows Food for Community Soup Kitchens
Around a bend on Mount Desert Island’s Tremont Road, the view opens up suddenly and spectacularly to reveal Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s Kelley Farm Preserve, ten acres of protected meadowland on Cousins Creek overlooking the mountains of Acadia National Park. MDI has no shortage of beautiful views. But this one is a little different.
Look closely and among the tall grass you’ll see stalks of corn, rows of leafy greens, and the people growing them—MCHT’s MDI Farm Program Manger Matt McElwee and the Teen Agriculture Crew. Since MCHT acquired the former saltwater farm in 2014, this group has been bringing the land to life to help feed people in their community.
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“Writing the Land is an attempt to honor nature and our relationship with it in a way that is as equitable and transparent as it is deep and entangled. We intend to be as inclusive—to humans and places—as we hope the mantle of protection that land trusts offer can be.”
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Our new Southern Maine Outreach Coordinator is excited to bring her skillset and outdoor educational experience to this new position at MCHT.
Zhenya Mikha spends formative years on the Teen Ag Crew at Erickson Fields, fostering an interest in conservation and studying ecology and psychology.
Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields require much-needed investment to make them safer, more efficient, and more inclusive community preserves. How do we extend access to the special experiences they offer?