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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