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Volunteer Work Day @ Rolling Acres Farm / Joseph A. Fiore Art Center

The Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm will be hosting a spring workday Thursday, April 25th in Jefferson. This workday will help us prep the property for the summer season.  We’ll be doing everything from cleaning out sheds, to building compost containers, cleaning up the beach, and painting trim… We’ll have a job for everyone!

Lunch and snacks provided.

Please RSVP to Caroline@mainefarmlandtrust.org

Veggies For All Onion Harvest

Join us at our School St. field TUESDAY 9/6 to bring in one of our best looking onion crops in recent memory. We have about 10,000 of them to pull and set to cure, so however you do the math, we need LOTS of hands to help.

We’ll be working from 9 a.m. to Noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Please do not arrive expecting to work between noon and 1, as our crew and other volunteers will all be taking a well deserved break/lunch during that time.

Onion harvest volunteers can head straight to the field on School St., across from the fire station, just east of the raceway. Look for a white and black “VFA” sign along the road. (Roughly 230 School Street Unity, Maine 04988 via GPS.)

This event is ON rain or shine. Please bring whatever you need to be comfortable in that day’s conditions.

RSVP helpful but not required: veggiesforall@mainefarmlandtrust.org // 338-6575

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Volunteer day with Veggies For All: Onion Transplanting

VFA invites volunteers to ‘squash hunger’ in the Unity area by helping us with the first big task of the 2016 growing season: onion transplanting! Wednesday May 4 9AM-noon and 1PM-4PM, with a rain date of Thursday May 5 9AM-noon and 1PM-4PM. C’mon out!

We’ll meet at our School Street field (roughly 250 School Street or 0.7 miles west of the 202/139 intersection in downtown Unity) and work there for the duration. Look for the round, white sign that says “VFA.” If you pass the racetrack you’ve gone too far.

No experience necessary, as our crew will provide on-site training and support. Kids welcome, if accompanied by an adult. Please come prepared to get a little dirty, stay hydrated, and have fun! We’ll have a handful of work gloves and some drinking water on-site, but bringing your own gloves and water bottle might make things more comfortable. (Please note that there are not facilities on site- but they are close-by at MFT office and the community center.)

RSVP not necessary, but helpful: programs@unitybarnrasiers.org / 207-948-9005.

Contact veggiesforall@mainefarmlandtrust.org FMI.

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Maine Association of Nonprofits at Veggies for All

The Maine Association of Nonprofits came out to Veggies for All in Unity last week for a day of work (and play!) in the fields. Read their account of the day below. This was originally posted on their website

“You’ve never seen a group of people more excited to get out of the office than our staff! A full day with no phones or computers, spent with great people, playing in the dirt. It was a Wish You Were Here postcard kind of day. We had perfect weather, lots of laughs, a delicious lunch, and a thoughtful, well-planned day, all thanks to Sara Trunzo, Director of Veggies for All (VFA), a project of Maine Farmland Trust.

“VFA is a food bank farm located in Unity, Maine that works to relieve hunger by growing vegetables for those in need, while collaborating with partners to distribute and increase access to quality and nutritious food.   Their work is

necessary, collaborative, and inspiring. Over their 8 year history, they’ve grown and distributed over 108,000 pounds of pesticide-free vegetables which they make available to 9 food pantries and over 1,500 people in central Maine.  This past year alone, VFA grew and distributed over 33,000 pounds of veggies, and engaged volunteers in 580 hours of service.

“If you’ve never been to Unity, it’s worth a trip. This town is a hub for all things sustainable, with Maine Farmland Trust, Unity College, Unity Barn Raisers and MOFGA all within just a few miles of one another.  I’d never been to Unity except to attend the Common Ground Fair, so it was great to spend a day NOT in a long line of cars with the masses.  Instead we filled our water bottles, applied sunscreen, toured the VFA fields and Unity College, saw Maine Farmland Trust’s new beautiful building, and then got to work thinning carrots under the watchful eye of Tim Libby, VFA’s Farm Manager.

“We were rewarded with a nap-inducing overabundance of lunch, prepared for us by Monica Murphy, owner of Crosstrax restaurant.   Delicious pizza, salads and roasted VFA summer squash, and a blueberry tiramisu for dessert.  Ready for a nap!

“No nap, back to the fields.  Most of us were groaning as we bent over the tiny plants, our muscles tightening, trying our best to pull only the weeds. Then a drive back to Portland the back roads way with all the beauty of Maine waving as we passed.

“Today we are all a bit sore after our time with the carrots and rutabaga. (Or rutabagas. Not sure if there’s a plural. Not sure I’d like to eat one, either.) The only one not complaining is Ethan, our resident yoga instructor AND gardener.  The rest of us are passing the Ibuprofen, and wishing we could have about 30 more out-of-office days before summer ends.”

 

Thanks for helping out, MANP!