As seed catalogs start arriving in my mailbox, it’s fun to imagine the garden’s potential as it sleeps under a blanket of snow. During his sermon on January 9th, our own Rick Small, Executive Director of Good Shepherd Food Bank, spoke about the number of hungry people in Maine – close to 200,000 Mainers don’t get enough food. He went on to say that farmers would grow more crops if we had more processing facilities in the state. The cost to move the food they grow out of state for processing and back for selling becomes prohibitive. Yet consider the jobs a processing plant would create and the local food we could keep here in Maine. Fresh, frozen, or dried Maine grown food would benefit all of us year round, from producer to consumer, saving nutrients, money, and greenhouse gases. Rick’s final message was the power of change when people work together. Amen!
One inspiring way for people to work together for positive change is a community garden. Did you know a group of folks is working to create a community garden in Cumberland? We’re hoping to plant food for our food pantry, lease plots for local gardeners, and create a children’s garden. If you’d like to learn more about this exciting project or join the conversation, contact Karyn Marden: firstname.lastname@example.org