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News from the Sagadahoc MOFGA Chapter

George Sergeant (left), co-chair of Sagadahoc MOFGA; Kelly Davis (center), Merrymeeting Gleaners coordinator; and Sagadahoc MOFGA chapter member Anne Schneider

George Sergeant (left), co-chair of Sagadahoc MOFGA; Kelly Davis (center), Merrymeeting Gleaners coordinator; and Sagadahoc MOFGA chapter member Anne Schneider

June 1, 2020

The Sagadahoc MOFGA chapter supports community projects through sales of baked beans, cider and switchel at the Common Ground Country Fair. In 2020 it granted a request for $500 from Merrymeeting Gleaners to commission a painting for their van that delivers produce from area farms to many locations. Artist Michael Brinka previously did an interesting painting in the Brunswick Hannaford’s eating area. This gleaners’ trailer includes a CoolBot refrigeration unit and is used to store food donated by  local farms. "The festively painted trailer will also advertise the work of the gleaners and share the message of sharing with our neighbors," says Sue Sergeant, co-chair of the Sagadahoc chapter.

The chapter also funded two requests from a teacher who created effective, successful raised bed vegetable gardens at the Georgetown School. Members of the local community helped build the beds, and the Sagadahoc chapter had previously donated $500 for a mantis tiller and $500 for wood for the beds. In 2020 the chapter gave an additional $200 to help build more raised beds, as the kids use the vegetables they grow in the cafeteria and take extras home. Chapter member Jon Hentz will work with the Georgetown School. The same teacher also works for the South Bristol schools and received $500 to start raised bed gardens there, where the community is contributing labor and, possibly, local logs to be processed with a portable sawmill. The $500 will be used for materials to fill the beds, tools for gardening and any other needs. Rosemary Hentz of Sagadahoc MOFGA will volunteer at the South Bristol gardens.

Sagadahoc MOFGA has built and continues to build benches for MOFGA’s grounds and helped with garden beds at Bath Housing Authority.

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