Bangor Area Organizations Celebrate Community Gardening Program

The program supports community gardening in senior, disabled and low-income communities.

BREWER, Maine — Several organizations in the Bangor area came together Thursday to celebrate a community gardening program.

The program supports gardening in senior, disabled and low-income communities. Food AND Medicine, Penquis, the Eastern Maine Labor Council and others started the program five years ago, which now helps hundreds of Maine families.

Organizers say the program helps support 13 community raised gardens in the area.

Jack McKay of the Eastern Maine Labor Council said, “The impact this is having on hundreds of families and hundreds of people in this area and it’s just tremendous. Especially in this time of the pandemic by providing the seeds that people turn into vegetables, that they eat, that are healthy and help their bottom line. »

Food and Medicine staffer Josh Kauppila said: ‘A lot of the things these gardens are supposed to address are social isolation, depression, you know and really address some of those social needs that often go unmet. .”

Organizers say they were careful not to create a program that would economically harm local businesses or local farmers in the area.

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