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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How we’re utilizing regenerative farming practice to mitigate climate change impacts at our agricultural preserves in Rockport.
MCHT has been engaging in “natural climate solutions” for over fifty years, which is a critical component of the multi-faceted approach we must take to slow the rate of climate change and mitigate its impacts.
Enock Glidden is helping Maine land trusts make their trails more accessible.
“Writing the Land is an attempt to honor nature and our relationship with it in a way that is as equitable and transparent as it is deep and entangled. We intend to be as inclusive—to humans and places—as we hope the mantle of protection that land trusts offer can be.”
Our new Southern Maine Outreach Coordinator is excited to bring her skillset and outdoor educational experience to this new position at MCHT.