Twin Villages Foodbank Farm in Damariscotta is not like other farms. All the food grown at this farm is donated to food pantries and other low-income food programs in Lincoln County like the Salt Bay Area Head Start, school food pantries, FARMS at the Y, and the Morris Farm in Wiscasset.
The vegetables are cultivated using organic growing practices, with minimal disturbance to the soil. The results can be seen in remarkably large, nutrient-dense produce.
The fresh food is deeply appreciated by clients at area food pantries. One grateful recipient wrote, “When you donate the bounty from your gardens, you are allowing me and so many other people to remain healthy while we all face life’s challenges. Thank you so much.”
The public is invited to visit the farm and lean more at Twin Villages Foodbank Farm’s fourth annual garden party, from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29 at Great Salt Bay Farm, on Belvedere Road in Damariscotta. There will be farm tours, kids games, and snacks from the farm and Rising Tide Co-op.
This event is free and open to all. To help with planning, those attending are asked to sign up at coastalrivers.org/events.
Twin Villages Foodbank Farm operates on a version of the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model, where people can donate to cover the cost of a seasonal farm share or part of a share. That share is then in turn donated to a local food pantry to provide weekly deliveries of fresh food to an individual, a couple, or a family in need in Lincoln County.
With the help of hundreds of adult and student volunteers, the farm is on track to produce 50,000 pounds of food this year on two acres of land belonging to Twin Villages Foodbank Farm’s partner, Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust.
Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust, formerly the Damariscotta River Association and the Pemaquid Watershed Association, is a nonprofit, membership-supported, and nationally accredited land trust and conservation organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the natural, cultural, and historical heritage of the greater Pemaquid peninsula and Damariscotta River region. For more information, call 563-1393, email email@example.com, or visit coastalrivers.org.