Welcome to Twin Villages Foodbank Farm

…where YOU can help grow fresh, delicious food for our neighbors in need in Lincoln County, Maine.

What’s new at the Farm

boys hauling and raking compost at Twin Villages Foodbank Farm

Farming with kid-power

“I enjoyed harvesting beets and carrots. I learned there is a place that grows and gives produce to people who need it. It means a lot to me to be a part of it.” So wrote Zoie Wells, a fifth grader at Great Salt Bay (GSB) Community School (more…)

students planting garlic

Growing student gardeners

As part of a growing partnership with teachers in the local community, DRA (now Coastal Rivers) has provided space for Great Salt Bay School (GSB) students to start and maintain a garden at Coastal Rivers’ Round Top Farm on Business Route 1. Over the past (more…)

Twin Villages Foodbank Farm broccoli detail

Brawny broccoli!

Judging by the size of the broccoli, Twin Villages Foodbank Farm has some good, rich soil to work with. Farm Manager Sara Cawthon reports that despite a dry summer, the vegetables are thriving. Cawthon and volunteers (more…)

Sara Cawthon and Megan Taft in the fields at Twin Villages Foodbank Farm

DRA fields to feed the hungry

The summer of 2016 brings renewed agricultural life to Coastal Rivers’ (formerly Damariscotta River Association’s) Great Salt Bay Farm, which is host to Megan Taft and Sara Cawthon’s newly established Twin Villages Foodbank Farm. As part of a regional effort (more…)

With your help, we are digging in to feed our neighbors

Established in 2016, Twin Villages Foodbank Farm grows vegetables using organic growing practices on two acres of land, located at the Coastal Rivers’ Great Salt Bay Farm. ALL of the food we grow is donated to food pantries and other low income food programs in Lincoln County.

Together, we’ve accomplished so much in our first few seasons!

  • We got a little help from local students.
    The Farm has hosted over 600 student and adult volunteers. Great Salt Bay Community School (GSB) brings busloads of students at a time to shovel and rake in compost, plant seedlings, weed, and water. GSB has been a great partner in growing good food for our community. FARMS Community Kitchen has also been onsite to prepare food with students in the field as they volunteer, offering recipes and a taste test of what’s in season.
  • We now have an easy way to water the vegetables… and keep them fresh
    Nothing helps a garden grow like lots of fresh water! With help from the Maine Community Foundation, Reilly Well Drillers and retired geophysicist Chris Covel, we drilled a well next to our main field. Now we have plenty of water to irrigate and wash vegetables. We also put in a new walk-in storage cooler in the Darrows Barn at Round Top Farm. This means we’ll be able to grow and store more food.
  • We are making the soil better than we found it – and making a positive impact in a changing climate
    We are moving towards a no-till system, which improves soil organic matter and boosts soil diversity. At the same time, no-till gardening traps more carbon in the soil. By taking carbon out of the atmosphere and keeping it in the soil, we are lessening the severity of climate change.

    Our no-till practices involve using lots of cover crops and organic compost, mulching with organic matter, and using large ground tarps to blanket the soil and create a weed-free growing area.

  • We delivered a LOT of food to six pantries and four other low-income programs in 2018
    Because we growing a lot more food, we are able to deliver it to more places. Food from the farm goes to the Boothbay, Damariscotta/Newcastle, Jefferson, Waldoboro, Whitefield, and Wiscasset pantries as well as Newcastle Head Start and Wiscasset High School. We plan to grow and deliver even more food in 2019!

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You are making a difference

“I hadn’t had a fresh salad in over a year until the fresh produce was donated to the pantry. It’s a slice of heaven for people who rely on food stamps.”
Anne, Wiscasset

“There is a lot of silent hunger here as people are either unable to make it to pantry hours or have a hard time asking for help. I’ve been taking extra vegetables to my neighbors.”
Food pantry client

“You should know that there have been several comments from clients about how the produce has made such a difference in their lives. Stand proud and tall.”
Gretchen Burleigh-Johnson, Wiscasset food pantry director

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