Groups Utilize UMM Campus Gardens to Support Local Food Pantries

 The University of Maine at Machias (UMM), University of Maine’s Food Recovery Network, Healthy Acadia, and the Community Caring Collaborative's Neighbor Group have joined forces to utilize the UMM campus garden space to help address local food insecurity. Starting this spring, the existing vegetable garden spaces and the greenhouse on campus are being used to grow vegetables, fruits and herbs for distribution to area food pantries.

 The project is spearheaded by Healthy Acadia’s Gleaning Initiative in Washington County, which is collaborating with UMM, the Food Recovery Network and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardeners and their Harvest for Hunger program to provide more fresh, local food to food security organizations.

“The UMM garden is a wonderful collaboration with many partners who are very excited to be growing fresh food for the local food pantries,” commented Regina Grabrovac, Healthy Acadia’s Washington Food Programs Manager. “We are thrilled that the Neighbor Group has expressed an interest in growing food for themselves and hence perhaps a community garden is in the making. Next summer, there may even be individual community garden plots at other locations. Stay tuned!” 


If you are interested in helping out with the UMM campus garden project, being part of any other gleaning efforts in Washington County, or for more information about this program, contact Regina Grabrovac at 255-3741 or