Cohort of Youth Development Professionals Participate in Community Service at Twin Villages Foodbank Farm

Trekkers Training Institute for Youth Development’s Summer Immersion participants wrapped up week 10 of their 12-week training with a day of service and meaningful dialogue about food justice at Twin Villages Foodbank Farm. Twin Villages Foodbank Farm is located at the Damariscotta River Association’s Great Salt Bay Farm. Launched by Kieve-Wavus training participant, Megan Taft and her partner, Sara Cawthon, Twin Villages Foodbank Farm grows produce that is donated to food pantries and other low income food programs across Lincoln County.

 

The experience provided professionals with a hands-on experience in Encouraging Civic Responsibility, one of Trekkers’ 10 of Youth Programing Principles. The experience was co-lead by Taft and TVFF’s farm manager, Kaitlin Gardiner. The group took care of some unruly weeds, planted a few rows of hearty kale and rotated tarps as part of a no till farming system that minimizes soil disturbance so that soils can build tilth and fertility. After the service experience, Taft facilitated a powerful conversation linking food access to the overarching social justice considerations needed when working with youth and their families.

 

For more information about Twin Villages Foodbank Farm and how you can support their efforts, please contact Sara Cawthon at 207.563.1393. For more information on Trekkers’ Training Institute for Youth Development, please contact Meredith Lynt at meredith@trekkers.org.

 

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