Local Organic for All!

Dandelion Spring Farm's new program Local Organic for All! will cut the cost of a regular box of food for two people in half for people utilizing the federal government food benefit program EBT/SNAP.

Program participants will receive a weekly box of food from June 15 through August 27 for a total cost of $125, a value of $250, with half the share cost offset by Maine Harvest Bucks and the farm's own fundraising efforts. Maine Harvest Bucks is a project of the Maine Local Foods Access Network, which is offering bonuses for low-income shoppers to purchase directly from local farms.

For just $11.35 a week (a regular cost of $22.70), one discounted share under Local Organic for All! will provide a great variety and quantity of fresh, nutritious food. For example, at the beginning of the season, one box would provide, subject to change and to be used only as a general guideline: ½ lb spinach, 2 lettuce heads, 1 bunch scallions, 1 bunch kale, 2 lb carrots, 1 lb parsnips.

“Sustainable agriculture is moving more and more in the positive direction of making our products accessible to people at all income levels,” said Beth Schiller, owner and operator of Dandelion Spring Farm. “We are very excited to have our farm join others in this important goal. We especially want to grow our community to embrace those with limited means.”

Time to Sign Up for Discounted Shares

Participants can pick up box shares at the farm in Newcastle on Wednesdays, 4-6pm.

“We are looking for 10 people using EBT/SNAP benefits to sign up for CSA shares during our first season of the program,” said Jenny Johnson, Local Organic for Everyone! program manager. “We have a limited number of reduced cost shares, and they are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. So we encourage people who are interested to act quickly!”

Local Organic for Everyone! will launch during Lamb Day, an annual community event held at Dandelion Spring Farm and Straw's Farm. Lamb Day celebrates the arrival of a new flock of lambs by inviting community members to the farm. People can pet the lambs, watch sheep sheering, and meet other animals.

For more information, contact Jenny at (207) 380-9837.

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