UMM Gardens Receive Boost from "Sow it Forward" Grant
The organic gardens at the University of Maine at Machias have received a boost from Kitchen Gardeners International's Sow it Forward Food Gardens Grant program to expand production. UMM is one of just 80 projects funded out of nearly 1,000 applications. Selected projects will receive seeds, books, money for gardening equipment, and a subscription to Kitchen Gardeners International's online interactive garden planner.
UMM's gardens are managed by Sustainability Coordinator Chad Everett and students in the organic gardening class. Produce from the gardens is sold throughout the year to the campus community and donated to the Machias Food Pantry.
According to its web site, Kitchen Gardeners International is a Maine-based nonprofit community of 25,000 people from 100 countries who are growing some of their own food and helping others do the same. KGI's mission is to empower individuals, families, and communities to achieve greater levels of food self-reliance through the promotion of kitchen gardening, home-cooking, and sustainable local food systems.
Roger Doiron, founder and director of Kitchen Gardeners International, delivered a presentation at UMM in April 2012.