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Giving on Thanksgiving

November 12, 2012

As we approach the country’s most food-oriented holiday, it is hard not to think of the large number of our fellow citizens who face hunger. Here in Maine we have more people with very low food security than the national average, and the national average is none too good. Simply put, for many Maine households economic and social conditions are such that they do not have access to adequate food. As a family that grows food, it is hard not to take this to heart.

All season we have been honored to have been part of the Good Shepherd Mainers Feeding Mainers program, which works to get “fresh and nutritionally balanced Maine-harvested food to needy Maine families.” We send them cabbage, broccoli, and carrots; on occasion we’ve sent them other products that we’ve been trying out at the farm, cauliflower, napa cabbage, white turnips as well as some other vegetables over the summer when our supplies outpaced our markets. As Thanksgiving approaches, we are planning to provide direct gifts of fresh produce to an area food bank and kitchen for Thanksgiving dinners. And, as a family, we’ve made a direct dollar contribution to Good Shepherd and hope that others will do likewise.

 And sometimes giving is just plain fun. We sent 365 New England pumpkins to the Sedomocha school, one for each kid. And they sent back these pictures and a slew of great thank you notes. The teachers used them for a few lessons in language (writing thank you notes) and math (making graphs). We are happy to report that most of the class used their pumpkins for decorating, but a few made pumpkin pie!



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