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Bath Housing Resumes Annual MOFGA Planting Day, May 29th

May 27, 2021

A DAY IN THE DIRT: BATH HOUSING RESUMES ANNUAL

MOFGA PLANTING DAY on May 29th

Putting the freshest produce right in residents’ backyards!

 

BATH—Bath Housing and the Sagadahoc Chapter of Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) are pleased to announce the 23rd annual Bath Housing planting day will take place on Saturday, May 29th.

MOFGA volunteers will work with Bath Housing residents to prep and plant vegetable beds across the city at the Anchorage, Moorings and Seacliff properties, with an eye on making the freshest produce possible accessible to all.

While the 2020 planting was reduced somewhat due to the pandemic, this year — with vaccines and declining Covid cases — MOFGA volunteer Judy Schuppien has hopes for a more typical day. “Personal interaction has been an important part of this project,” Schuppien said. “I look forward to returning to it.”

MOFGA volunteers work with residents who make requests for certain crops or bring their own seedlings to the 1,000 square feet of raised beds across the city.  

“Each year, this day speaks to our goal of making ‘health and wellness’ more than just buzzwords in Bath,” said Bath Housing Executive Director Debora Keller. “We offer a number of services alongside the organic gardening project that help us foster food security.”

A day in the dirt and the sunshine is good as well, notes Judy Schuppien, adding, “Beyond the healthy vegetables and good exercise, there is benefit to having a piece of ground to work, however small.  A number of the residents have gardening experience, and look back fondly to the time when they planted their own gardens.”

The Sagadahoc Chapter of MOFGA contributes funds to some school garden projects, and also helps fund the Merrymeeting Gleaners’ tools and equipment. Bath Housing has benefitted from Merrymeeting Gleaners in the way of surplus harvests for their residents, in addition to their own locally grown produce.

Bath Housing is delighted to be a part of this very connected ecosystem.  We welcome the media at our planting day. 

For more information, please call Executive Director Debora Keller at (207) 443-3116, or visit www.bathhousing.org. To learn more about the Sagadahoc Chapter of MOFGA, please visit http://www.mofga.org/Community/Chapters/Sagadahoc-Chapter-of-MOFGA

 

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