Wondering where their next meal is coming from is not a new concern for many Mainers. But as businesses and schools closed and people lost their jobs, food insecurity across the state rose dramatically. At the same time, food pantries and soup kitchens are operating under new guidelines that makes serving the growing need even more challenging. Instead of holding our Farm to Table dinners this year, we donated all of the produce and meat that would have gone to these events to locaL organizations who are feeding those in need.
450 meals using our meat and produce prepared by local restaurant partners and distributed through Cooking for Community
Sharing this place with our thousands of visitors every year is one of the things that makes Wolfe’s Neck Center so special. We couldn’t imagine a year without families participating in our different farm programs. We were so pleased to find creative ways to get both kids and adults out to the farm learning in small and private groups with plenty of social distance! Over 3,000 participants joined us for a learning experience at the farm this year – whether it was hiking with goats, learning about tide pools, or diving deeper into farming and food. In addition to safely offering in-person favorites like Goat Hikes and Milking Parlor Tours, we offered online Farmyard Storytimes, and created a whole archive of virtual educational activities for those learning at home. The educators at Wolfe’s Neck Center remained committed to engaging visitors in innovative ways that are both informative and fun that encourage people to become more informed consumers for their health and for the planet.
If there’s one thing we’ve all learned from the pandemic, it’s that time in nature is healing. These farm roads have provided a safe haven throughout the year, remaining open for people to safely wander, breathe fresh air, and seek needed quiet and solitude among the chaos. Our over three miles of trails alongside marshes, forests, pastureland, and the coastline, and acres of preserved landscape provided a much needed place for our neighbors and community to recenter and be at peace.