The Wolfe's Neck Farm Teen Ag Crew spends the Maine growing season cultivating a foundation of skills vital to any small-scale farming operation. In addition to supplying much needed fresh local produce to food banks in our region, the Crew members participate in educational opportunities around the state of Maine; they visit and learn from local farmers, tour Maine's food relief systems, volunteer at food pantries and participate in leadership trainings.
Wolfe's Neck Farm Teen Ag Crew Members:
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- Gain meaningful employment in an educational agricultural setting
- Participate in the growing season from planting to harvest
- Learn organic growing and pest-control methods
- Visit local farms and farmers' markets to research marketing, pricing, display, customer service and farm income strategies
- Work with livestock and learn humane animal husbandry methods
- Partner with at-risk youth from Youth Building Alternatives in Portland
- Donate thousands of pounds of produce to Freeport Community Services Food Pantry and the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program
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Quotes from the Crew Members about their Experience:
- "I feel that I have grown to have a larger appreciation of good hard work, as well as how hard it is to own and run a farm. I also think I have learned to be more independent, but know how to fall back on support when needed." – Nick Nelsonwood (age 17) of Freeport
- "I have enjoyed and learned a lot from this experience and I look forward to my education in sustainable agriculture even more now!" Abigial Smith (age 17) of Durham
- "I think it's great how this is teaching younger people about how to work on a farm. I wish more people wanted to do that." - Cooper Schultz (age 15) of Durham
- "Physically, I've grown stronger from working with the animals and doing field work. I've grown as an individual by learning to be more confident. Also, I've grown as a student because I've learned a lot." Katie Josephs (age 16) of Falmouth, ME
"The Teen Ag Program from Wolfe's Neck Farm has been a godsend for our Food Pantry. During the Summer of 2012 the teens delivered fresh produce weekly and it was of the highest quality – it was evident that the quality and quantity was a real source of pride for those kids."
~ Sue Mack, Family Services Coordinator for Freeport Community Services
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The Wolfe’s Neck Farm Teen Ag Program was developed in partnership with the Maine Coast Heritage Trust and supported by the generous grants and donations from The Quimby Family Foundation, Norway Savings Bank, Johnny’s Selected Seeds, as well as private donors to the Maine Coast Heritage Trust and the Wolfe's Neck Farm Foundation.