The Monhegan Island Farm Project
Yesterday was opening day for the Monhegan Island Farmer’s Market. Spearheaded by master gardener, Cathy, the Monhegan Island Farm Project has 10 plots of land loaned by individuals for vegetable gardening around the island. Farm intern Ronnie explains to me how low carbon footprint the project is. Apart from the seeds coming from the mainland by boat, the farming is done on the island machine free; pure elbow grease, sweat and wheelbarrows.
Though she is modest, Cathy has masterminded and organized a sizable project to help feed the island from a local source. A goal echoed by other island communities in Maine like Vinalhaven and Peaks. Food is expensive to ship and these beautiful places are getting back to their roots by growing some of their own delicious food. The Monhegan Farm Project is supported in part by an annual grant from the Island Institute. The farmer’s market will be held on Wednesdays throughout the summer and is already offering gorgeous bok choy, salad turnips, rhubarb and all sorts of lettuce and spinach.