BAR HARBOR — The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) recently accepted Bar Harbor resident Glenon Friedmann into their journeyperson program.
Focused on sustainable, organic growing practices and creating community around local food, Ms. Friedman started Bar Harbor Community Farm in 2010. She leased land on Norway Drive, learned to grow 40 varieties of vegetables on a large scale, and utilized knowledge-intensive (as opposed to chemical-intensive) cultivation. Last year the farm served 20 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) members, a local farmer’ market, and a number of wholesale customers, including Jordan Pond House.
The MOFGA Journeyperson program began with the awareness that as society becomes increasingly drawn toward local, sustainable agriculture, it is important to create pathways through which to pass the knowledge needed to grow produce sustainably. The program matches new farmers with experienced ones, and provides support and education, including programs designed to help new growers find land.
“It’s such an honor to have been accepted into a program dedicated to fostering the growth of local agriculture in Maine,” says Ms. Friedman. “I’m eager to learn more, especially with the foundation of the past two years under me. It is wonderful to form stronger ties with the farming community, and this program is an excellent way to do so.”
Bar Harbor Community Farm is planting for its third season and is currently accepting new CSA members. For more information, e-mail [email protected]