Movement

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Creating and supporting opportunities for people to consistently choose, and meaningfully experience, nearby nature and wilderness through movement and activity.

Strategies include (but are not limited to):

  • Deepening the bonds between people, nature, and one another through immersive wilderness journeys
  • Growing outdoor recreation events to discover nearby nature and commune with neighbors
  • Reducing barriers (social, physical, logistical) for people to access nearby nature and open space
  • Creating, promoting, or restoring parks, gardens, and green spaces
  • Addressing community disparities to encourage safe, equitable outdoor access 
  • Promoting active transportation choices to benefit self and environment
  • Marketing successful programs and under-utilized nearby nature spaces
  • Building or improving trails for walking, hiking, biking, and winter travel
  • Partnering with healthcare professionals to champion movement as a tool - and nature as an asset - to support public health
  • Awakening instinctive bonds and exploring relationships that link humans with nature

 
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Nourishment

 

Empowering people to consistently choose regional and plant-based foods that restore human and environmental health.

Strategies include (but are not limited to):

  • Promoting participation in community gardens and farms
  • Growing knowledge and skills for selecting and preparing healthy, natural, local foods
  • Addressing community disparities to access affordable regional foods
  • Educating Mainers on the human and environmental health benefits of a regional, plant-based diet
  • Expanding gleaning, food waste reduction and composting programs
  • Advocating for healthier menu options within institutions
  • Building awareness and skills for regenerative, sustainable farming techniques
  • Awakening pride and joy from growing food in a family or community setting
  • Exploring ecological truths that link humans with nature through daily food choice 

Featured Grantees

Cultivating Community

 

Mission: Cultivating Community grows sustainable communities by expanding access to healthy, local food; by empowering youth and adults to play diverse roles in restoring the local, sustainable food system; and by modeling, teaching, and advocating for ecological food production.

  • Funding Area: Nourishment

  • Amount Funded: $35,000

  • QFF Grant: To expand an integrated program of community-based food production, land stewardship, food access, and education across Cumberland County. In partnership with the Falmouth Land Trust, Cultivating Community will develop the Hurricane Valley Whole Community Farm and Education Center. They will engage in a community-based planning process, with support from Portland’s Resilience Hub, with the goal of bringing together traditional and emerging growing techniques including organic crop production, small-scale livestock production, pollinator habitat development and bees, perennial fruit tree plantings, and a permaculture food forest.

  • Alignment with QFF Mission & Values:

    • Equitable: Equity is one of Cultivating Communities prominent values. “We believe our community is stronger, healthier and more whole when everyone has the resources they need to reach their full potential. Central to our work is the recognition that these resources look different for different people. We strive to leverage our own organizational power and resources to meet those varied needs. We continually seek to dismantle racism and white supremacy. We work to undo systems of oppression that marginalize, oppress and exploit people, creatures and the natural world.”

    • Community Driven: They prioritize diverse representation in their decision-making so that all voices are heard and their goal is to cultivate participatory, community-based solutions. They work hard to ensure programs are welcoming and accessible to all.

    • Mutually Beneficial: Cultivating Community addresses human and environmental health through their programs. As an example, Hurricane Valley Whole Community Farm and Education Center will support growing techniques, which produce healthy foods in an environmentally sustainable manner.

  • Website: www.cultivatingcommunity.org

 

 Gedakina

 

Mission: Gedakina is a multigenerational endeavor to strengthen and revitalize the cultural knowledge and identity of Native American youth, women, and families from across New England, and to conserve our traditional homelands and places of historical, ecological and spiritual significance.

  • Funding Area: Nourishment & Movement

  • Amount Funded: $25,000

  • QFF Grant: Expansion of women-led traditional indigenous agriculture at Sweet Land Farm’s planting fields; 2) Recovery of wild rice traditions in several locations from August-October; 3) Paddling outings May-November; Year-round outdoor activities including hiking, snowshoeing, medicine walks, and wild foods harvest

  • Alignment with QFF Mission & Values:

    • Empowered Health: Participants will learn new skills, which support a healthy lifestyle, which will last them a lifetime.

    • Mutually Beneficial: While program participants learn new skills that will benefit their personal health they will also be restoring connections to the natural environment to continue the culture of stewarding the earth.

    • Community Driven: Programs are developed and led by and for Native American community members.

    • Equitable: Grant funding supports an underrepresented population in the state of Maine.

  • Website: www.gedakina.org

 

Teens to Trails

 
 
 

Mission: Teens To Trails is dedicated to increasing the opportunities for Maine teens to experience the out-of-doors through the systematic creation of and ongoing support for high school Outing Clubs.

  • Funding Area: Movement

  • Amount Funded: $20,000

  • QFF Grant: General Operating Support to extend their reach to more distant and rural schools, especially in Northern Maine.

  • Alignment with QFF Mission & Values:

    • Equitable: T3 is deepening their commitment to partnering with schools outside of Southern Maine with the goal of reaching more underrepresented geographic regions throughout the state.

    • Empowered Health: Outing Clubs empower young people to learn new skills and take ownership of their health through active outdoor recreation.

    • Community Driven: The Outing Clubs are developed and implemented by students at each school with the support of T3.  The fact that teachers and students develop and run the clubs means the programs are more likely to be meaningful and relevant.

  • Website: www.teenstotrails.org

 

47 Daisies

 

Mission: The mission of 47 Daisies is to nurture community through sustainable cultivation of the highest quality food, preservation of the farm’s land base, and celebration of a vibrant future of farming, nature and the interconnections of human needs and whole ecosystems.

  • Funding Area: Nourishment

  • Amount Funded: $17,500

  • QFF Grant: The QFF Grant will support 47 Daisies Food Access Programs which seek to make locally grown food more accessible to people who are often excluded from participating in the robust local food movement. Specifically, QFF grant funding will support free and reduced cost CSA shares to people in need, free vouchers for produce through their KidsChef Program, intern stipends, and educational programming to encourage community connections.
  • Alignment with QFF Mission & Values:

    • Equitable: 47 Daisies programs provide healthy organic food to an underrepresented community in central Maine.

    • Empowered Health: 47 Daisies is developing a farm program for local youth who participate in the KidsChef program. The youth will not only learn how to cook, but they will have an opportunity to closely connect with the source of their food while spending time outdoors.

    • Connection: Their educational programs bring people together to learn new skills while connecting with one another.

  • Website: www.47daisies.com