The QFF grant will be used for their Food Access Programs. These programs seek to make locally grown foods more accessible to people who are often excluded from participating in the robust local food movement. Specifically, QFF grant funding would support free and reduced cost CSA shares to people in need (including delivery to a senior living facility in Augusta), free vouchers for produce through their KidsChef Program, intern stipends, and educational programming
Funds will support staff positions and youth leadership stipends, to expand the Youth Leadership Program, to enhance the Community Library & Resource Center, and to increase community access to affordable, local food.
QFF grant funding would support the coalition’s Off Road Bicycling Education (ORBE) Program. This program seeks to partner with schools to create/support riding programs that engage students with the healthy fun and excitement of off-road trail riding.
Funds will be used to support staff capacity to implement the Community Conservation efforts. Community Conservation uses the strengths of the land trust to meet needs expressed by people in the community. The BTLT programs require a significant investment of human capital – to build relationships, develop work plans, engage community partners and the public, and implement programs.
Capacity building support to complete construction of a 3,345sqft classroom building. Upon completion, CCLC becomes a fully-equipped retreat center, meeting local and state needs for an oasis of learning in eastern Maine. This grant also supports expansion of CCLC’s signature programs, plus retreats and programs associated with their TREE initiative – Transforming Rural Experience in Education. Photo credit - Dylan Pardue
To construct an accessible trail connecting Great Salt Bay Community School with the Damariscotta River, the Round Top Farm community conservation and education center (inc. Farmers’ Market), and the town sidewalk system. This trail will create a safer route to school, support existing DRA environmental education programs with the school, and enable expansion of numerous school-based initiatives from outdoor classroom to student gardens. Photo credit - Cara Slifka
To leverage momentum from the River Relay and solidify a strong partnership between environmentalists and greenway advocates who can together transform infrastructure and policy throughout Maine and beyond.
Funding will support the completion of a critical 1.6 mile segment of the Eastern Trail (“ET”), a trail of local, state and national significance that extends 65 miles from South Portland to Kittery, and travels by scenic woods, tidal marshes, and classic Maine villages. The funds would go directly to the costs associated with building
Funding will support continued support for the School demonstration garden. Specifically the grant will fund a position for a young person interested in farming to tend the demonstration garden during summer break, provide the capital for seed, cover crop and compost to boost the fertility.
Funding will be used to expand and deepen their raised bed garden project. Food AND Medicine will provide educational and organizing support to residents of seven low-income neighborhoods and members of two community centers in Greater Bangor, where Food AND Medicine has built gardens over the past two years. This will include bringing together delegates from each garden on their Food Access Committee (FAC), which will act as a community garden council, planning workshops, celebrations and garden expansions.
Funding will support FBC's co-leadership in a collaborative group effort to transform Ellsworth into a model livable community with green spaces that work for people and nature and a smart growth plan for future. The process will be equitable, by outlining working principles, hiring an experienced facilitator, and reaching out to new community members. The outcome will elevate the voices of those in the City that are disadvantaged and ensure the Green Plan incorporates their needs.
Funding will support FoEP's work, in parternship with the State, the City of Portland, and community stakeholders to improve recreational access to Casco Bay for non-mororized personal watercraft via construction of a new boat launch ramp, and other interventions, at Portland's East End Beach.
The QFF Grant will support: 1) 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 (hiking, snowshoeing, medicine walks, wild foods harvest,etc.)
Funds will support the creation of 1-mile of purpose built single track mountain bike trails on Hammond Ridge which is located 8 miles northwest of Millinocket. This development would add to the ongoing trail development at the location by KAT.
Funding will provide capacity support for the Good Food for Bath program. Good Food for Bath brings together partners to work collaboratively to meet the needs of food insecure families and individuals as well as provide nature-based educational opportunities for all ages. Within KELT’s service region, Bath has the largest percentage of food-insecure people. In response, KELT started two trial projects in 2016 that included educational and harvest programs at its LOCAL garden in Bath and gleaning from area farmers for redistribution to service providers. Expanding these efforts will help provide locally grown food for all people regardless of economic challenges. Grant support for Good Food for Bath will coordinate community efforts to address hunger in Bath and surrounding communities.
Funds will support an ecological assessment and multi-year plans, based on visioning process outcomes, for Valentine Farm. The Mahoosuc Land Trust recently acquired 144 acres of open fields, woods and river frontage located minutes from downtown Bethel and within a 20-minute drive from the greater Rumford area. The Valentine Farm is MLT’s first property with an array of potential land use opportunities.
Funds will support the Whole Foods, Whole Kids project. This project is designed to combine Extension’s statewide resources and 4-H program into a comprehensive food systems initiative with Maine communities that will promote environmentally sound growing practices, and human health and wellness. Extension and FoodCorps staff will focus on youth gardens growing local whole foods, engaging youth in physical activity, nutrition and healthy eating-daily at the sites.
Funding will support MCA in leading Maine’s Environmental Priorities Coalition (EPC) to advance bipartisan conservation policies and organize in local communities to grow the base of environmentally aware citizens, leaders, and allies.
Funding will help support program costs for the Veggies For All (VFA) program. VFA is a 2.5 acre food bank farm that works to relieve hunger by growing vegetables for those in need, while also providing opportunities for food-insecure individuals and community members to build connections to the land and one another.
Funding will contribute to the expansion of the existing Washington County Farmers’ Market Trail to incorporate several new counties and about a dozen new markets down the coast of Maine. Through both a website and detailed print map, residents and visitors will find the farmers’ markets of the region, each paired with a free, healthy outdoor activity in the immediate vicinity. The Maine Farmers’ Market Trail will promote the pursuit of local food and hidden gems of outdoor activities as excursions appealing to day-trippers, tourists, and locals alike.
Funds will support investment in and increased public use of existing trails in the region by: 1) surveying all local trails accessible to older adults, 2) evaluating the trail safety and adequacy for older adults, 3) hosting community conversations to understand the needs and interests of the target population, 4) developing an educational program to promote trail use, 5) upgrading trails to provide signage, maps, safety stations, toilets, benches, landscaping and, finally 6) developing a senior walking club in Dover-Foxcroft, replicable in surrounding communities.
Funds will be used to intensify MH&T impacts: improving the health of western Maine's communities, people, environment, and economy by operating a world-class outdoor recreation resource; drawing nature-based tourists to experience, appreciate, and ultimately conserve Maine’s wild places; creating jobs (directly and indirectly); buying locally; promoting free public enjoyment of 80+ miles of people-powered recreational trails; educating youth to be life-long stewards of the environment and making accessible physically active and spiritually renewing outdoor experiences.
Maine Island Trail Association
General operating funds to assure the continued growth and stewardship of the Maine Island Trail.
Funds will be used to purchase equipment and pay for program expenses related to the mobile outdoor adventure programs at Community Hubs, including student intern and adventure crew member compensation.
NRCM will develop unique educational resources and offer presentations and hands-on training to K-12 schools to help them reduce food waste, increase access to local food, and reduce the environmental impacts of landfilling. Their goal is to empower communities statewide to improve community health and encourage the wise stewardship of our natural resources.
QFF funding will be used for Camp Ketcha’s Portland Gear Hubs Youth Biking Apprenticeship Program. Community leaders identified that 12 to 15 year olds in the Kennedy Park neighborhood of Portland need more options and opportunities to be engaged and become community leaders.
To support the launch of a new model called Team OSI. The goal is to try and build on the confidence and teamwork that’s created in the field and translate it into service and action in their community to support healthier and active outdoor sport lifestyles. They’re aiming to expressly educate teens about Nature Deficit Disorder and Childhood Obesity. Specifically, OSI is posing the question to the 14-18 year olds of how to engage 10-14 year olds in a fun, consistent way to develop outdoor sport habits.
Funds will be used to support and expand general OCWC operating functions. This includes increasing core staff, augmenting evaluation and data management, enabling outreach to new stakeholders, and improved coordination within and between work groups.
Funding will support operations, including paid staffing, and another trike.
To support new educational orchards in 7 schools plus workshops and maintenance in the 21 existing orchards. The Program Manager will visit the 28 school orchards twice annually, working with teachers and Orchard Caretakers to deliver impactful programming. In the long term, the orchards will provide thousands of pounds of organic fruit to Maine communities while serving as a legacy of stewardship. By providing more workshops and lessons in the existing school orchards, they will encourage more student involvement and increase the educational impact they provide
To support the expansion of Rippleffects Outdoor Leadership Education (ROLE) program to King Middle, Deering and Portland high schools in the 2018 calendar year, thus reaching more students who have limited access to an immersive wilderness experience. While ROLE curriculum centers on teaching the wilderness skills necessary to be successful on expedition, the deeper learnings are those that build student's social and emotional skills that lead to the larger goal of helping young people discover and develop their capacity for leadership of self, group, and community.
General operating support will be used for staff and consultants to work with the Early Childhood Learning Environments Collaborative on the development and distribution of a guide to creating outdoor play spaces. The most important impact will be that more young children will have access to nature play, and all of the benefits it brings.
Funds will support new projects: regional connectivity and planning; facilitating and supporting local community networks for conservation; and building the scientific and ecological literacy of communities. These projects will engage multiple members, address regional and common needs, create program models to be used again and scaled up and/or down in the future, and attract more diverse and increased funds for conservation in this region. $15,000
Teens To Trails
To extend their reach to more distant rural schools, especially in Northern Maine, including 1) their share of the costs to establish Teens To Trails as an AmeriCorps VISTA site and receive the benefits of a full-time VISTA Member for one year, 2) one day/week of their Outreach Manager’s time to oversee VISTA Member and proposed outreach expansion, 3) additional travel costs to reach school sites, and 4) funds to enable them to cover start-up costs of five Outing Club Programs in rural school communities as part of the extended outreach effort.
The Grant will support the ARC Project—Agroecology for Resilient Communities. Specifically, grant funding will help pay for a full-time farm manager along with the equipment and materials required to establish a working educational farm. The goal of this project is to establish and integrate a full-scale farming operation based on ecological principles (agroecology, which includes permaculture design and organic farming practices) at their new 105-acre site on River Bend Farm (RBF) in Saco, ME. ARC will provide opportunities for youth and community members to learn about farming, food security, and the symbiotic relationship between humans and nature.
Bethel Community Forest - To help Bethel residents acquire land to create a community-owned forest for nearby recreation and connection to nature. This grant will fund one-quarter of staff time to provide project management services and technical assistance as requested by their local partner.
To support Nibezun, a multi-purpose riverside campus/ceremony site within a former equestrian training center, situated on 85 acres of land with 1,500’ of frontage along the Penobscot River. This ambitious effort is designed to conserve and protect sacred lands, waters, and traditions. Nibezun translates to Medicine from the Penobscot language, with its root word nibi, meaning water (the first medicine) and the Project seeks to reinforce the connection between individuals, their communities, and the natural world guided by the concept of the Seven Seeds of Healing –mind, body, soul, social, earth, culture, and water.
Funding will support a new Education Center to help expand programming from seasonal and youth-based to year-round for people of all ages. The Center will include dedicated teaching spaces for farm-based programming including nutrition and culinary education.