Press Release

Program offers low-cost local farm products to food stamp recipients

UNITY, Maine — Lower-income residents of the greater Unity area have a chance to access great food from local farms at very affordable prices.

Maine Farmland Trust is accepting applications for its Community Farm Share (CFS) program, a multi-farm Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project that provides fresh, healthy, affordable food raised by local farms to income-eligible residents.

This project connects SNAP (or food stamp) recipients and others in need of food assistance with local farms.

Through its Farm Viability Program, Maine Farmland Trust is able to offer participating clients a “share” of fresh healthy produce at half its normal market price. The Summer Share — which occurs from June through October — allows recipients to shop directly at more than a dozen participating local farms or at the Unity Farmers Market.

The Winter Community Farm Share — from November through March — hosts a monthly pick up day in Unity, allowing recipients one central location to pick up veggies, meats, milk, eggs, and more.

This program is made possible with support from participating towns, John T. Gorman Foundation, Wholesome Wave Foundation, and USDA Ag Marketing Services.

Maine Farmland Trust is a statewide nonprofit working to preserve Maine’s working farmland and keep farms vital and viable. Through its CFS project, the Trust seeks to connect local residents with fresh, healthy, affordable foods; support small farmers; and keep dollars in the local economy, while helping to keep more land in agriculture.

For more information on the Community Farm Share Project, please call 207-948-6575, or stop by Maine Farmland Trust’s Unity office at 195 Depot Street. Further information on Maine Farmland Trust may be found at http://www.mainefarmlandtrust.org/.

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