Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Connecting Farms to Morse High School


The Bath Freight Shed Alliance is happy to announce a successful first year of collaboration with local farms, the Morse High School Food Pantry, and students in the Culinary Arts program at the Bath Regional Career and Technical Center. Last summer the Alliance targeted $250 from the proceeds of its popular Full Moon Dinners to support the Pantry. These funds were used to buy carrots from Goranson Farm in Dresden, a member of the Bath Farmers Market and a longtime leader in community supported agriculture.

Julia Simmons, Special Ed Teacher at Morse High School, long time Goranson Farm employee and Bath Freight Shed Alliance volunteer together with Jon Merry, Alliance board member, Dragonfly Cove Farm in Dresden, and a graduate of the Culinary Arts program connected with the students at the BRCTC. Students visited Goranson and Dragonfly Cove Farms to get a better sense of the process by which food is selected, grown, tended and harvested. They have cut and bagged carrots for the Food Pantry as well as the Fruit for Everyone program, which provides fruit in every classroom for all students at no cost. They also incorporated the carrots into healthy snacks which were made available to all students during the midterm exam period.
 "Working with the kids, I wanted to expose them to current trends in the food world. I was a graduate of the program 13 years ago and would have loved something like this. I was hoping to jump start their school year and get them a little excited about food."

The Morse High School Food Pantry serves 15 to 25 students daily, and collaborates with the Bath Food Bank to ensure food resources reach students and families in need. Students and faculty at both Morse and Bath Regional Career and Technical Center are involved in staffing, stocking and managing donations to the Food Pantry.

Jon and Julia's work with the students reflects Alliance goals of community education and increased local access to healthy fresh local foods. And the kids are engaged. "We are planning on repeating the donation this year; some students helped with the Bike Maine Dinner (at the Freight Shed); they will be at the September dinner again this year."

Friday, February 20, 2015

Big Brothers Big Sisters at the Market

Come down to the Bath Farmers Market this Saturday the 21st and learn about this awesome program and the ability to change a young person's life!

More information about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bath/Brunswick can be found here: http://www.bbbsbathbrunswick.org/

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Still Digging Out and More on the Way!

With two storms in the forecast and clearing up from Tuesday's storm still underway, the Bath Farmers Market has cancelled the market for this Saturday.

See you on February 7th!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Happenings @ the Freight Shed: Market Morning December 13, 2014

This Saturday's market morning, be sure to stop by the south end Community Room as the Music students from Morse High School will be our guests, here to sell raffle tickets to benefit the music programs at Morse. They will also provide musical entertainment during market time when our market musicians take breaks throughout the market!

The raffle prizes (three $100 cash prizes) will be drawn during the Morse High Winter Concert on Thursday, December 18th at 7 PM (no need to be present to win). This is a free concert of holiday and festive music and all are welcome!

For more information about the concert, please contact Wendy Connors at wconnors@rsu1.org or at 207-443-8250.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Happenings @ the Freight Shed: Market Morning December 6, 2014

Peter Felsenthal will be selling his book, "NEW GROWTH: Portraits of Six Maine Organic Farm" at the Freight Shed in the Community Room this Saturday with a portion of book sales being donated to the Bath Freight Shed AND to ArtVan

In keeping with our mission of raising awareness and accessibility to our local food system, we encourage folks to come meet Peter, pick up your copy of New Growth and in turn, support the restoration efforts of the Bath Freight Shed as well as support mobile arts therapy programs that ArtVan offers our communities.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

November 23, 2014

The Freight Shed’s New (Old) Look!

The paint colors were chosen to match remnants found on the building. 
The red and yellow scheme was widely used for stations and freight sheds.

The North wall of the freight shed has been completely restored--inside and out--the result of a great collaboration of talented and generous volunteers. New insulation, repairs to the water table, and major work on clapboards, soffit and trims have been completed. Painting has been finished and the revived façade is  evocative of its original appearance.

Carolyn Lockwood offered advice and a generous donation of clapboards. Will Blake, Ed Rogers and Donald Kornrumpf played key roles in moving the project along. Al Heath managed the additional insulation and reduction of air filtration inside; Bruce Plourde painstakingly repaired parts of the façade, with an attention to historic detail, including salvaging original quarter-
sawn clapboards.  Students from the Bath Regional Career and Technical Center’s Electrical Technology, Engineering Graphics and Culinary Arts programs participated in projects supporting the building restoration.
The Alliance gives grateful thanks to the diverse and extensive group of dedicated volunteers and community professionals who contributed to achieving this goal.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Happenings @ the Freight Shed: Market Morning November 22, 2014

Artwork courtesy of a very talented student at Georgetown Central School
2013 GCS Thanksgiving Basket Drive

At this Saturday's market, we welcome back the Georgetown Central School Leadership Club as they collect food and donations for their annual Thanksgiving Baskets!

The kids will be set-up at both doors -- please help us fill all the boxes!
Artwork courtesy of another talented student from the Georgetown Central School
2013 GCS Thanksgiving Basket Drive