Local Food for Local Folks

Thinking regionally and acting locally to meet the needs of the communities we serve, KELT does not feel compelled to stick to the typical tasks of a land trust, e.g. strictly land conservation. KELT’s current strategic plan, which states our commitment to advancing a “systems approach” to improve the availability of local food, drives all of our efforts in this area.

 
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Merrymeeting Food Council

The mission of the Merrymeeting Food Council is to advance a thriving, resilient, and equitable food system that supports the health of our communities and natural resources in the greater Merrymeeting Bay area. Their vision is for a large portion of the Merrymeeting Region's food supply to be raised, caught, processed, and consumed locally. This food system will protect and enhance natural resources, and create robust, meaningful economic and civic opportunities for the residents and visitors of the greater Merrymeeting Bay area in Maine.

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The Merrymeeting Gleaners

Gleaning redirects surplus and “ugly” food products to food security organizations, by working with local farms and food producers to take excess food from the fields or farmers’ markets.

The Merrymeeting Gleaners began in 2016 as a pilot project of the Merrymeeting Food Council’s Food Security work group.

Use the links below to learn more about gleaning and find out how to become a gleaning volunteer!

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Good Food For Bath

Good Food for Bath is a local coalition that meets with the goal of creating healthy solutions for a better, well-fed community.

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LOCAL Garden in Bath

In 2016, KELT began to manage the LOCAL Garden in south Bath. The garden has a newly expanded mission: to serve as a nearly year-round demonstration garden, with projects and programs to benefit adults and children.