‘Edible Waldoboro’ sprouts from soil with roots already digging deep

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 1:15pm

WALDOBORO — There is a collaboration taking place in Waldoboro.

The Board of the Medomak Arts has designed a program to partner with other nonprofit organizations in the Waldoboro Area. It is referred to as “Edible Waldoboro” and the goal is to show by example how to grow edibles in small spaces by having edible plants outside many of the local businesses throughout the summer season, especially during the ArtWalks.

The partners are the Medomak Arts Project, Waldoboro Business Association, Waldoboro Garden Club, Waldoboro Conservation Commission and FEED THE NEED restorative justice program.

MAP is being asked to organize this. The WBA is asked to promote the project, the Garden Club is asked to obtain the planting soil, and the Conservation Commission is asked to encourage civic participation and “Feed the Need” to provide the volunteers to plant the pots.

These plantings will serve to remind the public about the food insecurity in the region and allow MAP to share the plants with the community.

Lowe’s Home Improvement Store is donating 16 large planter pots for placement outside the first business establishments to participate in the downtown village. NC Hunt will provide the soil. Moose Crossing and Barley Joe’s will share some plants, and Tony Gallace will have his program members plant the pots and deliver them.

The project will be publicized further by asking other businesses to plant their own pots to be listed in the flyer. This can be a reminder to others to donate to the food banks, visit the Waldoboro Farmers Market and may increase the interest in the monthly Art Walks, according to a news release.

Please consider participating in this endeavor. We will be planning press releases and will have flyers at each location explaining our project.

If you have further questions you may call Caren at 832-0633.

Tony Gallace is currently restoring the Otis Benner Farm & Forgery located on route one between the Medomak Veterinary Office and Harvest Moon Pizza. He manages FEED THE NEED, which is a community service program to help individuals who have gotten into trouble and choose to give back to the community.

If you have tools or equipment to donate, know of service projects that need workers or wish to help with fundraising; you can contact Tony Gallace at 593-6644 or Tgallace26@gmail.com.

Medomak Arts is a nonprofit art and gallery center located at 13 Friendship Street in Waldoboro. The mission is to foster community and creativity for the Medomak region.

Medomak Arts highlights the region’s cultural, creative, and historical assets to build both greater awareness and a creative sense of place.