WALDOBORO — Tony Gallace is currently restoring the Otis Benner Farm & Forgery located in Waldoboro on Route 1 between the Medomak Veterinary Office and Harvest Moon Pizza. Recently the windows in the old farmhouse were shot out, along with one window in his car.
He had spent many months clearing out the house and the land, with plans to build a $20,000 greenhouse to grow vegetables to feed those in need. He has maintained a community garden on Depot Street for the past 10 years, with the help if his recruits. “Feed the Need” is also partnering with many local civic organizations to launch the “Edible Waldoboro” program.
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.
Gallace manages, “Feed the Need” which is a community service program to help individuals who have gotten into trouble and have been given the choice to serve the community, rather than do time in prison. He appears in court with the perpetrator to convince the judge that his program will be beneficial to this individual.
He normally manages two people at a time and has them do the kind of work they are best at. Some will do farming, tree clearing, painting, welding, heavy yard work or even art and crafts.
As a fundraiser, Gallace will display artwork for sale, done by his charges over the years, at the Medomak Arts Project starting July 13, during the Waldoboro ArtWalk. A local woodcarver, Steve Hensel, will have some of his carvings on display, as well.
“Attend the ArtWalk and stop in at 13 Friendship Street, Saturday, July 20, from 5-7 p.m., as well to see the amazing art from the most unexpected individuals,” said organizers, in a news release. “You may be impressed.”
If you have any gardening tools, woodworking 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 PO Box 1 Waldoboro Maine, 04572.