News Archive 2009-2018

Common Good Grant Helps Fund Local Gardening Initiative, Coastal Journal Reports Archives

Bowdoin College’s Common Good Grant program, administered by the McKeen Center, has provided some of the funding for a gardening initiative in nearby Bath, designed to help elderly and disabled people grow more of their own food, reported the Coastal Journal.

Local high school carpentry students constructed some raised beds for residents of Bath Housing Anchorage apartments, to add their existing 740-square feet of gardening space. Each bed is on a platform about a yard off the ground, allowing those using wheelchairs of walkers to more easily grow vegetables.  “It’s much easier,” local resident Gerry Hook told the newspaper. “I”m 79 years old and I couldn’t get down to the other ones.” Other funding came from the Maine Charity Fund of the Maine Community Foundation.