Fresh, local, healthy produce is made more accessible to all members of the Acadia National Park-area community, regardless of income, by members of the student-run Share the Harvest group.Fresh, local, healthy produce is made more accessible to all members of the Acadia National Park-area community, regardless of income, by members of the student-run Share the Harvest group. Credit: COA Beech Hill Farm“We’re really happy to announce this partnership between Share the Harvest and Bar Harbor Farmers Market,” said Share the Harvest student coordinator Rayna Joyce ’20. “Having vouchers accepted in the market will increase access to fresh foods for those who use our program but don’t always have a way to get to Beech Hill Farm.”

Share the Harvest aims to make fresh, local, healthy produce more accessible to all members of the Acadia National Park-area community, regardless of income. The program works to foster stronger ties between residents and local food producers through ensuring access to the space, knowledge, and resources that it takes to sustain an equitable food system.

Share the Harvest is a project developed by College of the Atlantic Beech Hill Farm, a MOFGA-certified organic operation. Pictured above are three current and former managers, (from left) Jenna Farineau ’18, Ivy Enoch ’18, and Rayna Joyce ’20.Share the Harvest is a project developed by College of the Atlantic Beech Hill Farm, a MOFGA-certified organic operation. Pictured above are three current and former managers, (from left) Jenna Farineau ’18, Ivy Enoch ’18, and Rayna Joyce ’20. Credit: Aubrielle Hvolboll ’20Last year, through generous donations, sale of student-crafted stickers and reusable bags, and the organization of various events such as the Havana Farm Dinner, the entirely student-run organization was able to provide produce to over 200 individuals and families from Bar Harbor to Bass Harbor and Franklin. Merchandise sales and the annual farm dinner are planned to continue during the 2018 season.

Working closely with island food pantries and other local organizations dedicated to eradicating food insecurity and inequality, Share the Harvest will continue to distribute farmstand vouchers, subsidized farm shares, and harvest deliveries, Joyce said.

Share the Harvest is now receiving applications through an online form at coa.edu/sharetheharvestapplication or printed PDF by mail at 171 Beech Hill Road, Mt. Desert Maine 04660. Services will be given first come, first serve, with applications officially closing June 23 or when full capacity is reached.

Beech Hill Farm farm stand is open beginning June 12 from Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call Beech Hill Farm at 244-5204 or email sharetheharvest@coa.edu.