Alan Day Community Garden

At A Glance

Contact: 

Rocky Crockett

Location: 

Norway, Maine

Primary Issue Area:

  • Food
  • Environmental Health
  • Climate Change & Energy
  • Land & Water

Active since:

2009

Tax Status:

501(c)(3)

Core volunteers:

30

Community Size:

3,500

Our Purpose

The mission of the Alan Day Community Garden is to cooperatively create an educational demonstration garden, where people can grow their own food, using organic, sustainable methods to support an enduring community food system.  In 2009 our community came together for a series of meetings to discuss the needs of the community, and specifically to address climate change, food insecurity, environmental regeneration, diet-related illness, peak oil, community resilience, and self-reliance in a changing economy.  Together, we decided that creating a community garden would provide a means and a model to help address these myriad concerns.  We do our work because we believe that access to nutritious food is a right, not a privilege, and that our current global food system has been broken for quite a while, limping along with the support of government subsidies.  We believe that giving youth the support and resources they need to feel safe and empowered is the best way to make lasting, positive change in our future generations, and we have invited youth to become a central force in our work.  We also believe that top-down organizational models are not what's needed, and we uphold a cooperative and transparent process, where youth and adults co-create our organization to find lasting solutions for ourselves and our community.