Upland Grassroots

At A Glance

Contact: 

Chelli Stanley

Location: 

Wayne, Maine

Primary Issue Area:

  • Environmental Health
  • Land & Water

Active since:

2019

Tax Status:

Ad-hoc

Core volunteers:

10

Our Purpose

Upland Grassroots is a grassroots organization cleaning polluted land by growing fiber hemp on it. Hemp pulls toxins from the soil when it grows.  We are currently working on part of the former Loring Airforce Base in Limestone, ME, now owned by the Aroostook Band of Micmacs.  The site is a superfund site, so polluted that the EPA gave it a waiver, saying it was “technically impractical” to clean it.  The former air force base is currently full of toxins, falling down buildings, and many animals, birds, fish, and others who are left to deal with the toxic legacy.  We are gratefully working with members of the Micmac Nation, and with scientists from the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES).  We are also grateful to our amazing advisory board members.  Our goals are to clean as much land as possible, further public knowledge, help push the science, and to uphold our responsibility to fight for the health of all living beings.  If you're interested in doing the same thing in your area, contact us!