He Shares His Love of Farming – and His Crops – with Local Schoolchildren

He Shares His Love of Farming—and His Crops—with Local Schoolchildren
by Brett Leveridge

Michael Hayden (left) and Wendy Harrington (right) sharing fresh vegetables with Washington County, ME school children.

CHERRYFIELD, ME – Guideposts magazine visited our Downeast Campus earlier this year, interviewing Director Wendy Harrington and Michael Hayden. The result? A new story addition to Guideposts’ “collection of slideshows.., inspirational quotes, beautiful photos, and powerful stories of hope.”

The story begins, “A former social worker, Michael Hayden came to love farming while working in a program that helped developmentally disabled adults live and work on a farm alongside other families. “I had never farmed before,” said Michael, “but I learned. And I loved it. I saw how being on the land and eating what grew there nourished people—adults and kids of all ages and abilities.”

[H]e met Wendy Harrington…. She had the idea that the Mission could set up its own farmer’s market.

Wendy asked if [Michael] would be interested in a salaried position that allowed him to visit local schools to talk about his crops and to hand out bags of his produce to the students.

Full story and slideshow 

Downeast Table of Plenty, Sunday, May 28th – Everyone Welcome

Please join us, May 28th, for this Sunday’s Downeast Table of Plenty. If you would like to host a meal, you can go to the calendar website Sign Up and schedule your Sunday or contact Wendy Harrington.

Cherryfield, ME — Sunday afternoons, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. at our Downeast Table of Plenty, everyone is welcome to share satisfying, home-cooked meals.

People age two to ninety, from every segment of the community attend. Music, conversation, and laughter preside. Hunger and loneliness are nowhere in sight.

The Table of Plenty takes place in the EdGE building on our Downeast Campus every Sunday, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Meals are provided by volunteers.

If you would like to host a meal, you can go to the calendar website Sign Up and schedule your Sunday or contact Wendy Harrington.

Downeast Table of Plenty, Sunday, May 21st – Everyone Welcome

Please join us, May 21st, for this Sunday’s Downeast Table of Plenty. If you would like to host a meal, you can go to the calendar website Sign Up and schedule your Sunday or contact Wendy Harrington.

Cherryfield, ME — Sunday afternoons, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. at our Downeast Table of Plenty, everyone is welcome to share satisfying, home-cooked meals.

People age two to ninety, from every segment of the community attend. Music, conversation, and laughter preside. Hunger and loneliness are nowhere in sight.

The Table of Plenty takes place in the EdGE building on our Downeast Campus every Sunday, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Meals are provided by volunteers.

If you would like to host a meal, you can go to the calendar website Sign Up and schedule your Sunday or contact Wendy Harrington.

Downeast Table of Plenty, Sunday, May 14th – Everyone Welcome

Downeast Table of Penty Sign

Please join us, May 14th, for this Sunday’s Downeast Table of Plenty. Are you or your group interested in providing a meal in 2017? Please email Downeast Campus Director Wendy Harrington.

Cherryfield, ME — Sunday afternoons, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. at our Downeast Table of Plenty, everyone is welcome to share satisfying, home-cooked meals.

People age two to ninety, from every segment of the community attend. Music, conversation, and laughter preside. Hunger and loneliness are nowhere in sight.

The Table of Plenty takes place in the EdGE building on our Downeast Campus every Sunday, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Meals are provided by volunteers.

Are you or your group interested in providing a meal in 2017? Please email Downeast Campus Director Wendy Harrington.

Snow? Food Pantry is Open and Ready to Serve

Maine Seacoast Mission Downeast Campus Food Pantry

Cherryfield, ME — Downeast Campus Director Wendy Harrington sends this photo and news item: On Tuesday February 14, the front door to the Downeast Campus Center is piled high with snow but the path to the Food Pantry door is shoveled and ready to serve customers. We want to make sure people can get to the pantry on the days between the recent snow storms.