Cultivating Community

Portland, ME   |  www.cultivatingcommunity.org

Mission

Cultivating
Community's mission is to strengthen communities by growing food,
preparing youth leaders and new farmers, and promoting social and
environmental justice. We use our community food work as an engine for
high-impact youth and community development programs that reconnect
people to the natural and social systems that sustain us all.
We
are growing sustainable communities through utilizing organic,
sustainable practices to grow food in our community, school gardens and
at partnering farms that feeds those among us who are most vulnerable.
Cultivating Community is based in Portland, Maine.
Cultivating Community's mission is to strengthen communities by growing food, preparing youth leaders and new farmers, and promoting social and environmental justice. We use our community food work as an engine for high-impact youth and community development programs that reconnect people to the natural and social systems that sustain us all. We are growing sustainable communities through utilizing organic, sustainable practices to grow food in our community, school gardens and at partnering farms that feeds those among us who are most vulnerable. Cultivating Community is based in Portland, Maine.

Ruling year info

2003

Principal Officer

Mr. Craig Lapine

Main address

P.O. Box 3792

Portland, ME 04104

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EIN

04-3607322

NTEE code info

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

Agricultural, Youth Development (O52)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

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Community Food Program

Since our first
growing season in 2001, we have moved 125 refugee families closer to self-
sufficiency. We have helped more than 5,000 young people build their skills. We
have put more than 110,000 pounds of our own harvest on the tables of Mainers
who might not otherwise have access to it. We have restored to health badly
mistreated urban land, and we have brought into full agricultural production
more than 30 acres of protected farmland in Cumberland and Androscoggin
Counties. We connect low-income residents with local farmers and Maine-grown produce by creating farm stands throughout Portland and Lewiston that are SNAP (food stamp) & WIC eligible and by bringing SNAP access to larger farmers' markets (like the Portland Farmers' Market) that are interested in better serving low-income consumers

Population(s) Served

NASAP's mission is to assist immigrant and refugee farmers to build successful farm businesses that are consistent with their culture, lifestyle aspirations, and individual goals. The NASAP provides class room and field based trainings for both farmers and gardeners. NASAP currently operates a training farm site at Packard-Littlefield Farm in Lisbon.

Population(s) Served

Our Youth Programs support youth growers, internships, culinary crew, and school garden programs to empower youth and develop leadership skills so they are well prepared to be leaders in their communities.  This winter we have been in Portland elementary schools running nutrition education, gardening, and cooking programs and supporting four teens at four different Portland high schools develop ‘Food Warrior’ food justice clubs at their schools.

Population(s) Served

We manage small tracts of land at several urban gardens in Portland & Falmouth, operate a farm in Cape Elizabeth (which is also where we host our popular Twilight Dinner series), and manage the Packard-Littlefield Farm in Lisbon.

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Cultivating Community

Board of directors
as of 06/04/2016
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Board chair

Dave Colson

Maine Organic Farmers & Growers Association

Ted Spitzer

Marketing Ventures, Inc.

Linden Thigpen

New Images Therapeutic Massage

Elena Schmidt

Preble Street Resource Center

Amanda Beal

Sustainable Food Systems Research & Policy Consultant

Dave Colson

Maine Organic Farmers & Growers Association

Joe Fournier

Rosemont Market

Kevin Haskins

Pierce Atwood

Leslie Oster

Aurora Provisions

Jaime Parker

Portland Trails