On Monday we were the lucky recipients of a visit from the Teen Ag Crews from Aldermere Farm in Rockport and Wolfe’s Neck Farm in Freeport. You may be asking…what is a Teen Ag Crew? It’s a group of teens who are hired by the farm to work during the summer months. The teens are responsible for preparing the field, planting the crops, maintaining the fields, and then harvesting them.
Once the crops are harvested the crew shares them with area food pantries to help provide healthy food options for people facing hunger. The teens actually deliver the veggies directly to the pantries and also provide recipes and other education materials to help pantry volunteers learn about the crops and how to use them.
This is Good Shepherd Food Bank’s third year working with the teens from Aldermere. We are hoping that their visit to the Food Bank will add to their experience and make them more aware of the impact they are having by growing healthy foods for us and our partner food pantries.
While they were at the Food Bank, the group of teens also got to take part in a Cooking Matters class. Food Bank staff taught the teens how to make whole wheat pizzas loaded with summer veggies for lunch. The cooking and nutrition lesson will add to their growing knowledge of how, together, we can all fight hunger – from the field, to the food pantry, to the kitchen.
Thank you to the Teen Ag Crews from Aldermere and Wolfe’s Neck for all your hard work this summer!