May 08, 2023

Bringing Food Home

A Visit to Uprooted Farm by Larissa Hannan

Recently at the Healthy Lincoln County office, the team learned about an incredible farm in Waldoboro that not only accepts SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)/ EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) benefits, but also has a senior farmshare program. I immediately wanted to learn more about the work that they were doing! That farm is Uprooted: a family-owned and operated farm. I jumped at the chance to meet up with Sterling, co-owner of Uprooted, to learn more about what he and his wife Kailey are up to.

Sterling has a background in sustainable agriculture through a degree at the University of Maine. While he put his agricultural work on hold to pursue a career in the Air Force, it was during this time that he and his wife dreamed of having a farm of their own (their full story is on the Uprooted website and worth the read)! They took the leap in 2021 and moved to their property in Waldoboro, after a job change led them to the midcoast region of Maine.

Cue the present, where Uprooted is an established farm, practicing organic strategies. Sterling and Kailey spent their first season at the Farmington Farmers Market and were introduced to the Maine Harvest Bucks program, a State of Maine initiative that provides a voucher to make locally grown produce more accessible to individuals utilizing SNAP/ EBT benefits. The pair signed up for the Maine Harvest Bucks program so that those using SNAP/EBT benefits can shop at Uprooted! But the goodness does not stop there. Uprooted also partners with the Spectrum Generations Meals on Wheels program to make their Senior Farmshare accessible to the Lincoln County community. Last season they had 8 seniors participate in the farmshare and look forward to growing the program this coming growing season!

So how can we support Uprooted? Sign up for their season-long CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program on their website for Saturday pickups, beginning soon, and be sure to visit them at the Waldoboro Farmers Market this year on Sundays. Keep up to date with Uprooted by checking out their “Uprooted Maine” Facebook and Instagram page, as well as taking a look at their website, listed below:

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