Aldermere Farm’s 4-H Club donates beef to food pantry

Feb 17, 2014
Aldermere Achievers 4-H Club prepares to deliver beef to the Camden Area Christian Food Pantry. Pictured, from left, Frances Pendleton, Samantha Leighton, Tyler Leighton, Ellie Pendleton, Heidi Baker (4-H Leader), and Paige Widdecomb. Members not pictured are Quinn Bunting, Pearl Benjamin, Greta Bishop, and Audrey Bowman.

Rockport — In April 2013 the Aldermere Achievers, the farm's 4-H Club, attended the National Belted Galloway Sale and Youth Show in Fryeburg. At the sale they purchased two Belted Galloway cows that helped start the 4-H meat program they call, "Hamburger Helpers", a program that will benefit their local community and reach far beyond agriculture.

The Aldermere Achievers — a beef club where participants lease a calf, halter train it, and then show it — developed a plan to raise the two cows, breed them to continue the herd, and sell for breed stock or process of meat. Fifty percent of the proceeds would then go to a local charity, either by check or meat, and the other 50 percent would go to the club's fundraising account which is used for stock shows, workshops, leadership training and farm field trips.

The club’s first beef donation of 143 pounds from one of the purchased cows was delivered to their choice of charity, the Camden Area Christian Food Pantry, and presented to Jane Bennet, president of the local food pantry Jan. 16. The beef donation will help the food pantry support people in need in the towns of Camden, Rockport, Lincolnville, Hope, Appleton, Union, Washington and Searsmont.

The club will breed the other Beltie, a 12-month old calf, and raise her calf to continue the program's cycle.

For more information about the Camden Area Christian Food Pantry visit camdenfoodpantry.org. For those interested in learning more about the Aldermere Achievers and their events and activities, follow them on Facebook, facebook.com/aldermere.achievers> or Instagram instagram.com/aldermereachievers> or visit aldermere.org<http://www.aldermere.org>.

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