Thomaston native and Georges Valley High School graduate Jennie Hahn is leading a community-based theater project titled “Of Farms and Fables,” which, is gearing up for the next growing season. The three-year project involves extensive collaboration between performers, farmers and farm workers and will culminate with an outdoor performance in summer 2011.

Wm. H. Jordan Farm in Cape Elizabeth, Kay-Ben Farm in Gorham and Broadturn Farm in Scarborough have signed on, as have supporting partners R.O.I.L., Cape Farm Alliance, the Scarborough Land Conservation Trust, Cultivating Community and Threshold to Maine. Additional support comes from the Ella Lyman Cabot Trust in Holliston, Mass., which has awarded lead artist Hahn a one-year grant.

Hahn, a South Portland resident, and her advisory board hope that the project will provide an opportunity for community dialogue about food and the future of family farms in Maine. Readers can follow the progress of the project at farmsandfables.blogspot.com and may contact Hahn at info@open-waters.org for additional information or to support the project.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.