Prize in scarecrow competition is food for the hungry

By Jeffrey B. Roth | Nov 06, 2018
Photo by: Jeffrey B. Roth Stuffing a scarecrow at Aldermere Farm, Candy Hutchinson of Rockport, right, was a co-winner of the competition. Joelle Albury of Aldermere Farms creates her own scarecrow.

Rockport — Adults and children spent an afternoon at Aldermere Farm competing to create a winning scarecrow.

First prize, in this case, did not mean the winners would go home with 50 pounds of Aldermere beef. Instead, Candy Hutchinson of Rockport, whose Skeleton Scarecrow, tied for first-prize honors with Girl Scarecrow, created by Isabelle Baker, 8, and Cora Casas, 8, both of Rockport; and Elizabeth Eaton, 16 of Hope; chose Come Spring Food Pantry, in Union to distribute the 50 pounds of beef to local residents who need help obtaining food for themselves and their families, said Joelle Albury, outreach and office manager for Aldermere Farm.

“We decided to connect the scarecrow competition to our theme a of giving back to the community,” Albury said Oct. 17. “Next week, [the week of Oct. 21], we will deliver beef to Come Spring Food Pantry. It feels great to support an organization like Come Spring Food Pantry that is completely volunteer-run and helps so many people in need.”

Aldermere Farm, a beef cattle operation, is one of two farms operated by the Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Albury said. Erickson Fields, a vegetable farm, is the second. The trust uses the farms' resources to give back to the community.

“At Erickson Fields Preserve, our Teen Ag Crew grows more than 20,000 pounds of produce annually, which volunteers distribute throughout the Midcoast,” Albury said. “The majority supplies food pantries: Area Interfaith Outreach in Rockland, Belfast Soup Kitchen, Bread for the Journey in Warren, Camden Area Christian Food Pantry, Come Spring Food Pantry in Union, Hospitality House in Rockport and the Rockland Salvation Army.”

Candy Hutchinson of Rockport, a co-winner of the competition, stuffs her skeleton scarecrow. (Photo by: Jeffrey B. Roth)
From left, Isabelle Baker, 8, of Rockport; Cora Casas, 8, also of Rockport; and Elizabeth Eaton, 16, of Hope, pose with their girl scarecrow. They shared first place with skeleton scarecrow, created by Candy Hutchinson of Rockport. (Photo by: Courtesy Aldermere Farm)
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