To our readers,

The COVID-19 pandemic is a once-in-a-century type story, ... Click here to continue

Warren farm contributes to new immigrants

Jun 23, 2019
Hatchet Cove Farm in Warren has donated produce to help recent immigrants to Portland.

Warren — Hatchet Cove Farm has donated a load of vegetables to Cultivating Community to help feed the immigrants at the Expo Center in Portland.

"I feel like this is quite relevant to a lot of the conversation that was happening in the State House last week, and the work that we are doing as a farm," said state Rep. William Pluecker, independent of Warren, who operates the farm with his family.

"We are so proud to have had the chance to do our part to support the folks who have come to our state to find shelter from the storm of warring countries and economic despair," Pluecker said.

"Within our community, we know how to support and care for one another. We were raised with the moral character to know wrong from right, and when a neighbor calls for help, we show up. Sometimes our neighbors come from farther away than just down the street," he said.

"The act of sharing food, breaking bread together, brings people together. As food producers in our community we have intimate experience with this fact. As a community, as Mainers, we do not pass by people in need. As farmers we find ourselves blessed to have the opportunity to come to the stranger at our door," he said.

The Portland Press Herald reported June 20 that in recent weeks Portland has taken in 292 asylum seekers – 87 families – who have traveled by bus from the southern U.S. border. Most are fleeing political, military and economic problems in Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Portland converted the Portland Expo sports arena into an emergency shelter amid the influx.

While the city has registered 259 African asylum seekers since June 9, roughly 223 were at the temporary shelter as of June 18.

If you appreciated reading this news story and want to support local journalism, consider subscribing today.
Call (207) 594-4401 or join online at
Donate directly to keeping quality journalism alive at
Comments (5)
Posted by: Ananur Forma | Jun 24, 2019 09:34

Maybe you don't know that the first Tuesday of every month there is a free give away of produce at the Rec Center (Flanagan) on Limerock Street, across from the court starts at 12 noon and is open to all.

Bring your own bags and fill them up. Different produce available each month. A local person (Brenda) organized this for everyone.

Posted by: Jeff Sukeforth | Jun 24, 2019 08:04

I echo the post of Mary Kate Moody, this is a wonderful act but how much has been donated to our local needs? Just would like to know.


Posted by: Mary Kate Moody | Jun 23, 2019 12:47

That is great.  I am sincerely hoping that an equal or greater contribution has gone to our homeless and hungry Vets as well.


Chris Moody


Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Jun 23, 2019 10:43

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” 

Posted by: Ananur Forma | Jun 23, 2019 06:45

Fantastic, thank you for being a kind hearted, dedicated group. You shine.

If you wish to comment, please login.
Note: If you signed up using our new subscriber portal, your username is the email address you registered with and your password is in all caps