Over the next several weeks, we will be introducing the new Maine Foodscapes Board of Directors. Our Board is highly involved in every aspect of Maine Foodscapes. Board members are critical for executing the various aspects of our organization. Our Board consists of enthusiastic gardeners dedicated to building community around growing food, and we'd love for you to get to know them. If you attend an event, participate in a Garden Project build, or volunteer, you're likely to meet one or many members of our Board, but we're going to dedicate some space to digging deeper with each of them here on our new blog!
For Part 3 of this series, you'll be hearing from Foodscapes Educator, Abby Snell!
Abby! What are your hobbies and interests?
Cooking, baking, gardening, hiking/mountain biking, horseback riding, knitting.
Why did you want to join the Board of Directors?
I wanted firsthand experience with an organization whose focus is tackling food insecurity in a direct and meaningful way.
What makes you most excited for the upcoming grow season?
I'm most excited to meet and work with our gardeners and watch their gardens grow. They're a group of hardworking people who are so excited to plant and grow food for themselves and their families; it's been a pleasure getting to know them.
How did you get first introduced to Maine Foodscapes?
As a student in the Food Studies program at USM, I often get emails about opportunities for volunteer and career opportunities. I found out about the first annual gala last fall and went to volunteer that night as a server. While I was there Ali encouraged me to put my name on the list for new board members, so I did!
What do you enjoy most about gardening?
I find it incredibly relaxing and gratifying to work on making the space around my house more beautiful with plants. Watching everything grow and produce is so satisfying and knowing you fostered and cared for those plants is its own reward.
What kind of impact are you hoping to make on the organization and/or your community this year?
I'm hoping to help both children and adults achieve their own goals toward food security through learning how to garden and raise their own food. Teaching children, especially, about where their food comes from and how they can use it to create healthy and delicious meals for themselves is something I strongly believe in. These skills and passions carry on into adulthood and my hope is they will someday pass those skills on to the next generation!