Maine Farmland Trust was the recipient of the Belfast Co-op’s Third Thursday Donation Day in May. On May 20, one percent of sales at the Co-op was donated to help support Maine Farmland Trust, a statewide nonprofit that works to preserve farm land and keep Maine’s farms farming.

The Belfast Co-op created Third Thursday Donation Day to help fulfill its mission to promote sustainability in the community. Each month it chooses an organization whose mission helps communities create local resilience.

In April donations went to the Troy Howard Garden Project, which helps young people integrate sustainability into their lives by producing and learning to satisfy their needs locally. In June the donations will go to Tanglewood 4H Camp & Learning Center’s programs, which create affordable, nature-based experiences for all ages.

The Belfast Co-op, owned by close to 3,000 members, is a retail outlet for whole natural foods and other goods and provisions. Although owned by members, everyone is welcome to shop at the Co-op and the feeling of local community is evident as soon as you walk through the door. Your shopping dollars at the Belfast Co-op not only help support organizations such as Maine Farmland Trust, they also support the local farmers and producers whose products are a priority, along with organic and fair trade.

The Belfast Co-op is located at 123 High St. For more information, call 338-2532, or visit The hours are 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.