Hello Monroe!

August arrived at our farm in high gear. Camp Rosemoore concluded its third and final week with four special campers attending (look for the recap in next week’s column!), the garden is coming in faster than I can keep up with, we celebrated Oliver’s first birthday with family and friends, and I’ve decided I should be falling asleep much earlier at night to keep up!

Worth celebrating

Happy belated second wedding anniversary to Andrew and Kassey Gibbs, who celebrated on Aug. 7. May you have many, many years of happiness and adventure together!

Congratulations to Joyce and Rick Hillman of Blackbrook Farm in Monroe, who are the now proud recipients of a recently issued MOFGA Certified Organic certificate.

Food distribution

The Maine Farmers to Families food distribution will be taking place at the Monroe Town Hall parking lot Wednesday, Aug. 19, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. All are welcome to partake.

RSU 3 draft reopening plan

The Mount View school district recently unveiled initial drafts to get students and staff back on track this coming fall while operating amidst the still ever-present global COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, the draft plan has students attending school, in-person, four days a week, for either an a.m. or p.m. session. Friday is slated to be a distance learning day for all students, while all staff still report to their respective buildings.

Families are encouraged to provide their own transportation, when possible. Students have the option to complete all course work virtually should they chose not to physically return to the school setting. Water bottle filling stations will take the place of drinking fountains; directionals are in all hallways; recess and eating times will be staggered to reduce large gatherings. No assemblies or field trips, at this time.

As is currently happening in many different arenas, things can and probably will change; a reminder that this is just a draft. Those with questions are encouraged to contact RSU 3 Superintendent Charles Brown at

Initial reaction to this draft that I’ve heard from many district parents includes major concern over before- and after-school childcare. A number of adults are unsure how they can both work and accommodate a four-day a week, half-school day schedule for their students. What a turbulent time to be in education and a student.

Outdoor retreat in Monroe

Posted by Shabdsangeet Khalsa on the Our Community Monroe, Monroe Maine Facebook page and hosted by Essence of Healing Functional Medicine Health Coaching: Coming Saturday, Aug. 22, is a one-day, Nurturing Aliveness Outdoor Retreat, from 2 to 9 p.m. Social distancing will be included.

Participants will gather at Daylily Farm in Monroe, starting with a refreshing swim below the nearby waterfalls. Have fun playing simple games on the grass like kids. Harvest from the farm and eat across the rainbow. Enjoy experiencing what nature has to offer. Play, eat and share around a campfire circle to culminate the evening.

In the spirit of your health, wellness and enhanced well-being, register today. The value of this retreat lies in what you come away with within yourself. Space is limited. Visit to pay and email with your name, email and the program date you are attending.

Have a great week!