‘Favorite Things’ at hospital

Apr 08, 2014
Farmers’ photographs of their “Favorite Things” are on view in the cafeteria of Waldo County General Hospital.

Belfast — During the months of April and May, Waldo County Hospital’s Best Café is exhibiting part of “These Are a Few of My Favorite Things,” a show that premiered earlier this year at the downtown Maine Farmland Trust Gallery.

Throughout the winter, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery hosted an extraordinary collection of more than 300 photographs, covering the gallery from floor to ceiling. What made these photos special was not only the sheer number of them, but also that they were taken by farmers and farm workers across Maine, not professional photographers. As a whole, these images represented a collection of all these farmers’ favorite things — abundant crops, the first blossoms on fruit trees, newborn baby animals, a rescued dog, to name a few.

The exhibit was so well received that Waldo County General Hospital invited Maine Farmland Trust to install a smaller version of the show in their cafeteria area, dubbed The Best Café. Manager of Nutrition Services Sheila Costello, who hosted an exhibit from Maine Farmland Trust several years before, said they were proud to feature the exhibit “Favorite Things” from Maine Farm Land Trust in the hospital cafeteria.

“Staff and visitors are enjoying the colorful scenes of the land, people, and animals from local farms and seeing what makes our community farms so beautiful and unique,” she said.

Costello added that the hospital is committed to promoting health and wellness, and local farms are a huge part of this strength. WCGH continues to increase its purchasing of local foods so staff and patients can enjoy fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables, as well as local meats, breads, cereals, and snacks.

“These purchase dollars go right back into our community supporting local farms and local families,” she said.

Farms participating farms in the original show include Anderson Family Farm, Enfield; Bag End Suri Alpacas of Maine, Pittsfield; Barred Rock Farm, Frankfort; Ben Eva Farm, Warren; Carter Neighborhood Farm Garden, Warren; Chase’s Organic Dairy, Mapleton; Chestnut Ridge Farm, Canaan; Cobb Farm, Winthrop; Fields Edge Farm, Leeds; Five Seasons Farm and Creamery, Montville; Freshening Farm, Pittsfield; Garden Side Dairy (at Hatch Knoll Farm), Jonesboro; Grange Corner Farm, Lincolnville; Horsepower Farm, Penobscot; McDougal Orchards, Springvale; North Star Sheep Farm (at Collerybrook Farm), Gray; Point of Maine Farm, Machiasport; River Rise Farm, Turner; Royal View Farm, Brooks; Snell Family Farm, Bar Mills; Stoner Mountain Farm, Waldoboro; Three Streams Farm, Belfast; Tide Mill Farm, Edmunds; Turner Farm, North Haven; Two Sisters Farm, Warren; Veggies for All, Unity College; Wilcox Family Yard, Warren; Wildfire Fellowship Farm, Buckfield; Wild Iris Farm, Bar Harbor; Wild River Farm, Abbot; Wilkerson Farm, no town given; Woodbury Hill, Auburn.

Maine Farmland Trust is a statewide nonprofit organization working to keep Maine’s farms farming. Maine Farmland Trust created its gallery to celebrate art in agriculture, and to inspire and inform the public about farming in Maine. For more information, visit mainefarmlandtrust.org; for more information on the gallery, visit mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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