The state of Maine has over 1.3 million acres of farmland, and starting this summer we’ll have the freshest produce, dairy and meat delivered right to the Manitou table from some of our local farms. We have partnered with a team of farmers, local food advocates, and nutritional consultants to launch a Farm-to-Table initiative and to further our health and wellness mission at camp. Campers and staff will enjoy seasonal produce on the salad bar, weekly local food day, and other selected items integrated into the daily menu. Going green has never tasted better!
Our local food advocate partners] will join us in educating our staff and campers on the value of sustainable agriculture and supporting the local economy. Another planned project is composting, which can be used to turn food scraps and grass cuttings into fertilizer for our fields and flowers, as well as for Manitou’s organic garden, managed by Adventure Pete and his fiance Crystal. Crystal also serves as our Director of Wellness, and ensures that we’re taking the right steps towards emotional and physical wellness through healthy eating options, balanced activities (including yoga and stand-up paddle boarding), recycling, and conservation.
Our friends at Acting Manitou, at neighboring Camp Eastwood, helped spearhead this initiative through connections in the community and will also take part in the local food movement. We are excited to be one of the first camps to embrace the farm-to-table initiative, and proud to support the farmers and local businesses in Maine.