Originally published in Castine Patriot, October 11, 2019
Farm to table in action at Horsepower Farm
4-H/BHHT club focuses on local food
by Anne Berleant
On an afternoon of shifting clouds and a stiff autumn wind, the Peninsula Explorers, a youth club sponsored by 4-H and Blue Hill Heritage Trust, flocked to Horsepower Farm for an after-harvest harvest—otherwise known as ‘gleaning’—and a lesson in outdoor cooking on October 6.
On the menu was vegetable soup, johnnycake and baked apples, and towards that end, Explorers were asked to first dig up three carrots, two for the pot and one to wipe off and eat—and don’t step on the parsley!
An armful of potatoes, a few cabbages, and celery and herbs were also gleaned from a field that had been earlier harvested by the Birdsalls, owners and operators of the small, family-run farm.
Peninsula Explorers, now in its second year, was formed by local 4-H parents and BHHT to connect them with their local outdoors and older community members.
“Deep dives” into orienteering, navigating the night sky, ice fishing and local fisheries preceded the food series, which the Horsepower Farm event kicked off, BHHT Development Director Chrissy Allen said. “A big part of it is to not only teach these skills but to learn from your neighbors. We want to try to resurrect that.”