Crystal Spring Farm/Land Trust
The Bowdoin Organic Garden had a unique relationship with Crystal Spring Farm and the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust. The Land Trust owns Crystal Spring Farm outright (a unique accomplishment alone for a land trust), comprising 322 acres, and in turn leases the arable portion to Seth Kroeck who runs the 200+ member Crystal Spring Community Farm CSA. As part of an agreement begun in 2004 until 2014, the Bowdoin Organic Garden used roughly ¾ acres and provided 4-8 hours of labor each week during the growing season. As a crucial benefit, Seth spread compost and discs on our biggest fields for us in the spring, donated some of his greenhouse space for starting seeds, and provided valuable advice. It was truly is a symbiotic relationship, and a unique one that we hope will be replicated by other schools or farms.