Photos: Nigerian dwarf goats set the stage for Bowdoinham Food Pantry


Honey and ivy Nigerian dwarf goats munch on overgrown grass and set the stage for new garden beds at the Bowdoinham Food Pantry. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Stonebraker

Nigerian dwarf goats Honey and Ivy recently prepared the ground at Bowdoinham Food Pantry for the newly raised garden beds which will be installed this spring.

Bowdoinham Pantry Photo courtesy of Jennifer Stonebraker

“They definitely stole the show during pantry hours,” said Bowdoinham Food Pantry manager Jennifer Stonebraker. “So much more fun than a weeder.”

As the goats munched on the overgrown grass, they cleared the way for raised beds that the volunteers will build this season. The garden will be filled with seedlings donated by Six River Farm in Bowdoinham.

“We plan to grow peppers, tomatoes, spinach, chard, onions, broccoli, a whole bunch of herbs and more,” Stonebraker said.

Once the vegetables from the garden are ready, they will be accessible to everyone, according to the rule of “take what you need, leave some for others”, she said.

Bowdoinham Food Pantry will also be harvesting produce which will be offered during pantry hours on Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m.

The food pantry currently serves 30 families on a weekly basis.

“We have received fantastic feedback from our customers. If you are interested in getting involved, contact us! Many hands will do light work. Plus, what’s better than digging in the dirt? Stonebraker said.

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Vegetables and fruit available at Bowdoinham Food Pantry. Photo courtesy of Jessica Stonebraker

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