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Maine farm and environment center to grow education mission

January 29, 2022 GMT

FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — An organization that runs a popular coastal farm and environmental center in Maine plans to launch an education, training and research facility.

Wolfe’s Neck Farm Foundation is set to receive a $2.5 million loan from the federal government for its Smith Center for Education and Research. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a Jan. 26 statement the center will let Wolfe’s Neck “expand upon their ability to engage in charitable, education and scientific activities related to alternative farming techniques, conservation management, research, education and public stewardship.”

The center is also expected to allow Wolfe’s Neck to increase the number of people who can participate in events such as workshops and seminars. It will also provide a teaching kitchen, classroom space and other facilities.

Wolfe’s Neck has said the Smith Center is named for the long-time owners and original donors of the farm. The farm was established more than 60 years ago.