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Piscataquis Passport Project

The Piscataquis Passport encourages kids’ attendance at UMaine Extentions 4-H LogoFree Summer Meals and Community Dinners, shopping at Dover Cove Farmers’ Market, and participation at the Thompson Free Library and Piscataquis Healthy Foods For All logoSeDoMoCha School Garden. An “Other Fun Stuff” column contains additional ideas for things to do over the summer.

  • Anyone 18 and under is eligible to participate in the Piscataquis Passport.
  • Parent/guardian permission is required. Forms will be available at the Passport table June 22 and 23 from 11-noon at SeDoMoCha.SeDoMoCha School logo
  • Each Passport will be personalized by the student before it is laminated for durability.
  • Passports may be obtained June 22 and 23 ONLY.
  • Passports cannot be replaced.

Mayo Regional Hospital logoPassports must be dropped off at the UMaine Extension office (165 East Main St.) by August 23 to win a prize. A drop box will be clearly designated and available 24/7 beginning August 18.

Veggie Vouchers are available at Dover Cove Farmers’ Market to students with Passports in hand. Vouchers may be spent at DCFM on fresh vegetables and fruit only.Thompson Free Library logo

“4-H Market Kids,” developed by Barb Baker, UMaine Extension 4-H Educator in Penobscot County inspired the Piscataquis Passport. Trisha Smith, Home Horticulture Aide at UMaine Extension Piscataquis, wanted to expand the focus of Barb’s program beyond farmers’ markets. As coordinator of the SeDoMoCha School garden, Trisha was also looking for ways to bring students to the garden in the summer. Other folks were interested in promoting Free Summer Meals at SeDoMoCha and Mayo Regional Hospital, encouraging attendance at Thompson Free Library’s summer programs, and engaging kids at Dover Cove Farmers’ Market. Tapping into the spirit of cooperation central to UMaine Extension, she worked with Piscataquis Healthy Food for All as well as representatives of other concerned organizations to include a wide variety of kids’ activities on the Piscataquis Passport.

In this first year of the Piscataquis Passport, Trisha hopes to refine the program and work out inevitable kinks. Other communities and organizations have expressed interest in the Piscataquis Passport as a model and will be watching our experience. We’re optimistic that the Piscataquis Passport will succeed in our community and go on to inspire others.

Veggie Voucher

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