CHESTER (NEWS CENTER Maine) -- It doesn't look like much right now, but soon, Gregory Jordan's land will be lush and green, full of carrots, cucumbers and corn. The 200-acre property has been in Jordan's family for a while, but it wasn't until five years ago that he started to tend to it again.
"I got a job in the local mill in Lincoln in the electrical crew," Jordan said. "I worked there for seven years before they ended up shutting it down."
In 2013, 200 mill workers in Lincoln were laid off right before the holidays. The news devastated the area. Good Shepherd Food Bank immediately sprang into action, alleviating some of the burden by bringing up food for the workers.
"They sent up their mobile food truck, and they had a special day there for all the mill employees that were laid off to come," Jordan said. "They had a turkey for everybody, and a box full of food for everybody, and it was just a blessing, really."
That moment inspired Jordan to go back to his roots. He began working and expanding his family's land and turned it into Jordan Farms. Now, he and his wife and two sons raise produce for Good Shepherd's Mainers Feeding Mainers program. They have contributed more than 80,000 pounds of food.
"New this year, we're going to be working with four of the local schools to help bring produce into the schools for kids and families that need some extra help," Jordan said.
Good Shepherd purchases the produce from Jordan Farms, but whenever there's a surplus, the family gives it all away. It's a lesson Jordan is proud to teach his sons.
"My dad likes to say, 'Raise them up to pass it down.'"
You never know when you might need a hand, so give, and grow, when you can.
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