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Warren community rallies behind farm after vandalism

Spear Spring Farm in Warren received an outpouring of support from local farms and businesses after its new greenhouse was torn apart

WARREN, Maine — During the first week of January, Spear Spring Farm’s new greenhouse was vandalized.

“Our new greenhouse that was just completed in December, had been completely slashed from top to bottom,” said Spear Spring Farm President Jamien Richardson.

The vandalism left the new greenhouse beyond repair, and spirits low at the farm.

“This sense of powerlessness just came over us,” said Richardson.

Since the vandalism however, the nearly 300 year-old-farm is feeling anything but powerless. The farm received an outpouring of support from the Warren community. Support came from local farm, businesses, and the town manager.

“We got over 2000 responses by the end of the day. So, I think it was pretty immediate that we were feeling better about our place here in this community,” said Richardson.

One of the local farms that reached out in support was Warren based Barely Joe Farm Greenhouses. “It's what you do. We're a nice community and we care about each other,” said co-owner of Barely Joe Farm Greenhouses Jan Macdonald.

“Sometimes it takes a tragedy to draw people together. Unfortunate, but I see nothing but good coming from this,” added Macdonald.

Another Warren resident offering support was town manager Bill Lawrence. “We wanted to reach out and help them as much as possible because they're a big part of the community and we want to see our farming community thrive here because it's a big part of Warren,” said Lawrence.

The biggest support towards Spear Spring Farm came from Johnny’s Seeds and Ledgewood Farm, who supply seeds and greenhouse materials for the Spear Spring Farm.

“We've had such an outpouring of love and support from our community. From Maine in general. We've gotten calls from people pretty far away offering to come down here for a day or two and help us put it back up,” said Jamien Richardson.

Spear Spring Farm plans to re-open in early spring after making repairs to its greenhouse.