Got apple's? Let's make cider!
August 7, 2014

The Apple Project is looking for early apples that can be used to make cider at Pembroke Trotters Association’s Farm and Horse Fair on August 23, between 9am and 4pm. Apple Project staff and volunteers will once again be pressing on their small hand-cranked cider press. If you have apples, look for the Apple Project team at this exciting public event. The Farm and Horse Fair is in its third year as a traditional fair at their Fairgrounds in Pembroke on the Old County Road. The fair features crafts, non-profits, displays and horse demonstrations.

The Apple Project is part of the Downeast Farm to School Initiative, coordinated by Healthy Acadia in partnership with Washington County: One Community. The Project encourages students to gather apples in their neighborhoods prior to apple cider pressing events that are typically held at schools across Washington and Hancock Counties. The week prior to the pressing event, students taste test heirloom apple varieties that were once part of the Maine landscape, learn about world-wide and local pomological history, and learn how to gather local apples.

The Apple Project is coordinated by Regina Grabrovac of Healthy Acadia and hosted in the office of Washington County: One Community in Machias. The Project, initiated in Washington County in 2010, reached over 1,000 youth in the fall of 2013 with events at over ten schools and Harvest Festivals throughout the county.

Other community events where the Farm to School press will be this fall include Downeast Coastal Conservancy’s Lubec Apple Fest at Klondike Mountain Preserve in Lubec on September 13 from 11am to 2pm; the Perry Harvest Fair at the Perry Municipal Building in Perry on October 4 from 9am to 3pm; and at the UMM campus as part of a Food and Community Sociology course on October 9.

Throughout the fall, the press moves from school to school wherever students are willing to gather apples! Contact Regina if you are interested in hosting an event at your school. Regina can be reached by phone at 255-3741 or by email at

In collaboration with Cobscook Community Learning Center, The Apple Project also provides orchard maintenance workshops in early spring to community members and schools in order to increase local knowledge of fruit tree production.

Downeast Farm to School builds connections between local producers and schools to expand access to healthy food for students, to support farmers, fishermen, and other food producers, and to increase nutrition and garden-based education across Washington and Hancock Counties, Maine.
Healthy Acadia empowers people & organizations to build healthy communities across Washington & Hancock Counties. To learn more about Healthy Acadia, Downeast Farm to School, The Apple Project and our other community health initiatives, please visit:

Downeast Farm to School is a program of Healthy Acadia, in partnership with Washington County: One Community. Downeast Farm to School is made possible with funding from The Bingham Program, C.F. Adams Charitable Trust, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Maine Community Foundation, Polly & John Guth, Quimby Family Foundation, Hancock County Community Benefit Fund, and community members.