It’s harvest season in Maine and that means storing squashes and root vegetables for the winter; pressing cider; and gathering together to celebrate the swing of the seasons. On September 24, we held the second annual Harvest Dinner for local friends and business partners who, alongside Chewonki, are working to strengthen the midcoast community. The evening was warm and clear and a crowd of about 180 enjoyed drinks and hors d’oeuvres, including carrots party-goers pulled from the garden, in a field at the farm. Music by Wiscasset residents Chris and Liz Lannon kept spirits high. As the sun set, everyone walked from the farm to the Wallace Center, where they feasted on a farm-to-table dinner prepared by the Chewonki kitchen, featuring a wide range of produce from our farm and other local providers. After the meal, Chewonki President Willard Morgan thanked attendees for everything they do in so many different ways to make the midcoast area an outstanding place to live and work. He highlighted the ongoing collaboration between Chewonki and local public schools, an effort to integrate Chewonki’s resources with the schools’ curricula to strengthen education for all students. Two teachers, Lawrence Kovacs of Regional School Unit 1 (including neighboring towns of Arrowsic, Bath, Phippsburg, West Bath, and Woolwich) and Dawn Jones of Wiscasset Middle High School, spoke about Chewonki’s partnership with their schools and impact on education. “This has become one of my favorite yearly events,” said Willard after the dinner. “Gathering community friends and partners together here at Chewonki is an honor for us, and a lot of fun for everyone.” View more photos from the Harvest Dinner.