Our agriculture work is focused on making local food accessible to low-income and working-class Mainers. It began in 2003 when a committee of laid-off workers decided to use aid funds donated by union workers to purchase food from local farmers. This began our Solidarity Harvest, which in 2011 purchased over $20,000 worth of food from dozens of local farmers and small business for families in hard times throughout Maine. In 2004, we began a community supported agriculture program called Union Supported Agriculture (USA) which has steadily grown over the years and now accepts EBT benefits at a half-price discount. In 2012, we’ve expanded our Half-Price EBT Fund to two primary farmers markets in Bangor.