Neighbor To Neighbor

Neighbor To Neighbor

What began as Feed My Sheep / Grow With God ministry has now developed into a much larger initiative where all aspects of our community are represented, thus the gravitation to a more encapsulating moniker. While the "Neighbor to Neighbor" (N2N) group is still under the auspices of The United Church of Lincoln, it is meant to serve and partner with the community at large by encouraging self-sustainability and sharing of food items with neighbors. Neighbor to Neighbor is not just a description of what the farm stand is about, but instead, hopes to become an example of what a group of neighbors within our community can accomplish together. Some are members of the church, some are not, but together it's a group that wishes to take the spirit of being a good neighbor further than the farm stand.

If you would like to be involved with this ministry either directly, using your time and talents, or indirectly, by contributing financially or in-kind materials etc., please contact the church office.

Another way to contribute would be to alert us to anyone who is in need of food.

For more information read the below article from the Addison Independent .

Contact information can be found by clicking Contact Us .

Apple Day Event 2019

Sponsored by Neighbor To Neighbor

"Join those of the Lincoln community as they share recipes, offer cooking demonstrations, and samplings of tasty treats all involving the deliciously abundant apple. Apple Day will take place Saturday, October 12th from 10am-2pm at the historic Burnham Hall. The event is free and no registration is necessary.

This event emerges from the community farm stand project ‘Neighbor to Neighbor’ (an off-shoot from Feed My Sheep ministry) in Lincoln where individuals can either take fresh produce or leave fresh produce for others.

Building off this, Apple Day encourages us to come face to face with our neighbors using food as a means to show kindness and share our story with others. In a time where it’s tempting to log online to find countless write-ups and videos demonstrating how to do just about anything, Apple Day has the potential to help people learn how to truly hear and see one another. Join us around this “community table” where you are welcomed to swap baking secrets and indulge in apple pie, fritter, cider, and more."

Another year of the "Take It or Leave It Farm Stand" has been wildly successful! There have been hundreds of pounds of vegetables, fruits, etc. through the stand.

The variety is too large to list! It has been a wonderful thing to see neighbors helping neighbors and food not being wasted.

The veggies are free at Lincoln man's 'take it or leave it farm stand'

Posted on August 23, 2018 | Lincoln Featured

By Christopher Ross, Addison Independent

LINCOLN RESIDENT JIM Brown stands next to the small solar-powered farm stand he built next to the United Church of Lincoln. The “Take it or Leave it Farm Stand” encourages people to leave any produce they can’t use and take any produce they need. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

LINCOLN — Jim Brown has built it and they have come.

This summer Lincoln residents and passersby may have noticed a new addition on River Road, a white farm stand shining like a tiny beacon of hope a few steps from the United Church of Lincoln.

There’s no price list, no honor system, no jar for dollar bills. Instead anyone and everyone is encouraged to donate their surplus vegetables or to take what they need. The sign out front reads “Take It or Leave It Farm Stand.”

And it’s working. Brown estimates that hundreds of pounds of produce have been dropped off and picked up from the stand since he installed it in June.

“There are no words to describe the feeling produced by the outpouring of vegetables,” he said. “‘Humbled,’ maybe.”

A retired Design/Tech teacher at Mount Abraham Union High School and former maintenance coordinator at Autumn Harp, Brown built the stand this spring, but the seed for it was planted 10 years ago.

“For a long time I’ve really felt like this is what I should do,” he said.

It’s based on a simple idea, “neighbor helping neighbor,” inspired by Brown’s Christian faith. A small wooden plaque affixed to the farm stand’s left wall alludes to the Biblical origins of the name used both by the farm stand and the church group that runs it: Feed My Sheep – Grow With God.

According to the Gospel of John, chapter 21, which relates Jesus’s post-resurrection appearance to his disciples in Galilee, Jesus three times asks Peter, “Lovest thou me?” Three times Peter declares his love, and three times Jesus responds with “feed my lambs” or “feed my sheep.” Many scholars have interpreted this passage to mean that shepherds should feed the flock of God, not only materially but also spiritually.

“It’s not just about filling bellies,” Brown said. “It’s about touching hearts.”

Though Brown has spoken with only a fraction of the people who have come and gone from the stand all summer, the outpouring of gratitude has been overwhelming.

“People say it’s the best thing ever,” he said.

It has been especially meaningful to those who cannot always afford fresh vegetables. For those who lament not being able to donate, themselves, Brown has a simple message: Your appreciation is donation enough.

What he had originally envisioned as a ministry of the United Church of Lincoln has quickly evolved into something bigger.

“One day some campers stopped by and picked something up,” Brown recalled. “Another day they came back and dropped off some cucumbers. This really is about the whole community.”

That community extends beyond Lincoln to a number of businesses that donated materials for the farm stand.

Lincoln-based Harvestar Power donated a 30-volt rooftop solar panel, which powers a system that circulates cool air through the farm stand’s vegetable baskets.

“That’s to keep the vegetables from wilting,” Brown said. “But usually the turnover is so fast that the vegetables don’t have time to wilt.”

Bristol’s A. Johnson Lumber donated oak boards, which Brown used not only for the farm stand but also for a number of raised garden beds, which he built and distributed to neighbors who wanted to grow vegetables to give away.

And Otter Creek Awnings donated an awning designed to Brown’s specifications, which provides shade for visitors.

Other materials were provided by the United Church of Lincoln and by Brown himself.

Zucchinis, cucumbers and summer squash have made the most frequent appearances in the farm stand, he said. But this summer has seen a little bit of everything: beans, root vegetables, fruit, eggs and herbs.

“There was even some stuff I’d never seen before, like patty pan squash.”

One person donated 40 pounds of pork. Another dropped off a dozen packets of flavored sea salt. Occasionally fresh flowers will appear in a five-gallon bucket nearby.

The farm stand will likely stay open until October, Brown said. In the meantime, he’s tweaking it here and there: improving the cooling system and adding LED lighting to aid evening visitors.

At their next meeting, the Feed My Sheep – Grow With God group plans to discuss ideas for expanding the project’s scope.

“Maybe we teach a cooking class at Burnham Hall every few months,” Brown said. “And create recipes that explain how to cook the vegetables you find in the stand. And we could cook and deliver meals around town.”

Though he’s trying to let the project grow at its own pace, Brown would love to see his farm stand replicated in other towns and said he’d be happy to share his plans and experiences with anyone who is interested.

“By doing this we give glory to God, even if not purposely,” he said.

For more information about the farm stand or to get involved, email or call the United Church of Lincoln:; (802) 453-4280.

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