FREEPORT – The Quimby Family Foundation awarded about $1.2 million in grants Tuesday to further its goals “to advance wilderness values and to increase access to the arts” in Maine.

This year’s grants, announced at a luncheon in Freeport, went to 57 organizations.

Hannah Quimby said notable recipients this year include the Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Association, which will get $35,000 to turn an abandoned gravel pit in Unity into an apple and pear orchard.

Other recipients are the Beehive Collective Design Collection in Machias, a youth group that develops educational and organizing tools and will get $20,000 to expand its year-round accommodations for volunteers; and the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, which will receive about $15,000 to help develop a long-range management plan for the portion of the canoe trail that goes through Maine.

The foundation was started in 2004 by Roxanne Quimby, who co-founded the Burt’s Bees personal care products company. She bought thousands of acres of forestland in northern Maine with the goal of creating a national park.


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