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Sunday, February 11, 2018


Auburn - On Thursday, March 22, from noon to 1:00 p.m. at The Village Inn, 165 High Street, Auburn, John Newlin and Theda Lyden, will be the featured guest speakers at the Lewiston-Auburn Rotary Lunch Club.  Newlin is co-founder and executive director of Growing to Give, For the past few years, Newlin has been focused on diversifying operations and expanding the use of climate-friendly methods at Scatter Good Farm, where he lives with his family. In addition, he is the board chair of Unity College, senior advisor at Re-Fridge, and a climate advocate trainer with Citizens’ Climate Lobby. Previously, Newlin worked 30 years in Maine as a high school teacher, school reform coach, facilitator, and nonprofit director, including a long period with the Great Schools Partnership, and more recently as executive director of MICDL, located at USM's Lewiston-Auburn College.
Theda Lyden is co-founder and farm manager of Growing to Give, a non-profit that grows organic vegetables at Scatter Good Farm in Brunswick, and donates the produce to local people facing food insecurity through partner food banks and pantries. As farm manager, Lyden plans and oversees all growing and harvesting activities. A long-time resident of Greene, she is a Master Gardener and ceramic artist. Previously, she operated her own farmers market business, Dig it Farm, selling certified organic herbs, flowers and perennials at the Portland Farmers Market. She also worked many years as the executive chef at the award-winning Harraseeket Inn in Freeport, Maine. As a chef, Lyden was instrumental in building partnerships with local farmers and growers, with an emphasis on organic and all-natural local food.  Reservations are not required at the luncheon.  FMI on future Rotary speakers, contact President and Program Chair, Monica Millhime, 713.7045 or email  Events and other club information are posted at and

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