Photo caption: Pictured on the site of renovations at Good Will-Hinckley’s campus are (left to right) Farm Credit East’s branch manager, Matt Senter, and executive vice president, Frederick Morton, Good Will-Hinckley’s Interim President, Rob Moody, McPherson Timberlands’ owner and Farm Credit East director, Hank McPherson, and Farm Credit East’s senior vice president, Tom Cosgrove.

Farm Credit East and CoBank announced that they have made a joint contribution of $100,000 to the Good Will Home Association (“Good Will-Hinckley”), a charitable organization based in Fairfield, Maine. The funds will be used for building renovations that will ensure a permanent location for the Maine Academy of Natural Sciences (MeANS) on the Good Will-Hinckley campus. Farm Credit East provided $50,000 towards this project, a donation that was matched dollar-for-dollar by CoBank.

“All of us at Good Will-Hinckley and the Maine Academy of Natural Sciences are grateful to Farm Credit East and CoBank,” said Good Will-Hinckley Interim President Rob Moody. “Their commitment to supporting a new generation of leaders in agriculture, forestry and the natural sciences is a critical reason we are able to open our new Moody School facilities and continue to grow the Maine Academy of Natural Sciences into a unique, hands on learning high school that serves hundreds of young people from across Maine each year.”

MeANS was accredited as Maine’s first public charter high school in June 2012. The program targets young people who have dropped out of high school, those who are considering dropping out and those who want a more active curriculum centering on agriculture, forestry and environmental studies. The funds provided by Farm Credit will be put towards renovations of the Moody school facility, allowing MeANS to grow to 200 or more students over the next three to five years.

“MeANS is fostering students with a real passion for agriculture, forestry and the natural sciences. It’s amazing to see how well students respond to the hands-on approach, with many even going into the lab after school hours,” said Hank McPherson, owner of McPherson Timberlands, Inc., in Hermon, Maine, and Farm Credit East Director.

“Farm Credit East is committed to initiatives that develop students interested in careers in the agriculture and forest products industries,” said Frederick Morton, Farm Credit East executive vice president. “We are pleased to provide funding for this program which will support future leaders in these vital industries.”

“CoBank is proud to partner with Farm Credit East on this important contribution,” said CoBank CEO Robert B. Engel. “The renovations of the Maine Academy of Natural Resources will provide significant opportunities to students who have struggled in other academic programs. Just as importantly, it will offer a solid educational experience to students with a passion for agriculture and related industries, helping us to grow and nurture the next generation of rural leaders.”