Maina Handmaker ’11 was a “totally naive, dreamy-eyed Bowdoin student” four years ago when she proposed using the ramshackle barns next to Bowdoin’s McClellan building to house a permanent farmers market in Brunswick, Mary Pols writes in today’s Portland Press Herald.
As a student in an architecture class, Handmaker followed her professor’s assignment to imagine revamping the 100-year-old freight sheds to serve a modern use. After graduating, she never abandoned the idea. Indeed, she is in an even better place to advocate for it now since she is herself a farmer at Six River Farm in Bowdoinham.
Due to what Pols’ describes as Handmarker’s “persistence, belief and personality,” there is a plan underway to look into renovating the old sheds for about $1.7 million.