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2012 Journeyperson Program Participants

 

 

David Asmussen
Blue Bell Farm, Cape Elizabeth

Dave was raised in upstate New York and first put a shovel in the soil in fourth grade when he dug up the back yard to plant radishes. At Dartmouth College, he studied environmental biology and earth science and worked in the biology department greenhouse. There he met his partner Meredith who was working at the college organic farm. A few years in the Bay Area of California confirmed that 60 degrees and sunny every day was way too boring, and when he found himself digging up part of the employee parking lot median to plant green beans he realized he should pursue agriculture a little more seriously. Moving back East for graduate school at the University of Vermont, Dave studied plant and soil science. Recently Dave and Meredith moved to Maine and have been enjoying the seacoast and growing agricultural community. After meeting the fine folks at Green Spark Farm (former Journeypersons) they worked out a land share agreement at their farm in Cape Elizabeth. Dave founded Blue Bell Farm and now runs a small CSA and wholesale business.

Jonathan Ault
Long Meadow Farm, West Gardiner

Jon came to Maine in the Spring of 2011 following a few-years-long stint in what he'd call the “standard-suburban-middle-class-circuit;” that is, successive post college careers in youth work, retail, and lastly, corporate banking. Seeing the need for a radical change in his own life and wanting to pursue something that he'd always felt he wanted to do but had absolutely no experience in-- growing good food-- Jon made the decision to leave his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pa and cast his lot with Long Meadow Farm in West Gardiner, first as an apprentice and then as the farm's manager in 2012. While still very much a newcomer to farming, Jon is looking forward to the development of his own agricultural skill sets in supporting Long Meadow as he hones in the preliminary make-up of his future farming endeavors, including leveraging his position as a board member for an Augusta-Gardiner area non-profit, The Kennebec Local Food Initiative.

 

Nathan Brimmer
Giant's Belly Farm, Greene

A native Mainer, Nathan moved to a small intentional community, the JED Collective, in Greene, ME, while attending nursing school in nearby Lewiston. After graduating in 2010, Nathan decided to try his hand at raising pigs, and hasn't looked back since. Farming is a way for Nathan to combine his love of all things pork, his commitment to discovering and promoting morally sound social and economic models, and his desire to share his passions with others. Nathan's business experience in the restaurant trade, high-end food retailing, and sales inform his marketing strategy; while his patience and unslaked thirst for learning has helped him grasp the production side of farming. Giant's Belly Farm currently sells chicken, goose, pork and eggs. In addition, it produces feed crops for the animals, and fruits, vegetables, cured meats, honey, and maple syrup for the collective. Additional income is generated through a variety of workshops hosted on and off the farm. Dreams of expansion include quail, beef, dairy, additional workshops, and value-added food products.

 

Tasha Brodeur
Tasha's Veggies, Parsonsfield

Tasha fell in love with farming at Greenview Farm in the state of Rhode Island, where she was born and raised. She worked here for five years, gaining all the basic skills of farming organically, while completing a bachelor's degree in Botany from the University of Rhode Island. Since, she has worked as Assistant Manager at both, the Market Garden at Shelburne Farms, in Shelburne, Vermont, and Cerridwen Farm at Green Mountain College, in Poultney, Vermont. Realizing her dream to operate her own farm, Tasha acquired a piece of land in Parsonsfield, Maine, where she hopes to run a successful CSA and market garden. She will be selling her produce at the Newfield Farmer and Artisan Market, located in the historic village of Willowbrook in Newfield, Maine, every Saturday from 9am - 1pm. Her plan is to establish a small CSA for the 2012 season. She cultivates approximately one half acre, using small-scale, intensive, hands-on farming, while practicing organic and sustainable methods. She grows a wide variety of vegetables and small fruits and will be specializing in Hierloom varieties.

 

Arlene Brokaw
Olde Oak Farm, Maxfield

Arlene moved to Maine in 2009 from the hills of southern Ohio. 2012 will be her third season at Olde Oak Farm where she has grown into her role of Head Cheese Maker, where she is responsible for scheduling and managing all of Olde Oak’s cheese production. She also shares in co-managing new apprentices and shares in goat herd management responsibilities. Arlene is working toward owning and operating her own sustainable goat dairy and farmstead cheese-making operation. She intends to use the following two years to develop a deeper understanding of the microbiology relating to the entire cycle of herd rotation and health through milk production and cheese making.

 

Johanna Burdet
Moodytown Gardens, Cornville

Johanna began farming at Moodytown Gardens in 2010, located on her parents land in Cornville Maine. Moodytown Gardens' is a mixed vegetable farm, which focuses on providing good food and good company to the people of Cornville and surrounding towns. Johanna realized her true calling was farming once leaving Maine. She spent six years between working on other farms and studying agriculture in New Hampshire, Vermont, New Zealand, British Columbia, and Oregon. She returned to Maine in 2008 ready to begin the undertaking of starting her own farm.

 

Dylan Chapman
Brookfield Farm, Cushing

Since moving away from his family's farm in childhood, Dylan has dreamed of returning to the old farm in Cushing, Maine to begin bringing it back into production. After a few years of farming elsewhere in Washington state and in Maine, he returned to Brookfield Farm in early 2012, where he now grows and defends his veggies from deer on an intensively-cropped half acre that is dangerously close to the woods. He hopes to integrate livestock, fruit trees, and long-term rotations of vegetables, grains and beans, and pasture into the farm's ecosystem. And more farm hands! Always more farm hands!

Kate Coseo and Martin Maines
Morning's Glory Farm, Unity

Kate and Martin own and operate Morning's Glory Farm in Unity, Maine. After 10 years of exploring the wilds of British Columbia and Alaska, they decided to return to Marty's Maine roots and pursue their dream of starting a small organic farm. The arrival of their daughter Lucy in 2010 gave them the impetus to leave their teaching jobs in rural Alaska, and commit to their vision of farming as a family. Although the farm is still in it's infancy, they hope to provide the region with a variety of organic produce, chicken, and Katahdin sheep in the near future.

 

Johanna Davis and Adam Nordell
Songird Farm, Starks

Johanna and Adam moved back to Maine last April to start their own farming operation at The Carpenter's Boatshop in Pemaquid. Johanna grew up on the coast of Maine and worked on a few different farms in that area as well as on the coast of Washington. Adam grew up in the mountains of Montana and came to Maine for college at College of the Atlantic. He also worked on a few different farms in Maine as well as Montana. In 2011 they moved their operation to Starks where they are leasing land from Jay Robinson on the Sandy River. Songbird Farm, their own operation, consists of organic mixed vegetables as well as heirloom dry beans and dry corn.

 

Glenon Friedmann
Bar Harbor Community Farm, Bar Harbor

Glenon has always loved life best when she is outside getting dirty doing one thing or another. She grew up in Alaska where everybody in the neighborhood grew long carrots and big cabbages. In her twenties she took a dive into biodynamic agriculture through a training program in California. She came to the east coast to attend College of the Atlantic. While she raised her family she kept her hand in farming with various jobs, including work at Beech Hill Farm and Morning Glory Farm in Vermont. Now, with her children grown, she is ready to pursue her farming passion full-time. This is her third season farming on a leased 2-acre field in Bar Harbor. This year she is expanding her CSA to 30 members and will grow for wholesale markets on Mount Desert Island.

Bill Giordano
Valley of the Stars Farm, Brooksville

Bill lives at Valley of the Stars Farm in Brooksville where he grows tree crops and small grains. He became interested in agriculture via a background in permaculture design. His interest in grain comes from a never ending need for straw mulch, combined with his experience using Maine flours as a baker. He has been fascinated with diverse grain and tree crop systems since studying farming practices of southern Italy, where diversified systems have supported villages for many centuries. He is a graduate student in the Intermedia Master of Fine Arts program at the University of Maine where his thesis "edible landscapes as public art" involves the design and creation of high-traffic edible forest gardens for public benefit in Lewiston, Orono and Portland. He is a musician and a baker at Tinder Hearth Bakery, Valley of the Stars' sister business, and runs regional music production studio in the less busy season.

Eliza Greenman

Sandy River Apples, Mercer

Eliza, a Southerner from Poquoson Virginia, arrived in Maine in 2008 after a year working in the Black Forest of Germany as a forester. During her year abroad, she discovered that growing trees for fruits and nuts was personally more rewarding than growing them for board feet, so back to the United States she returned with a new found passion for horticulture. In Maine, she became a resident of Little Cranberry Island, where she learned to prune and take care of apple trees. After a splendid two years with Little Cranberry, she left Maine for New Zealand to manage a small permaculture farm on Waiheke Island and then returned to Maine to be a MOFGA apprentice at Super Chilly Farm. Eliza is currently the co-manager of Sandy River Apples with Francis Fenton, otherwise known as "The Apple Man." With more than 140 varieties, Sandy River specializes in heirloom apples.

 

Jessica Holloway
Moot Farm, Brooksville

Jessica is taking time off from her first passion to pursue a lifelong interest in lost agricultural skills. She loves the myriad ways animals integrate on the farm to bring vibrancy and create sustaining circuits. Currently her focus is on permaculture and working with rabbits trying out crazy ideas that often lead to very happy ‘lapins libres’ if only for short times. She has raised pigs, sheep and chickens, and currently looks after a Dexter/Jersey cow. Her previous life revolved around teaching holistic ballet methods as a trainer, choreographer, and dancer, near the farming town of Bowdoinham. She knew farming would be her next job, and after a car accident put ballet teaching on hold she jumped in with both feet. Once she can build a ‘biomass cathedral’, run a micro-dairy, and establish a food forest to feed a community of hungry artists, she’ll be back in business. She holds a bachelors degree in International Comparative Studies from Duke, and finally, has found a logical follow up in Permaculture Design. As Marketing Coordinator of the Blue Hill Co-op, Jesse has initiated a co-branding Local Lard project to help small farms make use of their valuable fatback, and make healthy local lard available to consumers. She has a 6 year old daughter, Bernadette and lives on an Organic hay farm in Brooksville.

 

Brittany Hopkins
Wise Acres Farm, Kenduskeag

Before setting her sights on a career in organic farming, Brittany Hopkins had a long flirtation with plants, farming and food, including many years of hanging out at Maine agricultural fairs as a kid, showing dairy goats through 4-H, and a stint volunteering in an urban garden while living in New Jersey after college. Starting in 2009, she spent three wonderful seasons learning how to grow and market vegetables as an apprentice, farm worker and/or resident gardener at Peacemeal Farm, Parker Family Farm, and Fisher Farm in central Maine. In the fall of 2011, Brittany and her partner, Joy Trueworthy, purchased a home on 41.5 acres of fields and forest in Kenduskeag, where they are launching the second incarnation of Wise Acres Farm (previously the name of Brittany’s parents’ dairy goat herd and homestead). In 2012, Brittany will be growing an acre of mixed vegetables and herbs, which she will be bringing to the Bangor and Ellsworth Farmers’ Markets. She hopes to expand production in future years to serve local wholesale customers, incorporating perennial food crops and season extension practices.

 

Ryan Keinath and Katya Gorbunova
Three Guilds Farm, Georgetown

Ryan and Katya moved to Maine last December to start a small diversified farm with a focus on sustainable agriculture and permaculture practices. Ryan has been around small and large scale dairy operations for most of his life. Katya developed an interest in farming while staying on a small farm when she attended Colby College. They met in Kentucky while working at a restaurant with a focus on local food where they started planning the beginnings of Three Guilds Farm. They were fortunate enough to find like-minded landowners who have given them the opportunity to bring a beautiful piece of Georgetown property back into agricutural use. They are striving to provide nearby counties with mushrooms, herbal teas, organic vegetables and other products. They are inspired by permaculture techniques including sheet mulching, companion planting and plant guilds as well as Eliot Coleman's writings on season extension in Maine.

Katheryn Langelier
Herbal Revolution, Lincolnville

Kathi fell in love with farming as a young girl while growing up around the beautiful farms in Turner Maine. As a young adult her passion for food and farming education grew as she pursued work on farms in Maine, Vermont and California. She had the opportunity to run the farm to forest program at Tanglewood 4-H Camp for a summer in Lincolnville Maine and farm camp at Merck Forest and Farm Land Center in Vermont. In her late teens, Kathi picked up a couple of books written by Maine herbalists, Gail Faith Edwards and Deb Soule and from there her passion to pursue herbal medicine began. Since then she has spent much of her time studying, growing and ethically wild gathering herbs. Herbal Revolution was created in 2009 so that she could spend more time working with plants and serving her area as a community herbalist providing high quality, hand crafted herbal preparations. Kathi is also a gardener/ landscaper, stone/ brick mason and a licensed massage therapist.

 

Emily Lowe
Birdsong Farm, Owls Head

Emily grew up on the coast of Maine in Owls Head. Her first experience in the garden was with her grandmother at an early age, but it wasn't until later in life that she remembered how much she enjoyed being in the garden and working with plants. Emily's gardening and farming experience includes working for landscaping businesses in the midcoast; WWOOFing in Arizona, California and Oregon and most recently managing the farm at Primo Restaurant in Rockland for the past 5 years. During the course of these experiences she learned about vegetable production for CSAs, farmer's markets and restaurants, raising livestock on pasture, growing in the off-season using greenhouses and hoophouses, and the importance of soil quality and vitality for healthy crops, animals and people. Emily and her partner Zac (a former MOFGA apprentice at Teltane Farm) are starting a farm on her family's property in Owls Head. They are inspired by Eliot Coleman's model of farming during the winter months utilizing season extension; and are excited about integrating the spirit of Biodynamics with the science of biological and organic farming methods to offer their community nourishing food, especially in the winter.

 

Angela & Ben Mackie
Mackie Family Farm, Unity

Angela and Ben are the new farmers-in-residence at MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center in Unity. Angela grew up near the tip of the lower peninsula of Michigan. She began working at a local farm, Blackbird Gardens, in high school and spent a year in Brazil, including several months at Iracambi, a farm and reforestation center in the Atlantic Rainforest. After a couple years at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina, Angela transfered to Sterling College in Vermont where she met Ben. Ben grew up in the only state with which Maine shares a border and has always enjoyed his time in Vacationland. He became romanticized with agriculture in northern California and learned the realities and pleasures of farming through jobs, internships, and his studies in the Sustainable Agriculture program at Sterling College. Since graduating, Angela and Ben have worked on and managed farms in Vermont, New Jersey, and most recently Napa, California where Ben was working on a farm & vineyard, and Angela was pursuing an interest in butchery & charcuterie at The Fatted Calf Charcuterie. They are thrilled to be back in New England and putting down roots in Maine. Mackie Family Farm will be producing pasture-raised meats, medicinal and culinary herbs, and vegetables in its first year at MOFGA.

 

Daniel McPhee & Corinne Wesh
Super Chilly Farm, Palermo

Daniel and Corinne homestead and work on Super Chilly Farm in Palermo. With the help of their two kids, Bennett and Annah, and neighbor-mentors, John Bunker and Cammy Watts, they will be running a heritage apple CSA, producing nursery stock, and growing storage crops, grains, herbs, and dabbling in untold other experiments. Adding to the tangle of projects, Corinne is also starting a handwoven textile business. En route to Maine, they farmed urban and suburban sites in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

 

Graham Mallory
Pastures of Plenty, Frankfort

Graham was born in Eliot, ME. He did not grow up around farms but in 2008 he apprenticed at a diversified farm and found his calling. Since then he has devoted himself to studying the art and science of agriculture. Graham is particularly fascinated by how farmers create and manage ecosystems that are self-enhancing and benefit the larger biotic and social communities in myriad ways. Now based in Waldo County, 2012 is his first year developing such an ecosystem, along with a business called Pastures of Plenty. Pastures of Plenty leases idle land from local landowners and converts it into productive grassland that produces grassfed beef for local customers.

 

Ben Marcus & Taryn Hammer
Sheepscot General at Uncas Farms, Whitefield

Ben grew up in Whitefield and Taryn is from Michigan. They met at the Evergreen State College, where they studied ecological agriculture. They are in the process of revitalizing and reinventing the old Uncas Farms store on the Townhouse Rd in Whitefield. They are also organizing and growing crops for a multi-farm CSA that involves local products from several other area farms.

Daniel Mays
Frith Farm, Scarborough

Daniel has always loved good food and hard work, so is happy to be farming after dabbling in the world of deskbound occupations. He spent his childhood attending Waldorf School across from Seven Stars Biodynamic farm in Pennsylvania, and has traveled and worked on a number of farms in Latin America. He worked on the Wesleyan and Stanford student farms while attending college and grad school, and helped run a small CSA in eastern Massachusetts in 2010. Daniel is excited to put down roots in Scarborough, where Frith Farm wil be in its second year of operation.

 

Michael McCoy & Kiley Randall
Black Fox Farm, Montville

Kiley and Michael met while working on a large CSA in western Massachusetts. In 2010 they decided to move to Maine and pursue starting a farm of their own. This year they will be growing mixed vegetables and herbs on a new farm in Montville. They will focus on heirloom and open pollinated varieties. When they aren't farming you can find them swimming in the ocean or hanging out with their awesome cat Morgan.

 

Kimberlee Michel
Blue Cloud Farm, Walpole

After working on farms in Maryland and New York state, Kim moved to Maine in March 2006 to apprentice on King Hill Farm in Penobscot. Since 2007, she's been working, living, and gardening in Lincoln County. In 2010 she had the opportunity to manage an established local business growing and selling cut flowers, from starting flower seedlings to arranging and marketing bouquets. Last year, she grew a subsistence vegetable garden on rented land in South Bristol. In 2012, Kim is excited to grow flowers on that same land to start her own cut flowers business, Blue Cloud Farm. She will sell fresh cut flowers in the Damariscotta area. This year Kim also looks forward to eating vegetables grown in a corner of her garden, starting a flock of laying hens, creating garden space at her home in Walpole, and spending time on the Damariscotta River. She has been a member of the MOFGA-El Salvador Sistering Committee since 2006, and on the MOFGA Board since 2008.

 

Kate Mrozicki
Morgan Bay Farm, Surry

Kate's farming addiction began while seeking refuge from the college classroom at a nearby CSA and has led to many years proselytizing vegetables and meaningful work in the crazy, rewarding world of farming with non-profit organizations. After ten years away Kate finally moved home last fall hoping to find a nice simple farm job while reacclimating to life in Maine. Instead she found an opportunity to grow food for and with her neighbors on some borrowed land and is jumping in this season. She'll be running a small CSA and farm stand and swimming in the ocean at high tide.

 

Sarah Oliver
Even Keel Farm, Pemaquid

After a childhood of frequent moves around the country, Sarah is ready to put down roots. She quit her desk job in DC in 2008 to work on a vegetable farm in Maryland, and has since discovered that she much prefers jobs that change with the seasons. She moved up to Maine in 2009 to apprentice at the Carpenter's Boat Shop in Pemaquid. She then went on to work and learn at Appleton Creamery and Peacemeal Farm. The supportive community at the boat shop drew her back to Pemaquid in 2012. The vegetable garden is currently about a third of an acre, and Sarah plans to feed the boat shop apprentices and staff as well as sell at the Bristol area farmers market and make contacts with local businesses. Some days, she misses having a smart and experienced boss to tell her what to do, but usually she welcomes the challenge of working for herself.

 

Everett Ottinger
Del Rio Farm, Penobscot

Everett was born and bred in the high deserts of New Mexico and educated in the lush forests of Oregon. In 2009 he made a blind leap to Maine and the agrarian lifestyle. He WWOOFED at King Hill Farm in Penobscot and Treble Ridge Farm in Whitefield. He spent a winter apprenticing at Horsepower Farm in Penobscot, and a year apprenticing back at King Hill, then worked a season at Beech Hill Farm in Mound Desert. Currently he grows vegetables on an acre of Maine Farmland Trust land leased by Old Ackley Farm, under the ongoing tutelage of Happytown Farm, King Hill Farm, Old Ackley Farm, and Quill's End Farm.

 

Dominic Pascarelli & Kelsey Herrington
Two Farmers Farm, Durham

Two Farmers Farm cultivates organic produce in Durham, Maine. They specialize in winter-harvested leafy greens and other fresh winter produce, and offer flavorful, healthy, beautifully fresh food year round. Kelsey and Dominic both grew up in rural communities – Kelsey on Vashon Island, Washington, and Dominic in Durham, Maine. They met at Clark University and decided to farm full-time after graduate school - completing apprenticeships in animal husbandry and vegetable production in Vermont and New York. Wanting to remain close to family, they returned to Maine and established Two Farmers Farm in Fall 2011.

 

Andy Smith
Elderflower Farm, Linconville

Andy escaped the chocolate bubble of Hershey, Pennsylvania in 2007 to attend Colby College in Waterville, Maine. There he studied biology and became interested in ecological agriculture. After working to start the school's organic garden program in his freshman year, Andy apprenticed on the Village Farm in Freedom during the next two summers. While milking the farm's grumpy cow, Lucy, this self described "plant guy" fell in love with cows. During the fall of 2010, Andy finished his degree at Colby and and began managing Elderflower Farm in Lincolnville, Maine.

 

Stowell Watters & Marina Steller
Rippling Waters Farm, Standish

Stowe and Marina are young farmers born and raised in York County, currently working at Rippling Waters Organic Farm in Standish, ME. Together since 2001, both - through years of wearing shoes that didn’t seem to fit quite right- have found an explosive and deeply shared love of farming, community building and permaculture design systems. Marina graduated High School in Maine and took off to the sandy coasts of Hawaii to study the environment at Hawaii Pacific. Stowe also flew from Maine, to the freezing city of Burlington, VT to study journalism at UVM (although summary reports strongly suggest that he spent much more time skiing than studying). Reunited after college, Stowe took a job as a reporter and Marina worked with intellectually handicapped clients, but still something was missing. All around them, their world seemed to be falling apart; there was great ferment from the revolutionary tone of the Obama campaign and its opponents to the debates surrounding food labeling, security, access and sustainability to social upheaval worldwide. They felt they were to awakening to a fractured country. So, with very little warning and perhaps less funding, they took off across the country as WWOOFers in 2009, not so much to explore farming but just to get out and to meet people, to find something they were missing. What they found at an herb farm in Pennsylvania and a large organic farm in Colorado and a ranch growing fresh food in the middle of the Mojave Desert was members of their own generation, befuddled by their stifling and unhealthy social, political, and economic state, going back to the land. They were hooked; and have since returned to pursue this opportunity to start a small organic farm in Limington on Stowe's family property. They want to provide greater food security to the town we live in and add our voice to this extremely important movement while sustaining themselves and the soil. This will be their second year with Rippling Waters.

Ben Whatley
Whatley Farm, Topsham

Ben grew up in Topsham on the farm he and his parents are reviving. Although they always had an organic garden growing up and a chicken tractor (until they all got eaten by a weasel), at one time Ben wanted the family to move a subdivision or at least pave the driveway so he and his friends could skateboard. While at Oberlin College, he did come to embrace the Maine man, and figured he would eventually end up in a Thoreauvian cabin in the woods, but he at least thought about having a "career" first. It wasn't until he got out of college that he really thought about farming sooner rather than later, which seemed as good an idea as any for a person entering the recession job market in late 2008. He apprenticed at Broadturn Farm in Scarborough for the 2009 season, and got his head straightened out about farming not being a real career; it is of course a serious business with real exposure to risk. That year practically the entire tomato crop was lossed to late blight, but the farm continues to thrive because of their highly diversified operation--a valuable lesson. Despite the hard season, he wasn't deterred, and moved to North Carolina to do a farm incubator program in the Chapel Hill area. Driftwood Garden was his business there in 2010, growing vegetables for a small CSA, restaurants, and a farmers market. At the end of 2010, he became obsessed with two ideas: starting a farm enterprise with his family in Maine, and draft animal power. Actually working with draft horses at Buckwheat Blossom Farm in Wiscasset and at various field days was enough to convince him that there was a lot more to that than he thought, too, and maybe a Kubota tractor wasn't such a bad idea after all...It turned out to be a very good idea, by the way...Anyhow, horses went to the back burner, but the family farm idea took off. 2011 was spent in food service, stonework, and LL Bean's, but most importantly: tillage, cover cropping, and wood cutting in preparation for launching the new farm business. Whatley Farm will be producing certified-organic vegetables, herbs, mushrooms, and some flowers for direct and wholesale markets. The farm is also very excited to be growing a chile pepper seed crop for Fedco, since they have a great devotion to Capsicum in his many forms. Ben will also be grafting apple trees for Fedco, and helping his neighbor John Cullen on his choose-and-cut Christmas tree farm. Eventually, the Whatleys want to be producing organic apples, other tree and small fruits, as well as some more nursery stock, seed crops and livestock (they have 20 Rhode Island Red hens and a rooster currently; egg-laying ducks and some more chickens would be nice). Ben wants to see a revival of home gardening and orcharding in Topsham, and thinks the farm could produce a surplus of seedlings and nursery stock to help facilitate that. Ben always welcomes a visit, on the Cathance Road just a little ways toward Bowdoinham after you cross the river.

Ryan Wilson and Gina Simmons
Common Wealth Farm, Unity

Ryan and Gina are determined to find a balance between the ecological and economical aspects of agriculture. After both working on vegetable farms for a number of years, they decided that there was more to agriculture than small-scale vegetable farming. Being business minded, they decided to fulfill niches they found empty in agriculture in Maine. This summer, they will raise a few thousand ducks for meat, as well as a variety of other animals for meat and eggs. Their farm operation is purely pasture-based, and they slaughter on farm. In conjunction with their duck business, they sell eggs, bagels, and breads at places such as the Portland Farmer’s Market and the Belfast Co-op. They are committed to the idea that a healthy economy begins with successful small-scale businesses. They believe that food is our common wealth - assuming that no matter your political affiliation - you eat!

 

 

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