Farms & Gardens to Visit This Summer
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What’s happening at The Good Life Center, the last homestead of Helen and Scott Nearing? How do seven families garden cooperatively? Where can you go to pet a donkey or learn about herbs? These are just some of the questions that can be answered by visiting farms and gardens that MOFGA members and friends will open for a tour, a day or longer this summer.
Many of the farms and gardens included in this list are organic; some are commercial; some are homesteads. Most have scheduled a specific day for visits, and most require no advance notice of your visit. Just follow the directions – the DeLorme Maine Atlas and Gazetteer is helpful – and enjoy finding out how others grow their crops and raise their animals. Bring the family, bring a picnic, but please leave the dog at home.
NEZINSCOT FARM IN TURNER, owned by Gregg and Gloria Varney, specializes in organic meats (beef, veal, lamb and pork, free range broilers, turkeys), laying hens and eggs, vegetables and cheese. These items are sold at Nezinscot’s farm store, which also carries a full line of natural foods and is open all year. Value-added products – many made at Nezinscot – are sold at the store as well, and a large array of freshly baked breads, muffins, cookies and pies is available. The yarn shop features all-natural wool yarns, including that from Nezinscot’s sheep.
Date: Open seven days a week, Mon. through Fri., 6 to 6; Saturday 8 to 5; Sunday 9-5. An October Fest usually takes place the last weekend in October (call for information), and an open house is planned for Thanksgiving weekend.
Directions: Go North on Route 117 from Route 4 for 1 mile. Nezinscot is the first farm you come to and has a white barn with red trim on the right and a house and store on the left. It’s midway between Turner Center and Turner Village. From Augusta, take 133 into Wayne, 219 to N. Turner, 117 south for 7 or 8 miles. The farm will be on the top of the hill.
Address: RR 2 Box 1311, Turner ME 04282; Tel. 225-3231.
WOODPRAIRIE FARM IN BRIDGEWATER is a 110-acre, MOFGA-certified organic farm with 45 acres in rotated cropland. Jim and Megan Gerritsen and their family raise certified seed and tablestock potatoes, carrots, vegetables, milling grain (wheat, oats, rye, spelt and corn) and hay. The Gerritsens market their crops through a mail order catalog and wholesale to mail order seed companies and natural food stores.
Date: July 25, in conjunction with Open Farm Day. A walking tour will begin at 2:30 p.m.
Directions: From Bridgewater, at the big white school and church, take the West Road for 3 miles to a "T" and turn left. The farm is 1/3 mile in on the right. The mailbox says Gerritsen, but the farm is 600 yards further in.
Address: WoodPrairie Farm, 49 Kinney Rd., Bridgewater ME 04735. Tel. 429-9765. Website: www.woodprairie.com
KHADIGAR IN INDUSTRY is well known for the impeccable gardens and seed saving efforts of Molly Thorkildsen and Will Bonsall. This veganic family farm focuses on intensive, self-sufficient food production.
Dates: June 27, 2 p.m., rain or shine – Demonstration of veganic composting and explanation of veganic farming, a system that relies directly on haylands and forests to generate soil fertility much more efficiently than animal manures. The method is not exclusively for vegans, but can be used in conjunction with keeping livestock.
July 25, 2 p.m., rain or shine – Khadigar General Farm Tour. Features 1/2 acre of terraced slopes in intensive beds, companion and succession planting to a great diversity of grains, legumes and vegetables (plus many permacrops), fertilized only with farm-made veganic compost and mulched with shredded leaves. Self-sufficiency oriented.
August 1, 2 p.m., rain or shine – Scatterseed Project. Tour of seed propagation plots and screenhouse, including discussion of pollination control strategies. Each grow-out includes over 600 potato varieties and 300 pea varieties, plus many hundreds of varieties of other crops. Focuses on exploring plant genetic diversity in order to identify varieties that are uniquely suited to specific local conditions and uses.
Directions: From Farmington, follow Route 43 east to Allens Mills (about 4 miles). Continue on Route 43 another 1 1/2 miles, past Junction 148. Continue on Route 43 another 1000 feet to the first road on the right. Follow signs.
Address: Khadigar, Box 1167, Farmington (Industry), ME 04838. Phone 778-3387.
WHITEHILL FARM IN EAST WILTON has 100 acres of land, 15 in hay, 5 in gardens and pasture, and 80 in woods. Michael and Amy LeBlanc tend 40 raised beds, a four- season unheated plastic greenhouse, and market gardens planted to vegetables, herbs and everlasting flowers. They will give garden tours and demonstrations of organic and intensive planting techniques, cover cropping and plant rotation. Information will be available on composting, composting with worms, food dehydrating, root cellaring, and food crop genetic diversity. Refreshments will be available, too – and you can even pat their pet donkeys.
Date: July 25, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Special demonstrations: 1 p.m.: Heirloom and open-pollinated vegetables and seed saving; 4 p.m.: Worm composting.
Directions: From Route 2 (at Franklin Memorial Hospital) go south on Route 133 for 1 1/2 miles to the first four corners. Go left on McCrillis Corner Road and up the hill 1/2 mile. The house is on the right across from the white farm house.
Address: 357 McCrillis Corner Rd., East Wilton ME 04234; Tel. 778-2685.
THE GOOD LIFE CENTER: FOREST FARM, IN HARBORSIDE, the last homestead of Scott and Helen Nearing, is now maintained by Resident Stewards Jen Jones and Jake Kennedy. It is now a nonprofit organization founded to perpetuate the philosophies and lifeways of the Nearings, two of America’s most inspirational practitioners of simple and purposeful living. Guided by the principles of kindness, respect and compassion in relationships with natural and human communities, the Good Life Center promotes active participation in the advancement of social justice, creative integration of the life of the mind, body and spirit, and deliberate choice in living responsibly and harmoniously in an increasingly complex world. Originally founded by the Trust for Public Land, the Good Life Center is an independent organization supported by revenue derived from book sales and philanthropy. Visitors can tour the Nearings’ 50’ x 50’ walled organic garden, greenhouse and their last hand-built stone home. Nearing publications are for sale.
Dates: From Memorial Day to Oct. 1, except on Wednesdays, the farm is open daily for free public tours from 1 to 5 p.m. From October through May it is open 5 days, from 1 to 5 p.m., and is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Group Tours are welcome – please arrange them with the Resident Stewards.
Monday night meetings begin at 7 p.m. and include:
* JUNE 7 – Wally & Juanita Nelson, Organic Farmers, Homesteaders & War Tax Refusers "Our Journey Towards an Integrated Life"
* JUNE 14 – Rob Weiner, Carpenter, Founding Member, Two Echo Co-Housing Community "Co-Housing: A Community Approach to Housing Ourselves"
* JUNE 21 – Arnold Greenberg, Educator, Director of the Liberty School "Homesteading for the 21st Century: Educating the Next Generation"
* JUNE 28 – Tom Griffin, Biodynamic Farmer "The Principles and Practices of Biodynamic Agriculture"
* JULY 5 – Jim Schley, Cheslea Green Editor-in-Chief, Poet "Poetry as Compass"
* JULY 12 – Noel Paul Stookey, Musician "Good Music and the Good Life"
* JULY 19 – Richard Rudolph, Community Planning & Policy Analyst, Organic Market Gardener "Cultivating Connections for Sustainable Communities"
* JULY 26 – Mark Lutz, Humanistic Economist, Author "The Economic Way of Thinking and the Art of Living the Good Life"
* AUGUST 2 – Eliot Coleman, Organic Market Gardener, Author "Plant Positive: A New Philosophy of Agriculture"
* AUGUST 9 – Abby Rockefeller, Naturalist, Ecologist, Environmental Advocate "Civilization and Sludge"
* AUGUST 16 – Frances Moore Lappe, Author, Founder of the Center for Democracy "The Politics of Hope: Reflections on My Journey Since Diet for a Small Planet"
* AUGUST 23 – Dave Mallett, Musician "Music from Maine"
* AUGUST 30 – Will Raap, Founder, Gardener’s Supply Co. and The Intervale Foundation "Burlington’s Intervale: Building Sustainable Communities through Agriculture"
* SEPTEMBER 6 – CR Lawn, Founder, FEDCO Seeds "Terminator Technology and the State of the Seed Industry"
* SEPTEMBER 13 – Elizabeth Tibbetts, Poet, Nurse "Poetry Close to Maine"
* SEPTEMBER 20 – Patsy & Pat Hennin, Founders, Shelter Institute "The Urge to Build"
* Recordings of the Monday Night Meetings are made possible by a grant from Tom’s of Maine.
Small workshops held at Forest Farm offer an opportunity to learn some homesteading skills by trying them out with your own hands. Space is limited; please call to reserve a space.
* Sunday, June 27, 9 a.m. – noon – Deb Soule, Founder, Avena Botanicals, author of The Roots of Healing "Growing and Using Medicinal Herbs"
* Saturday, July 9, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Bill Coperthwaite, Director, The Yurt Foundation "Making the Democratic Bench: The Role of Hands in Simple Living" $10 materials fee. Bring sharp cross-cut saw, hammer, square, pencil.
* Thursday, August 5, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Tom Stearns, Founder, High Mowing Organic Seed Farm "Introduction to Organic Seed Saving"
The Good Life Center will also have tables at the WERU Full Circle Summer Fair in Union on JULY 17 & 18; at the NOFA Summer Conference in Amherst, Mass., on August 13-15; and at the Common Ground Country Fair in Unity on September 24-26.
Directions: From Bucksport, turn right onto Rt. 15. In 2 or 3 miles, turn right onto Rt. 199 at the cemetery. At the T near the Brooksville Town Hall, turn left onto Rt. 175 toward Brooksville. Stay on Rt. 175 through South Penobscot. In about 3.5 miles, turn right onto Rt. 176 West/175 South toward Brooksville. Go over the bridge, turn right on Rt. 176 West toward South and West Brooksville. Following Rt. 176, turn right onto Cape Rosier Rd. when you see a small green sign saying Cape Rosier. * Follow Cape Rosier Rd. to a T intersection at the Rosier/Rainbow #203 Grange Hall. Turn right at the Grange Hall and drive about 2 miles to a T intersection in Harborside. Turn left toward Orr’s Cove. Follow this road (which will turn to dirt) for about 2 miles around to Forest Farm, which you will recognize by a big brown mailbox at the top of a little hill, and the presence of Orr Cove, visible from the road at this point.
From Blue Hill, follow Route 15/176 out of town toward Brooksville. At the next T intersection, turn left onto Rt. 15 South. In a few miles, turn right onto Route 175 at the sign for Brooksville. Follow Rt. 176 out of Brooksville, toward South Brooksville and Buck’s Harbor. (Essentially the same road you were on.) After several miles on Rt. 176, turn left at the cluster of signs indicating Holbrook Island Sanctuary, Hiram Black Camp, and Cape Rosier. Follow directions from * above.
For more information on any of the above programs, to purchase Nearing books, or to learn more about The Good Life Center, please contact: The Good Life Center, Box 11, Harborside ME 04642; Tel. 326-8211
INDIAN MEADOW HERBALS IN EASTBROOK is home to certified herbalist Roseanna Rich and organic grower Nancy Lowry, who will personally guide groups through a one-hour feast for the senses and the mind. "We take our visitors through the herb gardens where we grow the ingredients from our line of organic creams, salves and extracts that are available from natural product retailers nearby and around the country," says Roseanna. "We look and touch and smell these species that have been used for generations as health remedies and wellness programs, and I share lots of the science and the lore about uses of these special plants." Free tours are open to a maximum of 30 persons per Saturday. People of all ages are welcome, but Indian Meadow regrets that pets are not able to participate. The gardens are certified organic by MOFGA and the manufacturing facility is USDA-certified.
Dates: June 26, July 17, Aug. 14 and Sept. 11, beginning promptly at 9 a.m. Call in advance for a reservation and directions.
Contact: Indian Meadow Herbals, Eastbrook, Maine; Tel. 565-3010.
JOHNNY’S SELECTED SEEDS OF ALBION is well known through its catalog that caters to gardeners and farmers in the Northeast. This MOFGA-certified organic farm has 20 acres in seed production and 7 acres of breeding nurseries and variety trials. Herbs, flowers and vegetables can all be seen during guided tours or on your own.
Date: Guided tours are available weekdays in July and August (call for more information), or you can take a self-guided tour on Monday through Saturday between 9 and 3 from June through September. The retail store is open year round from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call Johnny’s for information about workshops.
Directions: From Route 137 (China Road), take Garland Road 3-1/2 miles to Albion Road. Go right on Albion Road for 4 1/2 miles to Foss Hill Road. Johnny’s is 1/2 mile up the road on the right. Look for signs.
Address: Foss Hill Road, Albion ME 04910-9731. Tel. 437-2979 (store); 437-9294 (main number); e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; website: www.johnnyseeds.com.
AVENA INSTITUTE IN WEST ROCKPORT is a nonprofit, land-based educational center started by Deb Soule. It offers programs on medicinal herbs, homeopathy, organic and biodynamic gardening, ethnobotany, native and endangered medicinal herbs, and herbal and homeopathic care of animals. Avena is in a unique setting, consisting of 28 acres of fields and woods that border a 6000-acre protected wetland. With the help of many volunteers, Avena has planted new gardens over the past two summers. The purposes of these gardens is to offer both students and members of the community a beautiful, quiet and restful environment in which to become more familiar with medicinal herbs; and to provide visitors an opportunity to learn to recognize and appreciate the individual characteristics of herbs. Wandering paths, benches, stone walls and arbors encourage visitors to learn through quiet contemplation about any of several hundred species of medicinal herbs, and some interesting shrubs and trees, all of which are labeled with common and Latin names. Many of the herbs in the garden are harvested and made into preparations for Avena Botanicals, and seeds are collected for planting the following year.
Dates: Wednesday through Saturday, June through mid-October, 2 to 6 p.m. (unless a weekend workshop is in session). The apothecary is open and staff available on Wednesday afternoons to answer questions.
Many special events are scheduled at Avena this summer and fall, including the following:
Women’s Medicinal Herb Foundation Course – May 28-30; July 2-4; July 30-Aug. 1 Women’s Intermediate Medicinal Herb Course – Aug. 13-15, Sept. 17-19, Oct. 1-3 Advanced Herbal Course – Year-long course starting in October; taught be Mathew Wood, clinical herbalist.
Wed., June 16, 4-5 p.m. – Join Deb Soule for a fun and informative medicinal herb walk through Avena’s gardens. Specific information about the culture and medicinal uses of various herbs will be shared. Free.
Wed., July 14, 4-5:30 p.m. – Fifth Annual Avena’s Fairy Tea Party and Garden Walk. Join Deb and friends for tea and cookies and a lively and informative herb walk. Come dressed as your favorite garden fairy and bring a friend; young and wise, female and male, all welcome.
Sun., July 18, 4 p.m., Avena Institute’s Annual Membership Tea and Garden Walk with Deb Soule. To become a member of the Institute, contact Avena.
Wed., Aug. 11, 4-5 p.m. Join Deb for a fun and informative medicinal herb walk through Avena’s beautiful gardens. Specific information about the culture and medicinal uses of various herbs will be shared. The garden is full of extraordinary color at this time of year. Much is learned in a garden at different points in the growing season. Free.
For a listing of fall classes, contact Avena in September.
Directions: From the traffic light on Route 1 in Rockport, go west on Route 90, through the junction of Route 17. Immediately after a pond on the left, go left onto Mill Street. Avena is about a mile up the road on the right, at 219 Mill Street.
Coming from the south, take Route 1 north to Route 90 in Warren, turn left and go 6 miles. Turn right on Mill St. after Swift Storage. Go 1 mile; Avena is on the right at 219 Mill St.
Address: Avena Institute, 219 Mill St., Rockport, ME 04856. Tel. 594-0694; Fax 594- 2975; website www.avenaherbs.com
BRAE MAPLE FARM IN UNION is owned by Andrea and Allan Smith, who have 2+ acres of MOFGA-certified vegetables, herbs and dried flowers. Display gardens demonstrate various vegetable growing techniques as well as cut flower trial beds – a project sponsored by Master Gardeners of Knox/Lincoln County. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer gardening questions. Enjoy pastoral views from the historic 1787 farmstead and visit with Scotch Highland cattle, sheep, angora goats, and miniature, standard and mammoth donkeys. Spinning and weaving demonstrations will be ongoing, and herbal refreshments will be available.
Date: Sunday, July 25, 10 to 3
Directions: From Union going west on Route 17, take the first right after John Deere tractors onto North Union Road. Go ¼ mile to the first farm on the right.
Address: 233 North Union Rd., Union ME 04862; Tel. 785-4978; e-mail email@example.com
THE GEORGES RIVER LAND TRUST 8th Annual Tour, "Gardens in the Watershed," includes six gardens in Union, Hope and Warren. Some are small and intimate; some are large and sprawling. Some are formal, some informal. One features a mandala herb garden. Not all are organic.
Tickets and maps/brochures are on sale at bookstores from Thomaston to Belfast or by mail from the Georges River Land Trust, 328 Main St., #206, Rockland ME 04841; or at any garden on the day of the tour. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 on the day of the tour.
Date: Sunday, July 18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine
WOODFROG FARM IN APPLETON IS WHERE LILLIE VITELLI AND DON MANSIUS raise ducks and chickens as well as a small backyard vegetable garden in beds and terraces surrounded by flower beds, a small orchard and stone walls. A nice walk through the woods leads to a pond – all part of the American "Tree Farm" system (although not all of the 52 acres are managed).
Date: July 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; July 11 if the 10th is "totally soggy."
Directions: From Route 17, coming from Rockland or Augusta, turn north on Route 131 at Union, go about 4 miles to Route 105 and head west to Washington (a left turn), then about 2 miles to Burketville General Store on the right. Take a right immediately after the store on Guinea Ridge Road. Follow this 1.5 miles to the end of the road – look to the right. It’s the last house with a small barn. (This is a dead end, dirt road.)
Address: 35 Moose Carry Rd., Appleton ME 04862; Tel. 785-2602.
HIDDEN VALLEY FARM IN ALNA, owned by Bambi Jones and David Moskovitz, is an organic Community Supported Agriculture project, with vegetables raised for members who share in the produce throughout the growing season. The farm has 5 acres in vegetables, 15 acres in hay and pastures and a 400-acre woodlot. Visitors will also see greenhouses, a compost operation, pigs, chickens and cows
Date: Saturday, July 25, 11 to 2 p.m.
Directions: From Wiscasset go north on Rt. 218. At Alna Store bear right on Dock Rd. At stop sign at Alna Post Office (Route 194) go left. In 1/2 mile at the "Stitch and Design" sign, turn right on Hollywood Blvd., go 2 miles, farm is on the right. Or from the intersection of Rt. 218 and 194 in Whitefield, go east on 194 for 2 miles where the pavement takes a right hand turn at South Fowles Rd. ("Beane’s Meat Cutting" sign). Turn left onto dirt road at South Fowles Rd., stay right at the fork. Farm is on the left 1 mile from Route 194. Driveway is directly across from black and white painted utility pole.
Address: Hollywood Blvd., Alna ME 04535. Tel. 586-5837.
NORTH STAR GARDENS IN SOUTH WATERFORD is featured in this issue of The MOF&G and is the site of several free garden talks and demonstrations given by owner David Neufeld this summer, including:
* June 5, 10 a.m. – Finding Paradise: Realize your dream garden by taking clues from observation and memory.
* June 19, 10 a.m. – Making Every Plant Count: Combining plants for maximum effect.
* July 10, 10 a.m. – Water Gardens: From tiny to titanic. See four kinds of water gardens and learn how to make one.
* July 24, 10 a.m. – Hardscaping: Walls, paths, arbors, trellises: why, where and how to use them well.
* August 14, 10 a.m. – The Satisfying Garden: Matching your site and resources with the kind of garden you really want.
* August 28, 10 a.m. – A Fresh Look: How do you prepare to give your garden a makeover?
Rain dates are always the following Sunday.
Directions: North Star Gardens is located on Blackguard Rd., 1 mile from Routes 35/37 off the Sweden Road in South Waterford.
Address: P.O. Box 939, Blackguard Rd., S. Waterford ME 04088; Tel. 583-4754; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
NORTH CREEK FARM IN PHIPPSBURG, OWNED BY SUZY VERRIER AND KAI JACOB, was featured in the March 1999 issue of The MOF&G and is a mid- 1800s salt water farm consisting of a plant nursery specializing in unusual roses and perennials with extensive display gardens – all organically grown. North Creek is also a working farm producing a wide range of organically grown vegetables and cut flowers – using intensive and innovative farming methods. It is open seven days a week during the season, and Suzy and Kai are always willing to share their methods, know-how, etc. – but recommend calling ahead to schedule a visit if you want to speak at length with them.
Date: The ornamental gardens are a particular attraction, especially the roses. Over 300 varieties of roses are in the gardens, and peak bloom is at the end of June. Sunday, June 27, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., has been set aside for Suzy and Kai to answer questions and guide visitors through the gardens.
Directions: From Route 1 in Bath, take Route 209 (toward Phippsburg and Popham Beach) for 12 miles to the junction of Route 217. North Creek Farm is 400’ from the junction on the left side of Route 217.
Address: 24 Sebasco Rd., Phippsburg ME 04562; Tel. and Fax: 389-1341
WOODCOCK FARM IN ARROWSIC is owned by William and Noreen Blaiklock, who have gardens and pasture, milking Devon cattle, sheep, pastured poultry, pigs, a "three sisters" garden (corn, beans and squash), rotational grazing, sheepskins, fleeces and felt craft for sale.
Date: August 14, 1 to 4 p.m.
Directions: From Route 1 in Woolwich, go south on Route 127 toward Georgetown for 2 miles. It’s the first house on the left – a white cape – after the Town Hall.
Address: 86 Route 127, Arrowsic ME 04530; Tel. 443-3725
TOP-SECRET PIG FARM
Visit this delightfully fragrant farm with its unique "biological diversity" encompassed within a single species, more or less. According to Associated Press reports, a "top-secret farm" exists in the Northeast where human genes have been inserted into pigs – not to make spies of them, but in order to produce livers and other organs for transplanting into humans. Bring the whole family. Enjoy free pork chops. See if you can tell the difference between the farmer and the farmed. (Note: This farm is not MOFGA-certified organic.)
Date: This farm is actually closed to the public and to reporters and photographers, according to press reports, although it is always there.
Directions: From Tokyo, take a right at the mall, continue until you hit California, keep going, and going, and going, until you hit Connecticut. Follow your nose. Don’t look for signs. Carry a small camera. Let us know what you find.
Address: Obviously we don’t know the address of the top-secret pig farm, but the article about it ("Pigs Grown With Human Genes," by Pat Eaton-Robb, AP, 2/22/99) cited Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. of New Haven Connecticut, as its source of information.
SNAKEROOT ORGANIC FARM IN PITTSFIELD is owned by Tom Roberts and Lois Labbe. After farming elsewhere in Maine for over five years, they moved here in 1995 and began turning old hayfields into 2 acres of organic gardens. They grow a wide variety of vegetables and culinary and medicinal herbs, including early trellised tomatoes and cukes in a 2500-square-foot greenhouse. They have permanently mulched perennial gardens with vegetables and herbs, and annual gardens on a four-year rotation scheme that includes a peas-vetch-oats green manure crop. Raised beds are used for everything, even in the greenhouse. They are building an addition and sunroom to their house using cordwood construction.
Date: August 1 from noon to 4 p.m.
Directions: From Exit 38 off I-95, go away from town (you are on Somerset Ave). Snakeroot Road is the second right, in about 2 miles. The driveway (see their sign) is 1/2 mile down on the right, directly across from the first house on the left.
From Route 100 in Burnham, go 4.1 miles from the Pride Manufacturing Mill to where the Snakeroot Road leaves Rt 100. The farm is 6 miles down the Snakeroot Road, just 1/2 mile beyond the intersection with the Webb Road. The driveway (see their sign) is on left, just after coming up a hill, across from a white house. If you miss the driveway (or even if you don’t...), the Snakeroot Road ends in 1/2 mile.
Address: 3645 Snakeroot Road, Pittsfield ME 04967; Tel. 487-5056; email: email@example.com
MEADOWSWEET FARM IN SWANVILLE is owned by Paula and Sumner Roberts, who raise sheep, beef cattle and chickens on a rotating pasture system. Flowers, vegetables and herbs are raised in a large organic garden. Calves and sheep winter in a solar barn.
Date: Sunday, August 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Directions: From Belfast, take 141 about 6.5 mi. to Swanville; going right just past Swan Lake Grocery. Then go 1.5 miles up the east side of the lake, and turn hard right on the dirt road just before the yellow curve sign. Go 0.5 miles to a big white farmhouse with an attached barn. The house is on the right side of the road.
From Bangor, go south on Route1A, turn right at Frankfort, go about 2.5 miles, turn left, go about 6.5 miles, turn left on the dirt road immediately past Lakeside Burner Service. Go 0.5 miles to the white farmhouse with attached barn, on right.
(If you look in DeLorme’s Atlas, it’s the unnamed road parallel to Nickerson Rd., running away from Eastside Lake Rd. They are actually on the Stevens Rd., but it isn’t named in the Atlas.)
Address: RR 2, Box 2425, Swanville, ME 04915; Tel. 338-1265; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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OCEAN GLIMPSE FARM IN NORTHPORT is unique in that seven families garden cooperatively on land owned by David Foley and Judy Berk. They have a young orchard of about 20 kinds of heirloom and newfangled apples, pears, cherries, chestnuts and hazelnuts; a 100-foot arbor of kiwis, grapes and hops; and about 1/2 acre of flower and vegetable gardens. Everything is grown organically.
Date: July 18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Directions: From Route 1, turn inland onto the Beech Hill Road, about 7 miles south of Belfast, or 12 miles north of Camden. The turn for Beech Hill Road is just north of Nealey’s store/Ace Hardware/Mobil station. From Route 1, proceed 1.3 miles up Beech Hill Road to the house on the right. Look for #232 on the mailbox post.
Address: 232 Beech Hill Road, Northport, ME 04849; Tel. 338-9869; Fax 338-9859; e- mail: email@example.com
CROSSROAD FARMS IN JONESPORT is owned and farmed by Arnold and Bonnie Pearlman with able help from their son Jodi and daughter Delia. The Pearlmans have been growing organic crops for three decades and raise 600 varieties of vegetables, including 58 varieties of potatoes. They have a 3-acre apple orchard with an impressive variety – 50 in all! Visitors will see their solar powered lighting, their greenhouses, and their compost operation. They market their produce through local supermarkets and through a mail order business.
Date: Sunday, Aug. 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Directions: From Ellsworth, go 60 miles on Route 1 toward Machias. At the second junction of Route 187, turn right at the DOT sign for Crossroad Farms. Go 2.2 miles to a larger DOT sign and turn right on Indian River Crossroad. Go 1.5 miles – it’s the only place on the road.
Address: Crossroad Farms, Box 3230, Jonesport, ME 04649-9709. Tel. 497-2641.