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|June 5||Humustacia Permaculture Gardens, Whitefield|
|June 22||Avena Botanicals Medicinal Herb Garden, W. Rockport|
|June 25||Lupine Day, Merryspring Park, Camden|
|June 25 & 26||North Star Gardens, Waterford|
|July 10||Snakeroot Organic Farm, Pittsfield|
|July 17||Gardens in the Watershed Tour, Knox Co.|
|July 20||Avena Botanicals Medicinal Herb Garden, W. Rockport|
|July 23||Avant Gardens, W. Gardiner|
|July 23||Cindy Gerry & Bruce Geffken, Lincolnville|
|July 24||Caldwell Farms Beef, Turner
Mandala Farm, Gouldsboro
Stony Knolls Farm, Saint Albans
|July 31||Khadighar, Industry|
|Aug. 4||Avena Botanicals Medicinal Herb Garden, W. Rockport|
|Aug. 6||Avant Gardens, W. Gardiner
Kiwihill Farm, Sidney
|August 7||Khadighar, Industry
Crossroad Farms, Jonesport
|Various dates||Appleton Children's Library Garden, Appleton
Beau Chemin Farm, Waldoboro
Forest Farm, Harborside
Hope Spinnery, Hope
Johnny's Selected Seeds, Albion
Maine Coast Heritage Trust Belted Galloway Farm, Rockport
Merryspring Park, Camden
Stony Knolls Farm, Saint Albans
CALDWELL FARMS BEEF, INC., IN TURNER was established in 1944 and is now owned by Ralph Caldwell and is operated by Ralph, Sandra and Deed Caldwell. This third- and fourth-generation farm offers MOFGA-certified organic dairy and beef products; natural beef; shavings and biomass; and organic compost. The diverse operations of this farm have enabled more family involvement in the business.
Date: Open Farm Day, July 24
Directions: From Route 4 in Turner, at the intersections of Route 4 and 117, take Rt. 117 north for 3.9 miles. The farm will be on the right. A 100-acre field is on the left. From I95, take Exit 30B to Winthrop on Rt. 202. In Winthrop, take 133 W to Wayne. At the intersection of 133 and 219, go left onto 219. Head west through Leeds to N. Turner. At the intersection of 219 and 117, go left onto 117 heading south. The farm is approximately 3.5 miles on the left; a large field is on the right.
Address: 313 N. Parish Rd., Turner ME 04282; 225-3871.
WOOD PRAIRIE FARM IN BRIDGEWATER, owned by Jim & Megan Gerritsen, is a Certified Organic Seed Potato Farm producing MOFGA-Certified Organic Seed and tablestock potatoes, vegetables, milling grain and hay. There are also a few cows and pigs. This Farm Tour Day event is being co-sponsored by the Slow Food - Aroostook County Convivium. A walking tour of the organic crops and an explanation of organic cropping and livestock systems will begin at 2:15 p.m. Following the tour, from 4 to 6 p.m., enjoy a Slow Food Potluck supper at the pond, with swimming, tasty seasonal dishes and homemade ice cream. Everyone is welcome. Call 425-7741 for more information.
Date: July 24, Open Farm Day hours: 2 to 4 p.m. Convivium: 4 to 6 p.m.
Directions: From Rt. 1 in Bridgewater, take West Road (by Bridgewater Grammar School) to its end (3 miles). At the "T" intersection, turn left on Kinney Road. Go 1/3 mile; the farm is on the right.
KHADIGHAR IN INDUSTRY, MAINE, is a unique example of veganic gardening--maintaining soil fertility sustainably without animal manures. Molly Thorkildsen and Will Bonsall focus on self-sufficiency, growing a wide range of vegetables, fruits, grains and legumes. Special features include extensive terraces, solar-powered irrigation, intensive (not raised) beds, and the use of ramial chips (chipped branches of deciduous trees).
Dates: Sunday, July 31, 2:00 p.m., rain or shine: General Farm Tour--Visitors' interests usually draw this tour out to 2 1/2 to 3 hours, so plan accordingly. Sunday, August 7, 2:00 p.m., rain or shine: Scatterseed Project--Tour of seed propagation plots, including discussion of pollination control strategies. Many varieties of crops are grown. The discussion includes exploring plant genetic diversity in order to identify varieties that are suited to specific local conditions and uses. Directions: From Farmington, follow Route 43 east to Allens Mills (about 4 miles). Continue on Route 43 for 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: Khadighar, 39 Bailey Road, Industry, ME 04938. Tel. 778-3387.
AT MANDALA FARM IN GOULDSBORO, Sara Faull, Genio Bertin and Margaret Youngs raise 3.5 acres of organic vegetables for a CSA, three farmers' markets and for wholesale markets. They also raise sheep and cashmere goats for meat and fiber; chickens for organic eggs and meat; pigs and one dairy cow. They breed, raise, train and use Norwegian Fjord draft horses. These horses will be giving carriage rides around the farm for a small fee (weather dependent).
Date: Open Farm Day, July 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Directions: From Ellsworth: go north on Rte.1 toward Machias for approximately 15 miles. Take a right onto Rte. 186 toward Winter Harbor and the Schoodic section of Acadia National Park. Go 1 mile. At the top of the hill take a left onto Young's Farm Road. The farm is the second house on the road and has a sign at the end of the driveway.
Address: 46 Youngs Farm Rd., Gouldsboro ME 04607; 963-2984.
[The Good Life Center's companion project in East Corinth, Vermont, The Global Living Project at Barra, offers weekend workshops on sustainable living. Please write GLP, P.O. Box 261, East Corinth, VT 05040, or call 802-439-6158 for further information.]
Dates: July and August--open 6 days a week, 1-5 p.m. Closed Wednesday. Sept. through June--open 5 days a week, 1-5 p.m. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Please call ahead during winter months.
Weekly Monday Night Meetings feature speakers at 7 p.m. Suggested donation $5/person. Here's the schedule:
June 13--Susie O'Keeffe and Luanna Perkins, Maine Farmlink and Maine Farmland Trust. Sprawl, Land Prices and Corporate Agriculture: Does Farming Really Have a Future in Maine, and What Will It Take?
June 20--Laurie Osher, Prof. of Soil Sciences, U. of Maine. Human Impacts on Estuaries
June 27--Paul Van Steenberghe, Prof. of Mathematics and Engineering, U. of Maine. The Solar Vehicle Team and Other Solar Energy Projects
Please note: No meeting will be held on July 4.
July 11--Joanne Boynton, Prof. of Peace Studies, U. of Maine. Creating Positive Relationships
July 18--Bruce Gagnon, Political Organizer. Battle for America's Soul
July 25--Larry Dansinger and Maureen Kehoe Ostensen, Organizers for Social Change. War Resistance and War Tax Resistance
Aug. 1--Matt Spurlock, Seaweed Harvester. Harvesting Wild Edible Seaweed in Maine
Aug. 8--Hillary Lister, Collaborator, Maine Independent Media Center. Getting Our Voices Heard: Creating Independent Media in Maine
Aug. 15--Aran Shetterly, Writer. A Reading from Rebel: William Morgan and a Lost History of the Cuban Revolution
Aug. 22--David Rovics, Songwriter. Songs of Social Significance
Aug. 29--Sara Rose DeAloia, Writer. A Reading from "Tough and Pretty: A Journey through South America"
Sept. 5--Pamela McCann, Maine Speakout Project. Telling Our Stories - The Maine Speakout Project and the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Transsexual Community
Sept. 12--Pam Dyer Stewart and Suzanne Brown, Midwives. Homebirth: From Mainstream to Margin
Sept. 19--Holbrook Williams, Free Range English Teacher. Getting Rich Inwardly: Benefits of Contemplative Arts
Hands-on Workshops--Please call to reserve a space. Please bring a lunch if you will stay for the afternoon.
July 30--Caring for Fruit Trees: A Midsummer Look at the Needs of Fruit Trees. Grafting, pruning strategies, pollination and pest identification, with organic solutions in mind. Tim Seabrook and Leslie Cummins, Organic Growers, 5 Star Nursery. 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Sept. 3--An Introduction to Seed Saving. Katie Prochaska and Mike Bollinger, Resident Stewards. 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Oct. 15 --Harvest Feast: Woodstove Cooking. Learn to cook on a woodstove using seasonal vegetables from the Nearing's garden, and join in the feast we will create together. Anna Miller, Cook. 2 p.m.-6 p.m.
Directions: Take I-95 north to Exit 30, Augusta. Take Route 3 to Belfast, then Route 1 north through Bucksport to Orland. * Take Route 15 south toward Blue Hill. Turn right onto Route 199, go to the end. Turn left onto Route 175 south to Brooksville. Turn right onto 176 going west. Follow signs for Holbrook Island Sanctuary, which is on the way to Forest Farm. Stay on 176 west toward South Brooksville, and take a right onto Cape Rosier Road. Go past Holbrook Island Sanctuary on the right, Undercliff on the left. At the grange, turn right, follow the road to the end, then turn left to Orrs Cove. Go 2 miles to Forest Farm on Cape Rosier, Harborside. From the north, take I-95 to Bangor, then Route 15 south through Bucksport to Orland. Continue from * above.
AVANT GARDENS IN WEST GARDINER consists of small gardens in a suburban setting cultivated by June Zellers and Adam Tomash. Their 1.25-acre lot has about 0.25 acre in vegetable production plus nursery crops (trees, grapes, berries, daylilies) and a small orchard (cherries, peach, pear, apple and plum). They use drip irrigation, solar powered electric fencing, season extending, warm weather crop production for small scale gardeners (tomato, pepper, eggplant, cuke, melon), top grafting of old apple trees, hot frames for seedling production, vermicomposting (inside), large scale compost production, interesting celery growing techniques, and soil pest control using nematodes.
Dates: July 23 and August 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with new tours starting on the hour.
Directions: Go to Gardiner, turn up Highland Ave. -- the hill between the Irving Gas station (next to McDonalds) and the steel company. Proceed 2.9 miles toward West Gardiner. The house is a blue ranch on the right, number 751 (numbers go up from Gardiner). Call 582-5248 if you need more specific directions.
Contact: Adam Tomash, BlueMoon Macintosh Resources, 751 High St., West Gardiner ME 04345; 582-5248; email@example.com.
Date: June 5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.-Open House
Directions: From Augusta, drive toward Rockport on Route 17 approx. 11 miles; turn right on Vigue Rd.; go 1 mile; turn right on Doyle Road; Humustacia is Approx. 500 yards down on the right. Look for a white mailbox on the left with number 51 on it.
Date: The farm is open all summer. On Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and on Thursdays at 2 p.m. from June through September, one-hour guided tours of the research and production fields are given. Visitors' guides are available for those who prefer self-guided tours (daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.). The farm is closed to visitors on Sundays.
Directions: Johnny's Farm is located on the Foss Hill Road in Albion, a farm community 10 miles east of Waterville, Maine. Driving directions can be found at www.johnnyseeds.com.
Address: Farm: Johnny's Selected Seeds, 184 Foss Hill Rd., Albion ME 04910; Company Address: Johnny's Selected Seeds, 955 Benton Ave., Winslow ME 04901; Phone: (207) 861-3900; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Date: Saturday August 6; tour starts at noon sharp-- rain or shine
Directions: From Augusta, take Rt. 27 N to Rt. 23. Turn right onto Rt. 23 (Pond Rd.). Go exactly 2.0 miles down Rt. 23. Turn right onto Robinson Rd. Go 0.3 miles, then stay left at fork/mailboxes. Go down the dirt road and follow signs to parking.
Address: 127 Robinson Rd., Sidney 04330, 547-3000, email@example.com
THE APPLETON CHILDREN'S GARDEN grows at the Mildred Stevens Williams Memorial Library. The children of Appleton in conjunction with the Library's Summer Reading Program planted this garden, while Abbie Read of Artgarden developed the playful design that includes a spiral path with bean tunnels and a teepee, and a gazebo.
Date: The garden is always open to the public. To take part in or experience the weekly children's programs, visit on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in July to mid-August. Call Debbie Keiran for a garden activity schedule at 785-2418.
Directions: From Route 17 in Union turn northward onto Route 131, right between the John Deere and Ford tractor dealerships. The next town northward on Route 131 is Appleton, about five miles. Go north from Union on Route 131, past Sennebec Pond on the right, then bear right where Route 105 joins Route 131, staying on combined Routes 131 and 105 northbound past the Appleton Village School on the left. When you reach the village of Appleton (signs say to slow to 25 mph), turn onto Sennebec Road. The library will be on your left. Continue over the bridge of the St. George River and the garden will be on your right. Parking is available at the garden.
Address: Appleton Library, Sennebec Road, Appleton ME 04862; Tel. 785-5656
Dates: June 22, July 20, 4-5 p.m.; free. Aug. 4, 9-12:00 -- Garden Walk and Apothecary tour; free
Directions: Follow Route 90 west from the Camden area to Mill Street, just after Tolman Pond. Take a left on Mill Street.
Address: 219 Mill St., W. Rockport, ME 04856; 594-2403.
Date: July 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine
Contact: Brochures and tickets are available at selected local stores and from the Georges River Land Trust, 328 Main St., Studio 305, Rockland. 594-5166. Ruth Shaw, Publicity Chair, Gardens of the Watershed Tour 2005; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Directions: From Camden: From Elm St. (Rt. 1) take Rt. 105 (Washington St.) toward Hope. Hope Spinnery is 7.7 miles from the junction of Rt. 1 and Rt. 105 in Camden. The Spinnery is on the right side of the road, # 725. It is a new building with natural board and red trim. The wind generator is visible on the hill behind the building.
Contact: 725 Camden Rd (Rt. 105), Hope, ME 04847; 207-763 4600; www.hopespinnery.com; email@example.com
Date: The Visitor Center is open from late June through August, from noon to 4 p.m. Russell Ave. bisects the property, offering visitors the opportunity to view the landscape all year. The Aldemere Art Show and Sale will take place on August 13.
Directions: Take Rt. 1 to Camden and turn onto Chestnut St. beside Camden National Bank. Continue for 1 mile, where you will begin to see the farm on both sides of the road as it turns into Russell Ave. in Rockport.
Contact: Ron Howard, manager, 70 Russell Ave., Rockport ME 04856; 236-2739.
Date: The park is open to the public free every day of the year, from dawn to dusk. The staff is available to answer questions from 9 to 3, Monday through Friday. On Tuesdays, from June 7 - Aug. 30, noontime talks about horticulture, nature, photography and more are given. Check www.villagesoup.com for an up-to-date schedule. Talks are free for members and $3 for nonmembers. Saturday, June 25, from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m., Lupine Day. Talk begins at 11 and includes a demonstration of transplanting tricks that increase success. A brown bag lunch break from12:00-12:30 will follow the question and answer period. After lunch, participants can view superior parent plants and register to receive seed from favorite varieties. Lupine seedlings will be available to purchase, along with wildflower guide books, ash baskets and garden-related merchandise. Volunteers will provide lupine activities for children-- a reading of Barbara Cooney's Miss Rumphius, lupine necklace making, and a coloring contest.
Admission to Lupine Day is $5 for non-members and $3 for members. Bring your own lunch/refreshments, or buy food and drink provided by Merryspring's "lupine ladies." Directions: Merryspring is located in Camden at the end of Conway Road, which dead-ends in 2/10 mile in front of Merryspring's entrance road. Going south on Rt. 1 out of Camden, turn right onto Conway Rd. immediately after Subway. If you miss the turn, you can go right into the Graves parking lot, then exit that parking lot at the far right corner, turning left onto Conway Road. Contact: P.O. Box 893, 30 Conway Rd., Camden, ME 04843; 236-2239; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.merryspring.org.
BEAU CHEMIN FARM IN WALDOBORO is owned by JoAnn and Wayne Myers and includes organic flowers, berries and veggies; 18th & 19th century livestock; Shetland, Soay and Leicester Longwool sheep, spinning wool, antique spinning wheels, a loom and self guided trails.
Dates: Weekends, 10 to 4, July through September.
Directions: Turn south off Route 1 onto Finntown Road. The turnoff is 1.5 miles west of the Rt. 90 intersection in Warren and 3.5 miles east of Moody's Diner in Waldoboro. Beau Chemin is 3.5 miles down Finntown Rd., with two red barns on the right, parking and farm stand on left.
Address: 1749 Finntown Rd., Waldoboro ME 04572; 832-5789; email@example.com.
NORTH STAR GARDENS IN WATERFORD, owned by David Neufeld of North Star Garden Design, is a 200-year-old farmstead with 2 acres of ornamental and vegetable gardens featuring ponds, water features, ornamental trees, shrubs, perennials and fruit trees. Landscape designer and stoneworker David Neufeld has created an exciting group of gardens linked by grassy paths. Terraces, hidden nooks, and flowering specimens include species not usually associated with a Zone 4 garden. The hardscaping of the garden demonstrates the enhancing qualities of stone and brick. Date: June 25 and 26, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine--The 8th annual open house (called Bloomsday). The event is totally free and no reservations are needed. If you plan on coming with a large group, please call or email ahead. Directions: North Star Gardens is in Waterford, Maine, near South Paris/Norway, Fryeburg, Bridgton/Naples and Bethel. The garden is located a quarter mile on the right on Blackguard Rd., which is 1 mile from where Rts. 35/37 intersect with the Sweden Road. A map and printed directions are at www.northstargarden.com. Contact: 81 Blackguard Rd, Waterford, Maine 04088; 207-583-4754; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.northstargarden.com.
SNAKEROOT ORGANIC FARM IN PITTSFIELD, owned by Tom Roberts and Lois Labbe, features three greenhouses and 2 acres of fields, a small maple sugarbush and a very active composting operation. They grow a wide variety of veggies and herbs, produce many seeds for sale and for their own use, and attend the Unity, Pittsfield, Fairfield and Orono farmers' markets. They also have a unique CSA plan, and they compost chips, grass clippings, cow manure and leaves in two separate composting operations.
Date: Sunday, July 10, noon to 5 p.m.
Directions: From I-95 Exit 150 in Pittsfield, go away from town (left if coming from the south, right if coming from the north) and go about 3 miles to the second left, which is the Snakeroot Road. The farm is on the Snakeroot Road, 1/2 mile from the Weeks Road end. A "Welcome visitors" sign will be at the end of the driveway.
Date: Open any time by calling or emailing ahead; open on Open Farm Day (July 24) as well.
Directions: From Rt. 43 in the center of Hartland, take Commercial St. (Nettie's Restaurant is on the corner). Go 7/10 of a mile up Commercial Street and turn left on Pond Road. Go 7/10 of a mile up Pond Road and go left on Maple Lane. The farm is 2/10 of a mile down Maple Lane on the right. A sign is at the end of the driveway.
CINDY GERRY AND BRUCE GEFFKEN OF LINCOLNVILLE propagate old Narcissus varieties for Fedco. These bulbs won't be showing much in July or August, but visitors are welcome to ask about them and to view the organic blueberry farm (which was there when they bought the farm). "We just rake 'em, eat 'em, sell 'em then mow 'em," says Cindy. "We have a little gas powered winnower whose belts keep breaking." They sell their berries at the Belfast Farmer's Market, by phone orders, and to local restaurants and caterers. They are establishing raspberry, peach, apple and pear plantings. Cindy is a professional gardener a garden columnist.
Date: July 23, 10 to 2
Directions: Take Rte. 173 out of Lincolnville Center toward Searsmont. Go about 2 miles from the Center, then turn left on High Street (before Levenseller Pond). Go right on Lloyd Thomas Road, about 1/3 mile on the right. They have the only house on that road.
Contact: Cindy Gerry or Bruce Geffken, High Street Gardens, Lloyd Thomas Rd., Lincolnville, ME 04849; Bluberry@tidewater.net
CROSSROAD FARMS IN JONESPORT is owned by Arnold and Bonnie Pearlman, who raise 16 acres of approximately 300 varieties of vegetables, 2 acres of apple trees and have solar powered electricity and a composting operation. They started this homestead 34 years ago.
Date: August 7, noon to 2 p.m.
Directions: From Ellsworth, go 60 miles on Route 1 toward Machias to Route 187, Mason Bay Road. 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, a gravel road. Go 1.5 miles to the farm.
Address: 314 Cross Rd., Jonesport 04649; Tel. 497-2641.
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