Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
MOFGA’s Journeyperson Program provides hands-on support, training, and mentorship for people who are serious about pursuing careers in organic farming in Maine. The program is designed for farmers in their first three to five years to further develop the skills they need to farm independently and successfully.

 

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Lauren Bruns – Lost and Found Farm

Lauren was proudly born and raised among a large extended family in Gray, Maine. After being away for seven years, developing farming skills and communities in Pennsylvania and Western Massachusetts, she is excited to be back in her home state and to be starting an operation of her own. 2018 is Lost and Found Farm's inaugural year producing lowbush blueberries, value added products and cut flowers. She is grateful to have the support of the MOFGA Journeyperson program as she enters into the vibrant Maine farming community.
   
Joy Bueschen and Tim Bueschen – Turning Page Farm

After 20 years of corporate success Tim and Joy Bueschen are Turning the Page in a new chapter in their lives.  Turning Page Farm is a 25 acre forest farm in Monson. TPF is a goat dairy where they milk the rarer Guernsey goats and make value added products including cheese, soaps and a new line of salad dressings. A small brewery is a new enterprise that was recently added to their farm offerings.  They raise heritage breed pigs in the forest that are finished on whey from their cheese operation and apples from their small orchard. Honing their skills in charcuterie is the next step in their learning process.
   
Tim and Anne Devin – Chase Stream Farm

Tim and Anne Devin are retired U.S. Marines with nearly 50 years of active duty service between the two of them. Drawn to the challenge and healing powers of agriculture, they have found a new mission that allows them to continuing serving their community and country. Chase Stream Farm is their 72-acre, small-scale, bio-diverse farming enterprise provides organically certified vegetables and row crops, as well as free-range, organically raised eggs, and value added products. They also have limited availability of "Hard Corps" maple syrup and honey. Additionally, a starter flock of Katadhin sheep should provide pasture raised lamb in the fall of 2019. Chase Stream Farm also provides aspiring military veteran farmers the education and training they need in order to manage or successfully launch their own sustainable farming enterprise.
   

Jason Gold and Finegan Ferreboeuf – Steelbow Farm

Jason Gold and Finegan Ferreboeuf own and operate Steelbow Farm on leased land in Norridgewock, Maine. The two met while transplanting onions in Austin, Texas. After managing mixed-vegetable farms there for a few years, the pair decided they were ready to leave behind fire ants, bluebonnets, and breakfast tacos to start their own farming venture. Abundance of water, affordable land and meaningful resources for beginning farmers brought them north to Maine. When they arrived in the early-Spring of 2017, they found a field under snow and got to work. 2018 will be their second season in Norridgewock, where they grow an acre of organic diversified vegetables and cut flowers. They use low-till/no-till practices and focus on intensive growing. While they offer a wide variety of fresh produce, the core of their operation is specialty cut greens and salad mixes. They will be at three farmers' markets this season, and will sell to various restaurants, caterers and natural food stores. Finegan and Jason are humbled and ever so grateful for all of the support and encouragement they have received from their neighbors and the wider agricultural community. They are oh so excited to be a part of the Journeyperson program and the wider MOFGA community. You can follow their progress on Instagram @steelbowfarm or visit their website at www.steelbowfarm.com

   
Molly Gray – On The Mountain Farm

Molly Gray grew up on Great Cranberry island off the coast of Mount Desert Island in a family of wooden boat builders. As a teenager she was always drawn toward nature and observing the local flora. In her teenage years she started a landscaping and gardening business on the outer islands and began to learn more about soil, garden management and plant propagation. After living and farming in the south for a while, she and her husband decided to come to Maine due to its supportive agricultural community and to be closer to her family. They are now growing out a small scale, flower farm in the midcoast that produces high quality cut flowers for local florists, floral designers, brides and event planners from Portland to Mount Desert Island. Their flowers are also available to the public and can be found at the Camden and Boothbay farmers' markets or can be ordered directly through the farm.
   

Logan Higger – Sowbelly Butchery

Logan's pursuit of proper food, awe of mother nature and ambition to work in earnest are elemental to his endeavors in agriculture. After time in the Boston food scene, two farm apprenticeships, a butchery apprenticeship, many jobs as a farmhand and years of whole animal butcher retail and production experience, he and his partner Jessie moved to Derby Oak Farm in Jefferson to put it all together. There they raise animals commercially, are developing their family homestead and are working to restore the land. Logan's business Sowbelly Butchery, operates from their farm and remotely to provide homestead slaughter, custom butchery and community education. He aspires to build an on farm butchershop to provide healthful, accessible food to the community and valuable services to other livestock farmers.

   
Mark Lutte and Sarah Lutte – Lazy Acres Farm

Mark and Sarah Lutte both grew up in mid-coast Maine and returned home to raise a family after a short period living and working out of state. They now live in Farmingdale on Lazy Acres Farm – a name which was inspired by the dusty old sign found in their barn, reading: “Lay Z Acres”.  Lazy Acres provides fresh-cut flowers and pastured pork – and it also provides a great place to raise two kids and enjoy the seasons. Mark and Sarah are grateful to MOFGA for the opportunity to become Journeypersons, and grateful to their JP mentors for their time and guidance.
   

Andrew Mcleod and Julia Mcleod – Scratch Farm

Andy and Julia both grew up in central Maine, just ten minutes from each other, but didn't meet until well into adulthood. They both worked and apprenticed on separate farms and shared gardens together, but they began their joint farming career as apprentices on Dandelion Spring Farm in Washington, ME during the infamously wet summer of 2009. When that didn't dampen their excitement for growing food, they decided to grow almost all of the food for their wedding in 2010. With that success, they decided to try farming on their own. Since purchasing 22 acres of forest in Bowdoin in 2010 and clearing around four acres, they have been slowly nurturing the forest soil into garden soil while coaxing whatever vegetables they can out of the ground. The process was dramatically slowed with the arrival of Sophie in 2012 and Otto in 2015. Now that both kids can walk and talk, they hope to continue the process of soil enrichment and vegetable production with more focus and energy. They plan to specialize in winter crops and value-added items, marketed through a CSA and wholesale. You can find them on Facebook and Instagram @scratchfarmme.

   

Tyler Omand – Dynamic Farm

Following a passion for regenerative agriculture and agroforestry, Tyler Omand and his wife Heather started the 36 acre Dynamic Farm in Belfast, Maine in 2017. With their 1 year old son, Atom, they have begun laying the groundwork and infrastructure for a permaculture pick-your-own, a small nursery, and polyculture greenhouse enterprises. Previous to the move to Belfast, the Omands intensively managed a 2 acre regenerative homestead and diversified cannabis farm for 8 years north of Bangor. Tyler has multiple permaculture design certifications and has consulted with a variety of Maine farmers, landowners and indoor growers. He also pursues a passion for collecting rare and/or exciting medicinal and food plants. As a Journeyperson, Tyler is especially excited for the knowledge, experience sharing and community the program will bring. Follow Dynamic Farm on Instagram, on Facebook and at http://dynamic-farm.com/

   

Michael Saucier and Cassie Seawell – Leaf&Caul

Leaf&Caul is a diversified livestock farm in the midcoast town of Washington. Michael and Cassie established the business together in 2017 when they moved to Washington, where they began stirring a farm out of hibernation. They are raising hogs, chickens, laying hens, and a small plot of vegetables and flowers. Follow the farm on Instagram and www.leafandcaul.com

   

Megan Skehan – Six Point Farm

Just like most children in Aroostook County, Megan's first job was picking potatoes by the barrel and because of that her love of farming began. She loved the hard work, the farming community, and the natural environment of being in the fields. Just as the farming technology grew so did she and found herself working on a potato harvester for over ten years as well as working on a wide array of other farms doing an assortment of tasks. During those years she started a garden of her own and furthered her love of watching seed turn into amazing food. In 2016 she met Brian Stewart, owner of Six Point Farm in Linneus Maine, who shared the same dream of becoming an organic farmer. With their dreams and beliefs aligned Six Point Farm grew into an organic, diversified vegetable farm that supplies members of the community with wholesome vegetables and herbs through the farmers market, local co-op, and a small CSA. Follow Six Point Farm on Facebook

   

Nathan Sims – Mountain Foot Farm

Nathan developed a love for farming while attending The Meeting School in Rindge, New Hampshire, a small diversified organic farm. There he met his partner Sadie and eleven years later they have their own farm and two beautiful children, Sylvia and Erwyn. When not working as a carpenter, Nathan is moving fences for his sheep, cows, chickens, and pigs. Mostly due to intensively grazing animals, the pastures are now worth haying. Currently Nathan is slowly and happily learning how to fix old farm machinery. Besides raising meat on grass, Nathan and his family grow fruit and vegetables, focusing on garlic and storage crops. Their farm, Mountain Foot Farm, has the goal of opening a farm store in the barn and has the dream of partnering with other farms to provide a year-round full-diet CSA.