Anyone who visited Martha Hubbard at her home in Brooklin quickly learned two things: first, she had a tremendously inquisitive mind, thinking about the environment around her and connections to the larger world; second, her greenhouse geranium was the largest you’ll ever see, producing more than 30,000 blossoms over the years.
Martha Hubbard died on January 15 at the age of 92. One of MOFGA’s life members, she spent large parts of the time since 1932 at her home on the shore of Blue Hill Bay. When Molly Birdsall and I visited with her last spring, she’d just finished a book on the potential for hemp as a substitute for paper and wondered about the long-term impact of hemp on clear-cutting in the Maine woods. She offered the field by her house for a trial plot. She also experimented with a windmill, which worked well until an ice storm.
One legacy that Mrs. Hubbard left is her property in Brooklin, which is now owned by MOFGA. In the early 1980s she decided she wanted her property to benefit an environmentally-minded group, and she gave the property to the Foundation for Permanent Agriculture, which was organized by MOFGA and others about 1980. When the Foundation dissolved, MOFGA became the beneficiary of her gift. Martha Hubbard leaves behind the memory of a person deeply in love with a particular place, a legacy we can all hope to leave.
– Russell Libby