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 Daytripping 2009: Farms and Gardens to Visit This Summer Minimize

Welcome to the 2009 Daytripping list, an annual MOF&G feature. This year’s farms and gardens feature school gardens; the creative home gardening methods of Adam Tomash and June Zellers; diverse organic farms; a farm featuring rare breeds of animals; and much more.

Please leave pets at home when you visit these farms.

If you would like to be included in the Daytripping list in the future, please contact jenglish@midcoast.com. Thanks!

For more farm-related tours and events, please see the Calendar of Events and our list of Farm Training Project events.

June 13 Ferry Beach Ecology School organic garden, Saco
June 20, 21 Deer Isle Hostel, Deer Isle
June 27 Rabbitats for Humanity, Walpole
July 11 Koviashuvik Local Living School, Temple
July 12 Ferry Beach Ecology School organic garden, Saco
Georges River Land Trust Gardens in the Watershed Tour
Snakeroot Organic Farm, Pittsfield
July 18 Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance Garden and House Tour
July 19 Khadighar, Industry; general farm tour
July 24 Deer Isle Hostel, Deer Isle
July 25 Avant Gardens, W. Gardiner
Deer Isle Hostel, Deer Isle
July 26 Brae Maple Farm, Union
Bridge Farm, Dresden
Crooked Farm, Pemaquid
Long Meadow Farm, W. Gardiner
Newforest Institute, Brooks
Stony Knolls Farm, St. Albans
Aug. 2 Avant Gardens, W. Gardiner
Crossroad Farms, Jonesport
Aug. 2 Khadighar, Indusry; Scatterseed Project tour
Aug. 27 Koviashuvik Local Living School, Temple
Various dates
Avena Botanicals Herbal Apothecary and Gardens, W. Rockport
Beau Chemin Preservation Farm, Waldoboro
D Acres, Dorchester, N.H.
Deer Isle Hostel, Deer Isle
Edgewater Farm B&B, Phippsburg
Old Point Comfort, Waldoboro
Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, New Gloucester
Shepherds and Such Homesteading Farm, Waldoboro
Stony Knolls Farm, St. Albans
Sunshine Daydream Farm & Gardens, Brownfield
Winterberry Farm, Belgrade


Cumberland County

THE FERRY BEACH ECOLOGY SCHOOL ORGANIC GARDEN IN SACO, says coordinator John Ibsen, is located several hundred yards from the Saco Bay and features a small organic garden, compost, vermicomposting bins and a small greenhouse. All these will be highlighted in the tour.

Date(s): Saturday, June 13, 11 a.m., and Sunday, July 12, 11 a.m.

Directions: From the Maine Turnpike 95, take Exit 36, Saco/Old Orchard Beach. Pass the tollbooth, continue onto 195, a divided highway. Go 2.4 miles until it merges into a two-way road leading to a curved intersection/traffic circle with a 7-11 store straight ahead. Continue driving straight through the intersection, keeping the 7-11 directly on your left and Halfway Video on your right – this is Temple Ave. Go 1.2 miles down a tree-lined road to a four-way stop and a blinking red light at Ocean Park. Go right onto Rt. 9. Pass a salt marsh on your right. At a fork in the road, 1.1 miles after the four-way stop, bear left and continue on Rt. 9. Do not turn right onto the road marked “To Ferry Beach State Park.” Ferry Beach Ecology School is 1 mile from the fork in the road. Look for a large wooden sign on the right that says Ferry Beach Park Association with a blue “Ferry Beach Ecology School” sign attached. To get to the FBES office, go left onto Morris Ave. The office is the green building on the corner.

Contact: John Ibsen, Food For Thought Coordinator, Ferry Beach Ecology School, 8 Morris Ave., Bldg. 1, Saco, ME 04072; (207) 283-9951; johnibsen@gmail.com .


SABBATHDAY LAKE SHAKER VILLAGE IN NEW GLOUCESTER is owned by the Shaker Society. The Shakers have been farming their land since 1783. At present they raise herbs, vegetables, apples, sheep, bees, pigs and Highland cattle. The farm tour is a guided tour of the herb gardens and the Herb Department located in the 1821 Sisters' Shop. Groups interested in the farm tour can combine the farm tour with a tour of the 1794 Shaker Meetinghouse and other historic buildings in the village. The farm tour is one hour long; the combined tour is almost two hours long.

Dates: Tours are by appointment. Farm tour only: $6.50 (adults); $2.75 (children); under 6, free; Combo tour: $8 (adults); $4 (children); under 6, free; Group discounts are available.

Directions: Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village is located just off Rt. 26 , New Gloucester. From the south, take Maine Turnpike Exit 63 (Gray); from the north, Maine Turnpike 75 (Auburn).

Contact: (207) 926-4597; usshakers@aol.com


Franklin County

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 19, 2 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 2, 2 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 Rte. 43 east to Allens Mills (about 4 miles). Continue on Rte. 43 for another 1 1/2 miles, past Junction 148. Continue on Rte. 43 another 1000 feet to the first road on the right. Follow signs.

Contact: Khadighar, 39 Bailey Rd., Industry, ME 04938. Tel. 778-3387.


KOVIASHUVIK LOCAL LIVING SCHOOL IN TEMPLE, founded in 2008 by Chris and Ashirah Knapp, is a small school that teaches practical and inexpensive ways for people to live with and use their local land. Through a blend of traditional folk arts, wilderness travel, organic gardening, sustainable technologies, primitive skills and permaculture, Koviashuvik hopes to connect people to the land, each other, and to the joys of providing for oneself right from the earth. For information about summer classes and internships, please contact the school.

Summer visits to the land include a tour of the vegetable gardens, berry patches, fruit and nut orchards, perennial/wild plantings, log cabin, stone root cellar, earth-bermed passive heat storage greenhouse, rainwater collection systems, homemade solar hot water and bike powered washing machine.

Dates: July 11 and August 27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., “Koviashuvik days,” will include tours at 11 and 1, demonstrations and hands-on involvement with a seasonal skill or craft.

Directions: From Farmington, take Rt. 2 west. Immediately after crossing the Sandy River, turn onto Rt. 43 west. Stay on Rt. 43 for 4 1/2 miles, passing the Temple post office on the right. Here Rt. 43 becomes the Intervale Rd. and bears hard to the left. Continue on Intervale Rd. 1.4 more miles. Turn right onto Day Mountain Rd., just before a one-room school house. In 8/10 mile, turn right onto Staples Pond Rd., which becomes Lake Drive. Follow until you see our sign on the right, 6/10 mile.

Contact: P.O. Box 383, Temple, ME 04984; 207-778-0318; koviashuvikschool@yahoo.com


Hancock County

DEER ISLE HOSTEL ON DEER ISLE, owned by Dennis Carter and managed by Anneli Sundqvist, provides budget accommodation for travelers and inspiration for a different way of living. It's located on 26 acres, with the ocean and a nature preserve as its closest neighbors. Visit the new, hand-built, three-story, timber-framed house and the organic gardens. The house is off the grid with solar powered electricity, a hand pump for water and a wood stove for most cooking. Carter and Sundqvist practice a high form of sustainability, about which they are happy to share their experiences. They are next door to the Tennis preserve – perfect for hiking. For more information, see www.deerislehostel.com or give us a call. No pets, please.

Dates: Opens for guests June 20. Tour the hostel and its gardens during the Lupine Festival on Deer Isle, June 20 and 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Grand Opening Weekend July 24-25. Tour the hostel and its gardens; food and music on July 25, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Open for daytime visits every Thursday or by appointment.

Directions: Go south on Rt. 15 through Blue Hill and over the bridge onto the island. Pass through the small village of Deer Isle; shortly thereafter, at the Irving Gas station, go left onto Sunshine Rd. After 2.7 miles, turn right on Tennis Rd. and go to the fourth driveway on the right.

Contact: 65 Tennis Rd, Deer Isle, ME 04627; 207-348-2308; www.deerislehostel.com


Kennebec County

AVANT GARDENS IN WEST GARDINER consists of three 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 and large-scale compost production. Tours include: discussion of planting schedules; 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; interesting celery growing techniques; and intensive, continuous lettuce production.

Dates: Saturday, July 25, and Sunday, Aug. 2. Two tours each day; one from 10 a.m. to noon and one from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors are invited to bring a bag lunch and join us for an informal discussion and outdoor picnic lunch between noon and 2 p.m.

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 ranch with a blue metal roof on the right, number 751 (numbers go up from Gardiner). Call 582-5248 if you need more specific directions.

Contact: Adam Tomash or June Zellers, 751 High St., West Gardiner, ME 04345; 582-5248


LONG MEADOW FARM IN WEST GARDINER, owned by Denis Thoet and Michele Roy, consists of 28 acres. The MOFGA-certified organic farm has a 26’ x 96’ greenhouse; 1.5 acres in vegetables, berries, herbs and flowers; Icelandic sheep, Angora goats and yearling beef; laying hens; 6 acres of hay fields; and 10 acres of rough pasture. The rest is a woodlot. The growers market through their CSA and at the Gardiner Farmers’ Market. They also participate in the MOFGA apprentice and journeyperson programs. “Please take a look at our Web site,” they say (www.longmeadowfarmmaine.com).

Date: Sunday, July 26, 12-5 (Open Farm Day).

Directions: From north: Take I-95 past Augusta exits to I-295 (exit 51); pay toll; take exit ramp. Turn right at top of ramp onto Rts. 9/126; travel almost 1 mile to Indiana Rd.; go left; travel almost 1 mile again to Long Meadow Dr. Go left to the end of the drive. From south: Take I-295 north past the first Gardiner exit. Take the next exit (51) just before toll. Turn left at top of ramp on Rts. 9/126. Travel almost 1 mile to Indiana Rd. Go left almost 1 mile to Long Meadow Dr. Go left to end of the drive.

Address: Long Meadow Farm, 29 Long Meadow Dr., W. Gardiner, ME 04530; 582-4817; longmeadowfarm@roadrunner.com.; www.longmeadowfarmmaine.com.


AT WINTERBERRY FARM IN BELGRADE, Mary Perry, her family and an apprentice homestead on 40 acres on the Belgrade Lakes, on the shore of Great Pond, “where rainbows always end.” They support their farm by selling their home baked goods and produce. A team of Haflinger draft ponies provides farm power. Winterberry Farm also has organic free range laying hens, organic meat broilers (sold as whole chickens); pigs; and Romney sheep for wool (which they hand spin). “Look at our Web site,” they say, “and come try a slice of our famous blueberry pie.”

Dates: Visit when the farmstand is open: weekends only in April; Wed.-Sun. in May; every day from June to Labor Day; Wed.-Sun. until January.

Directions: located on Rt. 27, 15 miles north of Augusta.

Contact: 538 Augusta Rd., Belgrade, ME 04917; 207-495-2593; www.winterberryfarmstand.com


Knox County

AVENA BOTANICALS HERBAL APOTHECARY AND GARDENS IN W. ROCKPORT is owned by Deb Soule. Avena’s Medicinal Herb Garden contains over 150 different medicinal herbs and plants. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the quiet, tranquil beauty of the garden. A garden map and booklet are available at the welcome station for visitors who are eager to learn more about the healing properties of plants.

Dates: Visitors are welcome Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
July 1, 5 to 7 p.m. – Community Health Forum (free).
June 10, July 8, July 29, Aug. 5, Aug. 12, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. – Summer Herb Walks in Avena Botanicals’ Herb Garden, led by Herbalist Deb Soule (free). The apothecary is open for visitors to purchase herbal products. Please call for information about other classes.

Directions: From Rt. 90 in Rockport, turn left onto Mill St. and proceed almost a mile to mailbox #219 and the Avena Herb Gardens sign on your right. The apothecary is in the farmhouse beyond the gardens.

Contact: 207-594-0694 or www.avenabotanicals.com


AT BRAE MAPLE FARM IN UNION, walk through Andrea and Allen Smith’s MOFGA-certified organic vegetable, herb and dry flower gardens. The Master Gardeners’ vegetable demonstration garden, period garden and medicine wheel garden will be on display also. Enjoy pastoral views from the historic 1787 farmstead and visit with Scotch Highland cattle, sheep, and miniature, standard and mammoth donkeys. Master Gardeners will be available to answer gardening questions, and beekeepers Jean and Richard Vose along with the Knox-Lincoln Beekeepers Association will be answering beekeeping questions. Wool spinning demonstrations will be ongoing. Herbal refreshments with recipes will be available. Special this year: a fairy garden and children’s workshop on making fairy houses.

Date: July 26 (Open Farm Day), 10 to 3.

Directions: From Union going west on Rt. 17, take the first right after the John Deere tractors onto North Union Rd. Go 1/4 mile – it’s the first farm on the right. Look for signs.

Address: 233 N. Union Rd., Union ME 04862; 785-4978.


THE 18th ANNUAL “GARDENS IN THE WATERSHED” GARDEN TOUR is sponsored by and benefits the Georges River Land Trust. Seven gardens in Port Clyde, Spruce Head and Tenants Harbor are featured. A gourmet bag lunch is available by pre-order.

Date: July 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rain or shine. Tickets are $20 in advance and $22 on the day of the tour. Tickets and brochures for the self-guided tour are available at selected local stores and from the Georges River Land Trust, 8 North Main St., Suite 200, Rockland, ME 04841, (207) 594-5166, www.grlt.org.


Lincoln County

BEAU CHEMIN PRESERVATION FARM IN WALDOBORO is owned by Wayne and Jo Ann Myers. This farm emphasizes historic livestock, heirloom plants and antique New England spinning wheels. It is MOFGA-certified for plants, hay and ducks. Endangered heritage breeds of livestock include Soay, Shetland, Leicester Longwool and California Variegated Mutant sheep, Suffolk Punch draft horse, Randall cow, and Khaki Campbell, Welsh Harlequin and Dutch Hookbill ducks in addition to an ox and donkey. Farm tours include traditional wool processing techniques, dyeing and spinning, gardens, historic buildings and livestock and self guided woods walks. A seasonal farmstand offers you-pick vegetables, raspberries and flowers. Rare wool and yarn are for sale. Self-guided or farmer-guided tours emphasize sustainable agriculture.

Dates: Each Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 3 p.m., June 15 to Oct. 1. Call or e-mail with specific inquiries.

Directions: Beau Chemin Preservation Farm is on Finntown Rd., off Rt. 1. Beau Chemin Farm signs are on Rt. 1, north- and south-bound. From Moody’s diner in Waldoboro, travel north on Rt. 1 about 4 miles, having passed the “entering Warren” sign. Finntown Rd. is on the right. From the intersection of Rts. 1 and 90 in Warren, travel south on Rt. 1 about 1 1/2 miles. Finntown Rd. is on the left. Beau Chemin Farm is 3 1/2 miles on Finntown Rd.; look for the farm sign.

Contact: Beau Chemin Preservation Farm; 1749 Finntown Rd., Waldoboro, ME 04572; www.beaucheminfarm.com; yupik@midcoast.com; cell: 207-691-8164; land line: 207-832-5789.


BRIDGE FARM IN DRESDEN, owned by Kathy Coleman and Bob Howe, is a small, historic, diversified organic farm. The farm has sheep-crosses and Romedale CVM, diversified layer hens, three miniature donkeys, geese and other poultry that are grass-fed and have organic feed in moveable "chicken tractors." There is a new 1800s Period Garden and garden shed with a twiggy fence developed by Knox-Lincoln County Master Gardeners and community volunteers.

Dates: Open Farm Day, July 26, and during Maine Fiberarts Tour, August 7, 8 and 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Directions: From Rt. 1 in Wiscasset, go 7.6 miles on Rt. 27 (Gardiner Rd.) heading toward Augusta. Bridge Farm is a right turn past the Eastern River. A sign is out front.

From Augusta, approximately 12 miles from the Randolph Bridge on Rt. 27, Bridge Farm is on the left just past The King's Inn.

From 295, take exit 43, Richmond, go right and follow 197 to 127, take left until Rt. 27, take a left and approximately 0.1 mile on right is a black mailbox with 593. Take that driveway to Bridge Farm.

Contact: 593 Gardiner Rd. (Rt. 27), Dresden, ME 04342; 737-8083 (home); 841-5599 (cell); kcoleman@midmaine.com.


CROOKED FARM IN PEMAQUID, owned by the Carpenter’s Boatshop, provides mixed vegetables, herbs and cut flowers for the Boatshop's wooden boat-building apprenticeship program and to The Rising Tide Food Co-Op from 1 acre of gardens on 10 acres of land adjacent to the Pemaquid Watershed's Crooked Farm Preserve on the Pemaquid River. Bill Grogan will be giving scything demonstrations throughout the day.

Date: July 26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Directions: From Damariscotta, take Rt. 130 to Pemaquid (9 miles), turn left onto Old County Rd. after the Bristol Area Library, follow this for 1 mile; parking on left.

Contact: Bill Grogan, Crooked Farm @ the Carpenter's Boatshop, 440 Old County Rd., Pemaquid, ME 04558; 207-677-3768


OLD POINT COMFORT IN WALDOBORO is the gallery and studio of MOFGA member Sara Hotchkiss' hand-woven rugs. Most of the rugs are cotton and blend the traditions of tapestry and rag rug weaving. Also at the gallery are weaving, floorcloths and hooked rugs by other artists. The gallery is bordered by Sara's beautiful perennial gardens, including a large round lavender garden (100+ plants) bisected by the path to the front door. The lavender beds are in bloom between July 15 and 30. The studio is open to the public in August for the Annual Open Studio Weekend.

Dates: Wed. through Sat., noon to 5 p.m., mid-June until Columbus Day. Annual Open Studio, August 8 and 9 – both gallery and studio are open. See large Swedish rug looms, works in progress.

Directions: Old Point Comfort is 6 miles south of Moody's Diner (at the corner of Rt. 1 and Rt. 220) on Rt. 220 South and Pitcher Rd., approximately halfway between the villages of Waldoboro and Friendship.

Contact: 28 Pitcher Rd., Waldoboro, ME 04572; 207-832-8133; shotchki@midcoast.com; www.sarahotchkiss.com


RABBITATS FOR HUMANITY IN WALPOLE, where over 100 bunnies live outside year round, in a predator-proof environment, demonstrates proper rabbit care for outdoor bunnies. Some bunnies may be petted or fed, and all may be photographed. A free brochure tells how to care for rabbits.

Date: June 27, 11 a.m.

Directions: Follow Rt. 129 to the golf course, which is 6.3 miles from Damariscotta. Go right at the golf course onto Clark Cove Rd. Go 1 mile to a barn with red trim on your left. This is the driveway to the Rabbitat.

Contact: Quan Myers, 318 Clarks Cove Rd., Walpole, ME 04573; 563-7122; Rabbitatsforhumanity.org; rabbitats@yahoo.com


SHEPHERDS AND SUCH HOMESTEADING FARM IN WALDOBORO is owned by Kevin and Kim Scheimreif, who raise pigs, sheep, cows, chickens and bees. The Scheimreif’s 200-year-old stucco cape is listed on the registry of historical homes. Visitors are welcome to weave recycled materials into a 4 x 6, outdoor weaving loom that is dug into the ground; visit the 2-acre pond and gardens; and purchase beeswax candles and bee balm.

Date: Most days are fine, but please call to confirm a visit.

Directions: The farm is on Rt. 32 N (2448 Winslows Mills Rd.) in Waldoboro, 4.6 miles from Rt. 1. Coming from Rt. 17 onto Rt. 32 into Jefferson, the farm is about 4 miles from Damariscotta Lake.

Contact: 2448 Winslows Mills Rd., Waldoboro; 832-2268; scheimreif@gwi.net


Oxford County

SUNSHINE DAYDREAM FARM & GARDENS in Brownfield, owned by Michelle DeLucia and Eric Fisher, features organic vegetable and flower gardens; sheep (Merino, Lincoln Longwool, Corriedale and Columbia-Finn) and angora rabbits raised for fiber; composting and trellising techniques; and a pottery and fiber arts studio. Immerse yourself in natural dyeing, wet felting a scarf or spinning some homegrown wool into beautiful homespun yarn. Fibers and goods made from their naturally dyed sheep's wool, as well as organic eggs, garlic, herbs and flowers, are sold from the shop at the farm (and online).

Dates: Open most weekends and evenings; please call first.

Directions: Coming from the south take Rt. 113 north toward Fryeburg; from the east take Rt. 302, Bridgton, turn left onto Rt. 160 toward the New Hampshire border. Follow signs for Conway, N.H. When Rt. 160 goes left, stay straight. Travel 3 miles, turn right onto Center Conway Rd., drive exactly 2 miles, look for road sign on right: "Sunshine Daydream Farm & Gardens.” If you go by the house, you’ll be at the N.H. border in 7/10 mile.

Address/contact: 377 Center Conway Rd., Brownfield, ME 04010, 207-935-4075; SSDDFarm@fairpoint.net, sunshinedaydreamgardens.com


Sagadahoc County

EDGEWATER FARM B&B IN PHIPPSBURG, owned by Bill and Carol Emerson, is located on 4 acres on a peninsula that features fabulous beaches, hikes on conservation land and a small number of organic gardens. The farm has only a cat, birds, bees and butterflies for animal life, but the well-tended gardens have perennials, annuals, herbs, vegetables, fruit trees (even peaches!) and berries: strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, elderberries and arctic kiwis.

The Emersons use eclectic strategies for farming: permaculture and no-till, raised beds (without boards), mulching, row covers, weed "barriers,” cover crops, crop rotation and water collection/storage. Bill is a master "lasagna" composter. He donates about 5,000 pounds of food yearly to the Bath Soup Kitchen, in addition to providing the B&B with food and food preserved for the winter. Carol is a flower specialist who sells bare root plants and cut flowers from her vast perennial beds. She is also a landscaper on the peninsula.

The Emersons have developed strategies for dealing with garden critters and plant pests, although every year they are challenged with the next scary thing (usually mystifying, for a short while) that arrives in Maine to challenge all growers.

“We are grateful for interns who help us, coming to us from MOFGA and WWOOF,” say the Emersons.

Date: Anytime; just call ahead.

Directions/address/contact: 71 Small Point Rd. (Rt. 216), Phippsburg 04562; 12 miles south of Bath; 389-1322 or 207 389-1322 (Please call ahead); ewfbb@suscom-maine.net


Somerset County

SNAKEROOT ORGANIC FARM IN PITTSFIELD, owned by Tom Roberts and Lois Labbe, Coco Page and Jack Cozart, features six greenhouses (three built with poles cut on the land), 5 acres of field crops, a 480-tap maple sugarbush and a very active composting operation based to a large extent on leaves and grass clippings supplied by town residents. Although most of the gardens are cultivated, the growers use several mulching techniques using natural materials (no plastic!). MOFGA-certified organic since 1995, the farmers grow a wide variety of veggies and herbs, produce many seeds for sale and for on-farm use, and are developing a grape arbor, and raspberry and thornless blackberry patches. They attend the Unity, Pittsfield, Waterville, Newport and Orono Farmers' Markets and offer a debit-type CSA plan. They compost ramial wood chips, grass clippings, cow manure and leaves in two separate composting operations. Bring your camera, your walking shoes and list of gardening questions!

Date: Sunday, July 12, 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 Snakeroot Rd. The farm is off Snakeroot Rd., 1/2 mile from the Higgins Rd. end. Our "Farm Tour Today" sign will be at the end of the driveway, which is now called Organic Farm Road. N 44.765840, W -69.452480

Contact: 27 Organic Farm Rd., Pittsfield ME 04967; 487-5056; tom@snakeroot.net; www.snakeroot.net/farm.


AT STONY KNOLLS FARM IN SAINT ALBANS, Ken and Janice Spaulding have a large goat farm where they raise Fullblood South African Boer goats and a variety of registered dairy goats. Goat milk and goat products are available from their Grade A dairy. A large variety of goat meat cuts are also for sale at the farm.

Date: Open any time by calling or emailing ahead; and on Open Farm Day, July 26.

Directions: From Rt. 43 in the center of Hartland, take Commercial St. (Nettie's Restaurant is on the corner). Go 0.7 mile up Commercial St. and turn left on Pond Rd. Go 0.7 mile up Pond Rd. and go left on Maple Lane. The farm is 0.2 mile down Maple Lane on the right. A sign is at the end of the driveway.

Contact: P.O. Box 322, 49 Maple Lane, Saint Albans ME 04971; (207) 938-3714; kenjan@tds.net; www.mainegoats.com.


Waldo County

NEWFOREST INSTITUTE IN BROOKS welcomes visitors to tour its permaculture kitchen, medicinal and forest gardens, and will highlight permaculture design and implementation of food and medicine gardens, water and rock features, season extension, and alternative building. For more information, please visit www.newforestinstitute.org.

Date: Sunday, July 26th. Tours run approximately two hours, beginning at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Directions: From downtown Brooks (the intersection of Rt. 7 and Rt. 139 at the blinking traffic light), follow Rt. 139/Monroe Highway northeast (toward Monroe). Newforest Institute is approximately 1/2 mile from downtown, #66 on the left.

Contact/address: Andrea Read, executive director, 66 Monroe Hwy., Brooks, ME 04921; 207-722-3625; info@newforestinstitute.org


THE SHEEPSCOT WELLSPRING LAND ALLIANCE offers a Garden and House Tour of six properties in Montville, Freedom and Unity. In addition to beautiful gardens, four of the six homes feature energy saving technologies, including solar-voltaic panels, wind generators, straw bale construction, a composting toilet, solar hot water and a biofuel furnace. Special activities will include a raffle with an eclectic collection of gifts, and educational talks, live music and poetry readings. Proceeds benefit the Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance, a nonprofit land trust that protects over 800 acres of land in Montville and jointly maintains a 25-mile hiking trail network.

Date: Saturday, July 18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $20; free for children under 12. Contact SWLA for a Tour brochure, to purchase tickets or for a list of area businesses selling tickets. A delicious and modestly priced lunch will be available at one of the gardens.

Contact: 207-589-3230; buckoherin@fairpoint.net; www.swlamaine.org/


Washington County

CROSSROAD FARMS IN JONESPORT is owned by Arnold and Bonnie Pearlman, who raise 17 acres of approximately 300 varieties of vegetables, 2 acres of apple trees and have solar powered electricity and wind power. They started this homestead 39 years ago.

Date: August 2, noon to 2 p.m.

Directions: From Ellsworth, go 60 miles on Rt. 1 toward Machias to Rt. 187, Mason Bay Rd. At the second junction of Rt. 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.


New Hampshire

D ACRES IN DORCHESTER, N.H., is a nonprofit, farm-based service organization that promotes SustainAbility through practice, experimentation, workshops, tours and community outreach. It offers a Farm Feast Breakfast made from fresh eggs, meat, potatoes and greens all from the farm. The breakfast is followed by an open house where visitors receive a tour of the homestead and organic gardens. D Acres also has over 3 miles of open hiking trails through the surrounding woodlands. Indoor hostel services and camping are available; See www.dacres.org.

Dates: Breakfasts are from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (suggested donation: $10 adults, $5 kids). Tour starts at 1:30 p.m. every first Sunday of the month. (May 3, June 7, July 5, Aug. 2, Sept. 6, Oct. 4, Nov. 1, Dec. 6). First Sunday Breakfasts also feature Yoga at 9 a.m. and Reiki Share at 1:30 p.m. Other events include monthly Pizza and Movie nights, Saturday Soup nights, Full Moon Potlucks, and Open Mikes and a Traditional Arts Fair on Sept 12. Over 170 public educational and community events will be offered in 2009.

No one will be denied access to D Acres workshops and events due to inability to pay. At D Acres, 2009 is the year of Traditional Arts and Ecology.

Directions: Take I-93, Exit #26, Tenney Mt. Hwy./Rt. 25 toward Rumney. Take Rt. 25 to Rt. 118. Go left onto Rt. 118 South at the Irving gas station. Drive 4 miles then turn right onto Streeter Woods Rd. Continue 1 mile to D Acres.

Contact: Josh Trought, conductor, D Acres of N.H., Organic Farm and Educational Homestead, 218 Streeter Woods Rd., Dorchester, NH 03266, 603-786-2366; www.dacres.org; info@dacres.org

    

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