||Many Hands Farm, Thorndike
||Fire Flower Garden and Pottery, Thorndike
||Georges River Land Trust garden tour
||Balfour Farm, Pittsfield
Khadighar, Industry; General Farm Tour
Harvest Moon Produce, W. Paris
||Khadighar, Industry – Scatterseed Project Tour
||Balfour Farm, Pittsfield
• Beau Chemin Preservation Farm, Waldoboro
• Birchwood Sustainable Lodging, Camden
• Deer Isle Hostel, Deer Isle
• Easter Orchard Farm, Wells
• EdgeWater Farm, Phippsburg
• Meadowcroft Farm/Seacolors Yarnery
• Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, New Gloucester
• Winterberry Farm, Belgrade
Welcome to the 2014 Daytripping list, an annual MOF&G feature. This year’s farms and gardens feature medicinal herbs, seed saving, horse-drawn wagon rides, a spinning demonstration, two restaurant gardens, hens, chickens, pigs, rabbits and much more. Please leave pets at home when you visit these farms.
To be included in the 2015 Daytripping list, please contact email@example.com. Thanks!
SABBATHDAY LAKE SHAKER VILLAGE IN NEW GLOUCESTER will open its herb gardens for tours this summer. Herbalist Betsey-Ann Golon will talk about many aspects of the Shakers' 200-year involvement in herb culture and Thompsonian-based herbal medicine. Other topics include siting, planting, cultivating, harvesting, processing and using herbs. For information about Shaker Village Herb Garden internships, contact Shaker Village for a free program flyer.
Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:15 p.m., June-July-August. Fees: $7 – adults; $2 – children; free under 6. Group rates available; group reservations required. Reservations suggested for all others. June 7, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Herb Fest and Plant Sale. Join Master Gardener and Shaker Village herbalist Betsey-Ann Golon for free workshops/demos: 10 to 11 a.m. – Making lavender sugar and rose sugar; 11 a.m. to noon – Using herbal and floral waters in culinary, medicinal and cosmetic preparations; noon to 1 p.m. - Pruning lavender, sage and other woody perennials; 1 to 2 p.m. – The mint family and lavender, basil and lemon balm: growth, harvest and use.
Directions: Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village is on Route 26, New Gloucester, Maine. GPS: 707 Shaker Rd., New Gloucester, ME 04260.
Contact: 207-926-4597; firstname.lastname@example.org
|Will Bonsall of Khadighar Farm in Industry, Maine, is a favorite speaker at the Common Ground Country Fair. He also gives two tours of his farm each summer.
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: July 27, 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.
Aug. 3, 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 Rt. 43 east to Allens Mills (about 4 miles). Continue on Rt. 43 for another 1-1/2 miles, past Junction 148. Continue on Rt. 43 another 1,000 feet to the first road on the right. Follow signs.
Contact: Khadighar, 39 Bailey Rd., Industry, ME 04938. Tel. 778-3387.
AT THE DEER ISLE HOSTEL, Anneli Carter-Sundqvist and Dennis Carter homestead in the 21st century. They invite visitors to tour their off-the-grid hostel and homestead where they grow and keep a whole year’s supply of food. Island resources provide their building materials, garden amendments and energy. Tour the gardens and the orchards, look at the shiitake production and the compost-heated outdoor shower. See the hand-built 17th-century-inspired timber-framed building and the many outbuildings.
Dates: Every Thursday, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., from July 3 until August 28. Special tours: July 24 – Live demo by blacksmith Ian Walker, who forged the Hostel's hardware. August 21 – Live demo by Dennis Carter on splitting a large block of granite using hand tools.
Directions: Follow Rt. 15 South from Blue Hill. After passing through the village of Deer Isle, go left onto Sunshine Rd. After 2.7 miles, turn right onto Tennis Rd. Follow signs.
Contact: 207-348-2308; email@example.com; www.deerislehostel.com
WINTERBERRY FARM IN BELGRADE, owned by Mary Perry and her family, dates back to 1870. This certified organic family farm is horse- and oxen-powered and grows cut flowers and vegetables for its CSA and its farm stand.
Dates: The farm is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from May to September. For a tour, please call ahead – but if you find yourself in Belgrade, please stop for a slice of blueberry pie from the farm store and view the flower gardens.
Directions: The farm is located at 538 Augusta Rd. – Route 27 in Belgrade. Drive north from Augusta for about 15 minutes or west from Waterville for about 20 minutes.
Contact: 207-649-3331 or 495-2593
BIRCHWOOD SUSTAINABLE LODGING IN CAMDEN, owned and operated by Eric and Jenny Simon, is a Maine-certified Environmental Leader in Lodging striving to provide sustainable and affordable lodging options for visitors to the Camden area. The aim for the organic-driven gardens surrounding the classic roadside motel is to increase self-sufficiency for the motel (providing fruit and eggs for morning baking) and for the family (fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains and medicinals). Features include laying hens; a pond; raised beds for annual vegetables; perennial beds focusing on native medicinals and beneficials and other edible perennials; small-scale resiliency beds; garlic, potatoes and dry beans; fruit production (strawberries, raspberries, highbush blueberries, peaches, apples, pears); green manure production and composting.
Dates: By appointment throughout the season. No pets or unattended children, please.
Directions: Located on Rt. 1 in Camden, 1 mile north of the Camden Hills State Park entrance to the Mt. Battie Auto Road across the street from Penobscot Bay.
Contact: Eric and Jenny Simon, 530 Belfast Road (Rt. 1), Camden, ME 04843; 207-236-4204; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.birchwoodmotel.com
GEORGES RIVER LAND TRUST’S 23rd annual Gardens in the Watershed tour, sponsored by and to benefit the Georges River Land Trust. Featuring seven country gardens in Appleton, Rockport, Warren and Union. Tickets are $25 in advance, $28 on tour day. A gourmet bag lunch will be available by pre-order. Proceeds from the tour support the work of the Land Trust, which is to conserve the ecosystems and traditional heritage of the Georges River watershed region through permanent land protection, stewardship, education and outdoor experiences.
July 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. Tickets and brochures for this self-guided tour are available at selected local stores, from the Georges River Land Trust at 207-594-5166 or at www.georgesriver.org/event/gardens-in-the-watershed-tour/
Contact: Linda Arnold, Georges River Land Trust, 8 North Main St., Suite 200, Rockland, ME 04841; 207- 594-5166, www.georgesriver.org; email@example.com
MEADOWCROFT FARM/SEACOLORS YARNERY, in Washington, Maine, owned by Nanne Kennedy, is a pasture-based system of fine-wool sheep for closed-loop sustainable agriculture, sustainable manufacturing, back to sustainable agriculture. The farm features landscaping with livestock, building soils with infrastructure to minimize impact and maximize wellness – and sheepdogs that really do all the work. For information on weekly talks and demos, see Seacolors Yarnery on Facebook.
Date(s): 5-7 p.m. Wednesdays, summer solstice to fall equinox, evenings at the oasis!
Directions: Route 17, 1.5 miles west of Rt. 220 and 1.5 mi. east of Rt. 206. Head south on Hopkins Rd.; first place on the right, #45 on the post.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; 207-845-2587; cell 207-542-2587
BEAU CHEMIN PRESERVATION FARM IN WALDOBORO, owned by Wayne and Jo Ann Myers, emphasizes historic livestock, heirloom plants, dye plants and antique New England spinning wheels. It is MOFGA certified organic for plants, hay and ducks. Endangered heritage breeds of livestock include Soay, Shetland, Leicester Longwool and California Variegated Mutant sheep, Oberhasli goats, Suffolk Punch draft horse and Khaki Campbell, Welsh Harlequin and Dutch Hookbill ducks in addition to a donkey. Farm tours include traditional wool processing techniques, dyeing and spinning, gardens, historic buildings and livestock and self-guided woods walks. A seasonal farm stand offers you-pick raspberries, grapes, various other berries and flowers. Rare wool and yarn are for sale. Self-guided or farmer-guided tours emphasize organic and sustainable agriculture and conservation breeding.
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.beaucheminpreservationfarm.com; email@example.com; cell: 207-691-8164 or 207-596-1161.
HARVEST MOON PRODUCE IN WEST PARIS, owned by Paul and Patricia Verrill, is a working family vegetable farm that uses four hoophouses; landscape fabric for weed control and to minimize tilling and labor; row covers and hand-picking to minimize insect pests; compost and natural fertilizers; crop rotation and cover crops. Refreshments and light snacks will be provided.
Date: July 27, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Directions: Take Rt. 26 to West Paris; take Rt. 219 east; go 3.1 miles and turn right onto Tuelltown Rd.; go 1.4 miles and turn left onto Kittridge Brook Rd. (dirt road). Go 0.2 miles. We are on the left. If traveling Rt. 219 from the east, look for Tuelltown Rd. on the left just after the Sumner/West Paris town line.
Contact: 11 Kittridge Brook Rd., West Paris, ME 04289; http://harvesttomarket.com/farmers-market/HARVEST-MOON-PRODUCE
EDGEWATER FARM IN PHIPPSBURG, owned by Bill and Carol Emerson, has a small commercial farm on site; a Soup Kitchen Garden; perennial/cutting flower, vegetable, herb and fruit gardens; hoophouse greenhouses; and chickens. Offsite at the Phippsburg Elementary School (PES) on Rt. 209 is the “A-mazing PES Kids’ Garden,” under Carol’s supervision. Here people can walk the paths through whimsically-shaped raised beds; and see "bean teepees,” a Wiki-up, sunflower houses, two raised rain barrel water collectors, a hoophouse and perennial gardens. EdgeWater is 5 minutes by car to Popham Beach; the Morse Mountain/Seawall Beach Trail is 1/2 mile away. Five restaurants are in the area, ranging from casual beach restaurants to resort elegant, all with water views.
Date: Call ahead for a garden tour and/or to stay at the B&B. Farmers' rates mid-week and off-season.
Directions: Off Rt. 1, take Rt. 209 12 miles due south of Bath to junction of 209/216. Go straight on Rt. 216. We are the first house on the right, 71 Small Point Rd., Phippsburg.
Contact: Bill and Carol Emerson: 207-389-1322 or toll free: 877-389-1322. firstname.lastname@example.org
BALFOUR FARM IN PITTSFIELD is a certified organic dairy and farmstead creamery. Milk from its small herd of Normande, Jersey and Holstein cows provides quality fresh milk, yogurt and cheeses to Maine families. Normande is a dual-purpose breed of cattle and can be used for milking and beef. The cows are fed primarily a forage-based diet, including rotational grazing on the 100-acre farm. Balfour farm is also home to a large flock of laying hens and a herd of whey-fed pigs.
Dates: Visitors welcome during Open Farm Day, Sunday, July 27, and Open Creamery Day, Sunday, October 12. Balfour’s farmstand is now open and stocks all its own products as well as Maine-grown grains, organic spice, fair trade coffee, tea and chocolates, ice cream and lots more. Check Balfour’s website and Facebook page for hours, which change seasonally. Please call ahead to schedule in-depth visits or larger groups.
Directions: From the north, take I-95 to Exit 150: Pittsfield/Somerset Ave. At the end of the ramp, go right onto Somerset Ave. Take the first left onto Crawford Rd., about half a mile. Go right onto Webb Rd. at the 'T' intersection at the end of Crawford Rd. Balfour Farm is about 1.5 miles down Webb Rd. It is a large white farmhouse with a red barn and green coverall barn.
From the south, take I-95 to Exit 150: Pittsfield/Somerset Ave. At the end of the ramp, take a left onto Somerset Ave. Then follow directions above.
Contact: Doug and Heather Donahue, Balfour Farm, 461 Webb Rd., Pittsfield, ME 04967; 207-213-3159; email@example.com; www.balfourfarmdairy.com
|See vegetable and cut flower gardens, willow fences and baskets, pottery and more at Fire Flower Gardens and Pottery in Thorndike. Photo by Holli Cederholm.
FIRE FLOWER GARDEN AND POTTERY in Thorndike, a small flower farm owned by Barbara Walch and Charlie Krause and certified organic by MOFGA, features display and propagation perennial gardens and annual cutting gardens, plus a log-built combination sauna, potting shed and greenhouse, on the grounds of a potter’s home and studio.
Date: June 29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Open other days by chance.
Directions: From Rt. 220 take Rt. 139 out of Thorndike toward Brooks, about 2 miles to 33 Knox Station Rd. on your right. We are the first house on the right.
Contact: 33 Knox Station Rd., Thorndike, ME 04986; 568-3736, firstname.lastname@example.org; on Facebook: Fire Flower Garden
MANY HANDS FARM IN THORNDIKE, owned by Nyla Bravesnow and family, is a small family farm/homestead on 8 open acres of beautiful sloping fields. The farmers’ intention is to steward the land using permaculture and biodynamics with an open-hearted awareness of the community of people, plants, animals and nature spirits on the little patch of earth. They grow a diversity of mostly open-pollinated, heirloom varieties of vegetables; fruit and nut trees; medicinal, tea and culinary herbs; and many edible flowers. They raise Nigerian dwarf dairy goats, Welsh Harlequin and Ancona ducks and a good size flock of heritage breed chickens for eggs.
Visitors may take a comprehensive tour of the many permaculture gardens, which demonstrate such techniques as sheet mulching, hugelkultur, edible landscaping, terraced farming, beauty, harmony and healing. Also see animals, unique cabins and outbuildings that all use a small footprint to create beautiful and highly functional spaces, a bunny/ worm composting system, biodynamic compost windrows and a goat milking demonstration.
Date and time: June 28, 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Directions: Take I-95 N, get off on exit 132 for Maine 139 E (approximately 15 miles, you will make many turns to stay on 139 E). Turn left onto Main St./ME-9 E/US-202 E/Bangor Rd. and go 6.4 miles. Turn right onto Bagley Hill Rd., go 4.4 miles. Bagley Hill Rd. turns into Files Hill Rd., and house numbers change halfway down. Mailbox 269 is on the left (look for painted hands and small Many Hands Farm sign). Drive down the driveway about 700 feet and turn left into a little parking lot at another Many Hands Farm sign. A small shed with flowers sits in the front and a little path through the woods.
Contact: 269 Files Hill Rd., Thorndike, ME 04986; 207-568-3261; email@example.com
AT EASTER ORCHARD FARM IN WELLS, farmer Mort Mather raises organic vegetables for Joshua’s Restaurant and Bar in Wells. An acre managed largely with grass clipping mulch provides most of the vegetables for the restaurant in August and September and some vegetables year round – onions and winter squash at the low point in March and April.
Dates: Visitors are welcome. Call 646-7177 in advance to be sure we can welcome you.
Directions: Take the Loop Rd. off 109 in Highpine (about midway between Wells and Sanford) to Bald Hill Rd. We are 1 mile up Bald Hill Rd. on the right.
Contact: 802 Bald Hill Rd., Wells. 646-7177