Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Welcome to the 2007 Daytripping listing, an annual MOF&G feature. This year’s farms and gardens feature anything and everything you’d ever want to know about sustainable growing. Learn how to practice vermicomposting and permaculture; what it takes to raise Icelandic sheep and a Randall cow. And how do you grow celery successfully, anyhow? Visit free-range hens and root cellars.  Learn about living off the grid. And more!

Please leave pets at home when you visit these farms – although Peaked Mountain Farm in Dedham makes an exception for leashed dogs with well-behaved owners.

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June 23
 Lupine Day, Merryspring Nature Center, Camden
July 8
 Snakeroot Organic Farm, Pittsfield
July 15
 Gardens in the Watershed Tour, Appleton, Hope, Searsmont
July 22
 Brae Maple Farm, Union
July 22
 Harvest Moon Produce, W. Paris
July 22
 Mandala Farm, Gouldsboro
July 22
 Morgan Bay Farm, Surry
July 22
 OxBow Herbs and Heirlooms, OxBow
July 22
 Peaked Mountain, Dedham
July 22
 Stony Knolls Farm, St. Albans
July 28
 Avant Gardens, W. Gardiner
July 29
 Khadighar, Industry – general tour
Aug. 5
 Khadighar, Industry – Scatterseed Project tour
Aug. 5
 Avant Gardens, W. Gardiner
Aug. 5
 Crossroad Farms, Jonesport
Aug. 12
 Longmeadow Farm, W. Gardiner
Various times
 Beau Chemin Farm, Waldboro
   D Acres, Dorchester, N.H.
   Forest Farm, Harborside
   Maine Coast Heritage Trust Belted Galloway Farm, Rockport
   Stony Knolls Farm, St. Albans
   Sunshine Daydream Farm & Gardens, Brownfield
   Winter Street Neighborhood Garden, Auburn
   A Wrinkle in Thyme Farm, Sumner


in Auburn is a former lawn that Ginny Hughes and her neighbors have turned into a large (for an in-town lot) community garden.  Visitors are welcome any time to stop at this rich and rewarding collaborative effort, which can be replicated easily in similar urban areas, to benefit all who participate.
Date:  Visitors are welcome to walk through the garden any time.
Directions:  Take Union St. in Auburn (Rte. 4) to Summer St. to Winter St.
Address: 218 Winter Street, Auburn ME 04210, 207-783-3613,


OxBow Herbs and Heirlooms,
owned by Ann Currier, is a diversified farm with 1.8 acres including a fruit tree nursery (apples and pears), organic vegetable production for Senior Farm Share program and a roadside stand, ramial chipped wood project (through a SARE grant) and a greenhouse.
Date:  July 22, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Directions: 6.1 miles from Rte. 11 on OxBow Rd.; the farmhouse and greenhouse are on the right directly after the Post Office.
Address:  1253 OxBow Rd, OxBow ME 04764, 207-435-6310

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 29, 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 5, 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.


Forest Farm is the last homestead of pioneers Helen and Scott Nearing. Visitors are welcome to tour the organic gardens, the stone and glass greenhouse, and the Nearings’ famous stone house and 4,000-volume library. Forest Farm sits at the head of Spirit Cove overlooking Penobscot Bay--perfect for a picnic or a swim, if the tide is right. Forest Farm is also just a couple of miles from the Holbrook Island Sanctuary, which has numerous walking and hiking trails.
Open for visitors:  July and Aug., Thurs.-Tues., 1-5 p.m.; Sept. through June, Thurs.-Mon., 1-5 p.m.
From Bucksport:

* Follow Rte. 1 downeast (through Orland) about 5 miles.
* At the Shell/Big Apple gas station, take a right onto Route south toward Blue Hill. (Follow signs for Holbrook Island Sanctuary, which is on the way to Forest Farm.)
* Drive several miles up a long, long hill (passing the blueberry warehouse with the windmill on your right), turn right onto Route 199. Drive several miles to the T-intersection (Penobscot Town Hall will be in front of you).
* Turn left onto Route 175, south to Brooksville.
* At C+G Growers' greenhouses, turn right onto Route 176 going west.
* At T-intersection after Bagaduce Lunch, stay on Route 176 west (a right) toward and through North and West Brooksville.
* After several miles of steep hills and bends, you will pass the Brooksville Town Hall/Library/Fire Station on your left. A few hundred yards past this, take a right onto Cape Rosier Road.
* * * * Drive 4.2 miles (...going past Holbrook Island Sanctuary on right – don't turn – and Undercliff further down the road on left....) to a wide T-intersection at the Rainbow/Rosier Grange Hall (gambrel roof/barn-like building).
* At the Grange Hall, turn left. The paved road will turn to dirt. Follow that for about 1 mile, past Four Season Farm.
* Forest Farm will be on your right, just opposite Orr Cove (unmarked small beach).
From Blue Hill:
* Follow the Mines Road out of the village (past the library, up the hill, past Tradewinds Marketplace)
* After 5 or so miles, go left at the T intersection going south on Rte. 15.
* In 4-5 miles, go right on Rte. 175 toward Brooksville.
* In 0.6 miles, bear left on Rte. 176, following signs to Holbrook Island Sanctuary. Follow this hilly road 5 miles; take a left on Cape Rosier Road.
* Follow directions from ***, above.
Contact: 372 Harborside Rd., Harborside, Cape Rosier, Hancock County

AT MANDALA FARM IN GOULDSBORO, Sara Faull and Genio Bertin raise 3.5 acres of organic vegetables for a CSA, farmers’ market 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.
Date:  Open Farm Day, July 22, 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.

MORGAN BAY FARM IN SURRY, owned by Susan Straubing and Marshall Bolster, is an organic (not certified) farm with vegetables, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and elderberries grown using permaculture methods.  A medicine wheel garden features herbs and a peace pole. All seedlings are started in a hoop house in the spring, and Morgan Bay sells from a farm stand on the premises.
Date:  July 22, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Directions:  Morgan Bay Farm is on Rte. 176 between Surry and East Blue Hill, about 3 miles from the intersection of Rte.172 and Rte.176.
Address: 668 Morgan Bay Rd. Surry, ME 04684; 207-667-184;

PEAKED MOUNTAIN FARM IN DEDHAM is owned by Daniel and Gail VanWart, who grow MOFGA-certified organic wild blueberries.  The farm is home of the original Bite O’ Blue™ Wild Blueberry Dog Treat. This year’s special guests at Peaked Mountain Farm’s Open Farm Day will include Udderview Farm of Columbia Falls, Tailwaggers of Wells, Renaissance Dogs of Holden, as well as representatives for Border Collie Rescue in Maine and the Maine Forestry Department Woods Wise Program. Our wild blueberry farm has been family owned since 1868 and provides educational demonstrations, scenic views, hiking opportunities, plus an expanding farmstand that offers a variety of organic and local products. Leashed dogs with well-behaved, responsible owners are welcome. Event details will be posted in July on
Date:  Open Farm Day, Sunday, July 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Directions:  Follow Peaked Mountain’s DOT directional signs from Rte. 1A in Holden (before Dorsey Furniture) or Route 46 in Dedham Village (near the Dedham Church).
Address:  16 Ellery’s Lane, Dedham, ME 04429,,, (207) 843-6484

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: Sat., July 28, and Sun., Aug.5th, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; two tours each day starting at 10 a.m. and noon.
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;

LONG MEADOW FARM IN W. GARDINER, owned by Denis Thoet and Michele Roy, consists of 28 acres. The MOFGA-certified organic farm has a 26’ x 96’ greenhouse; 1 acre+ in vegetables, berries, herbs and flowers; Icelandic sheep and Angora goats; organic laying hens; 6 acres of hay fields; and 10 acres of rough pasture.  The rest is a woodlot. The growers market through their CSA, including Senior Farm Share; and at the Winthrop Farmers’ Market and the North Augusta Farmers’ Market.  They also participate in the MOFGA apprentice program. “Please take a look at our Web site,” they say.
Date:  Sunday, Aug. 12, 10-5.
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 Rtes. 9/126; travel almost 1 mile to Indiana Rd.; go left; travel almost 1 mile again to Long Meadow Drive. 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 Rtes. 9/126. Travel almost 1 mile to Indiana Road. Go left almost 1 mile to Long Meadow Drive. Go left to end of the drive.
Address: Long Meadow Farm, 29 Long Meadow Dr., W. Gardiner ME 04530; 582-4817;;

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.
Date: July 22 (Open Farm Day), 10 to 3.
Directions: From Union going west on Rte. 17, take the first right after the John Deere tractors onto North Union Road. 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.

GARDENS IN THE WATERSHED TOUR, sponsored by and to benefit the Georges River Land Trust, is a self-guided tour of six gardens and farms in Appleton, Hope and Searsmont. A gourmet bag lunch is available by pre-order. Tickets are $20 by advance purchase and $22 on the day of the tour. Tickets and brochures are available at selected local stores and from the Georges River Land Trust, 8 North Main Street, Suite 200, Rockland, ME 04841, (207) 594-5166,
Date:  July 15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine
Contact:  Georges River Land Trust, 8 North Main Street, Suite 200, Rockland ME 04841, (207) 594-5166,

COME TO MAINE COAST HERITAGE TRUST’S BELTED GALLOWAY FARM IN ROCKPORT to enjoy a scenic, pastoral setting where world-famous Belted Galloway beef cattle grace the pastures. 
Date:  The Visitor Center is open from late June through September, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (times may vary with volunteers’ schedules).  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 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Directions:  Take Rte. 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 RockpoRte. 
Contact:  Jennifer Jardine, Program Assistant, 70 Russell Ave., Rockport ME 04856; 236-2739.

MERRYSPRING NATURE PARK IN CAMDEN hosts a "Lupine Day" each summer.  Although most Mainers recognize and admire the purple, pink and white blossoms of the wild lupine growing all around us, gardening with this beauty can be difficult. This intriguing plant has many fascinating quirks--its family tree, its "helper" bacteria, its culture, even its wolf-like name--that will be explained by Merryspring’s Kerry Hardy, who has been developing Merryspring’s own strain of seed.  Visitors can see the range of colors available, since Merryspring’s own lupine patch will be at its peak of bloom.  FMI:
June 23, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Lupine Day.  Small admission fee.
Directions:  Merryspring is located in Camden at the end of Conway Road, which dead-ends in 0.2 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, go right into the Hannaford parking lot, then exit that parking lot at the far right corner, turning left onto Conway Road.


BEAU CHEMIN FARM IN WALDOBORO is owned by Wayne and Jo Ann Myers.  This conservation farm emphasizes 17th and 18th Century livestock, plants and antique spinning wheels. It is MOFGA-certified for plants, hay and laying hens. Endangered heritage breeds of livestock include Soay, Shetland, Leicester Longwool and California Variegated Mutant sheep, Suffolk Punch draft horse, Randall cow, Buff Orpington, Andalusian, and Chantecler chickens and Khaki Campbell ducks in addition to an ox and donkey.  Farm tours include wool processing, dyeing and spinning, livestock, farmstand and you-pick vegetables, raspberries and flowers. Self guided or farmer guided tours. Beau Chemin Farm works toward sustainable agriculture in all farm activities.
Dates: Each Saturday and Sunday, 1-3 p.m., June 15 – October 1. Call or e-mail with specific inquiries.
Directions:  Beau Chemin Farm is on Finntown Rd., off Rte. 1. Beau Chemin Farm signs are on Rte. 1, north and south-bound. From Moody’s diner in Waldoboro, travel north on Rte. 1 about 4 miles, having passed the “entering Warren” sign. Finntown Rd. is on right. From the intersection of Rtes. 1 and 90 in Warren, travel south on Rte. 1 about 1 1/2 miles. Finntown Rd. is on left. Beau Chemin Farm is 3 1/2 miles on Finntown Rd.; look for the farm sign.
Contact: Beau Chemin Farm; 1749 Finntown Rd., Waldoboro ME 04572;; yupik@m; cell: 207-691-8164; land line: 207-832-5789.


AT HARVEST MOON PRODUCE IN WEST PARIS, Paul and Patricia Verrill practice sustainable vegetable and cut flower gardening.  When visiting the farm you will become aware of the valuable services nature provides for the gardens. The Verrills encourage the proliferation of beneficial birds, snakes and insects to help control destructive insects. They are creating an abundant, living landscape, planting for the next generation farmer, with fruit trees, nut trees and edible landscaping plants all grown by sustainable agricultural methods.
Date:  July 22, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Open Farm Day)
Directions: From the north or south; travel Rte. 26 to West Paris; take Rte. 219 east, go 3.1 miles and turn right onto Tuelltown Rd.  Go 1.4 miles and turn left onto Kittridge Brook Road (dirt road); go 0.2 miles and the farm is on the left.  If traveling Rte. 219 from the east, look for Tuelltown Rd. on the left just after the Sumner/West Paris town line.
Contact:  207-674-5903

SUNSHINE DAYDREAM FARM & GARDENS IN BROWNFIELD, owned by Michelle DeLucia, 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.  Fibers and goods made from them, as well as organic eggs, garlic, herbs and flowers, are sold from a shop at the farm (and online).
Date(s):  Open most weekends and evenings; please call first.
Directions:  Coming from the south take Rte. 113 north toward Fryeburg; from the east take Rte. 302, Bridgton, turn left onto Rte.160 toward the New Hampshire border.  Follow signs for Conway ,N.H.  When Rte.160 turns to the left, stay straight.  Travel 3 miles, turn right onto Center Conway Rd., drive exactly 2 miles, look for green mailbox with Sunshine Daydream Farm (written on mailbox) on your right. If you go by the house, you’ll be at the N.H. border in 7/10ths of a mile.
Address/contact:  377 Center Conway Rd., Brownfield ME 04010, 207-935-4075;,

A WRINKLE IN THYME FARM IN SUMNER, owned by Marty Elkin and Mary Ann Haxton, offers farm tours of healing herb and dye gardens, timber-frame barn, pastured poultry, rotational grazing of the draft horse, sheep, lambs, goats and kids. We have learned to shear, wash, card, spin, dye and felt the wool. Learn what it takes to create a skein of yarn. Enjoy a display of felted, woven, knitted and quilted items made from natural fibers.
Dates:  Dyeing Day – July 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Open Farm Day – July 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A Felting Day – August 18,  1 to 4 p.m.
Fiber: More than 3 bags full – Sept. 29, 1 to 4 p.m.
Directions: From Rte. 4 in North Turner turn west on 219 and watch for DOT signs. Turn right on Greenwoods Rd. in Sumner, bear left on Black Mtn. Rd. The farm is 1/2 mile on the left. From Rte. 26 in West Paris go east on 219 approximately 9 miles. Turn left on Greenwoods Rd. and follow directions as above.
Contact: 106 Black Mtn. Road, Sumner Maine, 207-388-2979,


SNAKEROOT ORGANIC FARM IN PITTSFIELD, owned by Tom Roberts and Lois Labbe, along with apprentices Coco Page, Jack Cozart, Josey Jones and Jen Beckett, features six greenhouses (three built with poles cut on the land), 2 acres of field crops, a 380-tap maple sugarbush and a very active composting operation.  MOFGA-Certified Organic since 1995, they grow a wide variety of veggies and herbs, produce many seeds for sale and for their own use, and are developing grape, raspberry and thornless blackberry patches. They attend the Unity, Pittsfield, Waterville and Orono Farmers' markets and offer a drawdown CSA plan. They compost chips, grass clippings, cow manure and leaves in two separate composting operations. Bring your camera and list of gardening questions!
Date: Sunday, July 8, 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 off the Snakeroot Rd., 1/2 mile from the Weeks Rd. end. A "Welcome visitors" sign will be at the end of the driveway, which is now called Organic Farm Road.
Contact: 27 Organic Farm Road, Pittsfield ME 04967; 487-5056; ;

AT STONY KNOLLS FARM IN SAINT ALBANS, Ken and Janice Spaulding have a large goat farm where they raise Fullblood South African Boer Goats, Registered White Angora Goats and American Alpine Dairy Goats. Goat products are available at the farm.
Date:  Open any time by calling or emailing ahead; open on Open Farm Day (July 22) as well.
Directions:  From Rte. 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 Road.  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;;


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 37 years ago.
Date:  August 5, noon to 2 p.m.
Directions: From Ellsworth, go 60 miles on Rte. 1 toward Machias to Rte. 187, Mason Bay Road. At the second junction of Rte. 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.


is a non-profit, 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 our farm. The breakfast is followed by an open house where visitors receive a tour of our homestead and organic gardens. We also have great hiking trails through the surrounding woodlands. Indoor hostel services and camping are available. Check for more information.
Dates:  Breakfasts are from 10 to 1 p.m. (suggested donation:  $10 adults, $5 kids). Tour starts at 2 p.m. Every first Sunday of the month. (May 6, June 3, July 1, August 5, September 2, October 7, November 4, December 2). No one will be denied access to D Acres workshops and events due to inability to pay.
Location and Contact:  Bill Errickson, Farm Manager, D Acres of N.H., Organic Farm & Educational Homestead, 218 Streeter Woods Rd., Dorchester, NH 03266, (603) 786-2366;;