Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association

The Fair \ Keynotes

Jill Agnew

Farmer, Willow Pond Farm, Sabattus, Maine

"Community" Supported Agriculture: Looking Back, Looking Forward, A 40-Year Story

September 22, 2017

The first CSA in Maine started in 1989 at Willow Pond Farm in Sabattus. A new concept for many but drawing on the age-old strength of "Community," Willow Pond Farm has integrated into the social and economic structure of an area from Portland to Augusta.

Jill and Charlie Agnew have farmed in Sabattus since 1982, raising a family and operating a small diversified farm and orchard. This has included training over 90 apprentices and growing organic vegetables and small fruits, pastured pigs, chickens, turkeys, lamb and value-added products for over 120 households a year.

Jill will talk about what visions lie ahead to maintain a positive impact in the community and how basic human values are supported, taught and nurtured – all in the context of agriculture, the panorama people can see, smell, experience and eat. This will be hard to put into words, so it will unfold as "The Story."

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