Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Daytripping 2019 – Farms and Gardens to Visit This Summer

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July 7
3 Streams Farm, Belfast

July 13
The Washington Homestead, Washington

July 27-28
Trotochaud/McDowell Gardens and Everyday Pottery, Belmont

July 28
Balfour Farm, Pittsfield
Khadighar, Industry – general farm tour
Rabbit Hill Farm, Deer Isle

August 4
Khadighar, Industry – Scatterseed Project tour

August 24
Campo di Fiori, Bowdoinham

October 13
Balfour Farm, Pittsfield

Various Dates
Avena Botanicals, Rockport
Beau Chemin Preservation Farm, Rockport
Crystal Lake Farm and Nursery, Washington
Deer Isle Hostel, Deer Isle
Easter Orchard Farm, Wells
Edgewater Farm & B&B, Phippsburg
Fire Flower Garden and Pottery, Thorndike
The Good Life Center at Forest Farm, Harborside
Winterberry Farm, Belgrade
A Wrinkle in Thyme Farm, Sumner


Welcome to the 2019 Daytripping list, an annual MOF&G feature. At this year’s farm and garden tours, learn about solar-powered irrigation or a compost-heated shower, enjoy a sunset potluck supper, see how to spin wool or make soap and how endangered livestock breeds are being preserved … and much more!

For more farms to visit this summer, please check the Events tab at mofga.org, where you’ll find MOFGA’s weekly Farm Training Project Workshops, Farmer to Farmer in the Field events, Gather & Grow Homestead Tours and more.

Please leave pets at home when you visit these farms.

To be included in the 2020 Daytripping list, please contact jenglish@tidewater.net.  Thanks!

 

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: July 28, 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. 4, 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 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; 207-778-3387

Hancock County

DEER ISLE HOSTEL – 21st CENTURY HOMESTEADING – Tour the gardens and orchard, look at shiitake production and the compost-heated outdoor shower. See the hand-built 17th century-inspired timber-framed building and many outbuildings.

Dates: Tours starts at 10 a.m., followed by a discussion on homesteading-related topics. July 13 and 20 – granite splitting demo; July 27 – uses for spruces; August 3 – starting fruit trees; August 10 – vegetable garden mulches; August 17 – compost-heated shower; August 24 – Swedish log building; August 31 – linseed paint and oils. Suggested donation $5 to $10.

Directions: Follow Rt. 15 South from Blue Hill. After passing through the village of Deer Isle, go left onto Sunshine Road. After 2.7 miles, turn right onto Tennis Road. Follow signs.

Contact: 207-348-2308; info@deerislehostel.com; www.deerislehostel.com


THE GOOD LIFE CENTER AT FOREST FARM IN HARBORSIDE is the historic homestead of Helen and Scott Nearing. The mission of the Good Life Center is to perpetuate the legacy of the Nearings. Through its programming and preservation of the historic Forest Farm homestead, the center advocates for simple and sustainable living skills, social and economic justice, organic gardening and vegetarianism.

Dates: The Good Life Center is open Thursdays through Mondays, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., from mid-June to Labor Day, and Saturdays and Sundays from Labor Day to Indigenous People’s Day. Please see the complete list of the summer speaker series and workshops at www.goodlife.org.

Directions: Please see http://goodlife.org/visit/ for a map.

Contact: The Good Life Center, 372 Harborside Rd. (on Cape Rosier in Brooksville), Harborside, Maine, 04642; http://goodlife.org; Warren Berkowitz, farm manager, 207-374-5386


RABBIT HILL FARM IN DEER ISLE is a diversified, certified organic farm, cider orchard and rabbitry. The rabbits, raised for meat and fiber, were an important component of the farm’s unique soil-building technique. Farm crops such as cucumbers, asparagus, beans and apples were the inspiration for the specialty food company Cheryl Wixson’s Kitchen. Home of the Deer Isle Cider Company, Rabbit Hill offers wine tastings and farm-to-table suppers.  

Date: July 28
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. –  Farm tours, rabbit feeding, soil-building techniques, chowder lunches from the kitchen
2 p.m. to 3 p.m. – Shore walks, learn to dig clams from Ken Willette, trips to Rabbit Island, explore the Crockett Cove woods preserve
4 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Wine tasting by Deer Isle Cider Company
5 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Potluck sunset supper. Bring something to share, a musical instrument and your dancing shoes!
 
Directions: Take Rt. 15 onto the island of Deer Isle and proceed to Deer Isle village. As you pass the red house and go down the hill, turn right off Rt. 15 onto Main Street. The Deer Isle post office and the Pilgrim’s Inn will be on your left. Drive south toward Stonington for 4.2 miles. Turn right onto Barbour Farm Road., a dirt road. Keep left and follow for 1 mile to the end and up the hill. Drop-off passenger area and handicap parking only are available on the hill. This is a private road and parking is limited. Please drive slowly and plan to park and walk.
 
Contact: 148 Barbour Farm Rd., Stonington, Maine, 207-367-5003, www.cherylwixsonskitchen.com


Kennebec County
 
WINTERBERRY FARM IN BELGRADE, owned by Mary Perry and her family, dates back to 1870. This MOFGA-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./Rt. 27 in Belgrade. Drive north from Augusta for about 15 minutes or west from Waterville for about 20 minutes.
 
Contact: 207-649-3331; www.winterberryfarmstand.com


Knox County

AVENA BOTANICALS IN ROCKPORT, Maine, makes herbal remedies using fresh, organic and biodynamic herbs. These vital plants, along with a sacred connection to place, heal body, mind and spirit and encourage humans to be mindful and loving stewards of the Earth. Avena’s retail herbal remedy shop is open every Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and during each garden walk. Try herbal tinctures, cremes, salves, oils, elixirs and glycerites. Avena also sells tea blends.
 
Dates: Guided herb walks by herbalist Deb Soule, who will speak about a variety of medicinal and pollinator plants, on Wednesdays, June 12, June 26, July 10, July 24, August 7 and August 14, 3 to 4 p.m. No RSVP is necessary, but $7 per person admission charge helps support Avena’s educational garden programming. Tuesdays June 18, July 30 and August 13 from 3 to 4 p.m. are herb walks for children. Please see website for details.
 
Directions: From Rt. 90 in Rockport, turn left onto Mill Street and proceed almost a mile to mailbox #219 and the Avena Herb Gardens sign on your right.
 
Contact: Avena Botanicals, 219 Mill St., Rockport, Maine 04856; 866-282-8362; https://www.avenabotanicals.com


CRYSTAL LAKE FARM AND NURSERY IN WASHINGTON is a mother-and-son operation owned by Sharon Turner and Eli Berry. Their 75-acre property is comprised of a tree, shrub and perennial nursery, managed woodlot, rotational grazing pasture for four head of Dexter cattle, large vegetable and flower gardens, four hoophouses and a small orchard area. Throughout the season they offer native and favorite potted and field-dug trees, shrubs and perennials chosen especially for birds, bees, butterflies and other beneficials.
 
Dates: Saturdays, May 11 to June 29, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
 
Directions: From the intersection of Rt. 220 and 105 in Washington village, go 2 miles west on Rt. 105 to the first intersection. Take a right up Young’s Hill Road for 1 mile. Look for mailbox #246 on the right. The driveway gate is on left.

Contact: 246 Young’s Hill Road, Washington, ME 04574


At THE WASHINGTON HOMESTEAD, Patty Manson owns and operates her own family CSA and preserves over 300 quarts of vegetables and fruits from her own land. Visit with a variety of farm animals, explore her garden beds and enjoy the views of her 50 acres of blueberry fields. Ask about wool spinning, soap and juice making. See how you, too, can raise your own food.
 
Date: Saturday, July 13, 2 p.m.
 
Directions: Rt. 17 or Rt. 220 to Rt. 105 and up Youngs Hill Road. The homestead sits on top of the hill surrounded by blueberry friends. The barn and farmhouse are on both sides of the road.
 
Contact: 55 Youngs Hill Rd., Washington, Maine; pattyman6@gmail.com


Lincoln County
 
BEAU CHEMIN PRESERVATION FARM IN WALDOBORO, owned by Wayne and Jo Ann Myers, emphasizes endangered livestock breeds, heirloom plants, dye plants and antique New England spinning wheels. It is MOFGA-certified organic for PYO berries, plants, cantaloupe, hay and ducklings. Endangered heritage breeds of livestock include Soay, Leicester Longwool and California Variegated Mutant sheep. Beau Chemin is working with Iceland to establish an Iceland cashmere dairy goat population in the states as a genetic reserve. The critically endangered Suffolk Punch draft horse lives here. Endangered egg laying duck breeds include Khaki Campbell, Welsh Harlequin, Dutch Hookbill, Magpie and Cayuga. Jake, the donkey, greets visitors. Farm tours include traditional wool processing techniques, felting, dyeing and spinning, gardens, organic farming, historic buildings, endangered livestock breed conservation, a young nut tree orchard and self-guided woods walks. A seasonal farm stand offers you-pick raspberries, grapes, various other berries and pelargoniums. Rare wool and yarn from our sheep are for sale. Please call ahead and visit the new website.
 
Dates: Each Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 3 p.m., June 15 to Oct. 1. Call 207-596-1161, 207-691-8164 or e-mail yupik@midcoast.com with specific inquiries.
 
Directions: Beau Chemin Preservation Farm is on Finntown Road, 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 Road 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 Road is on the left. Beau Chemin Farm is 3-1/2 miles on Finntown Road; look for the farm sign.
 
Contact: Beau Chemin Preservation Farm; 1749 Finntown Rd., Waldoboro, ME 04572;
www.beaucheminpreservationfarm.comyupik@midcoast.com; 207-691-8164 or 207-596-1161


Oxford County

A WRINKLE IN THYME FARM IN SUMNER is a small, diversified sheep fiber farm where Mary Ann Haxton and Marty Elkin have a dyer's garden and raised bed vegetable gardens. They are exploring how permaculture design principles can benefit their 30-acre farm.

Dates: Throughout the summer, the farm store is open Thursday through Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and other days by appointment (call ahead). Farm and gardens will be hosting Family Fun Days June 23, July 20 and August 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. The farm participates in Open Farm Day, Sunday, July 28, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  
 
Directions: 106 Black Mountain Rd., Sumner, ME 04292. See www.awrinkleinthymefarm.com for directions.

Contact: info@awrinkleinthymefarmcom, 207-212-4058


Sagadahoc County

At EDGEWATER FARM & B&B in Phippsburg, Bill and Carol Emerson raise vegetables (the usual suspects, plus asparagus), fruit (apples, peaches, rhubarb), berries (strawberries, raspberries for sale, blueberries), flowers (perennials, annuals, gladiolas, dahlias) and herbs (basils, lavender, many culinary/medicinals/aromatic). They use the lasagna method, layering compost, for soil fertility. A special feature is their woodland labyrinth. They also have a “BIG DIG” – You dig “enthusiastic” perennials, small shrubs and pines, and donations are accepted for the Bath Area Food Bank. This is a great opportunity for first-time gardeners and new home/farm owners to get some free plants by digging their own from a large selection of extras.

Dates: Starting on Memorial Day weekend, through Labor Day, visitors are welcome on Wednesdays or Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. for self-guided tours and to have questions answered. Please call ahead. Note well: Bring bug spray and wear bug-proof clothes to counter daytime mosquitoes. NOT open June 22 to 29,  July 13 to 20  and August 17 to 24.

Directions: 71 Small Pt. Rd., Phippsburg, ME 04562 (near Popham Beach). Take Rt. 209 to Rt. 216/Small Pt. Rd. – 12 mi. south of Bath/Rt. 1)

Contact: 207-389-1322 or - 406-2038; ewfbb.comewfbb@comcast.net


CAMPO DI FIORI IN BOWDOINHAM, MAINE is a small commercial nursery growing a unique selection of herbaceous wildflowers and ornamental grasses specifically chosen for use in naturalistic planting design, and as portrayed in three separate display gardens.  Of equal interest is the nursery’s developments in growing and breeding neohybrid hazels; it is one of only a few Maine sources for such seedlings. A general farm tour will introduce the nursery, vegetable gardens and orchards, along with an inevitable philosophical discussion about gardening, food, nature and the farmer's passion for plants.  

Saturday, August 24, 2 p.m., rain or shine

Directions: From north take 295 to Bowdoinham exit. Turn left onto Main Street. Look for DOT sign – 1 mile on the Fisher Road. From south take 295 to Bowdoinham exit. Turn right onto Main Street. Look for DOT sign – 1 mile on the Fisher Road. From Rt. 24 look for DOT sign at Bowdoinham center – 1 mile to Fisher Road.

Contact: Campo di Fiori, 212 Fisher Rd. Bowdoinham, ME 04008; 207-666-8419; andrewfiorigardener@gmail.com; mainegardendesign.com


Somerset County
 
BALFOUR FARM IN PITTSFIELD is a MOFGA-certified organic dairy and farmstead creamery. Milk from its small herd of Normande, Jersey and Holstein cows provides quality yogurt, and fresh and aged raw milk 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. The farm is also home to a large flock of laying hens and a herd of whey-fed pigs. See the off-the-grid dairy operation and construction of a new cheese cave.
 
Dates: July 28 (Open Farm Day) and October 13 (Open Creamery Day) – full farm tours.
Check our website and Facebook page for other events.
 
Directions: From the north, take I-95 to Exit 150: Pittsfield/Somerset Avenue. At the end of the ramp, go right onto Somerset Avenue. Take the first left onto Crawford Road, about half a mile. Go right onto Webb Road at the T intersection at the end of Crawford Road. Balfour Farm is about 1.5 miles down Webb Road, on the right. The long gravel driveway goes through the woods to the dairy barn.
 
From the south, take I-95 to Exit 150: Pittsfield/Somerset Avenue. At the end of the ramp, take a left onto Somerset Avenue. Then follow directions above.
 
Contact: Doug and Heather Donahue, Balfour Farm, 461 Webb Rd., Pittsfield, ME 04967
207-213-3159; balfourfarm@gmail.comwww.balfourfarmdairy.com;
https://www.facebook.com/balfourfarmdairy/


Waldo County

At 3 STREAMS FARM IN BELFAST, see the first-year sprouting of pollarded trees in a 1-acre air meadow demonstration plot funded by Northeast SARE, meet livestock that eat tree leaves, and sample products of the woodland.  

July 7, 8:30 a.m. – Please leave a voicemail if you plan to come: 207-338-3301

Directions: 209 Back Belmont Rd., Belfast, halfway between Jesse Robbins Road and the big power line. Look for a black mailbox with a hand-painted, cabin-shaped, peaked-roof counseling sign leaned up, on the north side of the road. Follow the gravel drive.
 
Contact: 3streamsfarmbelfastme.blogspot.com, shanahanson@gmail.com or (preferred) 207-338-3301


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. The primula garden, with a living willow fence, should be in bloom in early spring. The garden is only a few miles from MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center and the Common Ground Country Fair grounds.

Date: Open by chance; call ahead to be sure.

Directions: From Rt. 220 take Rt. 139 out of Thorndike toward Brooks, about 2 miles to 33 Knox Station Rd. on your right. It is the first house on the right.

Contact: 33 Knox Station Rd., Thorndike, ME 04986; 207-568-3736;  walchkrause@uninets.net; on Facebook: Fire Flower Garden


THE TROTOCHAUD/MCDOWELL GARDENS AND EVERYDAY POTTERY STUDIO IN BELMONT will hold its annual pottery sale and garden tour on July 27 and 28. With a goal of creating a sustainable organic garden, Mary Trotochaud and Rick McDowell have established numerous fruit, vegetable and flower beds that include cranberries, blueberries, strawberries, rhubarb, apple trees, cherries, raspberries, breadseed poppy, hazelberts, peach, apple, apricot, pear and plum trees. A romantic but sturdy grape arbor supports five varieties of grapes. See also a fire pit, a pizza oven, a well-designed chicken coop and a reflecting pool with a small fountain. The pizza oven will be lit up, weather permitting. (Trotochaud is a long-time donor to the MOFGA-El Salvador Sistering Committee’s Empty Bowl Supper.)
 
Date: July 27 and 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open other days by chance or appointment.
 
Directions: From the intersection of the Rt. 1 bypass and Rt. 52 in Belfast, take Rt. 52 5 miles to Ryan Road. Turn right on Ryan Road (which becomes Northport Road) and go about 2 miles. Signs for Everyday Pottery are on Rt. 52 and at the house.
 
Contact: 103 Northport Rd., Belmont, ME 04952; 342-2251, 706-3954; mtrotochaud@earthlink.netwww.marytrotochaud.com


York County
 
At EASTER ORCHARD FARM IN WELLS, farmer Mort Mather raises MOFGA-certified organic vegetables for Joshua’s Restaurant in Wells. An acre managed largely with grass clipping mulch provided over 12,000 pounds of vegetables last year for his son's truly farm-to-table restaurant.
 
Dates: Drop by or call 207-646-7177 in advance to be sure we can welcome you.
 
Directions: Take the Loop Road off 109 in Highpine (about midway between Wells and Sanford) to Bald Hill Rd. The farm is 0.8 mile up Bald Hill Road on the right.
 
Contact:  802 Bald Hill Rd., Wells. 207-646-7177

 

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