Archives: Stories


Hank Colletto talks about raised bed gardening and green manuring during a farm tour at Ravenwood. English photo. Sustainability Education on a Small Farm in Searsmont By Jean English Inch by inch, row by row, sustainability project by sustainability project, teachers and students at Ravenwood, an education-focused small farm in Searsmont, Maine, have created an

Read More »

Examples of Amish Family Enterprise

Horses power woodworking tools and a grain mill at the Copps’ family farm in Thorndike. Holli Cederholm photo. Living Grains Bakery and Locust Grove Woodworks By Holli Cederholm Kenneth and Katie Copp moved their Old Order Amish Mennonite family, and their family business, to Thorndike, Maine, just over a year after Amish families started settling

Read More »

Social Mission

Tom and Theresa Gaffney of Highland Blueberry Farm in Stockton Springs. Dozens of women have worked on the farm as part of their drug rehabilitation program. Rebecca Goldfine photo. By Rebecca Goldfine When Rebekah Pressley boarded a bus in New Jersey to travel to central Maine, she had never heard of the small community she

Read More »

Maine Chef Sam Hayward

Maine Chef Sam Hayward. Lily Piel Photography photo. By Polly Shyka Award winning chef Sam Hayward of Fore Street in Portland, Maine, has been on MOFGA’s board of directors for eight years and has been working closely with Maine farmers, foragers and fisherpeople for nearly 30 years. As many more restaurateurs and farmers forge relationships,

Read More »


Amber Reed (on the right in both pictures) apprenticing to be a farmer. Photos courtesy of Amber Reed. By Amber Reed Before the Quivira Conference in Albuquerque last fall, I had read only a little by Aldo Leopold. At the beginning of A Sand County Almanac I read: “There are two spiritual dangers in not

Read More »

Peter Hagerty

Peter Hagerty. English photo. By Holli Cederholm Twelve years ago Peter Hagerty, of Porter, Maine, helped found MOFGA’s Low Impact Forestry (LIF) group, which offers a safe environment for individuals to learn skills pertinent to working in the woods with horses and cattle. The group held its first workshop in November 1999, drawing participants from

Read More »

MOFGA Farmers

By Jean English A strong drive to produce an abundance of healthful food is the force common to Tom Roberts and Gloria Varney, MOFGA’s “farmers in the spotlight” at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show in Augusta last January. Roberts and his partner, Lois Labbe, raise organic crops at Snakeroot Organic Farm in Pittsfield, while Varney

Read More »

Edgewater Farm

Soup Kitchens, Apprentices, Community Benefit By Jane Lamb Nick Sewall, owner of the Hermit Island Camp Ground at the end of Small Point, has given him the use of almost an acre adjacent to Edgewater Farm in Phippsburg where Bill and his wife, Carol, operate a bed and breakfast. Carol manages the B&B and Bill

Read More »

Community Farms

Dr. Brian Donahue. English photo. By Jean English Brian Donahue enjoyed the Common Ground Fair last summer. “The type of activities seen at the Fair should be part of our daily lives,” he said. For many of us who live in rural Maine, they are; but Donahue goes a step further: “We should do them

Read More »


Barbara Smith admires a fellow gardener’s melons. Lamb photo. By Jane Lamb How can a community garden be a secret garden? Just ask any of the folks who raise their favorite vegetables in the Camden Community Garden. To some of them, it’s the most beautiful place in Camden. “It’s a fun place to be,” says

Read More »
Scroll to Top
Sign up to receive our weekly newsletter of happenings at MOFGA.