626 acre nonprofit oceanfront demonstration farm in Freeport, Maine
Spring Festival at Wolfe’s Neck Farm
Farm Open Free to Visitors Every Day in Freeport, Maine Summer has arrived and the farm is buzzing with activity. Campsites are ready for family vacations, pastures are ready to be grazed, the barn is swept and ready for gathering and the summer staff are all here and ready to help make your visit to the farm a memorable one.
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It’s certainly no secret how amazing this time of year is at Wolfe’s Neck Farm. That being said, what may be a secret is how much is going on around the farm these days. That’s one reason we’ve put this newsletter together for you. We want to make sure that you: our visitors, community members, friends, campers, neighbors and supporters are all informed about what’s happening this year at YOUR farm. I hope you enjoy the news, history and updates shared throughout this newsletter. More importantly though, I hope you enjoy at least a little slice of what we have to offer here at Wolfe’s Neck Farm this year. The summer season is short and sweet here so no matter how you choose to enjoy the farm. I encourage you to visit early and often! With warmest regards, Dave Herring Executive Director
Farm-to-Table Gains Ground
184 Burnett Road Freeport, ME 04032
The 2014 event season at the farm got off to a fantastic start with our biggest Spring Festival ever, with over 1,200 visitors interacting with our animals, learning about farming, eating great food, listening to live music and enjoying our amazing oceanfront setting. This year’s events will continue the tradition of offering visitors of all ages great opportunities to explore the ocean and woods, learn about sustainable agriculture and take in all the farm has to offer. We are particularly excited about our new Farm-to-Table dinner series which will bring people together to celebrate local food and to support the work of the farm. We are partnering with Miyake of Portland, Gather of Yarmouth, and Frontier Café of Brunswick for these events, designed to support our efforts in expanding the availability of fresh, local and sustainablygrown food in Maine. These events will support our Teen Ag Program, educating the next generation of farmers and small continued on page 8 for more information visit our website & blog:
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Visiting the Farm
Wolfe’s Neck Farm is always open free to the public, and we encourage you to stop by and visit the barnyard animals, hike, picnic and more! Seasonal Activities: • Oceanfront Camping (May-Oct) • Kayak and Canoe Rentals (May-Oct) • Bicycle Rentals (May-Oct) • Family Barnyard Programs (July-Aug) • Snack Shack (July-Aug) • Farm Stand (July-Oct) • Pumpkin Hayrides (Sat/Sun in Oct) Year-Round Offerings: • Demonstration Barnyard & Gardens • Miles of Walking Trails • Volunteer Opportunities • Dances, Festivals & Events (page 8) See page 2 for activities and page 8 for events!
Happenings in the Barn and Pastures! With the heat picking up and the grass growing quickly, the farmers at Wolfe’s Neck have their hands full of things to do. All of our animals have access to pasture throughout the warmer months, and about half of them stay in pasture all of the time. We have a few animals in the barn for educational purposes, but they all have their own doors out to fresh pasture! We have several new additions to our educational goat milking herd this year; we kept Salix and her daughter Tulia this winter and bred both of them to our Nubian buck. Salix had a daughter mid-March who we named Cassiopeia, and Tulia had a daughter continued on page 4
For over 50 years, our campground has given families the opportunity to stay at a working saltwater farm just 4.5 miles from downtown Freeport and L.L. Bean. Set on our 626 acres of farmland and forest with over 4 miles of Casco Bay ocean frontage, our campground is the perfect place for your Maine vacation in the country. Not a camper? We still have plenty of daytrip activities for you! Camp May 1st through October 31st 130 campsites and 3 oceanfront cottages Book online at freeportcamping.com Or by calling (207) 865-9307
Since 1952 Recompence Shore Campground at Wolfe’s Neck Farm has been providing families with the opportunity to enjoy spacious campsites in the peaceful, beautiful, surroundings on four miles of Casco Bay shoreline. While enjoying the peace and tranquility of our eco-friendly campground, campers can also enjoy our hiking trails, sign up for fun family activities, rent a bicycle or kayak, hike our 3+ miles of hiking trails and visit our Snack Shack. Campers also find our close proximity to Freeport to be a benefit. Just a short drive away you’ll find hundreds of outlet stores (including L.L. Bean), incredible restaurants
as well as the many local attractions, historic places, and special events featured in Southern Maine throughout the year.
and a great variety of campsites. Our “Middle Bay” section of the campground is reserved solely for tent campers.
A favorite thing to do while staying at the campground is to visit the demonstration barnyard and organic gardens that are lovingly cared for by our Teen Ag Crew and the children attending Summer Camp. In and around the barn you will meet our sheep, goats, chickens, horses, rabbits, ducks, cows, and turkeys. Learn about the care of these animals by reading the informational signs, or consider signing up for one of our weekend Family Barnyard Programs (info below).
We have oceanfront, water view, and wooded sites, in addition to 30 water and electric sites and three oceanfront camping cottages. Visit us at freeportcamping.com for more information about our campground and special offers, or to make a reservation using our live online reservation system.
Our campground is spread out along the shoreline so campers can enjoy lots of privacy
New this year: we now have free showers (no more coin-op!), we’ve added new playground equipment and have begun installing campfire grill rings!
freeportcamping.com (207) 865-9307
Whether you have an hour or a week to spend at the farm, there are plenty of activities to keep your family busy! Reservations are recommended for equipment rentals and our Family Barnyard Programs (207) 869-5433.
Kayak & Canoe Rentals
Snack Shack & Ice Cream
Paddle the calm waters of Casco Bay along our 4 miles of shoreline, looking for eagles, osprey, heron and seals. Rental availability is subject to tidal conditions. June through October.
Enjoy the peaceful country roads and scenic vistas by bicycle! Bicycle rentals for children and adults are available by the half-day, wholeday or the week. June through October.
Our Snack Shack serves Maine-made ice cream, classic tasty treats and healthy snacks for the whole family. Open 11 AM to 8 PM during July & August.
Family Barnyard Programs
Visit the Farm Stand
Meet us in the barn to learn about and interact with the animals, visit the gardens and pastures and take a wagon ride! Saturdays and Sundays at 10 AM and 1 PM in July and August. Reservations recommended (207) 869-5433.
While you’re here, stop by our new Farm Stand, which will be well-stocked with food grown right here on the farm by our Teen Ag Crew. Offering frozen cuts of lamb, farm-fresh eggs and seasonal veggies July through Oct.
Pumpkin Hayrides Join us on Saturdays and Sundays throughout October for fun and learning on the farm! Take a ride out to our pumpkin patch and choose your favorite pumpkin to take home. Weekends in October from 10 AM to 2 PM.
for activities info visit WOLFESNECKFARM.ORG or call 207-869-5433 & book your campsite at FREEPORTCAMPING.COM 207-865-9307
Each year Wolfe’s Neck Farm educates thousands of children and adults about the ins-and-outs of farming using sustainable methods. For more info on our educational programs please visit us at wolfesneckfarm.org
Summer Day Camp
Wolfe’s Neck Farm Summer Day Camp gives kids aged 4-14 an opportunity to explore, learn and play on our 626 acre farm with fields, forests and ocean. Campers choose many of their own activities so every camper’s experience is unique and interesting to them. Our days are full: learning in the barn and gardens, singing and acting silly, learning about the natural world, playing games, creating arts and crafts, carrying out science experiments. Through these and more we learn about each other and the world around us! New this year: Farm Showcase Fridays! In response to parent feedback, we are replacing our theater component with an opportunity for each camper to show off the sustainable farming and gardening skills they learned throughout the week. This new activity will serve as a wonderful capstone to the children’s experiences on the farm. Throughout the week each camper will work with our new Livestock Educator and other farm staff to develop skill sets and knowledge to share. Fun farm activities may include: goat milking, cow grooming, pie bake offs, and helping run our vegetable stand. Our weeksend program will be an open house event, allowing families to stroll through freely. We will offer new activities each week for campers to choose from, enhancing the multi-week camp experience. Four local teens are learning to farm sustainably while helping to feed the hungry
Camp & Camp Program Many families stay in our award-winning oceanfront campground while their children attend our Summer Day Camp. While the kids spend the day learning, exploring, and meeting new friends, parents can spend the day as they wish - kayaking Casco Bay, shopping in Freeport’s many outlet stores or simply relaxing at the campsite with a good book. Now, enjoy discount on both through our Camp & Camp Discount Program! Visit wolfesneckfarm.org for details.
“The Farm provides a magical educational environment. i.e., we were thrilled to have our child bring home a beet green. The tangible link to a food item she could feel, touch, and taste made the experience.” - Dad from Harpswell, ME
Field Trips & Farm School School programs at Wolfe’s Neck Farm provide interdisciplinary, inquiry-based, hands-on learning experiences for students of all grade levels. Our investigations into agriculture and the natural world incorporate science, natural history, math, language arts and physical education. Each Farm School and Field Trip program is unique to the school attending, based on the choices of its teachers and students. In planning a trip, our staff work with the visiting teachers to create an experience which directly suits the curricular needs of their students. Field trips generally run 1.5-2 hours, while Farm School programs last 1-5 days. Both programs are available during spring & fall. More info: email@example.com
TEEN AG PROGRAM
This year’s Teen Ag Crew has an exciting season ahead of them! We have four local students who are already working hard to grow veggies sustainably, put up thousands of bales of hay, and also help to manage our daily animal operations! This year the Crew will be growing over three acres of vegetables (double that of last year) in order to supply our first-ever Veggie CSA program and our new contract with Good
Shepherd Food Bank. They’re also planting a one acre satellite field of pumpkins and squash as well as beginning to add a mix of perennial crops to our production, including raspberries. You can see the Teen Ag Crew out in the field and around the barn through October. Throughout their time on the Farm they will aim to grow several thousand pounds produce to donate to local food pantries. Produce and meat will also be available at our newly expanded Farm
Stand, which the teens will be working to keep stocked throughout the summer. Lizzy Landry, Sarah Lawless, Mack Stinson and Emma Lovering are working hard this year to make it all happen. Together these local teens are managing cattle and sheep, putting up hay, pasturing poultry and caring for our laying hens. In addition, Hillary Brown, our Field Production Intern, is bringing her own growing expertise to teach the crew many skills they’ll need to make decisions about planting, cultivating, harvesting and marketing their thousands of pounds of produce. Stay tuned for updates this season as these young hard workers learn about food production, develop leadership skills, and empower each other to make critical decisions and grow beautiful things in our community! by Piper Stiles, Teen Ag Coordinator teenag@wolfesneckfarm.
“The Teen Ag Program from Wolfe’s Neck Farm has been a godsend for our Food Pantry... the teens delivered fresh produce weekly and it was of the highest quality... it was evident that the quality and quantity was a real source of pride for those kids.” ~ Sue Mack, Family Services Coordinator for Freeport Community Services
In the process of growing and raising food, the Farm helps to educate the next generation of farmers while providing fresh produce and meats to local food banks through our Teen Ag Program.
Food from the Farm Our meats and eggs are free-range and pasture-raised right here at the Farm! Farm-fresh Eggs • Available mid-June through October in our Farm Stand and camp store Fresh, Natural Produce • Available in our Farm Stand late June through mid-October Pasture-raised Chicken • Available (limited supply) in July and August Pasture-raised Lamb • Frozen cuts are available yearround, or preorder your half or whole lamb for pick up in the fall. Pasture-raised Thanksgiving Turkey • Preorder early for your fresh and natural Thanksgiving Turkey! Available for pick up in November
Why Pasture-Raised? Rearing livestock on pasture is important on many levels. Animals raised for food, from broiler chickens and laying hens to beef calves and lambs, should be given adequate space to move and express their natural tendencies. For example, pigs are well-designed to “plow” and root the earth with their snouts and when allowed access to pasture will happily do so. Grazing allows a farm to reap the benefits of things livestock do naturally with little or no use of equipment or fossil fuels. Hens and broilers graze on all kinds of bugs and parasites, provide excellent fertilizer via their manure, and in turn give us wholesome eggs and meat. Sheep will often browse shrubs and forbs that cattle do not eat, creating a more even utilization of pasturelands and taking away the competitive advantage gained by invasive
Happenings in the Barn & Fields! mid-April whose name is Andromeda. If you come visit them you can usually find them climbing on their picnic table! We currently are raising seven Landrace pigs, in partnership with Miyake, that are happily rooting up our backyard. Our laying flock has grown to 100, so our production of pastured eggs will be increasing throughout the season. We currently have eight different varieties of laying hens, including the Standard Blue Cochrin with fluffy feet! We are raising a limited number of Cornish Cross broiler chickens for direct to consumer purchase, as well as to supply our Farm-toTable events. Our sheep and lambs are acting as excellent lawn mowers, rotating on to new pasture every one to two days so they can
plants when they are left ungrazed. Ruminants (cattle, sheep, and goats) have arguably the most intricate, highly-developed digestive system of any animal. They are capable of turning solar energy into protein! Sunshine and water grow grass, the cow eats the grass, then uses the energy extracted from the grass in its digestive system to create muscle and fat. The cow’s manure puts nitrogen back into the soil. No fuel or equipment required. Pastured, grass-fed livestock always have space to move, fresh grass to eat, and clean water to drink, with little else needed. by Ben Jensen Livestock Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
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eat the freshest grass. If you would like to try some pasture-raised Wolfe’s Neck Farm lamb we currently have small packages of frozen lamb cuts available in our farm stand, and you can pre-order a whole or half lamb for pick up in the fall. Throughout the summer, the biggest crop on the farm is grass. We are currently partnering with Green Bounty Farm and Aldermere Farm to mow down some of the grass, so when you drive by you will see Belted Galloways and Angus-Hereford or Angus-Simmental cattle grazing our pastures. Green Bounty beef is grass-fed and is marketed through the Cold Spring Ranch label; this beef can be found at Bow Street Market in Freeport. Aldermere beef can be found through their website or through their farm store.
Even with all of these animals we still have plenty of grass, so we began cutting hay in mid-June so that we can utilize all of the great nutrients from the grass through the winter. If you are interested in buying either dry square bales or silage round bales feel free to give us a call or send an email. As always, the farm is open to the public seven days a week and we love having visitors. So come by and buy some meat, pet the goats, check out the gardens, and see what an amazing place Wolfe’s Neck Farm is! by Caroline Wild Farming Programs Assistant email@example.com
Wolfe’s Neck Farm’s First Veggie CSA This year, we were excited to launch our new Veggie CSA program. Open first to members of the Farm, the CSA shares sold out within an hour after opening to the public! Grown by local high school students enrolled in our Teen Ag Program, the shares will feature a seasonal sampling of incredibly fresh, naturally and sustainably grown produce each week. Be sure to join our email list for news of next year’s shares! For more info visit wolfesneckfarm.org.
Notes on the History of Wolfe’s Neck Farm
Wolfe’s Neck Farm is a unique saltwater farm with over a half-century of raising food and growing community. The Farm and its surrounding countryside have a rich history, with many stories about the land, its people, and the names of the places over the centuries.
Recent archeological work suggests that Native Americans first came to these parts around 8,000 years ago. The first Europeans to settle on the neck divided it in half longitudinally and built a stone wall over a mile long to mark the border. One family was named Shepard and the other Wolfe, so the fence separated the Shepards from the Wolfes. In 1860, according to the historical book Tides of Change, there were 18 farmers on Wolfe’s Neck along with two mariners, a carpenter, caulker, brickmaker and a shipjoiner. Wolfe’s Neck was farmed by Freeport entrepreneur E.B. Mallet around the turn of the century. Mallet built the big barn in 1890, then the largest in the state. You can see this barn at the end of Wolfe’s Neck Road. In 1946, the farm was bought by Mr. and Mrs. LMC Smith of Philadelphia. Although they originally thought of the place as a vacation retreat, they soon began looking for more productive uses. In 1953, the Smiths bought nine cows at $175 each and one bull for $300 at a Pennsylvania agriculture fair. In the 1950’s, the Smiths started Recompence Campsites which would grow to over 100 sites. In the late fifties, inspired by Louis Bromfield’s Malabar Farm, the Smiths began an organic beef operation called Wolfe’s Neck Farm. By this time the herd had about 40 head.
The Smiths gave 200 acres of their farm to the state of Maine in 1969 for the park now known as Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park. Under the direction of Charles DeGrandpre (right), Wolfe’s Neck Farm had some 600 head of cattle, using only feed grown on the farm and from leased fields nearby. The farm was given to the University of Southern Maine by the Smith family in 1985. By this time, large farms were become more and more rare. In 1954 Maine had 23,368 farms; by 1987 it would have only 6,269. In early 1996, the university would announced that it was no longer able to operate the farm, bringing to an end a ten-year troubled tenure. The Wolfe’s Neck Farm Foundation immediately began to create a new structure and concept for the farm.
Excerpts from “Wolf’s Neck: A brief history of the land and its uses” by Sam Smith.
Photos courtesy Charlie DeGrandpre Top: WNF sign and Pote barn, circa 1980 Center: Charlie DeGrandpre riding “Lady” in preparation to move cattle, circa 1969 Bottom: Cattle grazing on pasture, circa 1975
Wolfe’s Neck, Wolf Neck or What? From a study done c. 1986 The name for the peninsula on which Wolf Neck State Park is located has changed over time. Settled first by Thomas and Ann Shepard, the lands was called Shepard’s Point in the 1600’s and Herrisicket Neck (with various spellings) well into the 1700’s. Henry Woolfe, who married the granddaughter of the original settlers, moved to “Herrisicket Neck” during the third and final settlement of the town in the early 1700’s. Throughout his life, the English-born Woolfe spelled his name with two “o’s” and an “e”. However, when his 10-year tenure on the Neck earned it the name “Wolfes Neck”, the extra “o” must have soon disappeared. The “e” persisted until the late 1800’s, as a rule, and the “s” has been maintained into this century and is still preferred by some [Freeport] natives.
Government policies also affected the spelling of Wolf Neck. Fred Bartlett, Director of Real Property Management, reported that the departmental policy for many years had been to name parks for geographic features rather than for people, and to use the names given on topographic maps. However, John Skillin, a Freeport native and manager of the town park, wrote,that “in the 1930’s the topographical maps chopped the possessive ‘s’ on all names. The coastal charts quickly followed but the residents of the community retained this and still do. This is a sore point.” Mr. Skillin also asks for consistency with the name of “Wolfe’s Neck Farm.” At this point, we do not know how much local sentiment there is for the various spellings. While Mr. Skillin expressed strong feelings in favor of “Wolfe’s” or “Wolf’s”, another
Interested in learning more about our local history? Visit Sam Smith’s new blog: “Wolf’s Neck, Flying Point & Pleasant Hill” at http://wolfesneckwp.wordpress.com
long-time resident said he had always heard it called “Wolf Neck” but knew the old maps called it “Wolfe’s Neck”. This report cites the term “Herrisicket Neck” in 1759. In the 19th century it cites one use of “Wolfe Neck,” one use of “Wolfe’s Neck,” 3 uses of “Wolfs Neck” and 2 uses of “Wolfes Neck.” In the 20th century up to 1986, it cites 3 uses of “Wolf Neck” and one mention of “Wolf’s Neck.” Sam Smith: “I recall Wolf Neck being the common usage when I was first on the neck beginning in the 1940’s. At some point my mother discovered Henry Wolfe and how he spelled his name and began using it for the farm and other matters. I thought the added ‘e’ was too British and prissy and tried to avoid using it but eventually caved in.”
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Wolfe’s Neck Farm is the largest single piece of conservation land in the Town of Freeport with over four miles of shoreline and is one of the largest working saltwater farms on the East Coast! Wolfe’s Neck Farm is open to the public, free of charge, year-round. The Smith Family generously gifted the Farm, intending their legacy of demonstrating sustainable farming practices, maintaining the historic buildings and viewscapes, raising public awareness of the need for healthy food production, and protecting the land from development. The Farm and you, its wonderful supporters, are the very lifeblood of its existence. Whether or not you attend the Farm’s activities or use the Farm’s miles of trails, we all benefit from knowing that the 626 acres of beautiful fields, woods and coastline will continue to be protected from development. If you are not presently a Friend of the Farm, we invite you to join your friends and neighbors by becoming one. Your support will not only help the Farm in all that we do year-round, it will give you the satisfaction of knowing that you are supporting a local gem. And if that is not enough, there are also great benefits to help you offset the cost of that membership.
Wolfe’s Neck Farm 2014 Membership Benefits Members of Wolfe’s Neck Farm enjoy many benefits, including advance registration opportunities to our Farm-to-Table Events and new Veggie CSA, which sell out almost immediately. Events & Programs at the Farm: • A $25 discount towards Summer Day Camp • 50% off admission to Spring & Fall Festivals • 25% discount on Community Garden Plot • 10% discount on Adult & Family Programs • Free family admission to Night Tree Event • Entry to win a fresh, all-natural Thanksgiving Turkey from Wolfe’s Neck Farm
Recompence Shore Campground at Wolfe’s Neck Farm: • 50% off campsite fees for one two-night stay (valid May 1 - June 30 & Sept 6 - Oct 31) • 10% discount at the Snack Shack (July/August) • 50% discount on a single-day kayak rental • 50% discount on a single-day bicycle rental Family membership is $35/year - Join online today! Thank You!
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Wolfe’s Neck Farm Foundation Board of Directors Tom Whelan, President Fiona Wilson, Vice President Edward Tittmann, Treasurer Judy Higbea, Secretary Chip Ahrens Ed Bradley Josie Griffin Gray Harris Nora Healy
Chris Herter Triplett Kise Tucker Lannon Judy Parkhill Douglas Skolnekovich Sam Smith Vivi Stevenson Miller Meredeth Winter
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The Horizon Foundation, The Maine Community Foundation, Bowdoin College Common Good Grant, Quimby Family Foundation, Elmina B. Sewall Foundation, Robbins de Beaumont Foundation, Maine Coast Heritage Trust and Frances Hollis Brain Foundation
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Farm-to-Table Event #1 Pig Roast and Tasting presented by Miyake Sunday, June 22nd - 5-8 PM Join Masa Miyake for a roast with local flavoring that includes live music and dancing. $75/pp for all food and drink. -SOLD OUTFarm-to-Table Event #2 “Gather with Frontier Family Farm Feast” Sunday, August 24th - 5-8 PM Featuring Local Food Prepared by Gather Farm Fresh Eatery and Frontier Café Live music by North of Nashville Gather with Frontier at Wolfe’s Neck Farm for a summer evening celebration of local food, farming and fun including a family-friendly meal, live music and dancing, kids’ activities and more. $50/adults; $20/children 4 and up. 3 and under are free. Includes all food, drinks and activities. RSVP Required; tickets go on sale week of June 23rd. Farm-to-Table Event #3 - Harvest Dinner Featuring Miyake - Sunday, September 14th - 5-8 PM Enjoy an evening gathering in the Mallet Barn complete with a four-course harvest dinner prepared by Masa Miyake. $125/pp includes all food and drinks. - RSVP Required September Golf Tourney - Monday, September 15th Grab your clubs and hit the links at our annual Golf Tourney at Highland Greens in Topsham. Harvest Dance Featuring The Ghost of Paul Revere, Saturday, September 27th - 6-10 PM Celebrate the season and enjoy a night out with friends at our historic Mallet Barn! The evening begins with beverages from Gritty’s and tasty local foods from area food trucks... then the Ghost of Paul Revere takes the stage! 21+ Pumpkin Hayrides - Saturdays & Sundays in October – 10 AM to 2 PM (Hourly) Climb aboard our hay wagon for a ride out to our pumpkin patch. There you will learn about the life cycle of pumpkins and pick out your favorite pumpkin to take home with you. Fall Festival - Saturday, October 11th – 10 AM to 3 PM including seed saving, haybale climbing, composting and pumpkin decorating. Enjoy food, live music and more. We also run pumpkin hayrides during the festival. Farm to Farm Ultra Run - Sunday, October 12th - Starting at 6 AM A 50 Mile, 50K, 25K, 50K Relay, 50 Mile Relay, 1K Kids Run and cookout organized by Maine Track Club in partnership with the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust and Wolfe’s Neck Farm. The Night Tree - December 6th — 10 AM to 2 PM (Hourly) A holiday tradition for children, our Night Tree event is inspired by Eve Bunting’s book The Night Tree. Her story is about a family that feeds the forest animals by making decorations for a special tree.
Farm-to-Table Gains Ground continued from page 1 advocates while filling food pantry shelves. The Wolfe’s Neck Farm-to-Table event series will highlight food grown and raised here and at other local farms, connect attendees to this special resource and create a shared sense of community. Each event will be unique and will feature foods that are fresh and available at the time, as well as products from local breweries, distilleries, bakeries and fisheries. The dinners will offer live music and a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the farm. The first event, a June 22nd Pig Roast with Miyake sold out immediately, and tickets for the August 24th family dinner with Gather and Frontier Café will go on sale the week of June 23rd. Our Harvest Dinner with Miyake on September 14 will bring the series to a delicious and elegant close. The Farm-to-Table movement in Maine is thriving and we are thrilled be a part of it. We hope that you will be able to come and join us for one of these dinners or other fun events over the summer and fall! by Jeannie Mattson, Events Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Thanks to Our 2014 Farm-to-Table Events Host Committee 24-Carrot Sponsors: Peter H. Bouman & Carrine A. Burns, Rebecca Brown & John Connolly, Judy Higbea, Robin & Alan Lapoint, Jim & Pam Matson, Judy & Sam Parkhill, John & Dean Paterson, Carla Rigby Leboy, Marty & Pat Robles, Sallie Smith, Linda Swanson, Joe & Carol Wishcamper 14 & 18-Carrot Sponsors: Barbara Cottrell, Dave Herring & London Leland, Triplett Kise, Kevin Mattson, Raina & Dave Maxwell, Vivi & David Miller, Peter Milliken & Linzee Weld, Carolyn Radding, Meredith S S Smith, Sam & Kathy Smith, Amy Strong, Frederick & Heather Veitch, Dan & Melisa Walker, Tom & Jule Whelan, Fiona & Rob Wilson, Meredeth & Mark Winter, Wilson Woodbury & Kristin Bernhart, Rick & Jane Woodruff
Weddings & Celebrations Our historic Mallet Barn hosts our Farm-to-Table Events and our annual Harvest Dance, as well as weddings and private functions including the Maine Democratic Party Muskie Lobster Bake, and Maine Boys to Men’s B.O.L.D camp. Our Wedding Field hosts dozens of weddings each year. We rent both venues during the warmer months, as well as offering our Event Tent and Haze Hut for smaller gatherings and birthday parties. Email email@example.com for rates and availability.