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Maine Farmland Trust is raising funds to secure the full value of an agricultural conservation easement on Blaisdell Brothers Family Farm, permanently preventing non-agricultural development and bolstering future food security in a rapidly developing part of the state. Join us in securing a future for farming in York.

Blaisdell Brothers Family Farm

Located along the banks of the scenic York River, Blaisdell Brothers Family Farm is one of the last working farms in York and its 86 acres of rich soils have fed the local community since 1776. It is best known for its historical significance as a USDA-designated Bicentennial Farm and a very popular annual pumpkin stand. Today, the Blaisdell family produces vegetables, beef, pumpkins, eggs, honey, maple syrup, cut flowers, salsa, jam, pickles and more, available for local customers at their fall farmstand.

The Challenge

Access to the Georges River on Blaisdell Brothers Family Farm
Old farm equipment on Blaisdell Brothers Family Farm.
Pumpkin stand at Blaisdell Brothers Family Farm
Cows by a fence on Blaisdell Brothers Family Farm.

Maine Farmland Trust is partnering with the Blaisdell family to permanently protect their historic farm. The family is eager to do so, says Tom Blasidell, believing that “agricultural conservation easements are a key to protecting the farm economy in areas threatened by development and volatile real estate markets, like Southern Maine. We also want to conserve the land in a manner that will allow it to be affordable for us as farmers now and affordable for farmers to own or work in the future.”

Located between the population hubs of Portsmouth and Portland, protecting this keystone farm will ensure that the region continues to have farmland to feed the next generation. Preserving this farmland helps to maintain York’s rural character at a time when the pandemic real estate surge is fueling development pressure and driving farmland prices out of reach for farmers. In addition, protecting this farm’s river frontage will help preserve York’s river views and benefit water quality.

Donate to help protect Blaisdell Brothers Family Farm

We need to raise a total of $1.5M by the end of 2021 in order to cover the cost of the easement, project-related expenses, and long-term stewardships costs.

To protect this key property MFT has partnered with local conservation groups, like York Land Trust, and is leveraging public conservation funding with private donations. Our farmland protection work is supported in partnership with American Farmland Trust. Your generosity will help us reach our goal and make this a Forever Farm; please consider making a gift today.

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American Farmland Trust

York Land Trust

York Land Trust

Other Ways to Give

Gifts of Cash
All gifts should be made payable to MFT and mailed to:

Maine Farmland Trust
Attn: Blaisdell Farm Campaign
97 Main Street
Belfast, ME 04915

Gifts of Stock
A donation of appreciated securities can have many financial benefits for the donor. If you prefer to make a gift of stock, please contact us for more information.

IRA Gifts
Individuals 70 ½ and over can donate directly from their IRA tax free up to $100,000 annually. Please consult your financial advisor for more information.

For more information about how to support this project, please contact Caila Gorniewicz, Development Officer, at caila@mainefarmlandtrust.org.

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