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20TH ANNIVERSARY MEMBERSHIP PROFILES

Chris Hamilton

Chris Hamilton BARRED OWL CREAMERY • WHITEFIELD, MAINE From our very first meeting in 1999, MFT had ambitious goals and a confident energy. I am in awe of MFT’s proactive perspective--the organization has accomplished so much because it has been willing to envision a bold future, take risks, and step forward. Without question, the landscape…

Warren & Helen Balgooyen

Warren & Helen Balgooyen WISHING WELL FARM • NORRIDGEWOCK, MAINE Our friend Jim Hastings introduced me to MFT at an early meeting at his house in Skowhegan. As a career naturalist and environmental educator, much of my incentive comes from an interest in wildlife and conservation education. I’ve always been an avid land protector, and…

Ellen & Jack McAdam

Ellen & Jack McAdam MCDOUGAL ORCHARDS • SPRINGVALE, MAINE In 2000, the Maine Dept. of Agriculture, under the leadership of Bob Spear, began sponsoring an action plan for farmland protection through the Land for Maine’s Future Program. My brother, Evan McDougal, floated the idea of selling McDougal Orchards’ development rights to keep the property from…

David Flanagan

David Flanagan VIKING LUMBER • BELFAST, MAINE Hopefully, over the last 20 years,  awareness has grown enough to help create an economy of appreciation for more healthy foods and the local, small farms, so our farmers can continue their hard work and thrive. MEMBER SINCE 2003

Frances Kilea

Frances Kilea APPLETON, MAINE I support MFT's mission in the abstract because I have long believed in the importance of a strong web of local commerce and food production, but I'm pretty personally invested, too. The livelihoods of former and current employers and mentors—not to mention their customers— depends on the health of that system.…

Rob Tod

Rob Tod ALLAGASH BREWING COMPANY • PORTLAND, MAINE There are so many benefits to bringing industries like farming back to local communities: jobs, profits, sustainability, the value in knowing where ingredients are coming from, etc. Much like the craft beer movement, and Allagash, in particular, is bringing beer back to local communities, we see that…

Troy & Brenda White

Troy & Brenda White LIL BIT ORGANIC FARM • LAGRANGE, MAINE Some of the fields that we leased for hay went up for sale. We knew these fields would appeal to a developer for house lots. Also, if we lost these fields, it would be detrimental to our bottom line and Maine would lose more…

Sam Hayward

Sam Hayward FORE STREET RESTAURANT • PORTLAND, MAINE In the time I’ve been cooking in Maine—that is, since 1974—everything has changed. Then, almost all food supplies for restaurants came from commercial wholesalers, originating in industrial California farms and Midwestern feedlots. A flip to the availability of local foods began in my own work in the…

Jodi Paloni

Jodi Paloni WRITER • JEFFERSON, MAINE As the daughter of farmers on both sides of the family from the mid-Atlantic region, my move to New England as a young adult in the late eighties to attend a graduate environmental studies program was part of my commitment to work on land preservation after seeing what had…

Stacy Brenner

Stacy Brenner BROADTURN FARM • SCARBOROUGH, MAINE My hope for the future is that the shelves of the Hannafords and Shaws and Market Baskets around the state are filled with Maine-grown produce and only the things we can't grow in Maine are from away. Maine is poised to get it right and support new producers…

Andrew Sevey

Andrew Sevey BROADCREST FARM • RIPLEY, MAINE We have to have our farms because if we don’t have our farms, rural America is dead, period.  As a lifelong farmer, I saw some beautiful tracts of land that were subdivided. Development has a place but the best farmland needs to be to feed the people, it…

Carrie Whitcomb

Carrie Whitcomb SPRINGDALE FARM • WALDO, MAINE It was my grandmother's relentless passion for farming and her farmland that led her to MFT.  She shivered at the thought of her beloved ground being developed. Protecting the farmland from future development through MFT put her mind at ease, knowing that someone could always farm here.  It…

Heather & Phil Retberg

Heather & Phil Retberg QUILLS END FARM • PENOBSCOT, MAINE The future of farming in Maine hangs in the balance.  Its future very much depends on what we do now in terms of creating supportive policy, attracting young and beginning farmers, maintaining and increasing the number of successful farm transfers and farmland protection, continued farm…

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