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Two new videos to celebrate our 20th year!

This year, we are celebrating 20 years of growing the future for farming in Maine! Throughout the year we’ll be releasing a series of six videos that illustrate our history, our work, and where we’re headed. So far, we’ve released two videos: one about our founding, and one about our work to protect farmland.

Our Roots

Twenty years ago a small group of farmers and farm advocates started talking about this idea: that farmland, and farming, matter and should be protected. Soon, that little seed of an idea took root, and MFT began as the first and only land trust in Maine dedicated to protecting farmland and supporting farmers.

Farmland Protection at High View Farm

Protecting Maine’s precious farmland is the only way to ensure that we’ll have the land we need to grow food in the future. Several years ago, MFT worked with Bill and Darcy Winslow at High View Farm in Harrison to protect their farm, making sure that that land will continue to be available for farming for the next generation and beyond. High View is just one of the hundreds of farms MFT has helped to protect since 1999.

 

Stay tuned for more videos coming soon! All of the videos were produced in partnership with the Knack Factory.

 

Be sure to check out our 20th Anniversary website, where you can find events, a timeline of our milestones, and membership profiles.

Let's grow a bright future for farming in Maine, together.

Winter Ski/Snowshoe/Hike

Come explore another beautiful farm that MFT helped to protect in 2015.  We’ll ski or hike around the many trails that surround High View Farm, stopping in the farm yurt for a hot drink and conversation with farmers Bill and Darcy about their land and hopes for the future.  All ages and experience welcome.  Bring your own skis/snowshoes or winter boots!

Free for MFT members, $5 donation suggested for non-members.

Please RSVP to Caroline@mainefarmlandtrust.org// 207-338-6575 x 305.

Make it a day trip in Maine’s Western Foothills

This year’s Maine Fare series draws food and farm enthusiasts to the Western Foothills! We asked our staff for their favorite stops in the region, in case you’re headed to one of our Maine Fare events and would like to make a day (or two!) of it:

Androscoggin Riverlands State Park is in Turner and offers 17 miles for both hiking and mountain biking. Closer to Paris, you will find the 147-acre Cornwall Nature Preserve, which hosts three miles of trails. After your hike, grab some tacos at Luchador Tacos, a little stand on Western Avenue in Paris.

Try out one of the trails in the Roberts Farm Preserve in Norway, protected by our friends at Western Foothills Land Trust. And don’t forget that the eastern portion of White Mountain National Forest is also in the area. Caitlin, on our lands staff, recommends the Caribou Trail in particular. Lake view trails and swimming can also be found in Pennesseemassee Park. Afterward, or if you just find yourself passing through, make sure to grab a beer at Norway Brewing Company, located right off Main Street. They also offer a full menu for brunch and dinner on the weekends! (Fun fact: Corey Dilts, the chef at Norway Brewing Co. will be preparing a tasting plate at our Finale Feast event, paired with a special beer from the brewery.)

Walk through Bethel’s farmers market (Saturdays from 9am-1pm) and consider taking the historical walking tour mapped out the Bethel Historical Society. Need a beer or a meal afterwards? Harvest Bar, an eatery and alehouse is a great spot nearby.

Of course, no day trip would be complete in our minds without a few farm stops. Pay a visit to Bill and Darcy Winslow, owners of High View Farm in Harrison. The Winslows have a team of Belgian draft horses, along with many other farm animals. Take a peak in their farm store for some amazing raw milk and butter from their Guernsey dairy cows, or even stay at one of their yurts for the night! Swing by  Pietree Orchards in Sweden for a slice of pizza (or pie!), and check out their farm stand as well for cider, jellies, greens and other farm goodies. Nezinscot Farm in Turner is another favorite (we’re hosting a sold-out cheesemaking workshop there this weekend!) for their delicious breakfast and lunch menu, all made with fresh foods from the farm, not to mention all manner of cheese, canned goods, wool and more.

All remaining Maine Fare events and tickets can be found HERE. Remember, MFT members get 10% off all tickets!

Let's grow a bright future for farming in Maine, together.

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MFT Newsletter Spring 2016

Maine Farmland Trust Newsletter

Spring 2016

In This Issue:

  • Partners protecting farmland in Bowdoinham
  • OPAV: “New” tool ensures farmland stays in farming
  • Maine Harvest Bucks hits retail
  • On the Ground: recent farmland protection projects
  • A FarmLink in Gouldsboro
  • Introducing the Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm
  • New Faces at MFT