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A Day in the Woods

Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 14 (rain date Oct. 15). Midcoast Conservancy’s Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson is hosting and MFT is co-sponsoring a full day of information and fun in the woods.

A few of the highlights include:

  • Learn by listening and talking to state experts on low-impact forestry, improving the ability of forest practices to sequester carbon and enhance wildlife habitat, the benefits of conservation easements, land trust experience with forestry, and more.
  • Learn by seeing, doing and walking with pros. There will be guided walks and talks; demonstrations of logging with horses, small scale equipment, and a small European cut to length processor; workshops on trail making and tree pruning, dealing with invasive plants and bugs; exhibits and more.
  • Learn by having fun. There will be several university woodsmen team competitions, guided walks for kids with readings in the woods by Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, a Project Learning Tree tent full of fun activities for teachers and kids and more.
  • Exercise with a “Tour De Woods” fat bike ride.
  • Stomp your feet, dance, or just listen to The Gawler family performing new and old logging songs.


Food and beverages for purchase, including beer from several Maine breweries.


For more information and to register:  www.midcoastconservancy.org/events/forestry-event/

Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry

SPACE Gallery

538 Congress St.

PortlandME 04101 

 THURSDAY OCTOBER 12, 2017 at 7:00 PM


SUNDAY OCTOBER 15, 2017 at 4:00 PM

$8 ($6 for Space Gallery members, MFT members, and PFC members)


LOOK & SEE revolves around the divergent stories of several residents of Henry County, Kentucky who each face difficult choices that will dramatically reshape their relationship with the land and their community.

In 1965, Wendell Berry returned home to Henry County, where he bought a small farm house and began a life of farming, writing and teaching.  This lifelong relationship with the land and community would come to form the core of his prolific writings. A half century later Henry County, like many rural communities across America, has become a place of quiet ideological struggle. In the span of a generation, the agrarian virtues of simplicity, land stewardship, sustainable farming, local economies and rootedness to place have been replaced by a capital-intensive model of industrial agriculture characterized by machine labor, chemical fertilizers, soil erosion and debt – all of which have frayed the fabric of rural communities. Writing from a long wooden desk beneath a forty-paned window, Berry has watched this struggle unfold, becoming one of its most passionate and eloquent voices in defense of agrarian life.

Filmed across four seasons in the farming cycle, LOOK & SEE blends observational scenes of farming life, interviews with farmers and community members with evocative, carefully framed shots of the surrounding landscape.  Thus, in the spirit of Berry’s agrarian philosophy, Henry County itself will emerge as a character in the film – a place and a landscape that is deeply interdependent with the people that inhabit it.

Presented with Space Gallery and Portland Food Co-op

watch trailer video

MLTN Stewardship Field Day at Mulberry Farms

It takes a special kind of person to be a conserved lands steward, and for the 5th year in a row, the Maine Land Trust Network is organizing a special day for all those wonderful people who dedicate their time – work or volunteer – to caring for our conserved lands. Please mark your calendars and spread the word about this year’s Stewardship Field Day.

This time around MFT is helping pull the day together, so we’re excited to be holding the activities at Mulberry Farms in Raymond, Maine. The day will cover lots of topics and we will also leave unscheduled time for discussions that pop up naturally, but we will definitely spend some time learning about (and practicing!) monitoring agricultural conservation easements. We would love to hear your suggestions for timely and meaningful stewardship discussion topics. If you have some to share, please send them along to Donna Bissett.

RSVP by sending an email to Donna Bissett: dbissett@mcht.org

Aroostook Apple Day

Celebrating Fruit Varieties for the North

October 7, 2017

10:00 am to 4:30 pm

Unitarian Church and Cup Cafe

61 Military St



Sponsored by: Southern Aroostook Soil & Water Conservation District, Fedco Trees, Maine Farmland Trust and MOFGA.  Free.  For more information, or to request special accommodation, please contact: Angela Wotton: 207-254-4126 or visit SASWCD.org.

MFT’s Amanda Beal will be a speaker at the September Maine Live

True stories of journey, creativity, and triumph.

Maine’s bold visionaries tell personal stories that will give you insight into what drives them—and keeps them moving forward.

At Maine Live, each presenter will speak for 12 mesmerizing minutes.

This inspiring day is capped off with a closing reception where you can meet the speakers and other attendees.

Join us for this fifth Maine Live and gain new perspective on why we’ve all very purposely chosen to live, work, and play in Maine.

Watch videos from past Maine Live events HERE

September Maine Live Speakers

Kifah Abdulla– Poet, Artist, Writer, Teacher, Activist
Ekhlas Ahmed– Teacher, Civil Rights Activist
Amanda Beal– President and CEO, Maine Farmland Trust
Severin Beliveau,Esq.- Founding Partner, Preti Flaherty
Abigail Carroll– Owner, Nonesuch Oysters
Dr. Renee Fay-Leblanc-Physician, Chief Medical Officer, Greater Portland Health
Pamela Florea- Energy Psychotherapist, Private Practitioner
Eric Hopkins– Artist, North Haven, Maine
Chris Kast- Brand Strategist, The Brand Company
Mary Allen Lindemann– Cofounder, Coffee by Design and Community Builder
Andrea Cianchette-Maker,Esq.- Partner, Pierce Atwood LLP
David Turin– Chef/Owner, David’s Restaurants
Dr. Zev Myerowitz– Chiropractor, Integrative Health Services

Tickets: maineliveevent.com

Look and See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry

We’re excited to co-present this wonderful new film at this year’s Camden International Film Festival. The festival takes place Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 14-17 in Camden, Rockport and Rockland.


Sunday, September 17, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Camden Opera House – Auditorium

The filmmaker will be in attendance!

In 1965, Wendell Berry returned home to Henry County, where he bought a small farm house and began a life of farming, writing and teaching. This lifelong relationship with the land and community would form the core of his prolific writings. The agrarian virtues of simplicity, stewardship, sustainability, and rootedness to place have been replaced by capital-intensive industrial machine labor, chemical fertilizers, soil erosion and debt, which have frayed the fabric of rural communities. Berry has watched this struggle unfold, becoming one its most passionate and eloquent voices in defense of agrarian life.

Filmed across four seasons in the farming cycle, LOOK & SEE blends scenes of farming life, interviews with farmers and community members, and evocative shots of the landscape. Henry County emerges as a character in the film – a place and a landscape that is deeply interdependent with the people that inhabit it.

Watch the trailer:

This is just one of many powerful documentary films on the schedule this weekend. Learn more about the festival and see the full schedule 

MFT at Sweetgrass Farm Winery for Open Winery Day

SweetGrass Farm Winery

347 Carroll Rd

Union, ME  04862

Sweetgrass Farm Winery & Distillery is celebrating the 6th annual Maine Open Winery day with wine tastings, spirits, food, fun, and education.   Maine wineries in conjunction with the Maine Winery Guild and the Maine Department of Agriculture created Maine Open Winery Day to raise awareness of this growing industry in Maine.

Maine Farmland Trust will be at Sweetgrass Farm all day with information, t-shirts, hats and other fun gifts for farm enthusiasts.  MFT members who visit Sweetgrass on Open Winery Day or those who sign up to be a member at the event will receive a free wine tasting!

Wineries from around the state will be open on September 16.  To find a winery near you and a complete listing of events go to www.MaineWineTrail.com

CSA II (Community Supporting Arts)

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, in partnership with the Harlow Gallery/Kennebec Valley Art Association, presents CSA II – one of three exhibitions of work by 13 Maine artists who have been partnered with CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farms throughout the 2017 growing season.

Meet the artists and farmers at the opening reception on Friday, September 22, from 5-8pm with a gallery talk at 5pm. Maine Farmland Trust is located at 97 Main Street in Belfast; the exhibition is on view from September 22 through November 10, 2017. For more information about Maine Farmland Trust Gallery please visit www.mainefarmlandtrust.org/public-outreach-new/gallery/

Participating artists and farms are: Ingrid Ellison of Camden (paired with Hope’s Edge Farm), Helene Farrar of Manchester (paired with Farmer Kev’s), Dylan Gifford of Kents Hill (paired with Wholesome Holmstead), Karen Merritt of Portland (paired with Crystal Spring Farm), Anna O’Sullivan of Portland (paired with The FarmME), Tim Ouillette of Portland (paired with Hancock Family Farm), Tyson Pease of Gardiner (paired with Tender Soles Farm), Alyssa Phanitdasack of Portland (paired with Sheepscot General Farm and Store), Jessica Rhoades of Thomaston (paired with Whatley Farm), Susan Bartlett Rice of Walpole (paired with Tarbox Farm), Nicholas Runco of Oakland (paired with KVCC CSA), Kris Sader of Orono (paired with Ripley Farm), and Rebecca May Verrill of Portland (paired with Frith Farm).

During CSA II (Community Supporting Arts), participating artists have been visiting their partner farms regularly since January 2017, at the very start of this year’s growing season, creating art inspired by their farmers’ lives, work, and landscape. The resulting body of artwork will be exhibited at three venues in the fall of 2017: at the Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast September 22 – November 10; at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell October 27 – December 2; and at Engine in Biddeford November 10 – December 16.

In 2012 Harlow Gallery organized the first Community Supporting Arts (CSA) project to connect Maine’s artist and farming communities, two vibrant and idealistic groups that are key to our state’s unique sense of place. The first CSA project was a huge success and the Harlow Gallery staff and volunteers are thrilled to bring it back for 2017.

All the participating farms are Community Supported Agriculture (CSA farms). A CSA farm sells shares at the beginning of the growing season and then provides fresh, seasonal food on a regular basis to each shareholding household throughout the growing season. CSA II will use the power of art to promote the economic and environmental benefits of organic farming and of buying locally grown food. Our food industry is a critical key to a sustainable economy and the health and well-being of Maine citizens in an age of accelerating climate change.

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, located at 97 Main Street, Belfast, is open Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm. More information can be found at www.mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org.

Maine Farmland Trust is a statewide, member-powered nonprofit working to protect farmland, support farmers, and advance farming. Maine Farmland Trust created its gallery to celebrate agriculture through art, and to inspire and inform the public about farming in Maine. For more information on the Trust visit www.mainefarmlandtrust.org.

Town of Gorham Planning Office will host a presentation with MFT

To discuss programs available to protect Maine farms and help farmers through

Farmland Protection, Farmland Access, & Farm Viability Programs

Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 6:00 pm

Gorham Council Chambers, 75 South Street

For more information contact Tom Poirier, Gorham Planning Office @ 207-222-1620; Chris Cabot, Maine Farmland Trust @ 207-338-6575; or Rachel Curran Apse, Presumpscot Regional Land Trust @ 207-839-4633

2017 Farmland Access Conference Request for Proposals

MFT and Land For Good are pleased to announce that the 3rd Annual  Farmland Access Conference will be held Monday, December 4 at the Augusta Civic Center in Augusta, ME. The organizers are seeking proposals for conference breakout sessions. Potential themes and topics can address a diverse array of issues relating to farmland access, tenure, transfer, viability, and protection in Maine and the region. The audience for the conference will include farmland seekers, non-farming and institutional landowners, farmers contemplating succession and transfer, and service providers.


More information and the proposal submission form can be found HERE. Submission deadline is Oct 2, 2017. Contact Andrew Marshall, andrew@landforgood.org with questions or comments.