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A Glimpse of August’s Open Studio Day at the Fiore Art Center

The second Open Studio Day, showcasing the work of the Joseph A. Fiore Art Center August artists-in-residences, took place on August 26th. It was another beautiful summer day with many guests from near and far. Music was performed by Sara Trunzo, a former MFT staffer!

Michel Droge, an abstract painter whose work reflects a poetic connection to the land, climate change research and the philosophy of the sublime, discussed how she begins each painting with an ancient method utilizing navigational stick charts. Before taking to sea, people would form these charts, which are derived from the currents, to interpret the water before a journey.

Estafani Mercedes is an activist artist with deep connections to Maine. She has been interested in local Brooksville archives that connect to the Argentine dictatorship. Through radical justice, film photography and copyright law, she continued her work to restore missing violent histories and silenced voices in a publicly accessible archive.

Performance artist Heather Lyon had just arrived at the residency, which for her would run through the end of September. She shared costumes and sculptural objects she had made, which often become part of her site-specific performance explorations.

Rachel Alexandrou, the resident gardener, led tours through the lush vegetable gardens, which are now offering everything from tomatoes, to hot peppers and eggplant, and even artichokes.

The final Open Studio Day will take place on Sunday, September 30th from 12-3PM. Heather Lyon, Rachel Alexandrou, and visual artists Clif Travers and Carol Douglas will be opening their studios and gardens for the public.

Row 1: Michel Droge

Row 2: Estefani Mercedes

Row 3: Heather Lyon

Row 4: Rachel Alexandrou and veggies from the garden

Forever Farm Party at Romac Orchard & Goat Hill

Wednesday, Spetember 12th

4-7PM

Romac Orchard & Goat Hill was protected last summer through a collaboration between MFT, Three Rivers Land Trust, and the Town of Acton The orchards have produced apples for the wholesale market for 80 years, and the hilltop has long been a cherished destination for year-round and seasonal residents of the region.

Come celebrate farmland protection and community collaboration in Acton.

Music will be preformed by Darlin’ Corey, a duo made up of Erica Brown and Matt Shipman, who feature a blend of vocal harmonies accompanied by fiddle, banjo, mandolin and guitar.

Food will include sausages from Misty Brook Farm in Albion and cider from Far From the Tree Cider. Romac Orchard will offer special deals on bags of fresh apples for guests to purchase throughout the evening.

Free & All are Welcome!

Agrarian Acts 2018

Join us for our 3rd annual celebration of agriculture through music!

Doors at 3:30/Music 4-7pm ish

BUY TICKETS HERE.

An evening of music in the fields at the Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm in Jefferson. This year’s line-up features three all-female bands with deep roots in rural Maine:

Ticket includes

Farm pizza & salad made by Uproot Pie Co.

Cash bar with beer & wine

Bring your own blankets and chairs

 

Kids under 5 FREE

Kids 6-15 $15

Adults $35

 

BUY TICKETS HERE. Online ticket sales will close at 3pm on Friday, August 24th. Tickets will be available at the door beginning at 3:15 on the day of and at Open Studio Day from noon-3pm that afternoon.

Summer Garden Party & BBQ

Please join neighbors, friends, and staff of MFT for a casual & informative evening of food, conversation and community in Freedom.  Learn more about what MFT is up to locally, and statewide, to ensure farming will continue to feed Maine for generations to come.
We’ll have plenty of meat and veggies on the grill and a big green salad (all from local farms).  Please feel free to bring a side dish, dessert, or drinks to add to the mix!
Families welcome, no dogs please.
To RSVP or for more information, call or email Caroline (207-338-6575; caroline@mainefarmlandtrust.org)
Wild and Scenic

Wild & Scenic Film festival in Ellsworth

Join us for the first Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Downeast Maine! The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is the largest film festival of its kind. It will leave you feeling inspired and motivated to make a difference in your community and the world.

There will be food and drinks, a raffle, and information from participating hosts at 7pm; we’ll start showing the films just after sunset around 8pm.

 

Co-hosted by Downeast Salmon Federation, Downeast Institute, Downeast Audubon, Schoodic Institute, Frenchman Bay Conservancy, Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust, Blue Hill Heritage Trust, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, and MFT.

Sponsored in part by: Downeast Fisheries Partnership, Downeast Conservation Network, and Hawkes & Quirk, LLC. Additional national sponsorship provided by: Peak Design, EarthJustice, Barefoot Wine and Bubbly, Klean Kanteen, CLIF Bar, and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.

This is a FREE community event! Learn more about the films at https://www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org/.

Bike with MFT!

Sunday, July 22nd @11am in Bowdoinham

Join MFT for a farm-to-farm bike ride around Bowdoinham!  We’ll visit a variety of protected farms, hear from the farmers, and learn more about what it means to be a Forever Farm.  More info below!

Merrymeeting Trailblazers and MFT are sponsoring the Explore Merrymeeting Bay Bike Tours, visiting the farms and exploring the scenes of Open Farm Day. The ride will include three led bike ride options for a range of abilities and interests. All three led rides will leave from Mailly Waterfront Park.  Representatives from Merrymeeting Wheelers, MFT, and Kennebec Estuary Land Trust will be supporting the rides.

9:30am 24-mile ride through Bowdoinham and Richmond with stops to explore farms along the way. This is a good ride for beginner or intermediate riders.

10:00am 35-mile ride through Bowdoinham, Richmond, and Topsham with short stops at farms on the route. This ride is best for intermediate or advanced riders.

11:00am 14-mile ride with stops to explore some of Bowdoinham’s Forever Farms. This ride will be led by MFT staff and is good for beginner & intermediate riders and those who are interested in learning more about farmland protection in one of the richest farming areas in Bowdoinham.

RSVP: caroline@mainefarmlandtrust.org or 338-6575

Explore Merrymeeting Bay Farms by Bike on July 22nd

Bike riders of all ages and experience levels are invited to take part in the Explore Merrymeeting Bay Bike Tour on July 22, sponsored by Merrymeeting Trailblazers and MFT.  Three free led bike rides will explore the scenes of Open Farm Day in Bowdoinham and visit open farms and art studios.  Merrymeeting Wheelers, MFT, and Kennebec Estuary Land Trust will be supporting the rides.

 

All rides leave from Bowdoinham’s Mailly Waterfront Park.  At 9:30 am, there will be a 24 mile ride through Bowdoinham and Richmond with stops to explore farms and studios along the way. This is a good ride for beginner or intermediate riders.  At 10am, there will be a 38 mile ride through Bowdoinham, Richmond, and Topsham with short stops at farms and studios on the route. This ride is best for intermediate or advanced riders. The third ride starts at 11am.  This 14-mile ride has stops to explore some of Bowdoinham’s Forever Farms and will be led by MFT staff.  This is good for beginner & intermediate riders and those who are interested in learning more about farmland protection in one of the richest farming areas in Bowdoinham.

 

Preregistration for the rides is not required, but it is appreciated for help with ride planning.  To register, visit merrymeetingtrail.org/events or contact Ruth Indrick at the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (or 207-442-8400).

 

Bowdoinham will have 10 open farms and 14 artists for Open Farm Day this year.  Although the sites can be visited by car, these rides provide a fun way to explore the farms and studios with ride leaders who have experience with biking in the region.  For bike riders who aren’t interested in an organized ride but still want to experience Open Farm Day by bike, there will be maps of suggested ride routes available in Mailly Waterfront Park from 9:00am to 3:00pm.

Visitors to the farms can talk to the farmers and try samples of their products.  Bowdoinham hosts farms for vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers, cows, sheep, goats, alpacas, and chickens.  The work of local artists with open studios features painting, printing, fabric, furniture, and photography.

 

All riders and farm visitors are invited to attend the Open Farm Day barbecue.  This barbeque is from 3:00pm to 6:00pm in Bowdoinham’s Mailly Waterfront Park and features fresh foods from local farms.  The barbecue is $12 for adults, $8 for kids, and $4 for dessert.

 

The Explore Merrymeeting Bay Bike Tour provides people with the opportunity to explore and enjoy the beautiful Merrymeeting Bay region, and it helps to raise awareness about local farms, Merrymeeting Trail and farmland conservation.  Merrymeeting Trail is a proposed 25 mile multi-use trail for bikers and walkers of all ages that will travel through the towns of Gardiner, Richmond, Bowdoinham, and Topsham, connecting the Kennebec River Rail Trail with the Brunswick Bike Path.  To learn more about Merrymeeting Trail, check out the Merrymeeting Trailblazers, a local group working to make this trail a reality, HERE.  MFT is committed to protecting farmland, supporting farmers, and advancing the future of farming in Maine.

 

Learn more about MFT’s ride HERE.

Photo credit: Victor Langelo

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