Inspired by Twin Villages Foodbank Farm in Damariscotta and other foodbank farms in Maine, we have decided to launch a nonprofit foodbank project on the farm for the 2017 growing season. For more information, please visit the page on this website for Growing to Give – our Foodbank Partner.
We want to remind folks about about the Summer Solstice Party at the farm this Saturday, June 18 (details can be found in our previous post below), but mainly we want to announce the new Facebook page for Dana Freshley’s non-cannabis herb operation at the farm – Healing Herbs at Scatter Good Farm. Born last fall as a vision to supply high-quality herbs to families, herbalists, apothecaries, and herbal product businesses throughout the state of Maine, 2016 will be our first growing season. We believe strongly in farming congruous to nature’s natural processes, so we use permaculture methods to foster healthy ecosystems and sustainable food medicine!
All the herbs are organically-grown, including goldenseal, elderberry, red clover, milky oats, dandelion, stinging nettles, sacred basil, echinacea and calendula. We will be selling our herbs dried fresh by the pound and half pound. If you would like more information about Healing Herbs, please contact Dana at email@example.com.
Please check out the Facebook page at:
On Saturday, June 18, 2016, please come and help us create an evening of wonderful people, great food, and uplifting music and stories!
5:00 pm to whenever people run out of steam for any or all of the following:
- Fun and Games – Cornhole, frisbee, trail and garden walking, basketball “horse”, sheep petting, hanging out, etc.
- Potluck – anything works as a contribution: snacks, hot dishes, salads, desserts, beverages, etc.
- Singing – out of the new Singing Church Songbook – “songs that lift up the spirit and support communitarian values” – check it out and find some favorites to request! (This will happen in the house, starting just after 8:30)
- Fire pit in the woods – fire watching, storytelling and music making
- Farm Tours at 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30 pm. Tours will be about 30 minutes each, starting at the front porch.
- General frivolity
Please click here for directions.
In order to give us a little sense of the size of group to anticipate, please click here to add your name(s) to the RSVP list.
Can’t wait to see ya!
John, Patty, Mitch, Joe, and Theda and other members of the farm crew
We hope you all survived the lack of snow and lack of severe cold this winter, and that you’re getting ready for spring! Our plans for 2016 include MOFGA certification (we hope), the continued use of carbon-sequestering biochar as a soil amendment, a new greenhouse and three new sheds, a new non-cannabis herb operation, and vegetable production that is focused on the vegetables we need for a new on-farm business that will produce fantastic vegetable sauces and stews for sale throughout southern Maine.
Like last year, all our crops will be organically-grown, and we hope to be certified by MOFGA very soon. Our use of biochar yielded good results last year, and we plan to build on what we learned last year when we plant this year. While the sheds were built over the winter, the greenhouse isn’t under construction yet, but it will be built at least in time for us to extend our growing season well into the fall.
Dana Freshley, a member of our crew since last summer, is taking the lead on the herb operation, which we’re marketing separately as “Healing Herbs at Scatter Good Farm”. All the herbs will be organically-grown, including goldenseal, elderberry, red clover, dandelion, stinging nettles, basil, coneflower, lemon balm, resina calendulas, and peppermint. We’ll be selling the herbs dried, but otherwise unprocessed. If you would like more information about Healing Herbs, please contact Dana at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Theda Lyden, our returning senior garden manager (and the former executive chef at the award-winning Harraseeket Inn), is in the process of creating the sauces and stews mentioned earlier, and we’ll share more information about that soon!
We’re also in the midst of some changes in our farm crew. Forrest McCurdy left Maine in February and is now living and working at the Sorrel River Ranch Resort & Spa in Moab, Utah as an organic gardener. In April, Andy Catlin moved back to his community in Joshua Tree, California, as was his original plan. Ian and Zach Leavitt are now working at the wonderful Wealden Farm in Freeport. In August, Dana will be leaving to enroll in a University of Edinburgh graduate program in Human Geography to research agricultural systems. While we’ll miss all of these amazing people, we’re also delighted to welcome to the farm crew Katherine Whitaker, here for the summer from Smith College, Adelle Pitsas, here for the summer from Hampshire College, and our own Joe Newlin, who will be combining farm work with his Good Ship Gelato business.
Finally, please put Saturday, June 18th on your calendar. We didn’t have a Spring Equinox gathering this year (again), but we’re really looking forward to another great Summer Solstice event. Plan on a start time of something like 5 pm – more on this soon!
If you didn’t receive this by email or would like to second look, here is our Fall 2015 newsletter! Sep 2015 Newsletter