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GREENHORNS RESIDENCY

Posted: March 29 2020

Announcement of Residency for 

Visual Artists
Poets
Writers
Agricultural/Natural Historians
Research Practices 
Social + Community Practices Artists
Agrarian Activists

We have created a new residency program in Downeasternmost Maine, in the little historic town of Pembroke and are pleased to open up for proposals for the 2020 Summer season. 

Greenhorns, an organization focused on the incoming generation of agro-ecological farmers, is pleased to announce this Agrarian residency program. Founded in 2008, and based here in Maine since fall of 2017, we have been hosting workshops, trainings, and running our small publishing organization from this rapturously beautiful rural headquarters and are pleased to have expanded our campus to be able to host more visitors. We run a small, highly diverse salt-water farm (Smithereen Farm) a large research library housed in a 1896 Odd Fellows hall (Instagram @reversinghall).

We invite applicants to look at the materials and photos on our sites. If you feel that this would be a place you’d like to come and work, be in touch with a letter of interest and a resume or C.V. of your previous work. Our aim is to cultivate long lasting, reciprocal and intersectional relationships with those we work with, those we host, and those whose work and intentions are aligned with ours.  

Our mission is to create a hospitable, resilient culture with those pursuing agriculture and land-based livelihoods; we want it to be fun, intersectional, irreverent and powerfully effective. 

Description of site and opportunities:
1. Pennamaquan site: two 1800’s historic houses looking out onto the river, one with kitchen and shower the other only bedrooms, Heated wood shop, Mushroom lab, Large Barn, 1 mile of river frontage, trails network, massive spring run of Alewives.
2. Reversing Hall: 1896 Odd Fellows hall, contains Research Library, performance and studio space, art materials, projector and upstairs theater, large indoor working spaces
3. Smithereen Farm home site: Organic farm and gardens, U Pick strawberries, blueberries, cane fruit etc. Coastal meadows and seashore access. 150 acres forest and trails, back cove, timber frame outdoor kitchen,  herb and seaweed drying facilities, smokehouse, composting toilet, hot shower, tipis, campsites, parking etc.

4. Large woodlands and trails networks, places to collect materials for art + studio practices
5. Kayaks and small boats for aquatic experiments, sound and other digital media tools, bikes.
6.  We have 2 Aquaculture lease sites where we are doing  ‘alternatives to plastic’ materials research projects. Would love to work with more artists/ designers on this project to discover and perfect use of biomaterials for flotation. 
7. Many boulders and elfin forests on the U Pick blueberry land, perfect for building fantasy art cabins. 
8. There are 3 large community halls in our town, and the oldest continuously operated county fairgrounds in the state of Maine. We have incredible infrastructure here for social gatherings, exhibits and large format happenings. Let's enliven these spaces!

We invite those interested in a residency to write to us at [email protected] (subject line: SUMMER 2020 RESIDENCY), and arrange for a visit to the site and an exchange about what kind of project you’d like to undertake. We have good camping facilities and luxurious tipis. As we are at the very beginning of this residency process, we’re quite flexible. We offer housing, studio space, kitchen, facilities and vegetables from the garden. In the first years of the residency there will be a work-trade aspect for residents to help us get studio spaces painted and fixed up. There is much opportunity downEast. 

Discover Bold Coast Maine. Visitors are invited to experience the gentle pull of this magical landscape, to create memories with their local hosts and newfound friends.

Tides Institute and Museum of Art, Eastport, ME. Located directly on the U.S./Canada border between New England and the Atlantic Provinces, the Tides Institute & Museum of Art weaves together a range of regional artifacts and historic restoration projects.

Pennamaquan Brochure (coming soon!)

Smithereen Farm's Hipcamp Site, and our VISITOR GUIDE!

Its about 6 hours drive from Boston Logan to Smithereen Farm. If you want you can come by bus CONCORD TRAILWAYS to Bangor then WEST BUS to Pembroke. Some sites along the way:
Cambridge. Peabody Glass flower museum, Formaggio Kitche
Portland - Tandem coffee, eventide/ honeypaw restaurants, okay coop, Rosemont - Market, eco groovy shopping zone, heritage seaweed shop, SPACE gallery and Art Museum downtown and across the road amazing consignment store to buy (but not sell). Vinland restaurant, other slow food restaurants, fermentors and beers etc. 
Brunswick, Coop and nice bean factory, Bowdoin College museum and campus.
Maine Maritime Museum - BATH, also Coop and historic downtown and waterfront, good stop for a walk, pee, nibble.
Rockland - Fancy food store, marjuana store, tides institute gift shop, Museums ( especially the Sail and Steam museum which is not in downtown but just nearby) Tern in the Road Coop-BEST! And amazing old book store on main street.
Belfast - Coop, Nice hardware store and eco store on Main Street
Maine Marine Museum- Searsport, awesome kid friendly exhibits.
Ellsworth - wonderful library and walkable riverfront, fancy food store, ATM machines, Mac store, antique shop that is good.
Skowhegan - Amazing mill and store next to historic grange, cool town and art residency that you aren’t supposed to visit but can.
Bangor - Tiller and Rye Natural foods, best downeast for prices, selection.
Blue Hill - if you must, COOP and wine shop and cuties.
Machias - Wine/Cheese shop, last ATM
Take the back way ( after Ellsworth at the Tideway market turn LEFT towards Franklin).
Cherryfield - nice town along river, do a circle and nice antiques shop.
Columbia Falls - visit nice farmy general store and Ruggles house and Downeast Salmon offices.
Millbridge - beloved for authentic Mexican Burritos.
Whiting/ Edmunds - Tide Mill Farm stand.
Lubec - Brewery , Sardine Museum,  Farmstands galore, feral apple collections down North Lubec Road.
Eastport - Awesome library and downtown arts, tides institute, lobster by the water, local foods at Coop and IGA.