passamaquoddy-maliseet sweetgrass harvest video

posted June 25, 2020

SWEETGRASS (video)

Language Keepers began in 2006 as an experimental project to document endangered languages, addressing a central dilemma in endangered language work: the decline and loss of public group discourse. When a language is no longer spoken in groups outside the family or in public, it cannot be passed on or documented effectively.

In their 14 years of documentation with the Passamaquoddy and Maliseet people of Eastern Maine and New Brunswick, Language Keepers filmed more than 100 hours of natural group conversation with 85 speakers. Since 2015, documentation has been posted to the Passamaquoddy-Maliseet Portal. Visit the dictionary, here.

An excerpt from the video (transcript):

It used to be so much fun when my grandmother went sweetgrass picking with my mother. And they would bring the sweetgrass to our house, they would clean the sweetgrass, and take a little and tie it up, wrap it up and hang it on a rope. The sweetgrass would be hanging everywhere in the house. As we went to bed, you’d just look up to see the sweetgrass. It smelled so nice.


cultivating community, hiring

posted June 11, 2020

(Screenshot from Cultivating Community site)

Cultivating Community is currently accepting applications for:

Farmer Support Specialist

Food Hub Assistant (Fresh Start Farms Food Hub)

Positions are based on a farm in Lisbon, ME. You can send application documents by email to Alex Redfield at alex@cultivatingcommunity.org and call (207) 475-7235 with questions.

1) Write a letter explaining why you are interested in this job and why you are a good candidate. 

2) Send a resume or CV that lists your previous work and education experience

3) Send a list of three people, (their names, phone numbers or email addresses) that you have worked for in the past. These people will be your references and should be willing to confirm that you are a good employee. These people can not be members of your family.


Oaklands Farm, Gardiner ME seeks farm manager

posted May 20, 2020

The owners of Oaklands Farm seek an enterprising farmer or farming couple to manage an established grass-fed beef and forage business in central Maine. The property, owned by a family trust, is located 4 miles from I-95, 50 miles north of Portland and 35 miles from midcoast, in a community with a small downtown, food co-op, restaurants, and cultural opportunities.  

To apply, send the above materials by April 30th to:  abby@landforgood.org using the heading “Oaklands Farm Search.”  Applicants who are selected for interviews will be notified by email and will receive additional information regarding the specifics of the situation. Full application materials including more detailed maps with field names, soil types and stewardship guidelines are available here

The farmland is best suited to growing grass and raising livestock. The current business consists of a grass-fed cattle operation with 12 brood cows and calves (Hereford-Angus crosses) and 12 yearlings as of spring 2020; a well-established customer base for retail and wholesale sales; production of forages (wrapped bales and dry hay, both round and square bales) for sale and cattle consumption; and land, buildings and equipment as described above. 

Opportunities include:  a one-year trial period as an employee of existing business in exchange for housing; followed (if trial period is successful) by assuming management of business under yearly operating plan approved by owners and long-term lease from trust. Arrangement includes opportunity to expand business or add new enterprises within basic constraints of land stewardship guidelines and best management practices and to earn an equity stake in the business. Business has an excellent location, stable customers and significant goodwill.

Applicants must have 3-5 years of experience with livestock farming and operating farm equipment. A Letter of Interest should include: (1) a resume detailing farming experience and skills in the following areas: raising/handling livestock; soil management and raising forage crops; operation and care of farm equipment; marketing; business practices, record keeping, and finance; and (2) a one-page statement describing your vision for a farm that utilizes the assets described above while stewarding the land in a sustainable manner.


Maine Land Share 2020

posted April 21, 2020

The Maine Land Share Project is making connections this spring to match aspiring gardeners with shared land and resources for community food security. Mainers — check it out and get involved!!

You can fill out the appropriate form(s) (linked below) and MLSP will do their best to make a match between offers and requests:


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 office@greenhors.org (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.


Farm Apprenticeship in Wiscasset, ME

posted November 5, 2019

Chewonki is accepting applications for their Farm Apprentice position beginning in January 2020!

Chewonki is a school, camp, and environmental education organization based in Wiscasset, Maine, that inspires transformative growth, teaches appreciation and stewardship of the natural world, and challenges people to build thriving, sustainable communities throughout their lives. Chewonki is a 501(c) non-profit organization.

(C) Jock Montgomery Photography

The Farm Apprentice is a year-long position that aids in all aspects of Chewonki’s small, diversified farm, including livestock, pasture, and diversified vegetable production and integrates Chewonki students and participants into all production systems. For a complete position description and application instructions, please visit the Chewonki Employment Opportunities page. Applications are due November 17th, 2019. 

Please see https://farm.chewonki.org/ for more information about Chewonki’s Farm and Food System.

Position Title: Farm Apprentice
Department/Program: Farm
Employment Category: F-A 
Permanent/Temporary: Temporary
Reports to: Farm Manager
Exempt/Non-Exempt: Exempt
Schedule (hours and weeks): Full-time January 13, 2020 – January 10, 2021
Benefits Eligible: LC3 health insurance


Greenhorns and Scythe Supply present: One day short-course in Scything

Taught by scything legend (and neighbour farmer) Jim Kovaleski and Carol Bryan of Scythe Supply. You will learn to manage fencerows, roads, paths, lawns, orchards – all without motor noise! Find the optimal physics, the romance of the swing, and learn some small tricks for sharpening and blade maintenance. (If you are coming from away, plan to arrive the evening of June 14th)

Jim Kovalesky has been a nomadic farmer for the last eight years, spending spring and summer farming in Downeast Maine, growing food for the local farmers market and Eat Local Eastport Co-op. In early fall Jim has traveled south bringing an abundance of Maine grown produce to Florida and Freedom House Farm, where he grows veggies and subtropical fruit through the winter. In Florida, Jim is an Urban farmer growing in two front yards, about 1/2 acre of land in downtown New Port Richey. From this land he supplies a farmers market, a buyers club and Wrights Natural Market the local health food store, with Fresh organic produce through the winter.

He grows food in both places using hand tools and concentrate large volumes of organic matter in no-till garden beds making a living for himself producing nutrient dense tasty food for friends, neighbors, and patrons.

Jim is very excited about a practice he calls “Grass Fed Vegetables.” In this system he uses a scythe to mow 7 acres of meadow hay and concentrate that onto 1/2 acre of garden beds as a thick layer of feeding mulch for the micro-herd populating the rich soil. In the in the last 7 years using this system he has not watered or fertilized and has weeded very little while increasing both the amount of food coming from the land he tends and the vitality of the land itself. This system relies heavily on the the European style scythe, which he says is the best hand tool that he has ever used.

2018 finds Jim moving his Maine farming efforts to Pembroke on the homestead known as Hopes Haven, situated next to Smithereen Farm, the Greenhorns new adventure Downeast. He plans to offer scythe instruction through the summer of 2018 and for many years to come with the tool he loves and sees as a gateway to regenerative small scale organic farming

No purchase of Scythe is required, but all equipment will be available for sale. The daylong course costs $20 for downeasters/$40 from away and includes camping, picnic lunch, use of outdoor kitchen.


plant matter art show in portland maine april 13th

posted March 30, 2018

Rachel Alexandrou has been a regular contributor to Greenhorns New Farmers Almanac over the years. Her stunning work will be shown in a solo art show on April 13th in Portland Maine at Oxbow Brewery’s Gallery 49. Rachel’s current work focuses on concepts of decay, plant matter and herbarium specimens. 20% of the proceeds of the show will be kindly donated by Rachel to two land trust in the area, the Damariscotta River Association and Midcoast Conservancy.
Please support this wonderful artist and the equally wonderful cause that she has chosen.

maine governor blames land trusts for states rising property taxes

posted March 8, 2018

Maine Governor LePage

This message is sent on behalf of Tim Glidden, President at Maine Coast Heritage Trust. 

Dear Maine Land Trusts,

Last night, Governor LePage delivered his final State of the State address. As we expected, right out of the gate he blamed land trusts for Maine’s rising property taxes. He relied upon many statistics to make his case. Unfortunately, much of what he said was inaccurate and out of context.

What’s Missing?

The Governor’s comments continue to ignore the many benefits of conservation land to Maine people and our state’s economy. These land trust conserved lands include more than 2.1 million acres of productive forestland, 36,000 acres of active farmland, and more than 60 access sites for commercial fisherman. Land trusts also provide public access to sportsmen on more than 90% of all their conserved lands and thousands of miles of trails for hiking, skiing, mountain biking, ATV riding, and snowmobiling.

In addition, contrary to the Governor’s depiction, land trusts are working in partnership with municipalities, community leaders, and businesses all around the state to complete conservation projects to improve the lives of Maine people and visitors. This is why land conservation and efforts like the Land for Maine’s Future program continue to enjoy should broad, bipartisan support.

Big Misstatement

The Governor’s speech included the wild assertion that land trusts are responsible for removing more than $18 billion of land off the municipal tax rolls, resulting in a loss of more than $330 million in property taxes. To the contrary, the $18 billion and $330 million figures he referenced include all tax exempt real estate (land and buildings) owned by the Federal Government, the State of Maine, municipalities, quasi-municipal organizations, churches, and other nonprofits. We estimate the land trust component of this figure to be less than 1% of the total.

For more information and additional statistics about Maine land trusts and their lands, view the report HERE.

What you can do to help

MCHT anticipates that the Governor will be submitting legislation over the next month targeting land trust tax exemption eligibility.

Over the past few weeks, many of you have stepped up to submit opinion pieces to your local newspaper to tell the real story of land conservation in Maine. These have been very helpful. If you have not had a chance to submit something to your local newspaper, it is not too late.

Stay tuned for future updates on this issue. MCHT is working on additional communications strategies and will share with you the legislation once it becomes official.

Click HERE to watch the full speech (the land trust section begins around the 12-minute mark). Alternatively, you can also read a full transcript HERE


mofga seeks new executive director!

posted March 3, 2018

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) -fiscal sponsor of the Greenhorns – has launched a search for its next Executive Director. MOFGA’s Board of Directors seeks a dynamic leader and proven manager who shares the organization’s passion for organic agriculture, local food production, a healthy environment, and thriving Maine communities.

Background and Overview

Formed in 1971, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association is the oldest and largest state organic organization in the country. MOFGA takes pride in its success in promoting and supporting Maine farmers and a multi-generational agricultural community and has been at the heart of changing Maine’s farm culture. MOFGA’s efforts have resulted in dramatically increasing the popularity of organic local agriculture and healthy living, and its organizational successes and impact have resulted in national and international recognition.

When asked to describe MOFGA, the first response is almost always: “It’s a community.” Today that community includes more than 6,200 memberships, with over 11,000 members, a volunteer corps of more than 2,500, a 20 member board of directors, and a staff of 34. This community is best symbolized by its signature community gathering: the Common Ground Country Fair, which annually attracts more than 63,000 visitors during one weekend in September.

The core work of MOFGA is educating people about how to grow, prepare, and share good organic food. MOFGA’s organic certification program annually reviews the practices of over 500 farms and food processors to help assure the public that food labeled as “certified organic” has been grown according to nationally accepted organic standards. Today, as a result of MOFGA’s support for, and partnership with, farmers in Maine, more than 95,000 acres of farmland in the state is MOFGA certified organic. MOFGA works to grow the market for local organic products and strengthen the economic viability of MOFGA certified producers and local communities.

A more comprehensive description of MOFGA and its many programs and services can be found on the website.

Guided by a recently completed strategic plan, the Executive Director will work with the Board of Directors, MOFGA volunteers and partners, and a talented and experienced staff to lead and grow the organic movement in Maine. MOFGA’s Board is seeking an energetic and trusted leader who can build and nurture essential relationships throughout Maine—a leader who can embrace MOFGA’s culture, honor its grassroots history, and support a highly regarded staff team to achieve ambitious goals for the future.

Organizational priorities to guide the next Executive Director

• Build relationships and strengthen bonds with our members, volunteers and donors, across the state of Maine, while working with the board, staff, and committees to advance the goals of deepening member engagement and building the diversity of our membership.
• Guide and support communication efforts to promote the Maine organic brand, to expand markets for organic products, and bring heightened visibility and recognition to MOFGA.
• Play an active and visible role in ensuring MOFGA’s financial well-being and sustainability while taking a leadership role in annual and capital fundraising efforts.
• Support the staff team, taking steps to empower them in their work, build their capacity, and ensure they have the organizational, technological, and physical infrastructure in place to be successful.
• Partner with the board and staff to advance the strategic plan, bring rigor to the tracking and evaluation of performance, and support the ongoing development of board governance practices.
• Represent MOFGA in Augusta and in Washington D.C, advocating for organic integrity, small farmers, and a healthy, sustainable environment.

Position Requirements

To lead MOFGA requires a comprehensive set of skills and abilities. We expect that the successful candidate
will bring the following to MOFGA:
• A passion for our values, our mission, agriculture and the environment
• A “curious mind” and a hunger for learning
• Senior-level leadership experience, including proven ability to manage and support staff and volunteer teams
• Solid writing skills, comfort in public speaking, and being regarded by all as a “good listener”
• A proven “relationship builder” who can also demonstrate hands-on experience with and a readiness to engage in fundraising
• The highest level of recommendations from references, collaborative partners, and peers

In addition to the expectations listed above, preference will be given to candidates who can also
demonstrate the following:

• A deep appreciation for the value and impact of volunteers and a track-record of successfully working with volunteers to achieve shared goals
• Demonstrated ability in developing organizational strategies and carrying them through to completion
• Nonprofit experience, including working in a healthy and productive partnership with a board of directors
• A global vision coupled with relevant policy and advocacy knowledge and experience at the state and federal level
• Hands-on experience with, and or a deep knowledge of, farming, growing, organic practices, and the realities of rural living
• Ability to engage with our varied and diverse community and develop and nurture essential relationships

Compensation

Comprehensive benefits package and competitive salary commensurate with experience.
This position reports directly to the Board of Directors. The successful candidate can expect a formal review after six months as well as an annual review.

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and résumé to Starboard Leadership Consulting at the
following address search1@starboardleadership.com. The cover letter and résumé should contain detailed
information concerning work experience, past successes, leadership experience and qualifications. Please
be prepared to provide contact information for professional references upon request.

Paper copies may be sent to
Lisa Belyea, Starboard Leadership Consulting,
84 Harlow St.,
Bangor, ME 04401,

Electronic submission of materials is preferred.
No phone inquiries, please.
Review of applications will begin on March 28, 2018.

MOFGA also has job openings in expanding program and administration areas. Currently posted positions include: Organic Crops and Conservation Specialist; Low Impact Forestry Coordinator; and Development Coordinator.