Meet the Farmers & Artists 2016

Apple Creek Farm

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Apple Creek Farm is a second generation family farm. Established in 1985, Pete and Janet Galle moved their children and flock of sheep from Brunswick to Bowdoinham. Over the years more land was cleared for pastures and hayfields, the sheep flock increased, and eventually beef cows were introduced to the farm. Apple Creek Farm is currently managed by Jake Galle and Abby Sadauckas along with Pete and Janet Galle. All the land used by the farm is certified organic including leased hayfields and pastures. The products from beef cows, sheep, and goats are 100% grass-fed and certified organic. The laying hens are also certified organic as are the broilers, geese, and turkeys they raise.

 

Blue Bell Farm

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David Asmussen & Meredith Eilers and Blue Bell Farm are on their third season growing organic produce in Bowdoinham.  Dave hails from upstate New York and first put a shovel in the soil in fourth grade when he dug up the back yard to plant radishes.  He met his partner Meredith when she was working at the college organic farm.  After adventures far and wide through several states, homesteads and farmland, they were excited to put down roots in Bowdoinham where they grow diverse vegetables, herbs and berries.  Dave is a graduate of MOFGA's Journey-person program and is proud to be farming on land with an agricultural conservation easement through the Maine Farmland Trust.  You can find their produce at local restaurants, natural food stores and the Bowdoinham Farmers' Market.

 

Campo di Fiori

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Campo Di Fiori is a specialty nursery growing hardy wildflowers, ornamental grasses, and select cultivars. In creating the plant pallette particular attention has been given to plants that are hardy, robust-growing, and low- maintenance while embodying a more natural or wild aesthetic. The majority of these plants have a long season of interest, and for that reason are particularly useful in keeping our gardens attractive from spring into winter. As both gardeners and nature lovers, Andrew’s goal is to inspire and encourage imagination in the art of garden creating with respect to the dynamic beauty and emotion of nature.

 

Fairwinds Farm

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Fairwinds Farm is a diverse 60-acre fruit and vegetable farm owned and operated by Pete and Cathy Karonis.  Pete retired from the Marine Corp in 1995 and started Fairwinds Farm shortly thereafter, with just three acres of mixed vegetables.  Cathy grew up in Bowdoinham and made her own entry into full-time farming in 1998.  In 2003 they joined the two farms and expanded to make Fairwinds Farm the successful farm that it is today.  The farm is located in both Topsham and Bowdoinham.  Topsham is the location of five greenhouses and five acres under cultivation; the rest of the produce is grown in Bowdoinham along the banks of the beautiful Kennebec River; this includes 12 acres of delicious strawberries; 3 acres of raspberries and 4 acres of high bush blueberries, and large assortment of vegetables. 

 

Gruff Acres Farm

 

Diana and Dale Mosher started Gruff Acres Farm as a hobby when they entered retirement.  Now they have goats, hens, alpacas and several gardens. They raise both meat goats and dairy goats. Dale makes goat milk soap, which is so good for your skin! Diana makes cheeses, which she also teaches at the Long Branch School and Gardiner Adult Education.  Diana also creates greeting cards and does decorative tole painting.

 

Havenridge Farm

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Debbie and Dick Spauling started Havenridge Farm as a hobby farm.  Debbie is interested in learning new techniques and seeing where her experiments will take her.  She’s been growing herbs and been making tinctures and other products with them, and will be sharing some of her results during Open Farm Day. 

 

East of Eden Flower Farm

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East of Eden Flower Farm is a specialty cut flower farm located on six fertile acres running alongside the shores of Merrymeeting Bay.  They use sustainable practices to grow a diverse selection of nearly 65 annual and perennial flower varieties. Their farm traces its roots to the middle of a young apple orchard in Brunswick.  In the fall of 2013, Julia Shipley’s parents allowed her to till a quarter acre of land, build a small greenhouse, and pack the backyard with flowers, running beds wherever they fit in between rows of apple and pear trees. After a great first season, they seized the opportunity to lease six beautiful acres blessed with abundant water, rich soil and a strong community of organic farmers, and moved the farm to Bowdoinham.

 

Harvest Tide Organics

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Harvest Tide Organics is an organic produce farm in its second full year of production.  Eric and Bethany together grow mixed vegetables for their CSA and wholesale customers from Augusta to Portland.  It is their goal to provide healthy, affordable, organic produce for the region and to farm sustainably to preserve the great land they're on and the beautiful Merrymeeting Bay.

 

Left Field Farm

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Sean Hagan started Left Field Farm in 2012. He and his farm crew grow a wide variety of organic vegetables, cut flowers, berries, and seedlings on eight acres nestled between neighboring farms on the edge of Merrymeeting Bay. They sell their produce through a CSA farm share program in Bowdoinham, Portland and South Portland; to restaurants and retail stores in Brunswick and Portland; and at the South Portland Farmers Market.

 

Life Force Farm

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Ben Dearnley runs Life Force Farm, a diversified organic vegetable CSA that serves 30 customers with a Fall/Winter Share and a Spring  Share. He has been farming for 10 years and strives to create nutritious healthy soil and crops by balancing the soil chemistry and maintaining a biologically diverse rotation that leads to plants with higher levels of minerals and more resistance to insects and disease. Fall Winter have a wide variety of MOFGA certified organic produce including roots, cabbage, brussel sprouts, winter squash, garlic, onions leeks, spinach, lettuce and mixed greens like kale, collards and chard. The Spring Share includes all the winter storage crops and offers spring dug carrots and parsnips along with purple sprouting broccoli!

 

Six River Farm

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Nate Drummond and Gabrielle Gosselin started Six River Farm in 2007.  It is a diverse organic vegetable farm located on the shores of Merrymeeting Bay.  Nate and Gabrielle own seven acres of fields and lease an additional eighteen acres.  They, along with their employees, grow twelve acres of vegetables, berries, herbs, and cut flowers and manage the remainder of their fields in cover crops for crop rotation.  Their produce is sold at the Brunswick farmers markets, as well as to restaurants and natural food stores in the area.  They also focus on season extension and have a wide range of unheated greenhouses that enable growing vegetables all year round.  In the winter they sell at the indoor farmers market in Brunswick.  

 

Stonecipher Farm

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Stonecipher Farm is a certified organic mixed vegetable family farm on the River Road in Bowdoinham.  Purchased in 2009, Stonecipher Farm has grown from 1 acre of production, to more than 10 acres at present.  They make 100% of their income off the land, as well as employ 5 full-time persons from April through November.   Starting from a blank slate in 2009, everything has been built by Ian.  Now in their 8th season, they are proud to be a corner stone of the Bowdoinham farming community.  Stonecipher Farm sells 100% wholesale; their bread and butter is restaurants, with 35 or so of the best restaurants in Portland.  They also sell to Whole Foods, Rosemont, and the Food Co-op.

 

Catmint Garden & Gallery

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Owner and artist, Sarah Ann Stapler specializes in miniature oil, watercolor and pastel paintings.  She also creates large paintings, cards and children's books.

 

Mortimer LaPointe Woodworking & Swan Island Restoration

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Mortimer builds new furniture from reclaimed wood and repairs and restores antiques.  The pieces are crafted from a constantly changing collection of vintage reclaimed lumber. The beauty, shape and texture of each piece of wood is truly unique.

 

Morphee Creations

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Hand carved and  printed, Morphee Creations are inspired by local flora and fauna. Artist Manon Whittlesey prints her imagery onto upcycled and re-purposed materials, from paper products and home decor to clothing on her home-made press.

 

Watersong Music

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Earl Bigelow created Watersong Music for the sharing and teaching of all the facets of music. Recording, performance and teaching music has become Earl’s happy occupation, and in his new studio he is able to do all three.

 

Melissa M Fiori

 

Melissa is a Fiber Artist and has working with felt for over 12 years.  Her passion is experimenting with different types fiber and coercing them to blend together.  Melissa is a member of the Bowdoinham Art Guild, her repertoire includes bags, scarves, mittens, table runners, vessels, pillows, hats, needle felted characters and wall hangings.  Melissa loves making fabric and designing with wool! 

 

Debbie Spaulding

 

As a self taught artist Debbie uses many natural and man made structures as a starting point for her work.   Debbie is interested in the impression of a place and works to preserve an abstract expression of shapes, forms and lines.  Using commercial and hand  dyed or painted fabrics she works intuitively, using a process of constructing, deconstructing and reconstructing each piece.  Debbie uses the reconstructed segments of multi-pieced fabrics adding additional fabric as she moves through the design process to create a final composition.  Debbie uses freehand machine or hand quilting to complete the surface texture of each piece.

 

Jane Page-Conway Fine Art Photography

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Jane has been making and altering photographic images for over 30 years.  She’s an inquisitive experimenter, exploring both traditional wet darkroom & alternative photographic processes such as: infrared film, Polaroid manipulations and emulsion transfers, hand-tinting black and white photographs, cyanotype & kallitype.  Jane has learned to restructure her thinking in the digital age, blending the old with the new. And now she practices the ancient painting medium of encaustic wax with her photography.  “Encaustic” means to burn in.   Beeswax is mixed with damar resin and heated so that it becomes liquid.   The hot wax medium is tinted with a powdered pigment and applied in layers.  Each layer is fused with heat.   Jane adds or subtracts the wax, using dental tools to scribe or make texture on the surface.   Fiber, paper, or various objects can be embedded into the wax creating surface texture, luminosity and meaning.        

 

Bloom

 

Laurel started making soaps 13 years ago.  Since then she has expanded her body care product line to include lotion, chapstick, deodorant, bath fizzies, and salt scrubs.  Recently she started creating healing salves for arthritis and psoriasis. She uses natural ingredients and colors with no preservatives.  She enjoys experimenting with new herbs, spices, flowers and scents.

 

Steven Thomas Bunn, Furnituremaker

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Like early craftsmen, Steven Bunn draws on a number of elements characteristic of New England Windsor chairs - bold, sharply defined turnings, wide splayed legs, spindles with wide nodes and deeply sculpted seats to create my own interpretation of Windsor style. The result is a spectacularly beautiful chair - a modern heirloom -- strong enough for everyday use. Steven crafts Windsor chairs, rockers & settees in a number of styles using traditional tools and materials.  He makes Windsor chairs because he loves their unique fusion of beauty and utility. Steve’s handcrafted Windsor chairs, with their deeply saddled seats and flexible backs, are the most comfortable chairs you will ever sit in. No factory-made Windsor chair can equal his chairs for comfort.

 

Starrocks

 

Lynn Sternfels creates graceful jewelry with gems and beads embedded in intricately crocheted wire, silk scarves with light-weight wool integrated into the fiber, and hand-painted silk scarves are all items she has developed while exploring her creativity.  They are beautiful accessories that make any outfit look special.

 

Diana Mosher

 

Diana creates greeting cards and  decorative tole paintings when she’s not busy working on the farm, Gruff Acres Farm with her husband Dale. 

 

Merrymeeting Arts Center

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Since opening in September 2007, Merrymeeting Arts Center has been an active member of the Bowdoinham community, providing a place where children and adults can participate in and enjoy the arts.  Inspired and guided by the eclectic spirit of Bryce Muir the center encourages art, education and community celebrating the cultural heritage and natural environment of Merrymeeting Bay.  Woven through its artists, programs and projects are MAC’s Values:  egalitarianism, whimsy, environmental consciousness and diversity.

    The “S” in Arts is intentional.  “The arts” encompasses a broad range of arts including visual arts, literary arts and the performing arts – music, theatre, dance and film.  Bryce viewed “the arts” in the broadest sense and “artists” as all those who make art in any genre.  Bryce’s art – drawings, sculpture, music, performing arts, literature and boat building – embodied his belief that art is life and that whatever moves a person is art.

 

Merrymeeting Arts Center’s Pottery Project

 

The Pottery Project, formed in the Spring of 2014, is a full-functioning pottery studio.  The goal of the facility is to educate and teach ceramic skills to persons of all ages and skill levels from the community and beyond by providing classes, group workshops, and private instruction. 

    The Pottery Project is a fun place to be any Saturday morning between 8am and 2pm. Potter Rebecca Smith is on hand during Open Studio hours to help those new to pottery and those reconnecting with skills learned long ago. A $5 fee covers the cost of materials and tools. 

 

Bowdoinham Guild of Artisans

 

The Bowdoinham Guild of Artisans is a group of fine artists from the Merrymeeting Bay area working to bring their creative visions to life, while sharing an appreciation for their local community. The Guild strives to make high quality, well-made artistic goods accessible on a community level. The Bowdoinham Guild of Artisans works to nurture artists by creating a supportive network, and providing access to exhibitions and educational opportunities. 

 

Bowdoinham Historical Society

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The Bowdoinham Historical Society was established in 1970, with a meeting of two dozen residents seeking “to collect and preserve records and physical objects relating to the history of Bowdoinham.”   The Historical Society owns two properties, the Meeting House and Jellerson School.  The Jellerson School & Merrymeeting Bay Museum is one of the last local one-room schoolhouses, and has a large collection of photographs, and many other collections including books, handcrafts, newspaper clippings, and more. 

 

Long Branch School of Maine

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Long Branch offers products, skills, and training to help you live a more self-sufficient and sustainable lifestyle. Their products include energy efficient tiny homes, small timber frame structures, clay ovens and other unique and creative solutions that support a sustainable lifestyle. Long Branch also offers classes around the products that they build, as well as blacksmithing, foraging, mushrooming, cheese making, rag rug making, chair caning, woodworking, and much more.