Calf Unveiling Day
May 4, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm, at Aldermere Farm
Aldermere Farm will open its doors and barnyard to the public during Calf Unveiling Day to introduce the newest members of Aldermere’s Belted Galloway herd. Get a behind-the-scenes tour of Aldermere Farm and visit with the Belted Galloway calves. This is your chance to see Aldermere’s 4-H club in action! Local farms and agricultural programs will be on site with their animals and goods for sale. Enjoy local fare and a classic Aldermere burger. Admission is free. This is a fun event for all ages!
During Calf Unveiling, local farms, agricultural programs, food vendors and non-profits will be on-site with their animals, goods, local fare, and information. This year’s event will feature Bittersweet Heritage Farm, Creelman Farm Creamery, Final-lee Acres, Guini Ridge Farm, Hummingbird Hollow Handcrafts, Stone Fox Creamery’s ice cream truck, Swell Farm, The Barber’s Bunnies, Uproot Pie Co.’s mobile wood-fire pizza oven, White’s Farm and A Wrinkle in Thyme Farm. Grilled Aldermere burgers as well as a selection of Aldermere beef will be available to purchase. The Rusty Hinges will perform live music from 11 AM to 1 PM.
This year, the farm will also celebrate its 20th anniversary as a preserve of Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT), a state-wide land conservation organization. The story of the Aldermere herd began in 1953 when the farm’s owner, Albert Chatfield Jr., purchased a bull and six cows, establishing what is now the oldest continuously-operated herd of Belted Galloway cattle in the United States. Mr. and Mrs. Chatfield methodically studied progressive scientific agriculture to revitalize the farmland after inheriting it in 1950. They were especially influenced by the work of Louis Bromfield, whose writings emphasized careful stewardship and organic farming methods. In his will, Mr. Chatfield bequeathed Aldermere Farm to MCHT with the intent of preserving Aldermere Farm’s scenic and ecological integrity. In honor of Mr. Chatfield’s wishes, MCHT has maintained Aldermere as a working farm with Belted Galloway cattle. Today, Aldermere Farm hosts a variety of programs and events to educate the community and encourage sustainable agriculture.
For more information email gro.t1566201238hcm@y1566201238rubla1566201238j1566201238 or call (207) 236-2739.