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Please call 236-2739 or e-mail Jeremy Lucas to register for upcoming events.

Lawns to Garden Workshop - Saturday, May 30

Would you like to turn part of your lawn into a productive garden? Erickson Fields Preserve is offering a workshop from 10:00am - 1:00pm on “lasagna gardening,” a no-till, no-dig technique achieved by layering organic matter. This workshop is open and free to the public for all interested gardeners and farmers. The workshop will be led by Ellie Brown at Erickson Fields Preserve located at 124 West Street, Rockport. For more info and to register please call the Aldermere Farm Office at: 236-2739 or email jlucas@mcht.org

June 22 - Aldermere Farm Visitor Center Opens

The visitor center is staffed by dedicated volunteers who have a passion for our Belted Galloways and Aldermere Farm. Beef and retail items such as hats, stuffed belties, cards, shirts and stickers are available for purchase at the visitor center.

July 7 - August 11 Summer Farm Hands Session (Tuesday)

Farm Hands is the premier youth program at Aldermere Farm where youth ages 12-18 work with the young Belted Galloway calves learning to halter train, groom, and lead them. This provides a community service to the Farm because it allows the calves to get use to being around people, and to be well tempered and manageable. Participants also learn about important agricultural, conservation, and environmental issues as well as skills such as team work, trust, and patience. Our first summer session will be held on Tuesday mornings beginning July 7 from 8:30-11:00am and will run for six weeks. Contact our office for a registration form at 236-2739 or jlucas@mcht.org. Sessions are limited to 8 participants.

July 9 - August 13 Summer Farm Hands Session (Thursday)

Farm Hands is the premier youth program at Aldermere Farm where youth ages 12-18 work with the young Belted Galloway calves learning to halter train, groom, and lead them. This provides a community service to the Farm because it allows the calves to get use to being around people, and to be well tempered and manageable. Participants also learn about important agricultural, conservation, and environmental issues as well as skills such as team work, trust, and patience. Our first summer session will be held on Thursday mornings beginning July 9 from 8:30-11:00am and will run for six weeks. Contact our office for a registration form at 236-2739 or jlucas@mcht.org. Sessions are limited to 8 participants.

July 25 & 26 - Beef Basics Weekend

A two-day training workshop for farms that have beef cattle and/or individuals who are looking for information necessary for starting a beef cattle farm. Many guest speakers will share their knowledge and expertise related to beef cattle farming.

July 26 - Open Farm Day at Erickson Fields Preserve

Join us on Sunday, July 26 from 10am-2pm to visit Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s Erickson Fields Preserve in Rockport for Maine’s Open Farm Day. You will learn about all the great agricultural related activities happening at Erickson and meet the Teen Agricultural Crew while touring the gardens. Farm and program staff will be on site for you to speak with, live acoustic music, and samples of grilled and fresh veggies from the garden will be available to sample. There will also be a children’s tent with games and activities and draft steer pulling demos. Erickson Fields Preserve is a 93-acre conserved farm owned and managed by Maine Coast Heritage Trust and has been designated a Forever Farm by Maine Farmland Trust. Erickson Fields Preserve is located at 124 West St. (Rt. 90) in Rockport (across from the Camden-Rockport Elementary School).

August 1 Annual Art Show & Sale

The Aldermere Art Show features over 300 pieces of art by 50 different artists. All artwork consists of scenes featuring Belted Galloways, Aldermere Farm or the coast of Maine. The public is invited to view and purchase the artwork.