Aldermere News

Paid Farm Apprenticeships

Gain hands-on experience managing a blue-ribbon herd of Belted Galloways at Aldermere Farm or a market vegetable garden at Erickson Fields.

Farming from Tanzania to Maine

MCHT Teen Ag crew member tells of her experience growing food for her community at Erickson Fields Preserve.

Scarecrow Competition benefits Food Pantry

“We decided to connect the scarecrow competition to our theme a of giving back to the community. Next week, we will deliver beef to Come Spring Food Pantry. It feels great to support an organization like Come Spring Food Pantry that is completely volunteer-run and helps so many people in need.”

Visitor Center open through September

Aldermere Farm’s Visitor Center will be open from Monday, July 2, through September

A Familiar Face on the Farm

Ellie Pendleton, Aldermere Farm’s new onsite Herd Management Assistant, first came to Aldermere Farm as a ten-year-old in the Farm Hands program. Later, through Aldermere Achiever’s 4-H program and other agricultural leadership opportunities, Ellie gained great respect in the cattle industry in the Northeast. She went on to study Animal Science and Biology at the…

Heidi Baker becomes Aldermere Farm Manager

After serving as Aldermere Farm Herd Manager for over five years, Baker now to oversee Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields.

Beach to Beech 5K

On October 14th, the Rockport community celebrated the grand opening of the newest extension of MCHT’s trail at Erickson Fields with a race to the top.

With Spring Comes New Life at Aldermere Farm

“Heidi always makes the right call when it comes to a tricky birth,” says Pearl Benjamin, member of the Aldermere Achievers 4-H Club, “whether that is pulling the calf, calling the vet, or maneuvering a twisted calf into the right position. She has saved too many calf lives to count, and I can tell that every birth touches her.”

Rockport launches new Roadside Tree Planting Program

The Town of Rockport, Rockport Garden Club and Maine Coast Heritage Trust have launched a collaborative tree planting program to enhance the town by planting and preserving shade-bearing trees along the roadsides.

Hiring 2016 Teen Agricultural Crew

Maine Coast Heritage Trust seeks independent, creative, hardworking teens ages 14-18.

Teen Ag Crew Reflects on 2015

MCHT’s Teen Agriculture Crew gathered with family and friends to celebrate the completion of the program’s sixth season at Erickson Fields Preserve.

Aldermere Achievers 4-H Club return with awards from National Expo

On Nov. 18, the Aldermere Achievers 4-H Club returned from a whirlwind trip with their Belted Galloway cattle to the North American International Livestock Exposition in Kentucky, the largest all-breed, purebred livestock event in the world.

‘The Farm,’ down on the farm – By Dagney C. Ernest

On June 4, a day before two of the class members were to graduate after fives years in the Transitional Life Skills program, the Adaptive Art Class students Camden Hill Regional High School brought “The Farm” … to the farm.

Spotlight on… Volunteer Pam MacBrayne

Pam MacBrayne has lived next door to Aldermere Farm for 23 years and remembers well when it was privately owned. While beautiful, it was clearly someone else’s farm with limited access. Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s mission to share the farm…

Aldermere Cow Wins “Show Dam of the Year”

The Belted Galloway Society, Inc. has announced the Lifetime and Yearly Awards. Excerpt below from the US Beltie News, January 2015 Show Dam of the Year, Aldermere Xanderlee 32345B, continues to build her legacy as one of the signature females…

Year In Review: 2014

The year started with strong sales of the farm’s 100% grass-fed beef, which is only available a couple of times a year. Strong beef sales continued throughout the year ending with the highest beef sales since the farm started selling…

Fifteen Years and On the Way to Forever

When Albert Chatfield Jr., original owner of Aldermere Farm, passed away in the fall of 1999 the farm transferred into the hands of Maine Coast Heritage Trust to own and manage.

Spotlight on… Volunteer Ann Vanosdol

At Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields Preserve, there are many people who give their time to help support the work at the two properties. In fact, last year there were 101 volunteers who put in over 2000 hours of time!