News Archive

News updates from Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields.

2022

  • Rockport librarian to lead Story Walk at Erickson Fields Preserve November 17, 2022 - Families are invited to join Rockport Public Library’s Youth Services Librarian Stephanie Miller for a story walk through Erickson Fields Preserve.
  • Camden Herald letter: Giving thanks November 10, 2022 - Aldermere Farm & Erickson Fields Erickson Fields Preserves and Maine Coast Heritage Trust give thanks for community support.
  • Beltie Holiday at Aldermere Farm November 8, 2022 - Visitors at Beltie Holiday will learn about the Aldermere & Erickson Campaign to raise funds for new infrastructure and equipment at Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields.
  • Knox County Food Council presents Knox County Gleaners September 13, 2022 - [Gleaning] is a critical step in responding to food insecurity: gleaning activities both help to reduce food waste at the farming production level, by harvesting food that would have otherwise been left, and to more equitably distribute food throughout the food system.
  • Maine Coast Heritage Trust embarks on $3 million campaign for Aldermere Farm, Erickson Fields improvements May 3, 2022 - “Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields were originally established as working farms, not as public preserves,” said Kate Stookey, president and CEO of Maine Coast Heritage Trust. “Yet for generations, they have done a remarkable job of welcoming thousands of annual visitors while fostering powerful connections between the food we eat and the land that sustains us."
  • Maine Coast Heritage Trust expands staff May 2, 2022 - “I believe strongly in fostering the curiosity, work ethic and knowledge needed to thrive out in the world. I have experienced so many kids gain these skills by working, playing, and learning through the lens of agriculture, and there are few better (or more beautiful) places to do that than Aldermere Farm.” - Calder Gladstone
  • Midcoast Farmers Alliance to discuss collaborative or cooperative for farmers May 2, 2022 - At the KCFC meeting, presenters will be introducing MFA to the broader food collective, talking about local food distribution needs and the collaboration between Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Maine Farmland Trust and Midcoast Farmers Alliance, and brainstorming with participants how the proposed project can increase food security.
  • Volunteers Sought for Kids Can Grow Program at Erickson Fields Preserve April 8, 2022 - "In a single growing season, people can learn skills and habits that serve them well for life. It’s gratifying to be part of that process.” - MCHT volunteer Marina Schauffler
  • Registration Open for Kids Can Grow Program at Erickson Fields Preserve April 8, 2022 - Erickson Fields will host a six-month session of Kids Can Grow, a program introducing families with young children to growing vegetables for healthy eating.

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2018

  • Farming from Tanzania to Maine November 8, 2018 - MCHT Teen Ag crew member tells of her experience growing food for her community at Erickson Fields Preserve.
  • Scarecrow Competition benefits Food Pantry October 17, 2018 - “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 July 1, 2018 - Aldermere Farm's Visitor Center will be open from Monday, July 2, through September
  • A Familiar Face on the Farm May 30, 2018 - 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 January 15, 2018 - After serving as Aldermere Farm Herd Manager for over five years, Baker now to oversee Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields.

2017

  • Beach to Beech 5K October 14, 2017 - 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 May 6, 2017 - “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 March 1, 2017 - 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.

2016

2015

  • Teen Ag Crew Reflects on 2015 December 17, 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 November 24, 2015 - 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 June 15, 2015 - 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 June 1, 2015 - 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” January 26, 2015 - 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 January 5, 2015 - 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…

2014

  • Fifteen Years and On the Way to Forever December 10, 2014 - 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 December 9, 2014 - 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!