Regular Programs at Aldermere Farm
Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s Aldermere Farm Preserve is a working cattle farm offering youth agricultural programming, ongoing education opportunities for professional farmers, and events and community gatherings.
Nestled on the western shore of Penobscot Bay in Rockport, Aldermere Farm and its Belted Galloway cattle have been area landmarks for generations. Learn more about the Aldermere Farm preserve here.
Regular Programs at Aldermere Farm
The following programs are offered regularly at Aldermere Farm. See our Upcoming Events list for dates and times.
Aldermere Achievers and Cloverbuds 4-H Clubs
The Aldermere Achievers is MCHT’s 4-H Club (in partnership with Knox-Lincoln Cooperative Extension) for youth ages 5-18, which is mainly a beef club where participants lease a calf, halter train it, and then show it at shows throughout New England.
This club meets year-round and performs community service projects, fundraising projects, and does farm chores throughout the summer.
Annual Art Show and Sale
Held in August each year this annual fundraiser supports the farm. Local artists enter fine art works for show and sale.
For local and regional cattle farmers, MCHT provides a two-day clinic focused on the basics of raising beef cattle with emphasis on meeting the needs of today’s consumer.
The program takes participants step by step through the beef industry, from selecting cattle that best fit today’s market to handling and managing the animals and their health.
A variety of speakers present on topics such as artificial insemination, fitting and showing, beef quality assurance, pasture management, and the importance of nutrition while also allowing time for participants to have their questions answered.
The Beltie Holiday event takes place at Aldermere Farm annually as part of Christmas by the Sea in Camden and Rockport.
The public is invited to don their most festive (or ugliest) holiday sweaters and bring a camera to have their photos taken with a Belted Galloway calf.
Visitors enjoy hot cocoa while decorating their own Beltie ornaments. Baked goods from Aldermere Achievers 4-H Club, Aldermere Farm beef and Beltie-themed stocking stuffers are for sale. Admission is free.
There is a suggested donation of a nonperishable food item for the Camden Area Christian Food Pantry.
Calf Unveiling Day
Each spring the Farm presents the new calves. Visitors are invited to see the newborns and learn more about the farm, land conservation, and agriculture.
Farm Hands is the premier youth program at Aldermere Farm where youth ages 10-18 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.
Farm Hands is held year-round at the Farm. Each program is twleve sessions long. The Fall and Spring programs are held after school for an hour to an hour and a half. The summer programs are held mid-morning for approximately three hours.
All the programs are co-led by the Farm’s herd manager and 4-H members, with the summer sessions having apprentices who provide a great amount of assistance and expertise. Farm Hands is a wonderful learning experience which is more hands-on rather than classroom type of learning.
Go beyond the tree lined avenue and get a behind the scenes tour of the Farm and learn about the history and upcoming events. Offered once a week from late June to late August.
Aldermere Farm is part of the Knox-Lincoln Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program in which interested gardeners learn techniques on gardening, and then volunteer hours throughout the year at a specific site.
Aldermere Farm is one such site in Rockport where the Master Gardeners plant the gardens every year and host events such as container garden contests and instructional programs for the community.
Master Gardeners earn certificates and gain great experience.
Moonlight Ski Tours
Held during winter full moon evenings (weather permitting), these events include cross country skiing and snowshoe tours of the farm that end with a bonfire and hot chocolate overlooking Penobscot Bay.
A number of different nature walks are given throughout the spring, summer and fall on the property.
Bird and Nature Walks, Wildflower walks, Photo Workshops, and Nature Sketching Workshops are just a few of the types of presentations and walks given by local naturalists and skilled professionals.
In March the Farm welcomes youths and adults to learn about and assist the farm in the tapping of trees, gathering of sap, and production of maple syrup.