Regular Programs at Erickson Fields
Update 5/13/2020: In keeping with health officials’ recommendations, we have cancelled or modified all 2020 events and programs at Erickson Fields and Aldermere Farm. The Aldermere Farm Visitors Center, Farm Tours and Farm Hands program will not run this year.
At this time Erickson Fields, the trails at Aldermere Farm, and other Maine Coast Heritage Trust preserves remain open and we welcome their safe use.
Please review MCHT’s Covid-19 response page for the most up-to-date and detailed information, including guidelines for safely getting outside.
Erickson Fields Preserve offers a wide range of opportunities for community members and visitors interested in learning more about sustainable agriculture and gardening.
Erickson Farm was a dairy farm for many generations, until the Erickson family stopped farming the land in the 1980s. The family welcomed Aldermere Farm to manage the fields for hay and for grazing Belted Galloway Cattle.
When the Erickson family ultimately decided to sell the land, they worked closely with MCHT staff in partnership with Maine Farmland Trust (MFT) to preserve the farm property.
MCHT and MFT recognized the value of preserving rapidly disappearing farmland, maintaining a significant green space close to the center of Rockport village, and providing an opportunity to manage the land as a community resource. Learn more about the Erickson Fields preserve here.
Upcoming Events at Erickson Fields
Programs at Erickson Fields
The following programs are offered regularly at Erickson Fields. See our Upcoming Events list for dates and times.
Teen Ag Crew
A teen social entrepreneurial program where a work crew of teens grow food to donate to local food pantries (spring, summer, and fall). Hiring takes place in the spring for the season (for teens ages 14-18).
Kids Can Grow
Families learning together about growing food using the square foot gardening method. A five session course once a month from May – September. For families with youth ages 7-12 years old.
Community Garden Plots
Varying sized plots available for the community to grow in for themselves or for the Maine Harvest for Hunger initiative.
Talks in the Garden
A variety of discussions and workshops about growing food and gardening.