How our season flows
Production varies by season but we actively cultivate about 9 acres. Flowers are our main crop, but we also grow some organic produce. We dedicate significant space for soil-improving cover crops which improve the soil for our rotation of annuals. We have several hoop-house structures in which we produce early and late crops. The surrounding fields and forest are sometimes gleaned for interesting installation decor, but mostly these spaces inspire us to keep our designs a little wild and unpredictable.
In the spring we have a small group working in the greenhouse and tending the hoop houses. We manage the mulch on our perennials and bulb crops, and gear up for our Mother’s Day target. By then, we have fields prepared for planting but we keep a close eye on the last frost.
By summer our crew grows to about 10 part time or full time folks working in fields on production or harvesting, and in our design studio. Deliveries are made daily, and pick-ups at the farm are steady. Fall does not slow us down, but after the frost much of our production is wrapped up. We still manage harvests from our hardy crops in the field and from inside the hoop houses, but some of the seasonal crew leaves, and we start to clean up the fields before snow and freezing temperatures arrive. Production begins again by late January as we focus on the hoop houses.
John grew up in suburban Boston but spent summers in Maine. He studied art and then anthropology which led him through a brief period of traveling and living abroad. A concern for right livelihood led him to the writings of Helen and Scott Nearing which set him on a path where he met up with Stacy. Together, they learned about small scale organic agriculture and homesteading.
Stacy got her start in her mother’s garden in New Jersey but after earning a science degree in Agriculture from the University of Arizona, she realized that it was a special kind of farming she was interested in. She serves on the board of MOFGA and Maine Farmland Trust as part of her commitment to small scale local agriculture. She is also is a nurse midwife and is passionate about women’s health and rights. She is happiest hosting a huge party eating and drinking and maybe singing and dancing. Her FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) even motivated her to run for Maine state senate where she serves representing District 30.
Angela joined the Broadturn Farm team in 2016 and is the principal floral designer for all things wedding and event related at the farm. She delights in building client relationships and takes pride in her work as a liaison between families and some of life’s most momentous celebrations. Her past experience in the restaurant, catering and photography industries, combined with the inspired floral design work created alongside the farm's amazing team, bring together her love for high energy,
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Alaena has always been fascinated by the wonders of the natural world and equally terrified of the human race's role in accelerating climate change. In 2014 she decided to leave her non-profit job in NYC to learn how to farm in Maine. She found a home at Broadturn and never left! She see's herself as the nanny of the flowers on the farm... tending to them from tiny seeds until they are sent into the hands of customers. Once they are out in the world, there is nothing she can do but hope that everyone appreciates their beauty as much as she does.
Ben grew up outside Boston and cut his teeth working on a dairy farm in Albion, ME on a summer off from his studies in natural resources conservation. A deep love for our planet and our people has led him to believe that small-scale farming is a light of hope, unity, and resistance to forces that otherwise seek to drive us apart. After growing organic vegetables in Southern Maine for a number of years, Ben joined Broadturn in 2020 where he enjoys being able to spend long, sunny days in the fields to bring bright blooms to our neighbors tables.
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A host of other farmworkers and designers join us seasonally. A flower farm takes hard, heavy, and strenuous labor in all sorts of weather. It also takes an artist's eye and creative thinker. Our single greatest strength has been our labor pool. Fun-lovin' heavy-hitting world-shakers.