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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.
Broadturn Farm is located on land leased from the Scarborough Land Trust. The land was purchased in 2004 from the Meserve family, who worked it during the previous century. In the 1920s they had a dairy. In the 1940s they produced squash and beans for local canneries. They joined in on Maine’s poultry boom in the 1970s and maintained a laying flock into the 1980s. Putting up hay and grazing cattle kept the open land working. We still hear stories about the three Meserve brothers living together in the farmhouse during the very hard economic times for small farms throughout the 1980s and 90s.
This land is part of the Stroudwater River Watershed which opens up into the Fore River and Casco Bay. There are two streams feeding into that river on either side of the open fields. There are 300 acres of forest and wetland which filters this water and buffers the flow in seasonal rains. A wetland swale cuts through our 50 acre hay field providing habitat for many species of birds. Sandi's Silver Brook Trail can be found behind the farmstead, off of Hanson Road, and is accessible to visitors year round. The property is also used by hunters, bird watchers, and cross-country skiers. We believe that land should fundamentally be considered a common space with a multiplicity of uses. Anyone is welcome to walk the trails and explore the hayfields.
Broadturn Farm has a 99 year lease with the Scarborough Land Trust. It took us 14 years to sign it, and throughout that time we have learned a lot about land access, farm business, and stewardship. There are many ways to occupy land, and ownership as we understand it is historically a very marginal approach. We are happy to share some of what we have learned, so please reach out if you have questions.
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 works part-time for Maine Farmland Trust strategizing on farmland access. 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.
We share this land trust property with several other farmers. We strive to make the limitted resource of good agricultural land accessible and productive with the conviction that a healthy rural landscape is only complete with people working and living in and by the natural world. Hay, honey, herbs, and lots of vegetables are harvest by (among others) the following producers: