In episode 33 we visit with Treequeak Farm in rural Carmel. This is a touching story of two people who grew up watching the world around them change and develop, and didn’t want to see that happen to their property.
This show is unique in that it is the first time we have ever recorded live from an easement closing. It was a beautiful day, we all sat on the back porch sipping rhubarb iced tea and eating lemon bars. If only all legal proceedings could be so pleasant!
Episode 32 is the second half of our two part series at the Chewonki Foundation. We talk with two 17 year old students to see how a semester on the farm has shaped their world views, and their relationship to food.
This is our final episode on live radio with 89.9 WERU FM. A huge thank you to everyone at WERU who made this podcast a reality! Forever Farms Radio will still be available on all of our syndicates and here on foreverfarms.org
Episode 31 is the first half of our mini series at Chewonki Foundation in Wiscassett. We meet with students and teachers to learn about how experiential education is changing these kids (and teachers lives). In this first half we will hear how being part of the farm has shaped two 17 year old girls’ vision for the food system that they are part of.
In Episode 30 we get to meet with one of the most altruistic farmers in Maine, Jim Buckle. His mission is to get farmers around the state paid a fair wage and get food to under served communities. He is using some pretty creative techniques to do this. One that he discusses is aggregating products from farmers in Waldo County, and then bringing them to his existing markets in Boston. He is also trying to find ways to get high quality, farm fresh food onto the tables of those most in need in Boston and Maine.
He is a stand out person, with big aspirations. Prepare to be inspired y’all.
In episode 29 we use the story of Tom Gyger to explain why farmland protection is so important, and yet why it is really damn hard to do. Tom has been farming apples his whole life, and now he has saved his land for another generation of farmers.
He has watched the land around him change hands a number of times and be divided down and down again to the point that it would be nearly impossible for most farmers to consider moving into the area. That being said, it was no small feat to protect Tom’s land. It took years of persistent effort and whole lot of money. Listen to hear the gritty side of farmland protection.
In Episode 28 we head down to the lovely countryside just a few miles away from Freeport Village where we meet with Sarah Wiedeker and Steve Burger of Winter Hill Farm. They make delicious cheese on their Forever Farm. You should totally eat some.
That being said…Sarah never strove to become a cheesemaker. But through happenstance it has turned out that she is not only proficient at cheese making, but is leading a new surge of dairy farming in Maine. Enjoy and don’t forget to subscribe in the above links!