Updated: Jul 6
From Goat Grazes to Salamander Meanders to Farm Camp, programming at Wolfe's Neck introduces visitors to many living things who call the farm home. Now it's your turn to visit the farm! This September, FBEN and Wolfe's Neck Center have teamed up to offer a two-day program to offer a window into farm-based education at Wolfe's Neck and other nearby farm-based education sites. Join peer farmers, educators, and farm-based educators to gather ideas and compare notes!
ABOUT WOLFE'S NECK
Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture & the Environment is a nonprofit, farm-based education, research, and visitor center situated on over 600 acres of coastal farmland in Freeport, Maine. Using their unique setting, they connect farmers, eaters, and learners of all ages to their food and where it comes from, as well as the environment that supports its production. With opportunities to engage in farming operations, education programs, and visitor experiences, they welcome people of all ages and abilities to get up close to agriculture and the ecosystems that surround their special campus.
DAY ONE Get into the fields! On day one of this immersion at Wolfe’s Neck Center, we'll learn from Wolfe's Neck's educators about all the education / visitor programs they offer. We’ll take a tour of the property and offer some school program activities focusing on topics such as cow digestion & methane reduction, pasture based farming & carbon sequestration in the soil, and organic growing & regenerative fruit and vegetable production. You'll also learn how Wolfe's Neck Center includes their unique surrounding ecosystems in programs, including the tidal cove and marsh. We will end our day by heading to our new Smith Center for Education & Research, to reflect, discuss, and share in smaller groups.
DAY TWO You’re invited to take off into the Maine countryside on one of four Learning Journey itineraries. Visit neighboring farm-based education organizations and working farms from Albion to Wells to Portland and in between. Participants will travel in personal vehicles. The evening will close with a celebratory farm to table dinner at Wolfe's Neck Farm.
Host sites include: Pineland Farms, Celebration Tree Farms, Old Crow Ranch, Erickson Fields / Aldemere, Chewonki, The Ecology School, Cultivating Community Portland, Hart to Hart Farm, Nezinscot, Liberation Farms.
Wednesday 9/13: light breakfast at Wolfe's Neck Farm, as well as lunch (dinner not included)
Thursday 9/14: light breakfast at Wolfe's Neck Farm, and a delicious farm to table dinner are included with your registration. Additionally, some field trips have lunch included, and for others we recommend you pack your own, or stop at our recommended lunch place. View field trip itineraries to learn more.
Due to generous funding, this 2023 immersion is offered free of charge. However space is limited, so reserve your spot early!
Please book your own lodging! There are a number of options in Freeport and surrounding areas. Wolfe's Neck Farm has a campground which you can book online separately from this event. There are a limited number of Education Tentsites near their Education Center. We will contact all registrants about reserving one of those in August. Finally, here is a short list of local farm stays. These are not endorsed by FBEN, but are options we're aware of thanks to our friends at Wolfe's Neck Farm!
Ten Apple Farm – Living With Goats
Crow’s Nest Tiny House at Old Crow Ranch
family friendly apartment on a working farm
Hemlock Ridge Yurt at Maine Forest Yurts
Brunswick Farm Stay
Art House Gallery
Scatter Good Farm
Yurt On A Coastal Maine Farm
Tentrr Signature Site - Widgeon Cove
Scatter Good Farm Woods Cabin Rental