Wildfire Fellowship Farm
Our goal is to maintain and increase soil quality by the addition of minerals and organic matter that will feed soil life and result in the production of nutritious and great tasting produce.
The farm is owned and managed by Peter Coleman, who has been growing fruits and vegetables on this land for over forty years.
2012 – the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) granted the farm organic certification. All fruit and vegetables produced for sale are certified organic. That means we adhere to the strict standards of the USDA National Organic Program.
2013 – This was our first full year of commercial production, all produce was sold on a wholesale basis to local retail vendors.
2014 – Our CSA Program is started. This program allows our customers to buy shares of our production in advance of the season at a discount. The CSA program provides a source of upfront revenue for the farm before the start of the market season. With this money we are able to hire employees and expand our operation.
2015 – We added a small herd of grass fed Scottish Highland Cattle to our far and implementing an intensive rotational grazing program. In practice what this means is that we shift our cattle to different paddocks around the farm on a regular schedule. This allows the grass to recover optimally before the cattle return to a particular paddock.
By mimicking the natural grazing patterns of wild cattle / buffalo we accelerate top soil growth. This practice is the most effective method to naturally enhance marginal and difficult soils, to learn more about this practice and Holistic Planned Grazing in general we recommend the Savory Institute.
2016 – Our production is distributed across multiple venues including retail sales via our CSA share program (Community Supported Agriculture), our a la carte Direct Sales Program, and at the farmers market in Norway.
2017 – We expanded and refined our CSA program to better fit our customer base and seasonal production. With these improvements we hope to add more value to our customers weekly shares while truly capturing the peak of our farms growing season.
For the second year in a row we participated in the Maine Harvest Bucks CSA program for SNAP benefits recipients. (formerly known as food stamps) With this program we are able to bring discounted organic produce into the lives of economically disadvantaged persons in our local area.
Back on the farm our grass fed Highland Cattle herd has expanded to eight animals. The herd is managed via intense rotational grazing methods. We have also added pastured poultry to our farm. After constructing several mobile chicken coops also known as chicken tractors we have flocks being moved around our farm on rotation.
Our Produce is seasonally on the menu at the following local restaurants
The farm is located in the western Maine town of Buckfield.