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Perham
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 160
Persons: 2 or 3
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 4242
Region: New England

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Last Updated: January 20, 2019

Update: We are one of the fortunate farmers in our state, that was selected to be part of the high tunnel program. We will be installing a large high tunnel as soon as it arrives this spring and plan to hit the ground running with planting some of our vegetables in raised beds inside the tunnel. We could use additional help with installation and getting our plants started. We are very excited about this opportunity, as this 4 year research project could help other farmers and gardeners in most northern Maine extend their season, and help expand the eat local movement in this area. There is alot riding on this venture and success for our farm in collecting the data and using it to encourage others up here to the same will be rewarding. We hope some of you will read this and come join us in getting this off the ground. There will be a good deal of work to get this up and running, and your help will be greatly appreciated.

More about us...We are a very large homeschool farm family headed up by Glenn and Debra, living the life and loving it in beautiful northern Maine. We are working diligently to line up helpers, supplies etc so that when mud season in Maine leaves we will be in a good position to hit the ground running and get many of our projects completed before the snow flies again. Translation; "we could really use some help!" LOL

We raise grassfed Highland Cattle for meat and hides and have 2 closed folds, a small herd of Dexter Catttle for milk and meat, Jacob Sheep for wool and meat,Pygmy Goats for entertainment purposes as well as brush control service, Blue Slate and Red Bourbon turkeys, Pekin ducks, geese, both laying and meat birds. We process our poultry on the farm twice a year. Our eggs are toted as the best you can eat by our customers who appreciate the richness and flavor of eggs from pastured birds. We practice a free range system, allowing chickens to do what they do best,act like chickens. We are very excited about raising our pastured pork again this year. This is the first year we will be breeding from our own sows and boar here on the farm. There is so much to learn about raising the homestead hog as part of a diversified farm system, come learn along with us.

We direct sale, as it is important to us that our customers know and trust their food source. We sell hay and oat straw, add to our orchard each year,as well as our berry patch and asparagus patch. There are many plans in the works for the farm. Our philosophy of farming runs towards the eclectic, we believe strongly in a diverse,grass based farm system and selling and buying locally.

As a small farm we can always use additional like minded help. There are many projects on the board for the next several seasons, ie: building a summer kitchen, smokehouse, hay barn, more rotational fencing, pond site development, planting additional berries, fruit and nut trees and bushes,a one acre market garden to plant and maintain, pastures to restore as well as livestock birthing and all that goes with it and we are exploring the possibility of planting hops.

Next growing season we hope to have camping sites up and running for guests. At this time we have a self contained camper that sleeps six and is very comfortable for any helpx folks that would like to come and stay at the farm.

We are very connected to the sustainable ag community in our area and have been instumental in starting The County Guild of Farmers and Artisans. We are very involved in the politics of farming. We throw 2 annual farm bashes each year that are well attended by the farmers of Aroostook and helps to keep us all connected. We love making friends, having fun, expressing our creative sides in a farm environment, working together and we look forward to sharing our little piece of paradise with energetic, self motivated individuals who want to be fully a part of our small farm day to day happenings. The kind that keep a farm like ours up and running. If anything above interests you, we would enjoy speaking to you about your availability and expectations of us and what we would like from you.

There is always work to do but there is also enough time to enjoy the many activities this beautiful area has to offer, from outdoor recreation, historical sites, cultural and artistic pursuits, festivals and sporting opportunities abound. We look forward to hearing from you and answering any questions that you have about us, our operation, expectations etc.

Since our last posting we have managed to get several substantial projects completed but there is still much more to do, so we are encouraging anyone who has ever entertained the thought about working a farm in northern Maine to contact us. We promise you will be treated with respect, be appreciated,have time to enjoy yourselves while you are working hard along side our family, get good eats, time for yourself to enjoy the splendor of our area, learn lots, probably have ample opportunity to teach us a thing or two and hopefully pick up some lifelong farm friends along the way. We can promise that you will never be bored!

*Peace*

The Viola Tribe

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