Smithereen Farm 2016 UPDATE

In farm update on September 1, 2016 at 3:10 pm

Its been a hobo season so far, but with good range! Thanks to speaking gigs and conference travel.. I’ve been gathering some European herbal plants in their native plenty of time in the Maine woodlands to gather there.

The goal is to secure permanent land access for Smithereen Farm somewhere in downeast Maine in 2017.  To install an organic, multi-species perennial landscape with production focused on medicinal teas, tinctures, jams and jellies.

Meanwhile to help Greenhorns team get the “ Westport Farm” set up as headquarters for the Greenhorns library and office. This little red brick farmhouse sits on 17 acres right on Lake Champlain, and its a perfect place for the GH office team to work from.

Here are the basic strokes:

  1. Finish rewiring/ insulation/ painting of interior
  2. Install library shelves and cooperative kitchen/ pantry areas
  3. Clear out brush and bushes and install kitchen garden.
  4. Remove and restore back porch.
  5. Apply compost and manure to the 17 acres to improve pasture conditions.
  6. Fence the 17 acres to house winter-sheep -flocks that can graze the rest of the year at Crown Point State Park/ 17th Century Fort.
  7. Protect and expand the orchard started by Eliza Greenman.  “ Commons Stock orchard” of rare and unusual varieties that can serve as a “ mother orchard” for others in the area.
  • If you’re interested in helping Greenhorns achieve this goal, please be in touch with operations director Laura del Campo at

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