Freedom Farm began as a 55 acre farm located on the west side of Beaver Ridge in South Freedom, Maine.
Historically, Freedom and the surrounding communities were booming agricultural economies but the once pastoral hills of Waldo County were reforested and many of the old farms had disappeared for economic reasons, abandonment, and devastating fires. We were extremely lucky to have found a farm that had been preserved and continuously farmed since at least the early 1800s. The Farm Page of the Waterville Morning Sentinel article dated June 17, 1950 talks about three generations of the Bradstreet family having owned the farm extending over 100 years and encompassing 180 acres. The Bradstreets kept a dairy herd of 44 Jersey's, hayed the fields, grew crops such as peas and corn and kept bees. The farm continued to be a dairy until the late 1970s when the old barns burned and the farm ownership changed hands. From around 1976 until 2004 the farm became the Freedom Bean Co. one of the last dry bean farms in the area.
In 2003 we answered an ad in Uncle Henry's for a farm in Freedom and instantly fell in love. We closed on the farm in the fall of 2004 and immediately began preparing for the upcoming spring, putting up greenhouses, setting up housing for livestock, and piecing together the equipment we needed to get started. During our maiden season in 2005 we grew 5 acres of produce and attended 9 farmers' markets a week. After ten years and countless projects later we expanded our production to 20 acres of the highest quality MOFGA certified organic mixed vegetables available; bringing our produce to the Portland Farmers' Market twice a week thru the spring, summer and fall and attending the Portland Winter Farmers' Market Saturdays December thru March. We also sold to a number of restaurants and grocers in the Portland area and managed a community supported agriculture program.
Now, after 10 amazing seasons building Freedom Farm the unthinkable has happened. We have uprooted from our wonderful piece of ridge land in Freedom, Maine and resettled into the bottomlands of Western North Carolina.
While we will miss our old community in Maine full of young farmers and a rich agricultural history we are excited about this new opportunity in a place that has always been like another home to us.
Our farm in Freedom sold in March of 2015 to Ryan and Meg Mitchell of South Paw Farm. We stuck around for the 2015 growing season to help Meg and Ryan get started on their new property. They could not have made us more proud and we look forward to watching the evolution of a place we loved and cared for over the last decade. Now we are settling into our new home in the Crooked Creek Community of Old Fort, North Carolina. The neighborhood has been very welcoming and excited by all the activity on the farm that laid fallow for so many years. There are many preparations to get ourselves ready for the upcoming growing season and we have dove head first into a number of projects. With fields to plow and buildings to clean and renovate we are keeping very busy this fall
As we fine tuned our systems over the last ten seasons in Maine we want to thank everyone from Bar Harbor to Portland for all you support over the years. We could not have done it without your enthusiasm and dedication to feeding your families fresh foods grown by small local farms. We are so grateful. Now we look forward to this new chapter in Freedom Farm's history. We are excited to build new relationships with customers and our community, and look forward to facing the many new challenges and adventures that await.
Basil, beans, dry beans, beets, beet greens, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, cilantro, collards, cucumbers, daikon radish, dill, eggplant, fennel, garlic, fresh ginger, arugula, mustard greens, pac choi, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce heads, salad greens, melon, watermelon, onion, parsnips, peas, sweet and hot peppers, potatoes, pumpkins, radish, raddichio, rutabaga, shallot, spinach, summer and winter squash, swiss chard, tomatoes, and turnips.