New Farmer Twilight Meeting – Agritourism in Alna, ME
Please join the UMaine Extension’s Maine New Farmers’ Project for a New Farmers’ educational Twilight Meeting at Sealyon Farm in Alna, ME.
Date: July 18, 2023, 5-7pm
Address: 1788 Alna Rd, Alna ME
We will join SeaLyon Farm’s farmer-owners Don and Marcia Lyons for a tour of the farm with a specific focus on agritourism. Come with your questions about starting agritourism on commercial farms in Maine. This is a great opportunity for new farmers to learn about agritourism in Maine, and to meet each other and meet experienced farmers and ag service providers.
Cost: Free, but please register to make sure you stay updated about the event.
Some additional info about SeaLyon Farm: SeaLyon Farm sits on 21 acres in the town of Alna, Maine where they grow lavender, pumpkins, berries, and vegetables. Established in 2017, they produce many value-added products including jam, teas, candles, essential oil, chapstick, lip balm, beard balm, pickles, and dried lavender. All vegetables and fruit are naturally grown following organic, sustainable, drip irrigation, and most using no-till practices. SeaLyon Farm is able to grow through an extended season with the use of high tunnels.
In addition to farming, SeaLyon Farm partners with the WW&F Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum to provide a destination for train riders to experience a snapshot of Maine farming, eat some locally prepared food, pick some lavender, pumpkins, raspberries, take a sleigh/wagon ride or just sit around the fire and cook a marshmallow for a smores.
SeaLyon Farm uses a systems approach to small farming. A farm plan was developed in 2017 and with minor deviations, we have stuck to the plan. The farm continues to grow in infrastructure and sustainable capabilities while monitoring the marketable outputs for future opportunities and needs of the community. Our goal is to provide naturally grown, clean food while adapting to the changing environment we live in.
SeaLyon Farm also supports the Maine Grown By Vets Non-Profit that assists Veterans that are farming or want to farm by being a focal point for information and resources.
You can find SeaLyon Farm on Facebook and at www.sealyonfarm.com.
For more information or a reasonable accommodation, please contact Chris Howard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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