Dear Farm Camp friends families,

 I'm writing today to say goodbye.  I have decided to leave The Long Barn and Broadturn Farm for the simple reason of seeking more time to mother, and hopefully find a little bit of balance in my days.  While I am looking forward to having more time with my family, I am deeply saddened to leave such an incredible farm. 

 I am deeply thankful to John and Stacy, who graciously welcomed me into the folds of their farm and have taught me so much about farming, community and intentionality.  They unknowingly set me on a new path as an educator and as a person.  I have learned more than words can say from being a part of their farm, and I will carry these lessons with me always.  They are incredible and inspiring people, and I'm so grateful to know them both. 

 My partner in crime, the gifted educator Megan Dunn has grown from a coworker into a dear and treasured friend (for this too we have John and Stacy to thank).  Guiding children through new discoveries comes naturally to her, and I'm thankful for the chance to have watched her nurture inquisitive minds.  Though I am saddened to leave such a great partnership, I am confident that she will continue to provide excellent farm based educational programs at Broadturn Farm. 

 And to you, farm camp families, thank you for the gift of your children.  From the bottom of my heart.  Watching them grow, learn and explore in the most beautiful of natural settings has been the single greatest gift of my teaching career.  Magic happens when the outdoors is your classroom, and I have never ceased to be amazed at the millions of new discoveries there are to be had each and every single day.  Your children have reminded me, daily, to simply be amazed.

 Thank you, also, to our Board of Directors, who have done so much as we've grown our programs and organization.  They are deeply committed to our mission, and each one of them has so many gifts to offer as they continue to steer The Long Barn into the future.

 I hope to see you in the future at Broadturn Farm as I'm walking the trails and picking up produce with my own children.  And perhaps, in years to come, as I'm delightedly dropping them off at farm camp for the first time.

 Wishing you a warm and peaceful winter,


Summer on the farm seems to fly by.  There is so much to do, so much to see, to taste, and suddenly it's the end of July and camp is officially half over.  We've had a great summer thus far, and are now gearing up for the last few weeks of camp. 

Weeks 6 & 7 still have several spots available, so sign up now to join us!  Or better yet, if you're already signed up, invite your friends, family and neighbors!  We find that word of mouth is often the way people find out about our programs, so don't be shy!  We love meeting new campers.

Week 8 will bring our 3rd annual Farm to Table Dinner.  This event has been so successful, it has grown every year.  This year is no exception, as we are opening it to the public for the first time!  Here are the details:

We are pleased to invite the public to a Farm to Table Pizza Dinner celebrating a season of outdoor learning on Broadturn Farm.  The meal will be prepared by our Week 8 summer camp kids and funds raised will go support our children's programming.  Wood fired pizza, delicious salads and desserts will be abundant!  Feel free to BYOB to accompany this delicious meal.  We will also have a silent auction, face painting for the children and fun for the whole family!

Bring your BLANKETS and a picnic basket equipped with PLATES, CUPS and SILVERWARE, etc. because our meal will be picnic style!  We will have a wash station available to wash your dishes before your return home.

Please purchase tickets ahead of time in order to help us plan this exciting event! 

Tickets may be purchased HERE.

Last week we had our first ever Open Kitchens event.  Chef Matt Chamberain of HOME Private Chef Catering generously donated his time.  He shared several dishes using produce from Broadturn Farm, and we all enjoyed some tastes of wood fired chicken, pizza and a cous-cous salad.  Kevin, a Master food preserver from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension also demonstrated how to home can cucumber pickles.  Overall attendees had the opportunity to ask all kinds of questions of these two experts and went home with some new ideas (and tasty food in their bellies).  Please join us for future dates (found here)!  Keep tuned to our facebook page and our blog to see who our upcoming chefs will be!

Lastly, don't forget to sign up for fall programs!  Fall registration is live for both our Preschool Discoveries and Homeschool Farm Explorers programs!

We do many fun things at Farm Camp, our most favorite of which is harvesting, making and eating yummy, healthy food with kids -who mostly eat and enjoy said healthy food.  Yes, we sometimes make cakes and cookies (always with something from the farm) but the occasional treat is important too.  Inevitably, when we make kale chips, fresh tomato sauce, farm fresh wood fired pizza, roasted rosemary potatoes, zany salads or crisp pickles parents want the recipe

We know the truth.  You secretly wish you could come to farm camp too.  And we don't blame you.  It's so fun.  (Why do you think we do what we do?)

It's not always easy to eat locally and in season.  It takes time, effort, and most importantly know how.  And yes, some would say money, but we're of firm belief that it doesn't have to cost more than anything else you might cook in your kitchen.

So this season, we're offering you the chance to come to farm camp for adults.  It's going to be totally rad.  We'll provide the produce and a local chef.  The University of Maine Cooperative Extension will provide Master Food Preservers.  And you can bring yourself.  Learn new home recipes and ways to preserve the harvest.

Stop by for 15 minutes on your way to pick up your CSA share or stay for the whole session.  Get ideas and share ideas on how to cook local, organic and delicious produce.  Come, relax, make dinner.  Bring home what you've learned.  But don't stop there...

If you can't come in person, follow us on the blog, facebook and twitter as we share recipe ideas.  Write your own blog post if you blog.  Instagram and tweet what you're making and check what others are making with #openkitchens.  Share it with us and we'll share it via our channels.  Inspire each other!   

Eating well doesn't have to be difficult.  Join us- now through the end of the harvest season.  Who knows, there may even be prizes.

The dates:   

3rd Tuesday of the month July-October

July 16th, August 20th, September 17th, October 15th


If you'd like to come for the whole class (we welcome you to!) please let us know so we can get a head count!  RSVP here. 

If you are interested in being a guest chef, donating prizes, or participating in some other way, please email us: 

Spring is on its way!!!!
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Please Join Us!!
Broadturn Farm, 388 Broadturn Rd., Scarborough, ME 04074
Adults and children of all ages welcome!  Help us celebrate the beginning of the growing season.
Join us for:
  • Maypole Dancing accompanied by traditional Maypole music by Ellen Gawler.
  • The Long Barn & Broadturn Farm Open House with Self-Guided tours (farmers and educators available to answer questions about our educational programming and our CSA program).
  • Flower crafts and other children's games & activities.
  • Learn work songs with Bennett Konesni and Edith Gawler and help the farmers plant a wind break as we sing.
  • Sign your child up for Summer Camp, Spring programming, or become a Long Barn member!
Hope to see you there!
Locally yours,
Meg & Bea, The Long Barn
John & Stacy, Broadturn Farm

Don't forget:

Sign up for April Vacation Camp and Spring Educational Programming!

Summer Camp is filling fast!

Register now to reserve your spot.  For more information and to register your child, visit our website.


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