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The Upper Farm, Maine
The Upper Farm is set on 125 rugged acres in southern Maine. Pitch your tent under the cover of mature hardwoods alongside a babbling brook, in fields blanketed by the Milky Way, or atop the Read more...
The Upper Farm is set on 125 rugged acres in southern Maine. Pitch your tent under the cover of mature hardwoods alongside a babbling brook, in fields blanketed by the Milky Way, or atop the solitude of secluded ledges. Your neighbors are deer, fox, and other native animals. The farm borders conservation land and miles of trails connecting Bradbury Mountain State Park to Pineland. Canoe or kayak at nearby Run Around Pond, a meandering waterway that is home to fish, birds, beavers and other wildlife. Pownal provides easy access to the western Maine mountains and coast, a variety of cultural communities, four-season sports, and niche retail centers. You may choose to get your hands dirty right on the farm--pitching in with chores, gardening and animal husbandry. Take a class on fiber arts, learn how to scale and saw logs, even take part in an archaeological clinic led by local experts. Fresh food, grown and raised on the farm, can be purchased in-season.
In the mid 1700s, thousands of acres in the ancient settlement of North Yarmouth, Massachusetts were surveyed into 450-acre lots labeled as "squadrons". The Upper Farm is part of historic Squadron 9, farmed by the Allen family starting in the late 18th century. Evidence of early Maine subsistence agriculture abounds: numerous stone walls delineating old pastures; shaded tote roads still used for logging; majestic sugar maples; tools and relics from the original farmstead; even columbines and lilies that continue to bloom where they were planted generations ago. A small causeway built from hand-cut stone two hundred years ago remains a marvel of Yankee ingenuity and engineering. The squadrons were referred to as "The Wilds" in the olden days, and not that much has changed in old #9.