Sunday, December 19, 2010


Winter Solstice is here! Although it seems like it will be cloudy, it will be a full moon and a lunar eclipse. If there was ever a time to express Nature Worship, do it now!

It has been a few months since our last Broadside, so here is the update:
New Jersey cow (that's a Jersey Cow that is new to us, not a cow from Stacy's home state.) We are so grateful to have that lush half&half again.
Our minimal holiday shopping (thankfully) began at Fedco bulbs and ended at Cliff's Flea Market (the containers). Our gifts are greening up and should "pop" next week!
The fields feel barren, so our walks take us into the woods which we don't see much of in the greener months of the year.
The woods at Broadturn Farm have many distinct neighborhoods:
The stream is ever-wandering even in the frozen winter. It draws from many shallow springs from the property and empties into the Fore River watershed. Most of Scarborough is in the Nonesuch River watershed and the marsh, but this water is destined for the Maine Mall, Pape Chevy dealership, and the airport... oh well, at least its a good start.
The quiet of the overgrown pine forest seems related to the singularity of species here. It used to be a field of course, but all the pines grew up at the same time, excluding most other species and all ground growth. Slowly more deciduous trees seem to be gaining ground here.
Nearby there is the Moulton Cemetery, with its half dozen or so stones on an open hill. The house a few hundred feet away burned half a century ago, but the area is reluctant to give in to the encroaching forest.
Not far lies the farm's sparse sugar maple grove. Not enough trees to be worth while to tap (Not worth while "yet" says Stacy), but beautiful and open even in summer.
The farm has 340 wooded acres to explore. The short walk where I took these pictures was just a small section. There is only one official trail, next to the parking area where folks come to pick up their CSA shares, but that shouldn't discourage the adventurous from further exploration. Our partner, the Scarborough Land Conservation Trust bought this land for the community as a whole, and (especially now that hunting season is over) feel free to walk the land!

Other news: The farmhouse will be participating in Efficiency Maine's winterizing program, as promoted by the Maine Green Energy Alliance! When we learned about this program, we were pretty stunned at some of the incentives offered for renovation work that we all should be doing anyway: weatherizing (plugging up drafts), and insulating, and an energy audit all at a potential cost share of up to $3000. Since our CSA members are so dialed-in to awesome and smart and progressive solutions, MGEA has given us all a special offer. So read on... especially note the second paragraph.

Get Paid to Improve Your Home

Help us earn a free home energy assessment! Join Broadturn Farm in welcoming the Maine Green Energy Alliance for a community energy meeting in January. Debbie Atwood, MGEA Education and Outreach Coordinator, willprovide information about Efficiency Maine's Home Energy Savings Program, which provides up to $3,000 in cash rebates for certain home energy improvements. MGEA has staff to help you through the process, ensuring that you complete your improvements and receive your rebate. Come find out how the program works and look forward to making your home healthier and more comfortable; creating local jobs and supporting our local economy; and saving the planet!

Here's more good news: if ten CSA or Camp member households complete a home energy assessment by March 1st, MGEA will contribute a free home energy for the farmhouse. Additionally, for each of these households, MGEA will provide $50 toward your 2011 CSA share or camp fee.

For more information or to schedule a home energy assessment, call Debbie Atwood at 592-6433 or email her at We'll see you at the meeting in January - stay tuned for more information.

Sounds like a great opportunity to us, and like the CSA itself, an all-around positive program. We'll bring more information about this in the coming weeks.
Happy Solstice to everyone!
Blessings on winter soup!


  1. oh way to go you guys! Greetings from Tucson. I think about your farm and the day that I can perhaps come visit and assist you. Thank you for posting your update and have a lovely winter solstice. I heard there is a meteor shower as well on Tues. so look for that! Love and more light day by day, Jaime from Tucson.

  2. Jaime! I'm having Tucson envy. I love the desert in the winter and would so enjoy biking around town. It would be absolutely smashing to set eyes on you!!! Come visit...bonus points for friends who brave the ice and cold. xoxo-s

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  4. I am going to contact Debbie today. We participated in the 2010 HESP and should count toward your 10.

    Thanks for the great post.


  5. Thanks Mark! Did you all make any improvements?

  6. Yes. We did some air sealing, insulating, and other work. I have a description on my website (in 8 parts).