Long ago, before we were Broadturn Farm, we started a little farm in Cape Elizabeth called Turkey Hill Farm, on a piece of rented land. There was produce, livestock and a little farm camp program, which is still running.
Now, 15 years later, we are still at it! We're on a different plot of land, with a different name but there's still produce and livestock and a little summer farm camp program. Additionally, there's a Preschool Program, and field trips for school groups.
Broadturn Farm provides the only programming for children in the area on a true working, production agriculture farm. We are certified organic so you never have to worry about your children eating sugar snap peas right off the vine! There is never a shortage of farm work for kids to wonder at or engage in while they spend time in our programs. We love the enthusiasm they bring to the land. We are here to instill in your children the heritage of agriculture through engagement with a working landscape. They'll come home with dirty knees and great stories and they might even have a new life plan to farm.
The educational arm of Broadturn Farm is run by a very dynamic team, full of dedication to authentic living, farming and children:
Megan holds a Fine Arts degree from the Maine College of Art and an Art Education degree from the University of Southern Maine, and she leads the education crew here at Broadturn. She fully embraces the work of farm-based education, creating curriculum that combines her love of teaching with her passion for art, the great outdoors, and good food, fresh from the farm, fields and woods. When she's not teaching, you can expect to see her foraging in the woods, knitting, fermenting veggies, playing her ukulele or walking a goat! A Maine native, Megan has been with Broadturn Farm as a farmer, educator and livestock wrangler for 12 years. Her favorite activity on the farm? Picking those pesky potato beetles with the camp kids and feeding them to the chickens (the beetles, not the kids!).
Zoe is in her sixth year of teaching at Peaks Island Elementary School in Portland. Though she’ll be sad to say goodbye to her students for summer vacation, she’ll be VERY excited to return to Broadturn for what will be her 9th summer at the farm. Her enthusiasm for farm and outdoor education is infectious and she can often be found with a big smile and a few children dangling from her arms. When she’s not on the farm or at school, she can usually be found knitting, cooking and eating fresh food or romping with her family of domesticated animals in and around Portland. Her FAVORITE parts of being on the farm are eating veggies straight from the earth AND enjoying the cool stream on a hot, hot day.
Deb's gift is the warm welcome she provides to our youngest farmers. Deb holds a B.A. from the University of N.H. with dual majors in Elementary Education and Psychology. She has many years of experience working in the field of early childhood and loves to guide experiential activities and exploration with young children, promoting a sense of wonder about the world around us. She has raised goats and geese, grown and preserved her own food, and prefers being active outside exploring nature. This will be Deb's 8th season teaching our 4 & 5 year old campers. Her favorite activity - scavenger hunts in the woods!