Author: Marissa Mastors

How We Feed Our Cows Over Winter
As we all enjoyed the warmer weather back in May, our Dairy team was already looking towards the winter months as they prepared bales of hay that would feed our cows. As the weather gets colder, we move our cows into the dairy barn to keep them warm and cozy. But, with less ample opportunities to graze, we feed our herd with the hay we bale throughout the winter season.
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The Night Tree
December brings one of our favorite traditions – the Night Tree event. We gather to read Eve Bunting’s book, make creations for the forest animals, and walk out to a bonfire to hang them on trees. Even though we can’t come together this year, we understand this is a special event that families look forward to all year long. As with most things in 2020, the Night Tree event has gone virtual!
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A Harvest for Hunger
Wolfe's Neck Center is a long time partner in FCS's food pantry program, donating fresh produce from our fields each year. When the pandemic arrived, FCS quickly adapted and shifted its operations outside with clients receiving pre-packed bags of food. Through the partnership with Wolfe’s Neck Center, local families were still able to ‘shop’ for farm fresh produce.  We checked in with Christine Lyons, Events and Communications Director, to learn more about what this challenging season has been like for FCS
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Education of the past: The history of the Wolfe Neck Club
As Wolfe’s Neck Center provides learning experiences for local children with creative new approaches this fall, a little white building surrounded by our farm fields stands to remind us of a very different kind of education in the past.
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Farm Experiences Up for Bid
Join us for our first-ever online art auction to support Wolfe’s Neck Center. Browse the dynamic array of works created by over 40 talented local artists. In addition to artwork, bid on a range of farm experiences, dinners, studio tours, workshops and more! Some auction items are for exclusive farm experiences not available to the public. Read on to see what you could bid on while supporting Wolfe's Neck Center.
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CIG Plot Analysis (VIDEO)
Watch as our Research Coordinator and UMaine Cooperative Extension Professor go through a test plot of warm seasonal annuals planted in June. This study is to assess how warm season annuals could be integrated into a dairy grazing system in the Northeast. They discuss the different forages, why they're important in a dairy system, and how they can be used in Northeast climates.
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Farmers in Lawn Chairs: Ag Research Interns (VIDEO)
Tufts grad students Cora and Simone spent two months at Wolfe's Neck Center assisting with on-farm research projects, ranging from collecting soil samples, to inputting dairy operations data into an online record keeping platform, and more. They walked out to pasture one last time to reflect on all they learned during a summer spent contributing to the health of a regenerative farm system.
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First Farm to Table ‘Dinner’ of the Season
This week, our fruit and vegetable crew harvested fresh produce for the first of our 'reimagined' Farm to Table dinners of the summer. They were delivered to our restaurant partner, UNION in Portland and prepared into 150 quality, nutritious meals for Preble Street.
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Ag Tech Tools: Farming in a Modern World
Wolfe’s Neck Center has a rich history of innovation and experimentation in farming and food systems, and the future of farming depends on this resilience. By integrating technology into a daily farm operations and management, we can build soil health on farms in the face of climate change. Take a look at some of our newly implemented tech tools used to collect and manage on-farm data.
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Farm to Table Partner: Cooking for Community
We’re teaming up with four organizations focused on food insecurity to direct the food, staff time, communications and logistics that go into our Farm to Events to supporting their efforts in feeding people. Learn more about Cooking for Community, a brand new Portland-based food industry initiative that came to fruition in response to Covid-19, on their role in this time of need.
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Join us on Saturdays in October from 9am-3pm for a scenic ride on our hay wagon! Enjoy views of pastures and Casco Bay, followed by a chance to pick out your own pumpkin!

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