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A Farmer’s Look Back on the Summer Season
Thomas Prohl, our Farm Operations and Systems Manager has taken a moment to reflect on what this summer has meant to our Fruit and Vegetable and Livestock Operations and Wolfe’s Neck Center as a whole. ~~ Another summer is slowly fading into fall here on the farm. Cold dew wets our boots each morning as … <a href="https://www.wolfesneck.org/blog/a-farmers-look-back-on-the-summer-season/">Continued</a>
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A Glimpse into the 2022 Art Auction
With the Farm to Easel Invitational Art Auction just around the corner, we are blown away by the diversity of talent in the Wolfe’s Neck Center community. There has been an outpouring of artists that have chosen to participate in this fundraising event to support our mission of transforming our relationship with farming and food … <a href="https://www.wolfesneck.org/blog/a-glimpse-into-the-2022-art-auction/">Continued</a>
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What’s Growing on with the Apprentices
We are thrilled to welcome the Fruit & Vegetable Apprentices to the blog this month! They have been with us since mid-May, tending to our organic, no-till production plots in West Bay and in the greenhouses. Our Fruit & Vegetable Apprentices come from all over the country, and learn the ins and outs of organic, … <a href="https://www.wolfesneck.org/blog/whats-growing-on-with-the-apprentices/">Continued</a>
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What’s Community Got To Do With It: Building Farmer Networks for Soil Health
Hello! My name is Alex Gulachenski, and I am Wolfe’s Neck Center’s Farm Networks Coordinator. I am a recent addition to the Wolfe’s Neck Center staff, and I am excited to tell you all about the important work we are doing with Farmer Networks! As an ecologist by training, I view agriculture from a systems and … <a href="https://www.wolfesneck.org/blog/whats-community-got-to-do-with-it-building-farmer-networks-for-soil-health/">Continued</a>
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Celebrating OpenTEAM’s Second Anniversary
This October, we are celebrating OpenTEAM’s second anniversary! Open Technology Ecosystem for Agricultural Management was founded in 2019, by Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture and the Environment, Stonyfield, Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, and the United States Department of Agriculture’s LandPKS. Based here at the farm, OpenTEAM is a farmer-driven, collaborative community of farmers, ranchers, scientists, researchers, technologists, farm service providers, and food companies who are co-creating an interoperable suite of tools that provide farmers around the world with the best possible knowledge to improve soil health. 
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Meet Our New Dairy Grazing Apprentice
Originally from the great state of Connecticut, I've lived on two continents, traveled in four; but, I keep coming back to Maine and its irreplaceable mountains, forests, and seacoasts. A graduate of the University of Southern Maine, I've taught many subjects and both at home and abroad. This time, it's my turn to be taught again.
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New England Dairy Farmers Face Uncertainty
Wolfe’s Neck Center was disappointed to learn of Danone North America’s decision to end the contracts of 89 organic milk producers in New England, including 14 family farms in Maine. Danone, which operates the Horizon Organic brand, recently decided to move away from New England as part of a cost-cutting consolidation. This blow will have devasting effects on Maine’s organic dairy sector, as well as other economic implications across the region. It is disheartening to think of the potential consequences on these farms’ soils, which have been managed for biodiversity and carbon health.  
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MAPSS Annual Field Workshop
MAPSS recently held their annual field workshop at Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture & the Environment, so we tagged along to see what they were up to! Forty members and soil scientists descended on the property to assess soil pits that had been excavated in our pastures, in our campground, and in Wolfe's Neck State Park. The workshop focused on soil parent materials, human-altered or human-transported materials, and hydric soil characteristics and determinations. 
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Meet the Newest Member of OpenTEAM
Sienna Zuco joins us in the role of OpenTEAM's Communications & Membership Coordinator. This new role will help share OpenTeam's work and vision to Wolfe's Neck Center's audiences and beyond. Growing up in North Carolina, Sienna felt lucky to be surrounded by local foods, good southern cooking, and such a beautiful environment. She lived just a few hours from both the beach and the mountains; two of the things she has found in Maine thus far, and then some! 
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“Why Did You Move to Maine?”
Ben Gotschall, Wolfe's Neck Center's dairy and livestock manager, made the trek from Nebraska to Maine in November 2020. Soon after, he was joined by his wife, Tammy, and their daughter, Charlotte. In May 2021, his herd of cattle made the 1,800-mile journey to Freeport, as well. In a piece written for Field Notes, our annual print and online newsletter, Ben shared his thoughts on what the relocation meant for him, his family, and his cows. 
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