Fall on the Farm

Saturdays & Sundays, September 8th – October 21st

We’re celebrating the arrival of fall with a different theme each weekend.  Join us every Saturday and Sunday for special workshops, demonstrations, music, food and more!  Each weekend is unique and will offer activities for all ages.  Pick up some of autumn’s bounty at the Farm Store or head out to our fields on a hayride.

There’s no better way to welcome this colorful season!

September 8-9: Dairy Days

We’re kicking off our Fall on the Farm weekend series themed around a significant part of our farm: the cows! Learn more about our herd and their important role at Wolfe’s Neck Center – training new farmers, producing milk for Stonyfield yogurt, and more. You’ll meet the apprentices in our residential Organic Dairy Program, learn about pasture management, and can join in at the fun at the Maine Cheese Guild event on Sunday.

Saturday

Hayrides, 9:30am – 2pm, Drop in registration at the Farm Store, $5 per person

Afternoon Milking Tours, 4:30pm, 5:00pm, 5:30pm, $5 per person
Come watch our dairy herd in action! Witness 30+ cows go through the organic milking process in our unique dairy parlor. You will meet some of our dairy apprentices, learn more about our Organic Dairy Farmer Training Program, and sample Stonyfield yogurt made with milk from our herd.

Cowology10am – 12pm, $10 per person
Join our Master Grazers and DGA Apprentices for an in-depth look at how our organic dairy operates.  An overview of our current operation, a look at our new barn and facilities being built, a pasture walk, and description of our Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship program will all be part of this two hour field day at WNC.  Register Now

Sunday

2018 Maine Cheese Festival
The 3rd annual Maine Cheese Festival brings together over 30 Maine cheesemakers to sample and sell their cheeses! The festival is a key annual fundraiser for the Maine Cheese Guild, a non-profit trade organization which works to educate and support Maine cheesemakers.

September 15-16: Woods & Shore Weekend

We are highlighting the importance of spending time outdoors and enjoying the diverse landscape that Wolfe’s Neck Center has to offer. Elevate your educational experience in the Maine woods with activities like bird identification, or head to the shore for a guided bird walk searching for shore birds and ospreys!  Enjoy a wood-fired pizza with farm-fresh produce, served by our Farm Café from 11am-3pm on Saturday & Sunday.

Saturday

Wings Over Wolfe’s Neck, 8-9:15am, $5 per person
Take a morning to spend some time with the birds! Learn about the diversity of wild birds we have at Wolfe’s Neck and their roles within the ecosystem, practice your identification skills, visit our chickens, and enjoy an early morning walk on our beautiful property. Bring your own binoculars or borrow a pair of ours.  Register Now

Additional Community Programs offered throughout the day.  See the schedule

Hayrides, 9:30am – 2pm, Drop in registration at the Farm Store, $5 per person

Herb Workshop – Loose Leaf Tea, 10am-11am & 1-2pm, $8 per person
In the Little River Conference Room
Come and make your own herbal tea right here on the farm! Join us for this workshop with our one of our staff educators to learn about the different herbs we grow right here at Wolfes Neck Center. We will then use dried herbs to brew a cup to taste, and then bring home your own loose tea to enjoy with your family. Ages 8 and up!  Register Now

 

Salamander Meander, 1-2pm, $5 per person
Meander through the woods of Wolfe’s Neck Center with one of our educators and search for salamanders under logs, snakes basking in the sun, and signs of other wildlife that inhabit the forest bordering our barnyard. Come prepared for a hike and exploration off of the beaten trail! All ages welcome, closed-toed shoes recommended. Register Now

Music:
10:30am – Shadowfly
12:00pm – Cribstone
1:30pm – Soupbone

September 22-23: Arts & Culture Abound

Farming is rooted in the history of our state, a pastime that has long been documented through art, song, and Maine traditions. Come to Wolfe’s Neck Center to deepen your connection to our farming background with a history hay wagon ride, antique tractors, art workshops and more.  Enjoy a wood-fired pizza with farm-fresh produce, served by our Farm Café from 11am-2pm on Saturday.

Saturday

Hayrides, 9:30am – 2pm, Drop in registration at the Farm Store, $5 per person

Wagon Ride to the Past, 10am – 12pm, $10 per person
Climb aboard our haywagon and travel through time as you hear stories of the ship captains, fishermen, farmers, teachers, and homemakers who have lived on Wolfe’s Neck over the past 250 years! This new, one-hour tour will take you to 3 of the historic farmsteads that make up Wolfe’s Neck Center today, uncovering the past while connecting with the farm of the present. Register Now

Additional Community Programs offered throughout the day.  See the schedule

Music:
10:30am – Soupbone     
12:00pm – Giff + Nancy
1:30pm – Stan Davis 

Sunday

Farm to Table Flower Arrangement Workshop, 9-10:30am, $35 per person
Join floral designer Emily Carter for a fun, hands on-session on how to create beautiful arrangements using local seasonal flowers.  Participants will take home their own one of kind creation, along with new skills and tips for future work. Workshop fee includes all flowers sourced from Wolfe’s Neck and Winter Hill Farm, a vessel, and a pair of flower clippers. Registration closes soon!  Register Now

Farm to Easel Invitational Art Auction, 3 – 6pm, held at the Mallet Barn, $60 per person
Join us for an afternoon of great food from Frontier Café and Gather, and a live and silent art auction featuring local artists. Enjoy a wide variety of delicious appetizers made from farm fresh ingredients and bring home an original piece of art.  Learn More & Buy Tickets

September 29-30: Music Mayhem

Fall is in full swing, so time to kick up your heels and get on your dancing boots! We’ll be celebrating throughout the weekend with music festivities for all ages, plus hay wagon rides, crafts, and more.

Friday

317 Main’s Fall Community Contra Dance & Potluck, 5:30-9:30pm, $6 per individual, $15 per family
 The lively evening of dancing and live music features calling by Maggie Robinson and student musicians of all ages are welcome and encouraged to join in the all-comers band, led by fiddler Ellen Gawler and Bennett Konesni on guitar.  Register Now

Saturday 

Pumpkin Hayrides, $5 per person (pumpkin purchase separately), drop-in registration at the Farm Store
Take a scenic ride on our haywagon and see our pastures and views of Casco Bay!  Purchase a pumpkin ticket from the Farm Store and you can also pick out your own pumpkin when the haywagon stops by our organic fruit and vegetable plot. Bring the whole family along and enjoy an autumn day at Wolfe’s Neck Center!

Additional Community Programs offered throughout the day.  See the schedule

Music:
10:30am – Bold Riley 
12:00 – Shadowfly
1:30 – Not Too Shaap

 

The 22nd Annual Harvest Dance with Chris Ross & the North, 6-10pm, held at the Mallet Barn, $25 per person (*Note:  Our Tent & Tickets package is now sold out)
Our historic Mallet Barn (built in 1891) provides a unique venue for an evening of local food, local music, local brews, and lots of fun! Doors will open at 6:00 PM with a cash bar and an assortment of local food trucks and vendors. From 7:00 to 8:00 experience Contra Dance fun, then Chris Ross and the North take the stage.  Buy Tickets

Sunday 

Little Roots Family Music Workshop, 11-11:45am, Little River Conference Room, $5 per person
317 Main Community Music Center is offer a Little Roots Family music workshop with Amanda Panda.  Little Roots Family music workshop will include playing instruments, moving bodies to the beat, and singing traditional folk songs with Amanda Panda original lyrics.  Themes of nature, health, kindness and silliness are all part of the experience. This workshop is designed for all ages from birth through age 6. Register Now

Bluegrass Jam
, 2pm, free
Come visit Wolfes Neck Center and play with Cumberland Crossing! The Portland-based band of bluegrass pickers hosts a guided jam open to all levels of musicians. Bring your acoustic instruments and join the fun, or come to listen and enjoy a Sunday afternoon of music by the fire!

October 6-8: Farm Harvest Weekend

The fall season reaps an abundant vegetable harvest here in Maine. You’ll get an up close look at the apples, pumpkins, potatoes, and more with fun activities like spinning the cider press, taking a hay wagon up to the pumpkin patch, and playing in the hay!

Saturday

Pumpkin Hayrides, $5 per person (pumpkin purchase separately), drop-in registration at the Farm Store
Take a scenic ride on our haywagon and see our pastures and views of Casco Bay!  Purchase a pumpkin ticket from the Farm Store and you can also pick out your own pumpkin when the haywagon stops by our organic fruit and vegetable plot. Bring the whole family along and enjoy an autumn day at Wolfe’s Neck Center!

Preserving Pollinators Farm-Wide Tour, 1-3pm, $25 adults, $10 for kids ages 15 and under
Explore the importance of pollinators, their relationship with our food, and their impact on our environment and our organic regenerative farming systems.  In this workshop we will visit our orchards, our fruit and vegetable fields, and bee hives.  This workshop is family-friendly, and participants will have many opportunities to taste the products around the farm that result from the hard work of our pollinators.

Sunday

Herb Workshop – Fire Cider, 10am-12pm, $10 per person
In the Little River Conference Room
As winter approaches and the nights start to get cooler, it’s time to get ready with your own herbal remedies. Join one of our farm educators to make your very own version of a fire cider! Fire cider is a unique immune boosting tonic made with apple cider vinegar, herbs and more. Use farm grown turmeric, ginger, onion and more to craft you own fire cider to help you get through the chilly months ahead! Ages 10 and up! Register Now

Farm to Farm Ultra Run
The Farm To Farm Ultra Run is a long-distance, road-running event in Freeport and Brunswick, Maine and consists of a 25K, 50K, 50 Mile, 50K Relay. Farm to Farm is a nonprofit event owned by the Maine Track Club and organized in partnership with the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust and Wolfe’s Neck Center.  Learn More and Register

October 13-14: Our Community & Sustainability

Wolfe’s Neck Center prides itself in being part of the Freeport community, a place rich in history and likeminded businesses and organizations. Among the fun ongoing fall activities this weekend, we also invite some of our neighbors and partners to showcase the special work that they do to care for the environment we all share.

Friday

Public Talk by Gunther Hauk: The Honeybee Crisis: Real Causes and Solutions, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
* This event is held at Maine Coast Waldorf School, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport
$10 suggested donation at the door
In this talk on Friday evening, biodynamic beekeeper Gunther Hauk will present a deeper picture of that being we call the honeybee and what brings it so close to our hearts. He will put the bee crisis into a larger context historically, as well as its connection to other crises we are in – agricultural, economic, social, and spiritual. Gunther will then give indications of what will help us overcome the crisis. Register Now

Saturday

Pumpkin Hayrides, $5 per person (pumpkin purchase separately), drop-in registration at the Farm Store
Take a scenic ride on our haywagon and see our pastures and views of Casco Bay!  Purchase a pumpkin ticket from the Farm Store and you can also pick out your own pumpkin when the haywagon stops by our organic fruit and vegetable plot. Bring the whole family along and enjoy an autumn day at Wolfe’s Neck Center!

Biodynamic Beekeeping Workshop with Gunther Hauk, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
* This event is held at Maine Coast Waldorf School, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport

$60.00 per person. Snacks will be provided but lunch is BYO.
In this workshop biodynamic beekeeper Gunther Hauk will begin with a brief look at the development of beekeeping in the last 2000 years. Understanding the complexity of this creature’s instinct from a spiritual point of view will let us regain the awe and wonder inherent in this highly evolved insect. We will search for what actually has driven all the inventions, on which current professional and most hobby beekeeping rely.  A logical examination of these practices in view of the impact on the honeybee’s health, will let us arrive at beekeeping methods that respect the honeybees’ very own needs and further their health. Through their suffering, the honeybees are calling us to radically change our relationship to all the animals we raise, and challenging us to become stewards of the kingdoms of nature rather than exploiters. Register Now

 

Backyard Chicken Basics, 10-11:30am, $20 per person (includes 2 laying hens)
Everything you need to know to produce eggs from your own backyard hens.  Coop construction/purchasing, hen health, feed types, breeds, winter care, and predator protection will be covered.  There will also be a tour of our mobile and stationary hen houses to give people a visual learning experience.  This workshop is suitable for ages 12 and up.  Note: Customers can take their chickens home with them, or email Haden to schedule an arrangement for pickup.  The farm will NOT provide any food, or boxes for taking the chickens home.  A simple cardboard box will suffice for temporary transport.  Additional chickens of any amount can be purchased for $5 each.  Customers are not required to take any chickens home if they just want the educational tour, but the price will not be changed.  Register Now

Revision Energy, 10am – 3pm
Learn about solar energy through various kids activities such as making Solar Prints and UV Bead Keychains with sunscreen tests.

Music:
10:30am – Giff+Nancy
12:00pm – Stan Davis
1:30pm – 317 Main Band(s)

Sunday

Harvest Dinner with the Harraseeket Inn, 5-8pm, held at the Mallet Barn, $110 per person
Feast on the harvest of the season with Chef Troy Mains of the Harraseeket Inn, 2018 Maine Chef of the Year.  Enjoy a seated, family-style dinner along with delicious local desserts and drinks in our historic Mallet Barn.  Buy Tickets

October 20-21: Fiber Festivities

As the temperature cools, let’s take a closer look at the warm coats of some of our livestock and learn more about their role on the farm. We’ll host a sheep herding demo, invite spinners to show how they manipulate the wool, work with the felt ourselves, and more!

Saturday

Pumpkin Hayrides, $5 per person (pumpkin purchase separately), drop-in registration at the Farm Store
Take a scenic ride on our haywagon and see our pastures and views of Casco Bay!  Purchase a pumpkin ticket from the Farm Store and you can also pick out your own pumpkin when the haywagon stops by our organic fruit and vegetable plot. Bring the whole family along and enjoy an autumn day at Wolfe’s Neck Center!

Sheep Shearing Demonstrations, 10-11am & 1-2pm

4H Sheep Club – Sheep Trivia and Games

More details coming soon!

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