Events

Experience the farm through special hands-on events dedicated to giving visitors a deeper sense of our mission to transform our relationship with farming and food for a healthier planet.

From community programs and seasonal festivals for young children to Farm-to-Table dinners highlighting our local restaurant partners and their commitment to local ingredients, there is something for everyone.

Members of Wolfe’s Neck Center receive advanced registration to all of our ticketed events!

Friday-Sunday, May 3-5: Spring Cleanup Weekend

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Saturday, May 4: Make Your Own Kombucha Workshop

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Saturday, May 18: Spring Plant Sale

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Saturday, May 25: Draft Power Workshop & Demo

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Saturday, June 1: Spring Festival

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Sunday, June 23: Summer Tasting Event with Miyake

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Saturday, July 6: Beers in the Barn

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Sunday, August 18: Family Ice Cream Social with MDI Ice Cream

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Sunday, September 15: Southeast Asian Street Food with Big Tree Hospitality

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Saturday, September 28: 23rd Annual Harvest Dance featuring the Mallett Brothers

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Sunday, October 6: Harvest Dinner with Piccolo

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Saturday, October 19: Fall Festival

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Saturday, December 7 & 14: Night Tree

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Friday-Sunday, May 3-5: Spring Cleanup Weekend

Want to soak up the springtime sun, with free camping too? The weekends of April 26-28 and May 3-5, we’re inviting folks to camp for free while helping to get our beautiful campground in tip-top shape for the season. All ages welcome.  Volunteers get a free campsite for the weekend, dinner Friday, all meals Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday.

Email us at info@freeportcamping.com to sign up!

Saturday, May 4: Make Your Own Kombucha Workshop

1-2pm

Have you been wanting to learn how to make your own kombucha? Kombucha is a beverage filled with health promoting minerals, enzymes, and probiotics. Learn about the beneficial properties and how to make it yourself, taste test different flavors, and take home a “scoby” to begin making your own brew! Ages 12 and up.

$12 per person

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Saturday, May 18: Spring Plant Sale

Rain or shine, 9am – 1pm

A great selection of perennials, annuals, herbs and seedlings, from full shade to full sun, will be available. All plants are donated by volunteers, friends and neighbors. There will be plants for the beginning gardener and those with green thumbs. Whether you are a novice looking to start your first garden or a green thumb looking for something new, our plants run the gamut. The Annual Plant Sale is a wonderful way to recover from the long winter and support Wolfe’s Neck Center.

Anyone wishing to assist with this year’s sale or has plants to donate should contact Tim Lewis at striper295@comcast.net.

Saturday, May 25: Draft Power Workshop & Demo

10am-12pm

Not everyone is burning fuel and using tractors to get the job done around the farm. Some farmers still work their land the old fashion way, with horses, oxen and walk-behind or ride-along equipment. In this workshop & demo, we will learn how the farmers communicate with, instruct and train oxen for farming from former Wolfe’s Neck educator and program participant Katie Josephs and her 4-H team. They will introduce their team of oxen to us and teach us how they are rigged up for work, and how they respond to commands. We’ll take a hay ride up to our vegetable plot and see the action begin as the oxen plow up a few rows! All ages.

$15 per person, free for ages 10 & under

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Saturday, June 1: Spring Festival

10am – 3pm

Join us in celebrating the arrival of spring at Wolfe’s Neck with our annual Spring Festival on June 1st. This year’s festival continues the tradition of family fun with our farm animals, hay rides, face painting and more! Climb the tractors or hay pile, plant a flower, and make a felted craft or seed ‘bomb’.

There will be activities for all ages with our farm staff and local partners. Enjoy music and dancing all day in our Little River Tent, and delicious fresh food will be available from our Farm Café and Farm Store, as well as some amazing food trucks.

Admission directly supports our nonprofit educational farm:
$8/person, ages 3 and under are free
50% off for members.
No pre-registration needed

Sunday, June 23: Summer Tasting Event with Miyake

Part of our Farm to Table Dinner Series

5 – 8pm

Celebrate the beginning of summer with dinner with Masa Miyake and sunset at the Mallet Barn.  Visit a variety of tasting stations and enjoy the freshest flavors of the season.  Beverages will be provided by Maine Beer Company and New England Distilling.

$100/person, all food and drinks included.
Tickets go on sale to Members on Tuesday, May 7.  Remaining tickets will be available to the general public on Thursday, May 9.

Saturday, July 6: Beers in the Barn

3 – 6pm

A fundraiser for Wolfe’s Neck Center connecting Maine brewers, Maine farmers, and Maine beer lovers. Enjoy pours featuring ingredients that have been grown, foraged or harvested from the forest, fields and waterways of this beautiful state.

Held in our historic Mallet Barn, the 1st annual Beers in the Barn supports Wolfe’s Neck Center in training the next generation of farmers, and connecting people of all ages with their food, agriculture, and the environment.  This is a 21+ event

General admission – $40 per adult, includes tasting glass and unlimited samples
Premium Entry – $60 per adult, includes tasting glass, unlimited samples, and 1-hour early entry (2pm)
Tickets go on sale to Members on Tuesday, May 14.  Remaining tickets will be available to the general public on Thursday, May 16

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Sunday, August 18: Family Ice Cream Social with MDI Ice Cream

Part of our Farm to Table Dinner Series

2 – 4pm

Bring the whole family down to the Mallet Barn for our family ice cream social! Our friends at MDI Ice Cream will be scooping some delicious flavors with farm toppings and other local treats. There will be lots of activities, crafts, and more for kids and adults alike.

$10 per person, ages 4 and under are free.
Tickets go on sale to Members on Tuesday, July 16.  Remaining tickets will be available to the general public on Thursday, July 18.

Sunday, September 15: Southeast Asian Street Food with Big Tree Hospitality

Part of our Farm to Table Dinner Series

5 – 8pm

Join us for a tasting featuring Southeast Asian street food with Big Tree Hospitality, the Portland restaurant group of Hugo’sThe Honey Paw, and Eventide Oyster Co.  Beverages will be provided by Maine Beer Company and New England Distilling.

$100/person, includes all food and drinks.
Tickets go on sale to Members on Tuesday, August 6.  Remaining tickets will be available to the general public on Thursday, August 8.

Saturday, September 28: 23rd Annual Harvest Dance featuring the Mallett Brothers

6 – 10pm

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 at 8:00 The Mallett Brothers take the stage.

$25 per person.  Tickets go on sale to Members on Tuesday, August 13.  Remaining tickets will be available to the general public on Thursday, August 15.

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Sunday, October 6: Harvest Dinner with Piccolo

Part of our Farm to Table Dinner Series

5 – 8 pm

Feast on the harvest of the season with Piccolo restaurant.  Enjoy a seated, family-style dinner along with delicious local desserts and drinks in our historic Mallet Barn.  Beverages will be provided by Maine Beer Company and New England Distilling.

$120/person, includes all food and drinks.
Tickets go on sale to Members on Tuesday, September 3.  Remaining tickets will be available to the general public on Thursday, September 5.

Saturday, October 19: Fall Festival

10am – 3pm

Join us on our oceanfront nonprofit farm as we celebrate sustainable agriculture and the bounty of autumn in Maine! This wholesome family festival features activities and demonstrations, live music, haybale climbing, face painting, animal interactions, tasty local food and more. We run our Pumpkin Hayrides during the festival – take a tractor ride out to our pumpkin patch and pick out your favorite pumpkin.

Admission: $8/person – ages 3 and under free. Pumpkins cost $3-10. Cash is recommended for food and pumpkin purchases (there is no ATM on premises.)

Proceeds benefit our nonprofit organization’s educational programming.

Saturday, December 7 & 14: Night Tree

Held hourly, 9am – 2pm

Our special Night Tree event is inspired by the classic children’s book by Eve Bunting. It has become a Wolfe’s Neck Center holiday tradition!

Her story is about a family that feeds the forest animals by making decorations for a special tree. Join us as we read her story together with cocoa and cookies, and then decorate pinecone ornaments with birdseed, string popcorn, and cranberries. We’ll take a short hike on the trails to leave these tasty treats in our woods for the animals.

Cost: $5 per person ages 2 and older, free for Members

Past Events

Saturday, January 5: Herb Workshop: Immune Berry Syrup

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Saturday, January 12: Winter Growing Tour & Talk

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Saturday, February 2: Goats Picks the Superbowl Winner

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Saturday, February 16: Make Your Own Kombucha Workshop

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Saturday, February 23: Understanding Integrated Pest Management Workshop

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Saturday, March 2: Family Tree Tea

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Saturday, March 16: Out Like a Lamb!

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Saturday, March 23: Herb Workshop: Salve Making

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Saturday, April 6: Fruit Tree Pruning & Grafting Workshop

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Saturday, April 13: All About Seaweed Workshop

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Friday-Sunday, April 26-28: Spring Cleanup Weekend

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Saturday, January 5: Herb Workshop: Immune Berry Syrup

1-2pm

As we approach colder weather and flu season, it’s time to get ready with your own herbal remedies. This Immune Berry Syrup will keep your body healthy by supporting your immune system. Craft your own syrup to take home using blackberries, farm-grown ginger, and more!  Ages 10 and up.  Held in the Little River Room. $10 per person

This workshop is full. 

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Saturday, January 12: Winter Growing Tour & Talk

1-4pm

Come out to the farm and explore best practices for winter growing. Participants will tour our year-round growing infrastructure and then venture inside to talk about extension practices for the backyard grower (weather depending).  Note: The workshop includes a tour through our fields to the greenhouse. These are not plowed or shoveled and you should dress warmly for the outdoors.  This workshop is best suited for adult learners. 

$20 per person

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Saturday, February 2: Goats Picks the Superbowl Winner

12:45pm

Free, all ages

Come down to Wolfe’s Neck Center to see who our goats think will win the big game! Our expert goat will make his Super Bowl pick at 1pm, so be sure to gather around the Livestock Education barn for a first look at his prediction.

Saturday, February 16: Make Your Own Kombucha Workshop

This workshop is sold out!

1-2pm

Have you been wanting to learn how to make your own kombucha? Kombucha is a beverage filled with health promoting minerals, enzymes, and probiotics. Learn about the beneficial properties and how to make it yourself, taste test different flavors, and take home a “scoby” to begin making your own brew! Ages 12 and up.

$12 per person

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Saturday, February 23: Understanding Integrated Pest Management Workshop

1-3pm

Are the bugs and weeds in your garden getting you down? This workshop digs into integrated pest management and integrated weed suppression management practices. We’ll focus on organic solutions to help you get out of the weeds.

$15 per person

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Saturday, March 2: Family Tree Tea

1-2pm

Join us for a walk through the woods to gather white pine needles and forage for other edible plants to make tea with. We’ll come together around our forest fire pit to make a big batch of “tree tea” and talk about the health benefits of our ingredients. Please dress warmly as we’ll be outside for the hour (but will have the fire for warmth!) All ages welcome. $10 per person.

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Saturday, March 16: Out Like a Lamb!

Sold out!

March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb! Celebrate the first signs of spring with us and welcome our newborn lambs. Gather around for a spring story, join us in making a lamb-themed craft, then meet the farmers for some hands-on interactions with our livestock. This family-friendly event is great for young children.

Saturday, March 16th. Hourly programs from 9 AM-2 PM.
$5/person (ages 2 & under are free), free for members, pre-registration required.

Saturday, March 23: Herb Workshop: Salve Making

1-2 pm

In this workshop, we’ll be making a healing salve perfect for dry winter skin, and a great addition to your natural medicine cabinet to use on burns, scrapes and bug bites. Take home your own tin of salve made from farm-grown calendula, comfrey and plantain mixed with beeswax and oil.

Sold Out!

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Saturday, April 6: Fruit Tree Pruning & Grafting Workshop

1-4pm

Start spring with an overview of orchard care for your backyard garden. We’ll start in the conference room for a brief lesson in fruit tree grafting and pruning, led by ReTreeUS program manager, Richard Hodges and Jason Lilley of UMaine Cooperative Extension. We’ll cover grafting science and techniques which will then be practiced out in the orchard.

From there, we’ll head up to the Banter Orchard for a field lesson on pruning young apple trees, and next to the vegetable plot to demonstrate proper grafting in the field. Workshop members will graft their own Black Oxford apple trees – an heirloom Maine variety! – which they will get to bring home and plant.

$50 per person

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Saturday, April 13: All About Seaweed Workshop

1 – 2:15pm

Explore the coast of Wolfe’s Neck in this workshop by learning about seaweed and its health benefits. Sample different varieties and leave with ideas on how to incorporate seaweed into your daily life.

Ages 12 and up, $15 per person

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Friday-Sunday, April 26-28: Spring Cleanup Weekend

Want to soak up the springtime sun, with free camping too?  The weekends of April 26-28 and May 3-5, we’re inviting folks to camp for free while helping to get our beautiful campground in tip-top shape for the season.  All ages welcome.  Volunteers get a free campsite for the weekend, dinner Friday, all meals Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday.

Email us at info@freeportcamping.com to sign up!

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Farm-to-Table Dinner Series

Each of our Farm-to-Table dinner is unique, as we partner with a different chef to feature local foods at the peak of their season, harvested here and at other area farms. What they all have in common is that you can expect a beautiful farm setting, live music, great company, and delicious local food and beverages while benefiting our nonprofit.

Community Programs

Engage in moments of fun and learning with your family through one of our many farm and campground programs led by our educators.

Farm Education

Workshops

Our new Backyard Gardener Workshop Series is designed for the aspiring small-scale farmer, and is geared towards adults and children alike.  Each session offers an in-depth exploration of a specific topic through lectures and hands-on activities, granting you the skills needed to confidently and successfully cultivate your own garden space.

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