certified organic vegetables for the mid-coast foodshed
Farming in the Community - Our Land, Our Practices
We started growing vegetables in 2004 at the farmhouse where Brady grew up after spending two seasons apprenticing on farms in Washington and Florida. We started very small in the early years and went through a lot of trial and error. We worked nights at the Damariscotta River Grill for many years. Luckily for us the local food movement was gaining momentum in Maine and we were able to grow along with it.
Farming in the Community
We now grow 10 acres of certified organic vegetables on fields in 5 area towns. Our goal is to supply our community with organic vegetables in spring, summer, fall and winter. We start planting in early March in our various tunnels and have carrots, squash, garlic and sausage until the snow is flying.
Our Farming Practices and Philosophy
Morning Dew Farm is certified organic by MOFGA. That means that we don't use pesticides on the food you eat. But our approach to farming goes much deeper than just "no spraying".
True organic agriculture is based on the notion that the soil is alive. Our goal as farmers is to create a thriving ecosystem under the ground that provides our vegetables with the nutrients they need. We do this by using soil conditioners, cover crops, mulches, and minimally invasive tractor equipment. The results are healthy soils with teeming populations of micro-organisims that are constantly recycling organic matter, breaking it down and providing food for the vegetable plants we grow. These same nutrients are the ones that constitute the building blocks of the vegetables we harvest.
We see ourselves as more than just vegetable farmers. Perhaps our main passion is creating relationships with customers with the goal of establishing a new model for food distribution and consumption. We are invested in replacing the current agricultural model with a much more regionally based, seasonal approach to eating and cooking. And the upshot is that this model works both ecologically and economically. We take pride in being part of a resilient network of locally owned and operated bussinesses that are keeping dollars in our community. When you support Morning Dew you are helping support waitresses, produce department workers, aspiring chefs. And because you are keeping your money in our community, you are helping support Johnnys, Fedco, Sheepscott Valley Childrens House, Mike's Place, and more. We shop at Reny's, too!
Sometimes it is hard to feel like our actions make a difference. It is something that we struggle with here on the farm. As twenty two year olds we were out to change the world. As we've grown older, a bit more jaded and hopefully a bit wiser, we've focused on the small reverberations of our choices and actions. Ultimately it is all we can control. If you feel the same I hope you will support us and other farmers and artisans in our community with the hope that we can shape a more grounded, more connected world.