Introducing Sparkplug Farm of Vinalhaven Island, ME

Farmers John Wright and Sara HodgesCourtesy of Sparkplug Farm Sparkplug Farm is a 30-acre diversified vegetable farm on Vinalhaven Island, located off the coast of Maine. Farmers Sara Hodges and John Wright began the farm in 2012 after earning Bachelors degrees from Warren Wilson College and apprenticing through the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA). John and Sara currently hold a five year lease on 30 acres with 5 acres currently... Read More

Young Farmer Mixer, Arundel Maine!

Frinklepod Farm Calling all farmers from the Greater Portland (Maine) area! It’s time to celebrate the harvest and connect with fellow young farmers! On Saturday, September 28th, join us for the kick-off event of the Greater Portland Young Farmers Coalition, the newest chapter of the National Young Farmers Coalition. NYFC chapters bring farmers together to share meals, opportunities and strategies for overcoming the obstacles we face in starting... Read More

Bootstrap @ Rippling Waters: Mandala

 Last spring our farm manager, the venerable Julee Applegarth, was looking out over the top of one of our fields and musing out loud to a gathered crowd upon the fact that previously she was unable to get much to grow in the hard-packed soil there. She stamped her foot, I recall, illustrating the hard-packedness of this particular quarter-acre field. She said it would be planted with members of the brassica family but because of years of tilling... Read More

Bootstrap @ Rippling Waters – Introduction

I didn’t get into this thing consciously; there was no decision made, no career-test administered, or no plan of any sort, not at first anyway. It just sort of grew in me, starting perhaps when I was a boy passing off Comfrey leaves as payment for an invisible meal at a ‘restaurant’  in a game we used to play in the woods. My mother ran a daycare which meant there was always an endless supply of friends to grow the economy of the imaginary... Read More