The mission of Native Gardens of Blue Hill is to create public gardens of Maine native plants to demonstrate their beauty and value and to encourage sustainable gardening practices. Since 2015, we have been building a demonstration garden at the campus of Bagaduce Music on South St with the help of volunteers. Recently, we have begun to deepen our mission to include training and support for existing and new businesses in the field of sustainable landscaping, including the nursery trade. We envision serving as a training ground for entrepreneurship and innovation, a hub for ecological best practices in the community, and the supportive home to a regional guild of sustainable landscape stewards.
Member Businesses: Farms
We are a community composting business that collects compostable waste from around the peninsula and turns it into a high quality soil amendment.
A flower farm located on Route 15 in Orland, is the primary supplier of local blooms for Fairwinds Florist in Blue Hill. Though our focus is on cut flower production, they also supply fresh produce in season to various area businesses. Merz Barn Farm is also home to the Make Know Art Mural Project where in owners Corey Paradise and Cullen Schneider gather annually with family and friends to paint a mural on their barn.
We are a saltwater farm located in Brooksville. We raise primarily pork and run our barn and water front as an event/venue space. We have 50 acres of meadow and 50 acres of forested land.
FarmDrop is an online farmers market connecting the Blue Hill community to local food producers. From the comfort of their home, customers choose from a variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables, sustainably raised meat, fresh seafood, baked goods, and preserves. Customers order online Friday 9AM to Tuesday 11:59PM and pick up their orders at Fairwinds Florist on Thursday afternoons. For an additional fee, Blue Hill Peninsula, Deer Isle, Ellsworth, and Bucksport FarmDrop customers can arrange for their orders to be delivered to their homes on Friday afternoons.
Backstage Farm Presents its Organic Food Bonanza! You may ask, “What the heck is that?” and so you should, because no one has ever been like Backstage Farm with its dozens of different varieties of vegetables and fruits on a thimble sized plot of land. How do Bill and Elena do it? Two greenhouses, Raised Beds, thirty odd Chickens, a milk farm next door with loads of manure and the best farm land in the county. It is situated in Blue HIll on the land that was the first farm in North Blue Hill, started in 1830. It is now surrounded by the original 500 acres of land, still farmed by horse as it was then, but now by Horsepower Farm. Its size and the many varieties that they plant make each item limited in supply. They overcome this in many cases, by picking to order in the season, (how could you get fresher food then that?) and by growing rare and unusual varieties, not easily found any where else. In addition, with their cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, peppers and beets, they have a year round supply of their “Moxies”brand, Russian Style Sauerkraut, Garlic Pickles, (made without vinegar) and spiced Pickled Beets. Customers can find this year round at the local Blue Hill Co-op, Tradewinds, The Cave in Brooklin and at Backstage Farm. Phone calls are welcome, even if you’re not ordering, as Bill and Elena enjoy sharing their knowledge and experience. So call or email them and ENJOY!
Halcyon Grange #345 is a fraternal organization sponsors dances, dinners, concerts workshops and educational speakers for the community. The grange promotes small farms, local food and the right to sustainable food and water.
Field-grown cut flowers for weddings, parties and events or just a bouquet for your dining-room table! Consulting and delivery services available.
Blue Hill Farmers’ Market a diverse group of farmers, artist and food producers providing a great shopping experience every Saturday from Memorial day weekend to Columbus Day weekend.