“Let your children grow up to be farmers”

Credit: Huff Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jenna-woginrich/let-your-children-be-farmers_b_5674640.html?utm_hp_ref=tw

Credit: Huff Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jenna-woginrich/let-your-children-be-farmers_b_5674640.html?utm_hp_ref=tw

Did you read the NY Times article that circled around Facebook last week with the catchy title: “Don’t let your children grow up to be farmers”?

Well here’s a counter-argument that we just had to pass on:

The NY Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/…
The Huffington Post response: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…

$7 million dollars
Keeping our food local and sustainable is part of what we’re about at the Land Trust, and it is a big part of the Land Trust’s “Campaign for Brunswick Topsham.” We’re nearing in on a $7 million goal, and need everyone in the community to help.

Show your support at: www.btlt.org/membership

As a member of the Land Trust, you make a huge difference in the lives of the farming families in your community.

85 years of the Bisson Farm

Credit: John Patriquin/Staff Photographer with the Portland Press Herald

Credit: John Patriquin/Staff Photographer with the Portland Press Herald

We were so excited to see this article!

85 years of the Bisson Farm

If you appreciate farmland that is nice to look at and productive, you might be familiar with the area where the Bissons raise their 400 or more head of beef cattle and dairy cows on 500 acres in Topsham.

Go local food!

Sunday’s Press Herald featured the Bisson farm in a wonderful article about this successful farming family. Be sure to check it out!

Your new bridge on the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust’s Trails!


Gary Fogg, the Land Trust’s volunteer extraordinaire, led a small team of volunteers to design and build a new bridge at the entrance of the Land Trust’s Cathance River trail in Head of Tide Park. Made from local materials the bridge spans about 13 feet across a small stream and totals 32 feet with the stone ramps.

New additions like this are part of the progress being made as part of the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust’s campaign for Brunswick Topsham, a 3 year, $7 million campaign that has already raised $5.8 million to build community in your town.

The final push of the campaign will happen over the next 4 months as we ask the community to join in membership to support the programs and trails that help make this such a great place to live.

If you see Gary, Wayne Whitney, Cheri Brunault, or our own Caroline Eliot, and Wilder Nicholson, be sure to say thanks for all of their hard work! It’s a beautiful addition to yet another great getaway in Mid-coast Maine.

If you haven’t been on the bridge yet, head over to www.btlt.org/trailmaps, download a map for the Cathance River trail, and get out on a trail this week.

You can support the trail work that helps make this such a great community to live in by being a member of the Land Trust. Be a part of the team at: www.btlt.org/membership/

Are you interested in working on our stewardship team? Contact Caroline by leaving a message at www.btlt.org/contact/

Sucess! – Taking Root Plant Sale


To everyone that joined the Land Trust at the Community Garden’s Taking Root Plant Sale last Saturday: Thank you!

Your efforts resulted in almost $4,000 for the Tom Settlemire Community Garden. This is $1,000 more than last year, and a tremendous support.

Now make those plants grow!

As summer itself takes root, there’s a lot to do at the garden, and programs like this are why the Land Trust is in such a historic transformation right now.

As part of our Building Community Campaign, you have helped us grow funds for new programs ranging from guided hikes, to local food programs, to educational programs in your children’s classrooms and on our conserved lands.

It’s a tremendous time to be involved. If you’re not a member of the Land Trust, consider joining today www.btlt.org/kayak or www.btlt.org/membership/

You might even win the Kayak that builds community!

Our kids need more nature

Survey of parents worldwide: Kids aren’t spending enough time out of doors, and it is incredibly important to their development.
Playing at the new bridge on the Land Trust trails at Cathance River

TNC notes that “82% of parents view spending time in nature as “very important” to their child’s development”.

In the first global study of its kind, The Nature Conservancy conducted a survey of parents in the US, Brazil, Hong Kong, France, and China in the first global survey on how much time kids spend outside, and the importance of that nature time that parents place on that nature connection.

In addition, they cite a number of studies that directly tie the time spent outside in nature with better health and improvement in the classroom.

Kids need nature, and Maine is no different.

That is why the members of the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust have been placing such a high priority on building our community through new event programs, science in the classroom programs, internships, youth work days, and more recently, a Young Explorers program.

Your current capital campaign is helping us build new programs, develop new trails, and broaden our focus to include the things that you as members continue to say are important in our community.

See the full info graphic at: http://www.naturerocks.org/parents-worldwide-agree-our-kids-need-more-nature-1.xmlSee a great info graphic by The Nature Conservancy based on their survey here: http://www.naturerocks.org/parents-worldwide-agree-our-kids-need-more-nature-1.xml

And if you’re not a member of the Land Trust, consider joining at www.btlt.org/membership, or better yet, www.btlt.org/kayak

Playing at the new bridge on the Land Trust trails at Cathance RiverYoung members of the Land Trust at a recent 2014 eventEnjoying a Land Trust event at the Tom Settlemire Community Garden

Land Trust Educational Programs

Credit: Alex Lear, the Forecaster

The Forecaster included a very nice segment on our Young Green Thumbs educational program for ages 4 and older.

On May 7th some of your children attended the first session in our free after school series, Young Green Thumbs. It advocates local food and the protection of farmland, as well as connects kids with our natural world. This series is made possible by the Land Trust’s Local Farm Local Food program, in conjunction with Kennebec Estuary Land Trust.

The Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust has been in a trans-formative campaign that will culminate later this year. Our focus is broadening to include many community building programs, and our members are the ones making it all possible.

See more about the importance of the work you make possible by watching the video below.

Read the full Forecaster article here:

Zu Bakery – One of 40 vendors at the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust Farmers’ Market this year

Portland Press Herald: http://www.pressherald.com/life/Meet__Barak_Olins_.html

Has anyone realized what time of year it is?

The Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust’s Farmers’ Market opens for the season this Saturday at Crystal Spring Farm, the landmark property you helped us conserve. We can’t wait to share the list of amazing vendors this year (stay tuned, this week!).

  • What: Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust Farmers’ Market at Crystal Spring Farm
  • Where: 277 Pleasant Hill Rd
  • When: Saturdays May 3 – Nov 1; 8:30 – 12:30

In the meantime, check out this great piece on one of your vendors: Zu Bakery



Peter Greeno
One of your team members at the Land Trust

P.S. We have great events going on this year. If you haven’t signed up for the twice-monthly events newsletter, head on over to www.btlt.org/send-me-events

The 10 Best (and Worst) States to Eat Local

(Photo: Monica Itziar Aya Cuesta/ Getty Images)

(Photo: Monica Itziar Aya Cuesta/ Getty Images)

Ever wonder how Maine ranks on the local food index compared with other states?

It turns out we’re number 2 in the nation.

The annual Locavore Index paints a great story for us in Bowdoin, Brunswick, and Topsham.

Not only do we have nationally recognized chefs, great restaurants, and some of the best farmers markets, but we have a community that cares about the local food that the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust and others work so hard to protect.

From conserving local farmland, providing programs to problem solve with local farming families, to helping establish food hubs that make local farming possible, you as members are helping to make it all possible.

(Now let’s beat Vermont…)

Check out the full article by Jason Best at: www.takepart.com/article/2014/

Brunswick restauranteer named as one of nation’s top 10 chefs by Food and Wine Magazine

Credit: John Ewing, Portland Press Herald Photographer

Credit: John Ewing, Portland Press Herald Photographer

It’s a proud day for our foodie town!
Food and Wine Magazine just named local chef Cara Stadler, as one of this year’s top 10 chefs in the country.

Cara, 26, owns the Tao Yuan in Brunswick, where the cuisine is guided by fresh ingredients that are available locally.

Those local ingredients and the chefs that bring them to life, like Cara, are part of what we love about living here.

As members you help conserve the local farms that raise the best food being supplied to our amazing local chefs; they, in turn, bring it all to life. Well done.

The Land Trust wishes many, many congratulations to Cara.
Together we’re all growing an amazing place to live.

Read the full article by By Meredith Goad, staff writer at the Portland Press Herald here:

A few images from New Lambs Day

What a perfect day! Thanks to everyone who joined us today at the Land Trust’s Crystal Spring Farm. We had about 300 happy visitors. The weather was beautiful, and we enjoyed the company.

Thanks to Ellen Rodgers and Angela Twitchell who shared a few pictures with us, to Seth and Maura who graciously helped make the event a success, and to the community that made conserving this farm possible! Enjoy…

Credit Ellen Rodgers
Credit Ellen Rodgers
Credit Ellen Rodgers
Credit Ellen RodgersCredit Ellen RodgersCredit Angela TwitchellCredit Ellen Rodgers