Bumbleroot Organic Farm is a certified organic farm located in Windham, Maine. Our mission is to connect people from our community with the land and the food that sustains them and to help strengthen our local food system. We use regenerative farming practices to grow vegetables, flowers, and herbs which we sell at local farmers markets, to our wholesale partners, and through our CSA program.
Fall CSA Shares Go On Sale October 1st!
Our 2019 Fall CSA will go on sale to the public October 1st and will last six weeks from October 23rd through the week of Thanksgiving. Each week our members will receive a share of our fall harvest - included will be everything from salad greens and cooking greens (kale, spinach, bok choy), to root veggies (carrots, beets and turnips), to brussels sprouts, winter squash, cabbage, garlic and more! Pick-ups will take place on Wednesdays at our farm in Windham (from 3:30-5:30pm) and in the Rosemont neighborhood of Portland (from 3:30-6:30pm). However, the final week’s pick-up will take place on TUESDAY, November 26th, to give people plenty of time to use their vegetables to prep for Thanksgiving. We hope you consider joining our Fall CSA! Please click here for more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Midsummer Dinner to Honor Maine Farmland Trust
We were thrilled to participate in a dinner hosted by Allagash Brewing Company, with amazing food prepared by Fire & Company, in celebration of one of our favorite local organizations - Maine Farmland Trust (MFT). We gathered at a long table right here on the farm to honor the work that MFT does to preserve farmland, support farms, and grow the future for farming here in Maine. We were especially pleased to share the story of our own relationship with MFT because we truly wouldn’t be where we are today without them. We purchased our farm through their Buy/Protect/Sell program, which protects particularly vulnerable farm properties and makes them more affordable for farmers. In our case MFT saved the 89 acres of land we now own from development, and provided our two families with a place to raise our families and grow our farm business. It was such an honor to celebrate together, and we’re so grateful to Allagash, Fire & Company, and MFT for an amazing evening.
2019 Farmers’ Market Schedule
Portland Farmers’ Market
Wednesdays in Monument Square, 7am - 1pm (May 15th - November)
Saco Farmers’ Market
Saturdays in the Saco Valley Shopping Center Parking Lot, 7am - Noon (May 11 - October)
Kittery Community Market
Sundays in Post Office Square, 10am - 2pm (June 2 - September)
2019 CSA is in Full Swing
We offer a 20 week vegetable share and multiple flower share options throughout the summer months. Through our farm share program we strive to connect people from our community with healthy food, and to contribute to our local food system. All of the food and flowers we grow here at Bumbleroot are certified organic and are grown using sustainable practices. Thank you to our 2019 CSA members for supporting us in our venture and mission! We are sold out for this season but would be happy to add you to our email list for next year - if interested in joining us for the 2020 season, please contact email@example.com.
Governor Mills and Bumbleroot Speak Up About Climate Change
Bumbleroot owner Melissa Law was recently asked by Maine’s Governor, Janet Mills, to speak alongside her in support of the Governor’s new bill to create a Maine Climate Council and climate action plan. Melissa has been vocalizing the need for farmers to be a part of policy development and state and federal planning for climate change mitigation. We view climate change as one of the most significant challenges our business will face in the decades to come - this feature on our local news channel shows how our farm has already been affected by extreme weather events. Sustainable and regenerative farming practices like cover cropping and rotational grazing can help sequester carbon in the soil, and we believe there should be more incentives and support for farmers to prioritize and implement these types of practices. Governor Mills’ legislation is a critical step forward for our state.
Congresswoman Chellie Pingree Visits Bumbleroot
Maine’s District 1 Congresswoman Chellie Pingree visited Bumbleroot in April along with Amanda Beal, Maine’s Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and other environmental advocates who discussed the important role agriculture has in the fight against climate change. Congresswoman Pingree outlined 5 actions that government can take to support farmers in their efforts for climate change mitigation. We are grateful to the Congresswoman for beginning this conversation at the federal level, and for consistently being such a strong voice for sustainable farming practices, young farmers, and small farms.
Ben’s Letter to the Editor
Bumbleroot owner Ben Whalen recently had his Letter to the Editor published in the Portland Press Herald. In it, Ben describes how farmers in our state are already feeling the impacts of climate change and expresses the need for farmers to be included in the conversation and planning that must be done to combat climate change moving forward. Regenerative farming practices such as cover cropping, rotational grazing, and reduced tillage can sequester carbon and build soil health and biodiversity - in other words, agriculture can be a part of the solution. We’re excited to be lending our voice to this important conversation.
Melissa Returns to Washington
Bumbleroot co-owner Melissa Law returned to the nation’s capitol in March for a fly-in with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. She and 11 other farmers and advocates from across the country traveled to D.C. to speak with their respective representatives about appropriations priorities for Fiscal Year 2020. Melissa spoke with Maine Members of Congress and their staff about the positive impact federal programs have had on the growth of Bumbleroot’s business, and the importance of continuing to fund these programs in order to support small farms and local food systems. Read more about the trip here.
Melissa was also in Washington in the fall when she attended the National Young Farmers Coalition Leadership Convergence as the representative from the Southern Maine Young Farmers chapter. Then she joined over 100 farmers from across the country to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing young farmers and our local food systems. The conference addressed issues from climate change to racial justice to land access, and a wealth of knowledge and experience was shared.
Weddings and Events at Bumbleroot
We are currently booking weddings and events at our farm in Windham! We have hosted beautiful events for family and friends over the past few years, and have decided it’s time to share our space with others. If you or someone you know is looking for a venue that is close to Portland, please consider us. We offer a true field-to-table experience; our recommended caterers use Bumbleroot’s certified organic vegetables for their menus, and we offer a full range of flower services to grace your tables with vibrant seasonal blooms from our farm. Please see our “Weddings and Events” page for more information and our “Events Gallery” for photos of the space. For more information or to schedule a tour, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ben Attends Entrepreneurship Intensive at Stone Barns
Bumbleroot co-owner Ben Whalen was one of 18 farmers from across the country who participated in the inaugural Entrepreneurship Intensive for Farmers offered by the Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture. The cohort had the opportunity to learn from business experts and develop their skills as farm business managers and entrepreneurs. The weeklong program allowed Ben to collaborate with other experienced farmers and challenge him to think creatively about regenerative agriculture and the economic, social and environmental future of our farm business.
2018 Young Entrepreneurs of the Year
Bumbleroot was honored to have been recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration as Maine's Young Entrepreneurs of the Year for 2018. Bumbleroot was nominated by Sarah Guerette, Program Director at the Southern Maine Women's Business Center and an advisor to us through the process of writing our business plan. We're proud to be a part of the strong agricultural community here in Maine and we wouldn't be where we are today without our amazing customers or the support from our friends at Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Maine Farmland Trust, and Coastal Enterprises Inc. We hope to continue growing our business and providing healthy food for our community for many years to come! Follow along with the growth of our business by signing up for our newsletter!
The Fisher family (Abby and Jeff are pictured to the left) welcomed their first child Josephine Bess into the world in March and she is loving life on the farm. She's already spent a season working farmers' markets with her parents and soon enough she'll be out picking veggies with us in the fields!
Josephine loves bouncing, eating, and special visits from her grandparents. Her little laugh lights up the room and if you’re lucky you might just get a wave. Stay tuned to our Instagram and Facebook for #Bumblebaby updates.
2018: Our 4th Season Comes to a Close
2018 was our fourth season operating as Bumbleroot Organic Farm and our second season on our farm in Windham. With the help of Maine Farmland Trust , we purchased our farm from the Weeks family who lived on this land for generations. We're honored to continue the legacy of family farming here in Windham, and feel so lucky to have found such a beautiful property so close to Portland. We are in the process of building the new infrastructure we need to operate our vegetable and flower business, including walk-in coolers, a packing shed, and high tunnels for winter production.
In 2018 we had 5 - 6 acres in certified organic vegetable and flower production. We attended 3 farmers' markets (in Portland, Saco, and Kittery), supplied 20 weeks of veggies to 120+ families through our CSA program, and worked with over 20 restaurants in the Greater Portland area. We also expanded our cut flower operation, donated hundreds of pounds of vegetables to My Place Teen Center in Westbrook and Creative Trails in Portland, and employed four people. None of it would have been possible without our amazing employees and our hard-working volunteers. Thanks for helping make our 2018 season a success!
Proud to be
We are committed to using sustainable farming practices to improve the health of our soil and the integrity of our land. By using only organic fertilizers and soil amendments, planting organic seeds whenever available, cover cropping our fields, and rotating our crop plantings, we have held to MOFGA's (Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association) organic standards. They have granted us our certification and we're proud to call our vegetables, flowers, and herbs organic.
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