Many people have made Wild Folk, well, Wild Folk. David has owned the land for 8 years. While involved part-time now, he has been the constant force behind the land and many things “Wild”. Along the way the different personalities and directions that the farm has taken have provided us with a rich history and some deep foundations with which to grow. After running a CSA 6 years ago, David went on to start Barrels, a locals food market in Waterville. For the next few years, much of the farm was in hibernation. Today David is working on all sorts of projects in town related to the local economy, culture and food.
In the summer 2012 the farm energy, plan and direction got reinvigorated as Ben came aboard. Born in the suburban flatlandia, where the grass grows as high as a chipmunk’s eye, Ben didn’t see himself settling down in rural Maine. After graduating from college nearby, he starting farming in Maine with an apprenticeship, then a management position at a non-profit in Portland, a farming consulting gig in Zimbabwe, and few other pursuits out west before realizing that trying to leave Maine was futile. He is currently in the MOFGA Journey-person program and has been managing the farm for the past 2 years. Learning from the land, and systems, soils, and structures have been a main focus.
We see permaculture, farming and community as great tools for the social and environmental directions we support, largely due to their ability to address large issues with small-scale grassroots solutions. We believe in the movement and intertwining of movements, which means we value opening the food movement in new horizons (i.e. permaculture production and experimentation & flood paddy rice), and synthesizing how we eat with how we communicate.
The nearby community is dear to the farm’s character and conviviality; folks come out often. We try to have cob oven parties twice monthly during the summer and yoga sessions as well. Many close friends (David for one) live in town where we frequent dinners, parties, food/wine tasting and the like. We have been so fortunate with all of our past apprentices, Wild Folk, and the relationships we have all cultivated together.