Maine Coast Heritage Trust Expands Staff – Knox County VillageSoup

ROCKPORT — Maine Coast Heritage Trust, a statewide land conservation organization, has added new staff to its reserves at Aldermere Farm at 20 Russell Ave. and Erickson Fields at 164 West St., both in Rockport.

Calder Gladstone took over as MCHT’s agricultural program coordinator on March 14. It will support programming and program development at Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields.

During her college career, Gladstone divided her time between chemistry, ecology, and education and earned a degree in environmental education. Prior to coming to Aldermere Farm, he worked for farms and educational institutions, including running a hog operation of several hundred people at a college in North Carolina and an agricultural education program at a Connecticut nature center.

Originally from Dover Foxcroft, Gladstone said he had always felt drawn to the Midcoast and was delighted to have the opportunity to do meaningful work in this region.

“I strongly believe in fostering curiosity, the work ethic and the knowledge necessary to thrive in the world. I have seen so many children learn these skills by working, playing and learning through the prism farming, and there are few better (or more beautiful) places to do it than Aldermere Farm.

Kathleen Williams began the 8-month MOFGA agricultural apprenticeship at Erickson Fields on March 21. During the growing season, she will help manage MCHT’s Teen Ag Crew which raises produce for hunger relief agencies. Last year, Williams spent her summer and fall on a farm in Pennsylvania learning about Shetland sheep, small-scale wool processing and tending Asian blueberry and pear orchards. She also led family farming classes and volunteer days and was intrigued by how a farm can fit into a community.

“I believe that small farms should be an integral part of every community. I am delighted to involve children and adults in the special and challenging task of growing food. »

More information about Maine Coast Heritage Trust and its community programs at Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields can be found online at

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