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Big State, Small World

Fam-To-Table Farmer

Seren Huus

Having grown up in Union, Seren is a Maine farmer who grows her own organic food, and is a huge supporter of the farm-to-table movement. Having frequented many festivals across the state, Seren is able to take her passion for all things natural and provide insight to those looking to explore the inherently, original side of Maine.


My partner Steve and I live and work on Old Crow Ranch, a grass-based livestock farm in Durham. Steve originally hails from Wisconsin, but the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) Apprentice Program transplanted him here in 1999. Since then, he bought 70 acres and started raising cattle and pigs on Old Crow Ranch. Steve is the farmer and I run support services, raise chickens and get to learn a lot from his expertise.

Steve's job involves meeting other young enterprising farmers. It was only natural that he came across Brian Smith. Brian started Oyster River Winegrowers, which is a horse-powered vineyard.

Maine is ripe with people wanting and willing to work together to find innovative ways to cooperate. Oyster River and Old Crow Ranch are an example of this method. Even though Maine is a geographically large state, the degrees of separation are rather small.

This past year at Oyster River Winegrowers, an idea hatched to offer a winter CSA, or community supported agriculture program. The food would be delivered by horse-drawn carriage down Main Street in Rockland. At first, the idea seemed far-fetched and harkened back to yesteryear. But with the help of modern technology, they launched an online fundraising effort through Kickstarter to buy the carriage that they'd need to make the deliveries. Then they coordinated the contributing producers for the eclectic mix of seasonally appropriate local products. Included were wine from Oyster River; beef and sausage from us at Old Crow Ranch, Durham; goat cheese from Appleton Creamery, Appleton; bread from Atlantic Baking Company, Rockland; root veggies from Maple Tree Farm, Whitefield and Brookfield Farms, Cushing; and mutton sausage from Guini Ridge Farm, Union. Through this effort, they brought their nostalgic, small town dream to life!

This sense of "small-world-ness" is incredibly Maine. For a large state, we are all so interconnected!

Editor's Notes

Operating on their philosophy of leaving nature in balance and respecting the animals, Old Crow Ranch is a leader in sustainable agriculture.

See how and learn why Oyster River Winegrowers tends their land by horse. Also, make sure you get to the tasting room!

For more information about the thriving agriculture cooperatives in Maine, or where to get some of the fresh, delicious food, check out Seren's resources: Appleton Creamery and Atlantic Baking Co.

Downtown Rockland, in Maine's Midcoast Region, is a vibrant downtown with interesting shops and welcoming restaurants. It is well known for the annual North Atlantic Blues Festival in July and Maine Lobster Festival in August, and it is home to the Farnsworth Art Museum with its impressive collection of American art including paintings from three generations of the Wyeth Family.

Each September the harvest season is celebrated by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardiners Association as they host the Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine. The fair focuses on organic food, fiber and other crops.