WOLFES NECK FARM FOUNDATION INC

Transforming our relationship with farming and food for a healthier planet

aka Wolfe's Neck Center for Agriculture & the Environment   |   Freeport, ME   |  www.wolfesneck.org

Mission

The mission of WNC is to transform our relationship with farming and food for a healthier planet. A sustainable coastal farm for nearly sixty years, WNC is home to an oceanfront campground, recreational hiking trails, leading demonstration farm, and educational resource center for innovative practices in regenerative agriculture.

Ruling year info

1998

Executive Director

David M Herring

Main address

184 Burnett Rd

Freeport, ME 04032 USA

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Formerly known as

Wolfe's Neck Farm

EIN

22-2586116

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Private Operating Foundations (T23)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Agricultural Programs (K20)

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Organic Dairy Research and Farmer Training Program

Nationwide, the average age of dairy farmers is approaching 60 and the number of farms producing milk is in decline. Too few young people are entering the dairy industry.

Wolfe’s Neck Center’s Organic Dairy Farmer Training Program is a two-year residential apprenticeship program for new and transitioning commercial organic dairy farmers. This first-of-its kind program allows apprentices to learn hands-on in all aspects of our certified organic dairy operation.

The Wolfe’s Neck Training Program is part of the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship, a National Apprenticeship under the U.S. Department of Labor-Employment and Training Administration. It consists of 4,000 hours of training over a period of two years. Of these hours, 3,712 hours are employment and mentoring under an approved Master Dairy Grazier.

Our goal is to prepare each Apprentice to become a valuable member of the organic dairy industry with the knowledge to manage a grazing farm successfully at the conclusion of their two-year apprenticeship. The program will provide a guided pathway to the knowledge, skills, experiences and resources our Apprentices will need to begin their own organic dairy enterprise. Our focus is on using and teaching regenerative practices.

A comprehensive DGA Training Manual lays out the competencies that must be met in order to own and operate a managed-grazing organic dairy farm, providing a blueprint for the mentoring process. The other 288 hours are related instruction designed to enhance on-farm training.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Veterans

OpenTEAM, or Open Technology Ecosystem for Agricultural Management, is a farmer-driven, interoperable platform to provide farmers around the world with the best possible knowledge to improve soil health.

OpenTEAM offers field-level carbon measurement, digital management records, remote sensing, predictive analytics, and input and economic management decision support in a connected platform that reduces the need for farmer data entry while improving access to a wide array of tools.

The platform will support adaptive soil health management for farms of all scales, geographies and production systems. OpenTEAM will also accelerate scientific understanding of soil health by providing more high-quality data to researchers collaborating on the project.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Maine is the most food-insecure state in New England. Over 200,000 residents and 1 in 4 children unsure of where their next meal will come from. A 2015 USDA report revealed that Maine has the 2nd highest rate of “very low food security” in the country.
With the added burden of heating costs, hunger increases in the winter and food pantries often struggle to meet this need, seeing a drop off in fresh vegetables during the cold months. Local gardeners who donate produce all summer close up their gardens over the winter, and fresh food becomes scarce.

With funding from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation’s Healthy Food Fund, our high tunnel greenhouse extends our growing and programming season. Hardier crops like kale, carrots, and spinach grow under shelter in the colder months and warmer weather crops are started earlier and keep growing later in the season than without cover. The greenhouse is on wheels which allows our farmers to use our fields more efficiently. The mobility allows them to pull the structure to cover the crops need them at that time and they’re not limited to growing on the same plot season after season.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Includes summer Farm Camp, Fruit & Vegetable Apprenticeship Program, Farm Discovery School, Community and Visitor Programming

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Caregivers

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WOLFES NECK FARM FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 1/25/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Timothy Griffin

Tufts University

Term: 2021 - 2023


Board co-chair

Megan Hellstedt

Sustainability Advisor

Term: 2021 - 2023

Raina Maxwell

L.L. Bean, Inc.

Peter Bouman

Bates Mill Dermatology

Morgan Cuthbert

Yarmouth School Department, ME

Richard Ganong

Timothy Griffin

Tufts University

Gray Harris

Coastal Enterprises Institute

Triplett Kise

Woodworker

Tucker Lannon

Income Research and Management

Vivi Stevenson Miller

Consultant

Brett Pierce

Meridian Stories

Sam Smith

Editor, Progressive Review

Meredeth Winter

The Nature Conservancy

Lee Schepps

Retired

Sarah Zimman

Clinical Psychologist

David Daniel

Second Freedom

David Bennell

World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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