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Quill’s End Farm is a 100 acre farm in Penobscot, Maine. It is a grass-based cow dairy and raises small livestock on pasture grazing rotationally. Heather and Phil Retberg farm this plot of land with their three children, Alexander, Benjamin and Carolyn. Phil hand milks 4-6 cows and all the milk is exchanged through a private buying club and their on-farm store. While they have farmed for 16 years, the last few years have posed some challenges they couldn’t overcome alone. They came to the conclusion that hard work and perseverance was not going to address those challenges and reached out to their farm patrons, friends, and community of support to help them brainstorm some creative ways forward during a potluck brainstorm session in November. Below is how Heather describes the day and what transpired:
“We brought together between 35-40 of our Quill’s End farm patrons for a potluck–midwives, teachers, farmers, doctors, lawyers, bakers, beer brewers, parents, retired and young to help us brainstorm on some tough obstacles intersecting to pose some real survival challenges to small, diversified farms of our generation. Continue Reading →