Aldermere Farm staff would like to send a heartfelt “thank you” to all of our amazing community partners and friends. The 2012 Aldermere Farm Annual Appeal Campaign truly showed us that our community and our Board stand behind the work, educational outreach, and “fun” that the Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields Preserve properties provide. The 2012 Campaign saw a 28 percent increase in the number of donors along with an increase in donations from our current donors, all of which contributed to a $25K match from the Maine Coast Heritage Trust Board of Directors.
Maine Coast Heritage Trust, a statewide land conservation organization, has owned and managed Aldermere Farm for over thirteen years now and has continued running the farm as the Chatfield family had, but also adding the ability to have community access and outreach through programs and events. MCHT has owned and managed Erickson Fields Preserve for almost five years with Aldermere Farm staff haying the beautiful open fields and also offering some vibrant youth and family programs about food production. Over the years, we have grown the programs, events, haying operation, and cattle operation based on community needs and by staying connected with local farms.
There are so many people to thank for our success over the years and especially for last year’s great annual appeal success. The greatest thanks go to our donors whose support we could not live without and to the Aldermere Ambassadors, who help us connect with our most generous donors. We also can’t overlook our dedicated volunteers, local hayland owners, hay buyers, cattle folks, beef buyers, program participants, event attendees, local farms, teachers, students, town officials, local restaurants and businesses, neighbors, our families, and friends of the farm. We thank you and we look forward to a bright future together!
Aldermere Farm/Maine Coast Heritage Trust