WHO WE ARE
Cider Hill Farm (CHF) is a small, organic farm and wood-shop located on North Haven island in Penobscot Bay, Maine.
Our aim is to provide premium products while improving our beautiful island ecosystem. CHF is a sanctuary for bees, insects, and birds due to our mowing and weeding practices; providing flowers and seed heads for their subsistence and increasing native species in our fields and woodlands. We do not use any pesticides or GMO's. Much of what we do is human or solar powered- only using tractors when absolutely necessary. Our chickens wander where they please, and our sheep enjoy a mobile lifestyle, rotationally grazing from field to field, which improves soil and carbon uptake, causing least harm. Our compost includes local spent grains from North Haven Brewery and coffee grounds from Waterman’s Community Center on island.
We specialize in woolen and wooden goods, as well as organic eggs, herbs, flowers, and vegetables in the warmer months.
Natural colored yarns, pelts, scarves and blankets are produced with wool from our organically-raised herd of Coopworth and Border-Leicester sheep. Our fleece has won several blue ribbons at local fairs. We also sell registered Coopworth sheep and lambs for breeding or custom processing.
Our wood-shop, Salt Air Woodworking is located on the farm. Our craftsman, Josh Ryan, creates beautiful carved wooden spoons, ornaments, toy boats, benches, custom harvest tables, bowls, and more, all from locally harvested or reclaimed lumber.
In addition to our website, you can find our products on island at the North Haven Gift Shop and our weekly Farmer's Market [Saturday's 9:30-11am, May-Oct at the Ball Field].
INVASIVE SPECIES ERADICATION
An invasive species called Glossy Buckthorn has been spreading across North Haven. We are making a consistent effort to cut back the Buckthorn that is growing on our property while planting more native species, some of which we start on farm. In May of 2020 we introduced 4 heritage breed piglets in the woodland of the farm with the hopes that they would root up the soil and allow for easier removal of Buckthorn roots. We have been rotationally grazing them on paddocks through the woodlands and following through pulling roots and planting cover crop, bushes and tress on the cleared land. Other invasive plant species are being treated similarly. We hope to have a biologically diverse habitat that becomes increasingly vibrant as time goes on that also preserves the health of our water resource.