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The Aldermere & Erickson Campaign Is a Success!

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Thanks to the incredible generosity of every donor who has given to the Aldermere and Erickson Campaign, we have met our aspirational $4.4M goal!

This is a huge achievement that has helped us build a new barn and visitor center, make essential infrastructure and equipment upgrades, and improve accessibility to Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields.

Help secure the future of these community preserves

The success of the Campaign ushers in a new era of possibilities for these preserves! Give today to support the work of the incredible farm staff and programming that touches the lives of so many in our Midcoast communities.

Let's keep strengthening our connections to one another, the food we eat, and the land that sustains us all. 

What's the Campaign all about? Watch this short video to learn more!

Connecting people to land and agriculture

As Maine Coast Heritage Trust preserves, Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields have become life-changing community gathering and learning places for the greater Camden-Rockport area.

Through these exceptional preserves and the generosity of donors, we’re connecting thousands of people to the outdoors, feeding our community, educating youth, supporting fellow farms, and demonstrating sustainable farming practices.

Additional projects underway

We are currently working on improvements to the Aldermere Visitor Center including landscaping and outdoor classroom development; creating a new parking lot with ADA access; and installing signage and educational displays.

And there's more to come ...

Strategic planning is also in the works to install solar panels on the new Aldermere barn and interpretive signage at both preserves; create an accessible ADA trail at Aldermere Farm; and enhance Erickson Fields infrastructure and equipment to support local food security initiatives, including fencing to bring Belted Galloways back to Erickson!

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What this Campaign makes possible:

A new barn and visitor center at Aldermere Farm

This new structure will increase operational safety and efficiency for staff, support youth programs, serve as a demonstration facility for other farmers, and allow us to welcome more visitors to learn about the farm and MCHT’s coast-wide work. This wheel-chair accessible and solar-ready structure will open to the main barn, with a balcony to look out over day-to-day activities at the farm.

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A facility to house breeding bulls at Aldermere Farm

This new structure will keep cattle safe and facilitate sharing services and equipment with other farms.

A shelter in the pasture on the north end of the property at Aldermere Farm

This new structure will prevent over-grazing of the farm’s pastures.

An open-air barn in the garden at Erickson Fields

This structure will replace a temporary tarp building (now ten years old) and allow staff to keep equipment on site⁠—freeing up time for programming, gardening, and food distribution.

New roadside barns at Erickson Fields

The current roadside barns will be redesigned/rebuilt to allow staff and program participants to wash, pack and distribute produce more safely and efficiently, and enhance food security efforts. The current roadside barns are 75+-year-old farm outbuildings originally built for livestock.

New and improved signage at both preserves

Engaging signage will educate visitors on a wide variety of topics such as sustainable farming, history of the land, invasive plant management, and the myriad benefits of land conservation.

Trail upgrades at both preserves

More accessible trail options will open  outdoor experiences to visitors of all abilities.

Essential new equipment

A truck and tractor will drastically increase efficiency and impact at both preserves.

Investment in the endowment

Investments in the endowment for these preserves will ensure there is funding to maintain these essential infrastructure updates.


Make a Difference for Places You Love

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Have unanswered questions? Check out our FAQ page to learn more.

Your gift today will help us extend the reach and impact of Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields and ensure future generations stay connected to the land, our rich farming heritage, and one another.

Thank you for your generosity!


For more information, please contact:

David Warren
Planned Giving and Major Gifts Officer

207-522-9228

Nicky Blanchard
Director of Engagement

207-607-4369

Or check out our FAQ page