Nestled on the western shore of Penobscot Bay, Aldermere Farm and its Belted Galloway cattle have been area landmarks for generations.
Aldermere Farm is great for:
- Agricultural Education – Register yourself or a family member for one of Aldermere Farm’s many educational programs that focus on sustainable agriculture. Scroll down for more information.
- Community Events – Attend calf unveiling in the spring, the summer art show, a Beltie Holiday, or other events held throughout the year. Scroll down for more information.
- Artistic Inspiration – Grab your camera, a sketch pad, or your favorite artistic medium to capture the pastoral beauty of a Belted Galloway framed by Lily Pond, the Camden Hills and Penobscot Bay.
How to get there
From the junction of Route 1 and 90 in Rockport head 0.3 mile east on West Street. Turn left at the intersection. Drive 0.5 mile and then stay right onto Russell Avenue. The Farm is located 0.6 mile on either side of the road.
Aldermere Achievers 4-H Club
The Aldermere Achievers is MCHT’s 4-H Club (in partnership with Knox-Lincoln Cooperative Extension) for youth ages 5-18, which is mainly a beef club where participants lease a calf, halter train it, and then show it at shows throughout New England. This club meets year-round and performs community service projects, fundraising projects, and does farm chores throughout the summer. For more information: Aldermere Achievers Brochure and Aldermere Cloverbuds Brochure
For local and regional cattle farmers, MCHT provides a two-day clinic focused on the basics of raising beef cattle with emphasis on meeting the needs of today’s consumer. The program takes participants step by step through the beef industry, from selecting cattle that best fit today’s market to handling and managing the animals and their health. A variety of speakers present on topics such as artificial insemintation, fitting and showing, beef quality assurance, pasture management, and the importance of nutrition while also allowing time for participants to have their questions answered.
Farm Hands is the premier youth program at Aldermere Farm where participants ages 10-18 work with the young Belted Galloway calves learning to halter train, groom, and lead them. This provides a community service to the Farm, because it allows the calves to get used to being around people, and to be well tempered and manageable. Participants learn about important agricultural, conservation, and environmental issues as well as skills such as team work, trust, and patience. For more information: Farm Hands brochure
Master Gardener program
Aldermere Farm is part of the Knox-Lincoln Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program in which interested gardeners learn techniques on gardening, and then volunteer hours throughout the year at a specific site. Aldermere Farm is one such site in Rockport where the Master Gardeners plant the gardens every year. Master Gardeners earn certificates and gain great experience.
Aldermere Farm’s Art Show and Sale
Held in August each year this annual fundraiser supports the farm. Local artists enter fine art works for show and sale.
Calf Unveiling Day
Each spring the Farm presents the new calves. Visitors are invited to see the newborns and learn more about the farm, land conservation, and agriculture.
Go beyond the tree-lined avenue and get a behind the scenes tour of the Farm and learn about the history and upcoming events. Offered once a week from late June to early August.
The Beltie Holiday event takes place at Aldermere Farm annually as part of “Christmas by the Sea” in Camden and Rockport. Children and adults are encouraged to come with their cameras and have their picture taken with a Beltie calf, enjoy hot cocoa and make a Beltie ornament.
Moonlight Ski Tours
Held during winter full moon evenings (weather permitting), these events include cross country skiing and snowshoe tours of the farm that end with a bonfire and hot chocolate overlooking Penobscot Bay.
Notes on topography, flora & fauna
Nestled on the western shore of Penobscot Bay in Rockport, Maine, 136-acre Aldermere Farm is one of the world’s premier breeders of Belted Galloway cattle (also known as Belties). Aldermere is a traditional New England saltwater farm, with rugged fields, weathered stone walls, a rocky shoreline, and simple yet elegant structures. The farm includes fields, woods, and wetlands, as well as the buildings and grounds.
Although most people associate Aldermere with the Belties, the farm is also a compelling example of progressive agriculture and a caring land ethic. The late Albert Chatfield, Jr. and his wife Marion restored the land with innovative conservation methods and organic agriculture. It was a lifelong task, and the farm’s splendid condition today attests eloquently to the Chatfields’ devotion to the land they dearly loved.
Today, Aldermere Farm shows how working farms can be an important aspect of conservation and community planning. MCHT maintains Aldermere as a working farm and educational center, helping visitors deepen their appreciation for land conservation and sustainable agriculture.
How this place became open to the public
Aldermere’s pastoral vistas and undeveloped shoreline are prized scenic features of Rockport and Camden, and will remain so forever thanks to the late Albert H. Chatfield, Jr. Determined to protect the farm from the relentless build-up of Maine’s coast, Mr. Chatfield worked with MCHT to establish protective easements which legally preclude subdivision and development. Then, in 1999, Aldermere Farm became a MCHT preserve, thanks to a generous bequest from Mr. Chatfield.
This place belongs to all of us. Help us take care of it!
- No Camping Permitted
- No Fires Permitted
- Stay on Established Trails
- Foot Traffic Only – Trails Are Not Suitable for Wheeled Vehicles
- Carry Out All Trash
- Including Human and Pet Waste and Toilet Paper
- Pets are Not Permitted
- Please Respect the Privacy of Preserve Neighbors