This former dairy farm features a 1.4-mile trail and gardens that grow healthy food for the community.
Erickson Fields is great for:
- Walking – Enjoy the family- and dog-friendly 1.4-mile trail that loops through field and forest, past fitness stations where walkers can stop for additional workouts.
- Agricultural Education – Register yourself or a family member for one of Erickson Fields many educational programs that focus on sustainable agriculture. Scroll down for more information.
How to get there
Erickson Fields Preserve is located at 164 West Street, Rockport. From the junction of Route 1 and Route 90 in Rockport, follow Route 90 west and drive approximately three tenths of a mile. After passing the Market Basket, several houses and a short stretch of woods, Erickson Fields Preserve is on your left, across from Cross Street.
Teen Ag Crew
The Teen Agricultural Crew is a social entrepreneurial program employing students, 14 to 18 years old, in a full-time summer job where they learn the essentials of business planning, marketing, growing, harvesting, packaging, and delivering fresh produce. As they learn the nuts and bolts of sustainable agriculture, they work together to plant, harvest, and maintain the gardens and are introduced to the world of work. The fresh produce they grow goes to area food pantries, schools and other organizations in need of fresh produce.
More information: Teen Ag Crew Application.pdf
Kids Can Grow
This beginning gardening program for families with children aged 7 to11 years old consists of six monthly group classes teaching different aspects of gardening, along with a once per month home tutoring session to support families in growing their own square foot garden. The program is run in partnership with the Knox/Lincoln County Extension Office.
Raised garden beds are available to community members who would like to grow food for private use, or for local food pantries. Community gardeners receive assistance with growing related questions and with growing organically. Several different sized garden beds are available. More information: Community Garden Brochure
Nature walks are given throughout the spring, summer, and fall on the property. Bird and Nature walks and Mushroom walks are a few of the types of presentations and walks given by local naturalists and skilled professionals. Find upcoming events here.
Notes on topography, flora, and fauna
MCHT acquired the property to conserve and keep productive prime farmland in Midcoast Maine and to provide a public benefit through agricultural, natural resource, and silviculture education on the property. The preservation of the highly scenic views of the open fields, pasture, and woods on the property are enjoyed by the general public travelling along Route 90.
The fields are hayed annually to provide hay for MCHT’s Aldermere Farm Preserve. Community garden areas are used for educational programming and growing involving children, teens, and adults. A larger garden area is utilized by the Teen Agricultural Crew to produce greater quantities of vegetables for the local food system including food pantries and school lunch programs.
How Erickson Fields became open to the public
Erickson Farm was a dairy farm for many generations, until the Erickson family stopped farming the land in the 1980s. The family welcomed Aldermere Farm to manage the fields for hay and for grazing Belted Galloway Cattle. When the Erickson Family ultimately decided to sell the land, they worked closely with MCHT staff in partnership with Maine Farmland Trust (MFT) to preserve the farm property. MCHT and MFT recognized the value of preserving rapidly disappearing farmland, maintaining a significant green space close to the center of Rockport village, and providing an opportunity to manage the land as a community resource.
This place belongs to all of us. Help us take care of it!
- No Camping Permitted
- No Fires Permitted
- Stay on Established Trail
- Carry Out All Trash
- Including Human and Pet Waste and Toilet Paper
- Keep Pets Under Control
- Please Respect the Privacy of Preserve Neighbors