Maine Coast Heritage Trust Appoints Interim Leader at Aldermere Farm
Release date: June 14, 2023
Maine Coast Heritage Trust Appoints Interim Leader at Aldermere Farm. The announcement comes at a time of expansion at the working farm and preserve.
June 14, 2022 — Rockport, ME – Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) announced today that Aaron Englander has stepped in as interim farm preserves director of Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields. Englander has been involved with community farming projects for two decades, and has been with MCHT since 2014. During this time, he has demonstrated a deep knowledge and commitment to sustainable agriculture. Englander lives in Camden with his wife and daughter.
“Aaron has been a strong leader and advocate for our work to build community programs and a champion for regenerative farming practices,” said Jane Arbuckle, MCHT’s director of stewardship. “We are grateful to Aaron for taking over as interim farm preserves director of Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields; he will serve in the role until the position has been filled.”
Englander steps in for Heidi Baker, former farm preserves director at Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields, who joined MCHT in 2006 and served in a variety of roles, including farm operations, outreach, education, and programming.
“We are incredibly grateful to Heidi for her long years of service both at Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields,” said Arbuckle. “Heidi has had a longstanding commitment to our beloved world-class Belted Galloways, to the staff and apprentices who continue to be a core part of this working farm and preserve, and to the Midcoast community and the thousands of visitors who come here annually.”
The announcement comes at a time of expansion and growth at Aldermere Farm and nearby Erickson Fields, both located in Rockport. MCHT has raised $2.8 million of a $3.8 million campaign for critical new infrastructure and equipment at the preserves. Renovations include a dual-purpose barn and grain room designed to accommodate the Belted Galloway herd, as well as a visitor center with an accessible vestibule and balcony, providing a top-down view of the working barn below. Erickson Fields is adding a 660-square-foot storage barn to store tools and equipment. New signage at both preserves will help to educate on topics ranging from sustainable cattle farm operations to regenerative farming to the positive impacts of land conservation on Maine’s coast.
Established in 1800 – and a landmark MCHT preserve since 1999 – Aldermere Farm is home to the oldest continuously operated herd of Belted Galloway in the United States. By employing thoughtful pasture management techniques designed to enhance soil health, store carbon, retain and filter freshwater, and maintain habitat diversity, Aldermere Farm serves as a demonstration and training ground for sustainable and regenerative farming in Midcoast Maine.
ABOUT MAINE COAST HERITAGE TRUST
MCHT is a dynamic, multifaceted organization with initiatives ranging from high impact ecological work focused on reconnecting waterways and improving coastal resiliency to climate change to preserving coastal access for communities. A leader in Maine’s nationally renowned land conservation efforts since 1970, MCHT maintains a growing network of over 150 coastal and island preserves free and open to everyone and leads the 80-member Maine Land Trust Network to ensure that local land conservation provides benefits to all Maine communities. Get involved at www.mcht.org.