Spear's Farm owners address Waldoboro LionsWaldoboro Lions Club News
On Sept. 19, the Waldoboro Lions Club met at 6:30 p.m. at its meeting place on Glidden Street in Waldoboro. There were 13 Lions and two guests in attendance. The group enjoyed a wonderful dinner and talk by guest speakers Robert and Janet Spear, co-owners of Spear's Vegetable Farm in Nobleboro.
The Spears discussed the early establishment of Spear's Farm many years ago and its development through five generations from its early beginnings down to today.
In its early existence, the farm began mainly as a chicken farm, but quickly converted into becoming a dairy farm. The farm's herd reached a figure of about 120 cows at one time.
About in the 1980s-1990s, the spears went into growing vegetables. In about 2009, the Spears sold most of their dairy cows and began devoting their energy in the vegetable-growing business.
Around 2006, the Spears had two vegetable stands, one in Nobleboro and another in Waldoboro. In 2008, the Spears built a food-processing packing facility in Nobleboro and their vegetable business took off.
Today in 2012, the Spears have about 250 acres of land devoted to vegetable-growing and have 25 to 30 employees working for them. The farm still, however, raises beef heifers for other people and also grows extra feed for other farms.
Today Spear's Farm has a variety of both retail and wholesale products that the farm sells to many Shaw's and Hannaford grocery stores as well as local schools and Meals-on-Wheels programs.
In addition, the farm is associated with a variety of agricultural programs, such as Senior Farm Share, the Wic program and Community Supporting Agriculture.
In all, the Spears are very diversified. They did point out that dealing with weather, disease, insects, and a few other challenges made farming very interesting and rewarding. They also have pointed out that when a market develops for a product that they then decide to grow what is being demanded.
Following the talk by the Spears, King Lion Tom Jordan conducted a short business meeting. And the end of the business meeting, Lion Stephanie Laite was declared the winner of the 50/50 raffle and the Lions adjourned at 8:15 p.m.