Brae Maple Farm is owned and operated by Andrea and Allan Smith of Union. The MOFGA-certified organic vegetable and herb farm is also the host site for Master Gardener Volunteers with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.

The Smiths and Master Gardeners invite the public to visit their farm and extensive demonstration gardens on Open Farm Day, Sunday, July 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Brae Maple Farm provides land and support for more than 20 Master Gardeners and their volunteer projects. Their largest focus is using multiple organic methods for growing vegetables, all of which are donated to local food pantries and soup kitchens. Trained in the art and science of horticulture, Master Gardeners receive current, research-based information from UMaine Extension and industry experts. In return, Master Gardeners volunteer their time and expertise to community programs like Maine Harvest for Hunger, and educational events like Open Farm Day.

Educational projects include an early 20th-century period garden, a medicine-wheel garden honoring Native American traditions, a three-sisters garden in which corn, pole beans and squash are inter-planted, and a “dyeing and drying” garden featuring flowers grown for textiles and dried arrangements.

Family activities on Open Farm Day include a kids’ table for making fairies, elves and hats, demonstrations on wool-spinning, needle-felting, and dyeing, twiggy fence making, and the Knox-Lincoln Beekeepers Association will have information on honeybees and pollinators. Homemade refreshments will be served, featuring herbs, fruits, and vegetables from the gardens.

Master Gardeners will give tours and answer questions about growing vegetables, managing soil health, lasagna gardening, mulching, composting, plants used for dyeing and drying, irrigation, and other topics. Gardening and pest management information will also be available from UMaine Extension.

To reach Brae Maple Farm, take Route 17 to Union and turn onto North Union Road. Brae Maple is the first farm on the right.