Brae Maple Farm, 233 North Union Road, will be open to the public Sunday, July 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. as part of a statewide Open Farm Day. Hosts Andrea and Allan Smith have created a diversified organic farm which includes MOFGA-certified market gardens as well as demonstration gardens developed and managed since 1998 by University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener volunteers.

Visitors will be able to visit with donkeys Chester, Lilac and Christabelle, listen to folk music by Playin’ Possum and wander through raised-bed vegetable gardens, a drying and dyeing garden, a medicine wheel garden, a lasagna bed, and a heritage garden. There will be talks and demonstrations scheduled throughout the day on topics such as companion planting, creating dyes from dried plants, building twig fences and composting.

The Knox-Lincoln Beekeeper’s Association will have an informational beekeeping display. There will be spinning, pottery and wood-turning demonstrations and fairy-house building for kids. Herbal refreshments will be served and visitors may take recipes home.

In addition, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry says the following other farms in Knox County plus Waldoboro are participating in this year's Open Farm Day event, with tours, demonstrations and more available. Call for details on activities at each farm. Visitors are requested to leave pets at home.

Appleton Creamery, 780 Gurneytown Road, Appleton

Owners: Caitlin and Brad Hunter

Farm type: Goat dairy and cheese

Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Phone: 785-4431

Guini Ridge Farm, 1353 North Union Road, Union

Owners: Bruce and Wendy Reinemann

Farm type: Vegetables and sheep

Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Phone: 785-2978

ME Water Buffalo Co., 91 Old County Road, Appleton

Owners: Brian and Jessica Farrar

Farm type: Water buffalo dairy and meat

Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Phone: 785-6493

Savage Oakes Vineyard & Winery, 174 Barrett Hill Road, Union

Owners: Holly and Elmer Savage

Farm type: Gapes, wild blueberries, beef

Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Phone: 785-2828

Seacolors Yarnery at Meadowcroft Farm, 45 Hopkins Road, Washington

Owner: Nanne Kennedy

Farm type: Fiber

Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Phone: 845-2587

Beau Chemin Preservation Farm, 1749 Finntown Road, Waldoboro

Owners: Wayne and Jo Ann Myers

Farm type: Diversified organic, pick-your-own berries, and livestock

Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Phone: 691-8164