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Author speaks on retiring to farm life

Oct 04, 2019

WALDOBORO — John H. Twomey will speak about his recent book, “Retiring To, Not From — From Massachusetts Professor to Maine Farmer,” on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. at the Waldoboro Public Library. His comments will be accompanied by a slide presentation, and the discussion will center on life on his farm. This program is free and open to the public.

After 37 years as a professor at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Twomey retired in 2009 and moved with Leigh Norcott to the Montville farm he has owned since 1978. The farm operates on solar power, completely off grid, and the couple works together to produce almost all of their own food and all of their own firewood. An avid naturalist, Twomey has worked for years to maintain and improve the wildlife habitat on the farm. He does so by carefully scheduling the mowing of his fields and brushy areas; by planting, transplanting, grafting and pruning hundreds of apple trees; and by planting thousands of white and chestnut oaks.

Having seen farms sold and developed in his hometowns in Connecticut and Massachusetts, Twomey long ago set his sights on owning and nurturing an old New England farm, a traditional home place. He has accomplished that and intends to permanently protect his Montville farm.

This event is part of the Friends of the Waldoboro Public Library Speaker Series and sponsored by the Waldoboro Garden Club. The library is located at 958 Main St. For more information, call 832-4484.


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