Touching Earth Farm is located in Kittery, Maine on 35 acres of land consisting of field, forest, and wetland. The original farm and barn were used for dairy cows in the 1950's, until it was sold to new owners who used the barn as storage. The property was dormant until purchased in 1994 by Jacquelyn Nooney as a base for her landscaping company.
The Flower Company, a small wholesale greenhouse operation that specializes in uncommon annuals, began operations in 1996 and continues to operate with 5 greenhouses. In 2007 a few of the company's employees and friends, decided they wanted to grow their own food. In the spring of 2008 a beautiful 50 x 80 garden was constructed with raised beds and mulched paths, and vegetables for ten families were grown. The success of this garden has been the inspiration to use the 5 acres of south facing field and the existing greenhouses to expand the farm and offer locally grown food to our community.
Is Touching Earth Farm organically grown?
All of the produce grown at Touching Earth Farm is grown and harvested using traditional sustainable farming practices. Pests are controlled naturally using scouting, row covers and organic liquids. We use natural compost, cover crops, and organic fertilizers to add to our soil fertility. These natural additives supply integral macro and micro-nutrients to the soil and help provide delicious, healthy and bountiful harvests. At this time, we have decided not to go through the organic certification process.
Suddhayu has worked for the Flower Company as the head grower for the past ten years. In the summers he worked on the fine gardening crew at JNL, Inc. The past few years he has managed the crop planning and production for the vegetable farm. He is committed personally to the idea that growing food locally and naturally is crucial to the betterment of society. He is an ordained Buddhist and published poet. When he has enough energy or discipline, he works on his novel, which he hopes to finish one day. He lives with his lovely wife Lona in Kittery, ME.
Photo Credit: Sofia Piel
Nikki has been the assistant grower and office manager for The Flower Company for the past five years. Previously Nikki worked on the fine gardening crew at JNL, Inc. and for the Fuller Gardens in North Hampton, NH. Her experience includes participating in the WWOOF program (Willing Workers on Organic Farms) where she traveled to the Big Island of Hawaii to work on an organic coffee farm and to Phippsburg, Maine to learn and work on an organic vegetable farm. Nikki is happiest outside, playing in the dirt or hiking in the White Mountains.
Photo Credit: Sofia Piel
Jackie has had her hands in the dirt for most of her life. She had her first vegetable garden in college in Vermont. She even attempted to grow vegetables in Jackson, Wyoming where she learned that the growing season was about four days long. She came to Maine in 1982 and started her landscape company in 1984. She has been designing, building and maintaining landscapes through out the seacoast for the past 25 years. She is delighted to be able to provide the land, her business skills, and her strong back to Touching Earth Farm.