Northern Bay Farm
Is a no-till, no-spray market garden specializing in boutique, heirloom produce grown using organic methods. We also grow many species of native perennial plants in our effort to contribute to ‘rewilding’ the landscape and improving biodiversity by providing habitat and food for native fauna.
Where We Are
We are located in the town of Penobscot, Maine on the beautiful Blue Hill Peninsula. We steward approximately five acres of mixed hardwood forest and pasture located in zone 5b at 44ºN.
We farm on land previously cleared in the 1960s from mixed conifer forest and marshland with less than 2 inches of topsoil on average. The land is low-lying and suffers from very slow infiltration rate (high runoff potential) when thoroughly wet. The native soil is acidic (pH 4.4) and is primarily made up of Scantic Silt Loam, which is a class 4 (POOR) soil type consisting chiefly of clays that have a high shrink-swell potential, and a high water table.
Because of these natural limitations we have employed a no-till, raised bed system to produce our vegetable crops. We have successfully been able convert what was otherwise agriculturally-unusable land into highly productive vegetable beds by adding lime (to raise pH), lots of organic compost, seaweed from the nearby coast, and by growing green manures (cover-cropping).
We currently have around one quarter of an acre in total vegetable production, including 960 square feet of covered growing space, with plans to expand production to meet community demand over time.