New at The Nancy Place

We've always got lots of interesting stuff going on, as life leads us in new directions and we just try to catch up! New this season is a glamping site on the edge of our wildlife pond:

For more info about our Tentrr site, and to book: Click Here

And we are getting along pretty well on the site prep for our second high tunnel:

And Molly has started accepting clients for energy balancing sessions (you can book right here on the homepage!):

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We welcomed some new friends:

In a much sadder vein, we said goodbye to our beloved Beauty. Not too ready to talk about that yet:

And we've had our usual visitors:

And we're baking and making our usual things:

Summer Transitions

Almost summer. . . and we find ourselves very briefly coming up for air.  We are transitioning from the rush of planting and preparing into a busy maintenance mode, that is topped off with a giant hopeful list of projects. These normal transitions--like the changes of seasons--, and the brief pauses between them, remind us that it's ok to change, it's ok to grow into new areas. It's been a bit of a hard go, as farming and small business can be, and we find ourselves in an unexpected transition. Life does this sometimes, we know, and it's hard and exciting and such a curiosity all at once. 

We've been slow to see how the old and the new weave together.  The last six or so years we have pushed to get ourselves set up with a careful and diverse plan that kept all our farm eggs spread into several baskets, while also keeping true to our hearts and mission. But all good ideas and plans are shared, and we've watched the market saturate in every.single.area. that we had set ourselves up in. The messages have been clear, but we have had such a hard time understanding how all the doors that had opened to us so easily and successfully could be closing to us so suddenly. And so, acceptance. . . it's time to become more aligned; more specific in what we are dedicating ourselves to. And that means letting some things go, and it means adding some things that are calling to us. 

What we think we are becoming is more of a dedicated retreat space. Rather than casually pursuing our mission, we intend to pursue it more wholeheartedly. We hope to welcome guests specifically for retreats, workshops, adventures and connective experiences.  Shawn has increasingly been weaving wisdom and story into musical presentations that are heartfelt and inspirational and Molly has dedicated her next two years to cultivating her healing work and sharing her gifts. Both experiences will be woven into the deepening mission on the homestead.  We'll also be able to offer farm-to-table pick-up catering and to-go lunches and dinners, and a bigger list of experiences--from re-wilding to energy medicine, to guided out-our-door adventures, and workshops-- but as transitions can be, we expect it may be a little messy as we figure it all out, so please bare with us! Do ask us lots of questions, do book your stay, do schedule an energy session or a workshop, do order your foods with us and shop at our farm store-- we'll need your advice and encouragement. Thanks for all your support, we appreciate you. 

Spring 2018

We are thrilled to be ushering in another busy season here on the homestead! Within the next few weeks we'll be getting busy filling soil trays and sprinkling seeds into them. We'll be gathering our sap supplies and planning which trees to tap, and we'll prepare the high tunnel for early spring plantings. The chickens will (hopefully!! finally!) begin laying eggs in abundance and we will welcome another round of fluffy yellow chicks. Our traveling guests have already begun booking, and we are delighted to meet new faces and visit with returning ones.

As the snows melt, we'll sleep each night with the sounds of spring coming alive: dripping, trickling, peeping. I miss the days when the kids looked forward to the mud and the melt in a toddler kind of way-- but I know that we all appreciate the thaw and are awed by it nevertheless.

We have a few changes this year: Shawn has gone to work full time off the homestead, so you'll be seeing less of him during working    hours. Molly has several courses that she'll be working through during high season-- primarily in the field of energy medicine, so you may miss her depending on the timing of your visit. We are excited to let you know that our daughters, Maizey (14) and Ella (12) will be more visible on the farm. We're also likely hosting an apprentice from UMaine. We'll keep you posted. As always, reach out if you need any veggies, eggs, medicine, meats, or lodging! We look forward to another great season.

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The Nancy Place sits on 200 acres of family land in Orland, Maine. It is a mostly wooded place, with our little off-grid, solar farm...