What are we?
We are a small, diversified farm, growing vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers on 4 acres of land and in twothree greenhouses. We operate a Summer CSA and a Winter CSA and also sell our offerings, as well as other locally-produced food products, in our farm store, which is open from late May through mid-October.
Are we organic?
We consider our growing methods to be “beyond Organic.” Since we have not sought organic certification (an arduous and expensive process), we are legally not allowed to market ourselves as “organic,” but we follow all of the rules that one would need to follow in order to be certified. There are actually some synthetic products (fertilizers and pesticides) that are approved for organic use that we would never consider using. Our growing practices are centered around building healthy soil, attracting beneficial insects for pest control and pollination, using hand tools and working as intimately as possible with each plant. We are also developing an infrastructure of perennial plantings (including fruit and nut trees) and draw much inspiration from the practice of permaculture.
Where does our name come from?
Frinklepod Farm’s name is inspired by our toddler’s favorite book, Uno’s Garden, by Graeme Base. The story follows Uno, a human who moves into a pristine forest; as the number of people and buildings increase, the number of fictitious plants and animals (including the Frinklepod) decrease. After near collapse of civilization, the humans change their ways and the species begin to reappear. We hope that our farm can mirror the main themes of this book: the importance of ecological biodiversity, conservation, and the need to maintain a healthy balance between humans and the natural world.
How did Frinklepod Farm start?
While we have both always been passionate about growing our own food, and have countless years between us of doing so, it wasn’t until recently that we realized how important it is to us to create a visible, viable farming opportunity in our community. When our neighbor’s 16 acres of land came up for sale, we jumped at the opportunity to plant the seeds of our dream.
We are deeply concerned about the loss of agricultural land and biodiversity in this part of southern Maine and we are passionate about stewarding this land in a way that will allow people of all ages to connect with the origins of their food.
We believe in food equity — the idea that everyone deserves access to fresh produce and healthy food. By accepting SNAP and WIC at our Farm Stand, and growing crops to donate to local food pantries, we are working for food equity in our community.
On a more personal level, we are intentional in our choice to farm together as a family, and to raise our children with an appreciation of hard work, living simply, and the natural world.
Please consider this a personal invitation to visit Frinklepod Farm: come talk with us about strawberries and kale and music and soil, enjoy some iced sun-tea, take a stroll through the fields and woods, and marvel at the wonders and whims of the natural world.
See you at Frinklepod!
Noah, Flora, Sascha, and Odetta
Where are we?
We are located at 244 Log Cabin Road, Arundel, ME. From Route 1, turn onto Log Cabin Rd. (at the antiques malls and flea market) and follow the road for just over a mile. Coming from the other direction (Kennebunkport/Goose Rocks/Cape Porpoise) we are just past the Seashore Trolley Museum, past Lombard Road, on your left.