Moment’s Peace Farm gardens, grounds, and horse rescue
When we chose a name for our hobby farm, we chose one that reflects our vision for this place. We designed the property to be a destination in its own right – an organic farm, yes, but also a bit of a vacation-like experience with beautiful views, natural landscapes, private pool, plenty of space to rest or play outdoors, watch wildlife, and walk or snowshoe right out the door. We also envisioned giving animals a Moment's Peace from hectic, and even less fortunate, lives. We now have rescued birds, dogs, cats — and horses. Everyone gets a Moment's Peace here — and, in the case of the animals, we strive to give them not just a moment's, but a lifetime's peace. While no animals are allowed in the Guest House, a variety of animals live here in our home or on the farm. Here are some highlights.
The 19th Century Barn
One of the main features of Moment’s Peace Farm is the restored early 19th Century barn. Home to milking cows and workhorses in Joy’s ancestor’s days, it’s now been lovingly restored and returned to its roots. Today the barn houses no fewer than 6 horses at any one time, together with run-in sheds and outbuildings that enable rescue of abused or neglected horses in addition to boarders. The old posts and beams happily support a winter’s worth of hay in the old-time hayloft, and modern updates like a heated tack room keep it comfortable for humans and rescued barn cats alike, who do their part to keep the horses' food sources safe.
The Integrated Organic Garden
Master Gardeners Pam and Bob keep the organic vegetable, fruit, and ornamental gardens humming along with happy pollinators and without the use of any chemical pesticides or herbicides. Beneficial plants and insects support the harvest as well as the chickens, who do their part to keep things clean and aerated as part of an integrated organic garden system.
The Chicken Coop
You are welcome to harvest some of our organic free-range eggs from our obliging chickens when they’re laying. There’s nothing quite as delicious as farm fresh eggs with your breakfast.
The Horse Rescue
Many animals need rescuing as human beings seem to need endlessly more education about what constitutes humane treatment. Among domesticated animals, horses in particular need support because, as such large animals, not everyone can take one in, even if they’d like to help.
So Moment's Peace Farm is the founding network member farm of Northern Lights Horse Rescue. Northern Lights Horse Rescue is a collaborative network of horse rescuers and those allied to the field, who provide safe housing and other resources to help abused and neglected horses find safe, "forever" homes – especially those who don't make it into the large regional shelters due to prosecutorial limitations.
Everyone gets a chance at a "moment's peace" here – and, in the case of the animals, we strive to give them not just a moment's, but a lifetime's peace. If you’d like to support our horse rescue, please donate at Northern Lights Horse Rescue or, when you shop at our Crafts of Maine Etsy shop, you also help feed the rescues. Thank you!
Gardeners and Groundskeeping
Bob takes care of our ornamental gardens. He is efficient, skilled, and creative – the perfect combination of talents for us! He is also an avid outdoorsman and (bonus) photographer. Here are a few of Bob's pictures of the grounds of Moment's Peace Farm.
Pam and Stanley
Pam is a master gardener, herbalist, educator, and friend who brought the gardens of Moment's Peace Farm back from years of neglect, and now focuses on managing the organic vegetable and fruit garden. She's also a horse lover, horse owner, and parent of young adults. If you visit Moment's Peace Farm, she'll share what bounty is in season in the garden, and answer any questions you may have.
Stanley is our farm hand and groundskeeper. He keeps the pastures clean of weeds and manure, the lawn mown and animal-friendly, and lends a helping hand to whatever needs doing when Peter can use help. He's been with us through thick and thin, and we deeply appreciate his hardworking manner and reliability. There's always plenty to do around the farm! Of course, the animals love him, too.
Cressie and Dot are Friends of Feral Felines rescues, who have limited human social skills but are great barn companions. They live in the barn to have both an environment they're comfortable in, and a place to indulge their mousing instincts. Their home is in the hay loft -- and they get plenty of fresh water and cat food, too: barn cats still need to be fed by responsible owners, contrary to popular misconceptions that domestic cats can thrive fending entirely for themselves.
Our free-ranging chickens are essential to the farm -- not to mention to guests, who always enjoy their fresh, organic eggs. It doesn't get any fresher than collecting an egg that was literally just laid. And the girls are peaceful company, clucking about as they explore their environment every day.
When you visit, ask us for some sunflower seeds if you'd like to hand-feed them. They appreciate the extra protein!
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