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Sewall Orchard

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BC: Orchard Photography and Book Design by Jan. Riddle, Techniqa Designs . techniqadesigns@gmail.com | Thank you for supporting organic farming. We hope you had a good time!

FC: Sewall Orchard | Welcome to

1: About Our Orchard

2: Sewall Orchard is located in Lincolnville Maine on the south side of Levensellar Mountain at an elevation of 250-500' above sea level. The top of our blueberry field rises high above the orchard and looks out over the Camden Hills State Park and parts of Penobscot Bay to the southeast and Acadia National Park hard to the east. The vista from the top also includes Coleman, Pitcher, Norton and Knight's Ponds and Megunticook Lake.

3: Ours is the oldest organically certified orchard in the state of Maine. Before we planted our trees in 1980, we spent two years preparing the soil using the Rodale method. We have 550 trees on standard and semi-dwarf root stock, the majority of which came from Stark Brothers in Missouri. The rest are heirloom varieties from various parts of New England.

10: Bob Sewall was born and raised in Waterville, Maine. His early upbringing included many hours in the outdoors hiking, skiing, canoeing and camping. At 16 he earned certification as Junior Maine Guide and guided wilderness trips in 1969-70. He put in his first organic garden in 1973, bought his first parcel of land in 1975 and planted gardens at that time. In 1979 Bob bought 22 acres of fields adjoining his land and planted the orchard there in 1980-81, His neighbor and mentor was a Finnish farmer named Viljo Masalin. It was Viljo (pronounced Villy-O) who sold Bob the fields where his animals once grazed, encouraged him to plant apple trees and sponsored him through the Farmer's Home Administration. Mr. Masalin had a profound influence on Bob and his farming practices, teaching him about land, cover crops, tractor work and the history of this area. The two spent many hours together doing farm work with and for one another and taking sauna baths in the Finnish tradition. | Bob was President of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners from 1996-98, during the time the organization found and purchased the land on which to build the permanent site it now occupies in Unity/Thorndike, Maine. He was a Land Manager and Consultant for eight years for a property on top of Beech Hill in Rockport, Maine which is now a part of the Coastal Mountains Land Trust. His duties included managing the land organically, harvesting, processing and marketing blueberries. A 1973 graduate of Colby College (Art History), Bob manages and oversees all aspects of the orchard, consults on land management and pruning. A stone mason for 37 years, he now co-owns Quantum Insulators . He is married to Mia Mantello and has a daughter, Samantha. Bob and the orchard have been profiled in The Camden Herald, The Republican Journal, Steppin' Out, the MOFGA paper and in August of 2002, The Boston Globe Cooking Section. He has been interviewed by Maine television stations, has appeared on national television and testified as an Expert Witness about the health dangers of pesticide use on blueberry land. | Bob

12: Bob and Mia first met in Camden, Maine when they were 24 and 15 respectively. They met again in 1999 and they married in 2001 in Camden. Mia was born in Washington DC and moved to Camden at 11. She is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of UMass/Boston and got her Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology at Cambridge College. Her post-graduate work included a year of group supervision in the Child Psychiatry Department of Massachusetts General Hospital and work in inner-city agencies and schools in Boston. Mia is a psychotherapist in private practice. Her special interests are attachment, evocative therapies, Positive Psychology, spirituality and the impact of color, aroma and mindfulness upon the brain. A singer-songwriter, her clinical work informs her music and she often employs music with her clients. She handles correspondence, publicity and charitable giving for the farm and sells cider and apples on the weekends. She is happiest when promoting Bob's incredible achievements as an organic grower and mentor of young farmers. | Mia

13: Samantha | Samantha Sewall was born in Maine. Her parents are Bob Sewall and Sue Fleming. She attended school in Lincolnville, Rockport and Camden (Spindlewood School, Ashwood School, Rockport Elementary, Camden-Rockport Middle School and Camden Hills Regional High School). As a baby and toddler she loved to go cross-country skiing with her parents in a backpack. She learned to downhill ski at the age of three and still loves the sport today. She spent many happy hours playing in the fields and woods at the family farm and enjoyed loving relationships with family pets, particularly Tyler, a faithful Bernese Mountain Dog who was her constant companion and loved to sled and swim with her. As a child and teen she helped on the farm by doing mowing, pest control, blueberry winnowing and selling apples and cider. She occasionally worked with her Dad in his stone masonry business and helped with all aspects of labor when the family home was rebuilt in 2004. Last summer she worked as an intern at Engage Maine and learned about the issues facing Maine's economy and environment and what we can do at a grass roots level. | Samantha loves to travel and has traveled extensively in the United States as well as to Tortola, Jost Van Dyke, England, Scotland, Italy and most recently, Cuba. Besides her travel, her interests are writing, listening to music, hanging out with friends and protesting in support of various causes (i.e. war, school tuition increases, environmental concerns and the like. ) She is a graduate of Acadia University in Nova Scotia in Honors Sociology with a minor in Political Science. She plans to attend graduate school.

23: is based on an elemental idea of organics: Healthy soil produces healthy plants that create healthy people. Our farm is a place that welcomes all living organisms. Therefore, we use no substances that are toxic or that kill. Pest control is achieved via the use of biodynamic techniques. We also hand-remove pests when possible and practice good husbandry by pruning and mowing. Our next step is to work with the microorganisms in our soil in a more conscientious and direct way using soil amendments. Our desire is to have a complete and healthy biosphere. | Our Philosophy

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