We are dedicated to the land, the sea, and our local community. We’re invested in a vibrant future for agriculture in Washington County and beyond.
Severine von Tscharner Welcome
Amy has always tried to live gently on the land, honoring the work needed to live a rural life. From living off the grid in Maine to raising goats for market and milk in the Midwest, Amy has embraced country living and nurtured close relationships with those in her community.
Amy has raised her family in Washington County for 15 years. She has worked as a newspaper editor in both Calais and Machias, as Director of the St. Croix Valley Chamber of Commerce, and authored numerous books on preserving foods grown here in Maine.
As project lead for Smithereen Farm’s USDA Local Food Promotion Project, Amy works to amplify the work of local farmers, growers, ranchers, and eateries.
Charlotte Watson has made her way Downeast by way of the Mississippi Delta. What was initiated by a desire to beat the heat farming the humid South has resulted in a continued interest in what is possible at Smithereen Farm.
Charlotte’s earliest experiences of agriculture were annual spring visits to a family favorite farm stand and U-Pick where she and her sisters harvested strawberries and snapdragons. After spending the last five years farming flowers, Charlotte comes to Smithereen Farm with a big heart for beauty and an infectious ethic of care.
Molly Adams is the Southern Maine Liason for Smithereen Farm. As a professional conversationalist who can lift fifty pounds, Molly loves to provide logistics, labor, and promotional efforts for Smithereen Farm in the commercial center of the state. She lives in Portland with her family.
Kacie Loparto is Smithereen Farm’s Seaweed Harvest Capitan. Kacie formerly worked as a seaweed harvester for several well-established and budding seaweed businesses between 2007 and 2015. She became well versed in the work and rhythm of the wild seaweed harvest as apprentice to Larch Hanson of Maine Seaweed Company. Extending her experience to the waters of the West Coast, Kacie worked with Pacific Wildcraft Seaweed.
She assumed leadership roles helping the owners of these businesses train new workers in nearly every aspect of the seasonal and cyclical work.
Today Kacie enjoys traveling three hours up coast to Pembroke to lead workshops in foraging the seven primary edible varieties of seaweed found on the Maine Coast. Although Kacie no longer sells seaweed as she once did under the guise of She Sells Seaweed, there is nothing she enjoys more than walking along Maine’s Piney coast smelling the salt air with an eye always out for a few morsels of seaweed.