Farm Team

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.

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Severine von Tscharner Welcome 

Brought up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Severine has worked on alpine dairies, and tropical agroforestry projects; apprenticing at the Kirstenbosch Botanic Garden in Cape Town, South Africa and Camp Joy in Boulder Creek, CA. She got certified in Grow Biointensive in Mendocino, CA, and did permaculture teacher training at Bullock’s Permaculture Homestead on Orcas Island, WA. She started a luxury farm for the Standard Hotel in Staatsburg NY, and oversaw a biodynamic transition for a family citrus ranch in Southern California. In addition, she holds a B.S. in Conservation with a focus in AgroEcology from the College of Natural Resources at University of California, Berkeley.
 
Severine feels grateful to be making a home, a family, and a diverse orchard in this beautiful town of Pembroke, and to welcome kids, campers and workshop attendees from near and far.
 
Our goal for this farm, farm store, and U-pick operation is to produce and serve our community with local food, to build a diverse and generative agroforestry farm system, to offer fun and intersectional nature study, and to welcome artists, teachers and young farmers to our little corner of northern New England. To achieve these goals we partner with our sister organization, Greenhorns which hosts a series of summer workshops and camps on the farm.
 
Severine has been at the helm of Greenhorns for fifteen years, making films, books, workshops, radio, guidebooks, and multi-media for and about the young farmers movement.  She is co-founder of the National Young Farmers Coalition and currently serves on the boards of The Merwin Conservancy, The Schumacher Center for New Economics, Farm Hack, Agrarian Trust, and The Savanna Institute. She is also publisher of the New Farmers Almanac, now in its sixth edition.
 
Terran Welcome

Terran Welcome

Terran Welcome is a young farmer born and raised in rural Maine. He holds strong ties to the highlands of our state and to our local bold coast. His mother Rhonda runs the Turtle Dance Co-op in Lubec; you can find her there Saturdays and Terran with Smithereen Farm across the road at the Lubec Farmers Market.
 
Terran brings with him a varied history of work experience, including multiple seasons of organic market gardening, several years spent as a farmhand on a commercial dairy operation, years as a coordinator and trip leader for youth wilderness outdoor recreation camps, and most recently as a private landscaper and caretaker.
 
Terran is passionate about self-sufficiency, grassroots community service, and environmental education, and is pleased to bring all his skills to Smithereen Farm and the Downeast community. Severine and Terran celebrated the birth of their baby, Alva Cosima von Tscharner Welcome in April 2023. 
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Amy Jeanroy

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.

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Charlotte Watson

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.

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Molly Adams

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.

portrait of Kacie Loparto, Smithereen Farm Seaweed Captain.

Kacie Loparto

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.

Here is a short list of many of the kind people who have helped Smithereen farm to grow.

  • Glen Leighton built the cedar oyster boxes
  • Steve Brown did all the tractoring, mowing, stone moving and machine work at the farm
  • Ginny Maki made all the labels for our products
  • Raivo Vihman of Haystack Joinery built most of the structures on the farm.
  • Mike Iancona built the yurts
  • Dan Paluska built all the composting toilets and mud ovens
  • Robby Cushman slaughtered most of the animals on the farm
  • Gil Whitehead cut most of the trees on the farm.
  • Colin Sullivan Stevens painted most of the signs on the farm
  • Rosy Keyster designed the mast head and painted murals
  • Bob Mcallister fixed most of the pipes and wires on the farm.
  • Jason Leighton plowed all of the snow on the farm and milled the lumber
  • Tom Baldwin laid out and helped plant the first orchard
  • Abby Barrows and Adam Campbell taught us about farming oysters
  • Elijah Brice taught us about farming kelp and hauled all the kelp in his boat.
  • Evangeline Krajewsk tended the farm lovingly for the 2020–2021 seasons
  • Jon Leavitt has documented us and taught us birds on the farm
  • Jim Kovaleski taught scything lessons to all the interns
  • Regina Grabrovac pruned all the apple trees
  • Vidar Bay built the timberframe and made all the seedling trays
  • Jenn Eager grazed her sheep on the pastures, taming and improving them.
  • Margie Chambers cut the trails, inoculated logs and planted all the strawberries and raspberries and harvested seaweed
  • Tide Mill Farm kept their cows on the land, taming and improving the pastures
  • Lydia Lapporte organized lots of spreadsheets and paperwork for the farm and seaweed commons
  • Peter Kirn catalogued most of the books in the library
  • Branan Buehner pushed back the forest edges and made lots of mulch for the farm
  • Tucka B set up the beehives
  • Jacob Smoklinski hauled endless seaweed to compost the orchard
  • Mike Reddy did lots of shingling and fixing on the farm
  • Asher Kaplan made lots of beautiful bread
  • Colin McMullin built the drying racks and gave us a kitchen sink
  • Matt Lippencott and Joe Bossen advised us on equipment
  • Lucy Zwigard set up the Hipcamp program for the farm
  • Noah and Elizabeth Smith made lovely movies about the farm
  • Rachel Darke took great photos
  • Paul Molyneaux taught us catch and process Mackrel
  • Brett Cicotelli taught us to dip and smoke alewives
  • Kate Morgan set up so many of the office systems
  • Tim Nelson did all the wood stoves and roof shingling
  • Haley Marketos harvested and pressed the most of the apples
  • Marcus and Malcom did a lot of shingling and mowing and grant writing
  • Eric Francis re-clabbered Grey Lodge and Farm Shop
  • Grant Shultz and Mike Change brought us the Mycological Lab equipment from North Carolina
  • John Cox fixed all the windows in Odd Fellows Hall
  • Trevor Hold put a new roof on Grey lodge and Elver
  • Patrick Mehar cleaned all the chimneys
  • Alex and Flor Wolfe painted walls and halls all winter long
  • Louis Hudson cleaned and organized the Odd Fellows Hall
  • Tareq and Sam and Reid did a lot of painting, building and mowing and farming
  • Andy fixed the heating in the Odd Fellows Hall
  • Jonathan Hall advised us on repairs to the Odd Fellows Hall
  • Eric Holms tested all the water
  • Odessa Piper made recipes for our products
  • John Morris taught us all the regulations
  • Markley Boyer taught us mapping
  • Rachel Bell made a lot of blueberry jam
  • Rachel Alexandrou made a lot of blueberry jam
  • Jarrod Fowler advised us on pollinator habitat and native plant selections
  • Sarah Wenzel fisher made the clothesline and got us on slack
  • Dave Olsen built the greenhouse and smokehouse
  • Ryan Redmond and Brian Priest fixed all the cars many times
  • John Melby sold us most of the furniture, cheap!
  • Dan Colby fixed up the farmhouse before we got here
  • Renata von Tscharner sewed all the cushions and all the tablecloths and all the holes