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.

Smithereen Farm is a super diverse family farm with a small farm team who make it all possible. Full and part time positions focus on vegetable production, seedlings/ nursery, wild harvest, farmstore clerking, processing, packing and shipping in kitchen/warehouse,  and of course in the office coordinating.
Severine vT Fleming

Severine von Tscharner Welcome 

Severine feels so 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. Making delicious products from our own production is a long-held dream come true, in 2024 Severine and Terran welcome their second child to enjoy the fruit from our young orchards. 
Our holistic goal for this farmfarm 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 sixteen 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 ConservancyThe Schumacher Center for New EconomicsFarm HackAgrarian Trust, and The Savanna Institute. She is also publisher of the New Farmers Almanac, now in its seventh edition.
Brought up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Severine has worked on alpine dairies, and tropical agroforestry projects and various organic farms; apprenticing at the Kirstenbosch Botanic Garden in Cape Town, South Africa and Camp Joy in Boulder Creek, California. She got certified in Grow Biointensive in Mendocino, California; did permaculture teacher training at Bullock’s Permaculture Homestead on Orcas Island, Washington; and received the 12-week farm-to-table cookery school certificate at Ballymaloe in County Cork Ireland (highly recommended!!).
Previous to arriving in Pembroke in 2017 she lived in upstate NY where she helped start a food hub, created a farm for the Standard Hotel in Staatsburg NY, and oversaw a biodynamic transition for a family citrus ranch in Southern California. She holds a B.S. in Conservation with a focus in AgroEcology from the College of Natural Resources at University of California, Berkeley. She is pleased to serve on the planning committee of Washington/Hancock County’s newly designated National Heritage Area.  Other valuable networks include the Maine Seaweed Council, Slow Fish USA and the Local Catch Network, and the Seaweed Commons.
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. 

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.


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 Keyser 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
We grow, make, pack, process and ship 13 value added products and run a Farmstore/grocery store 7 days a week from May-October. We also host Greenhorns educational programming, run an agritourism campsite on the blueberry barrens, and host U-Pick blueberries. Our Minke kitchen is a shared use facility and our LFPP grant allows us to run the “Eat Downeast” marketing campaign, database, and to provide connectivity support for growers in Washington County.   Employees are mostly seasonal, we insist on in-person interviews for all posted positions, and we prefer longer lead times. All of the workers and helpers on the farm learn and contribute to a dynamic and positive environment that prioritizes agroecology, medicinal plants, native and rare fruits, life-long learning, community service and engagement, hosting of guests and artists, creating delicious food, and communicating well together.
Returning farm workers often come to help with blueberry harvest, seaweed harvest, or to help support special workshops.
We run a tight ship with Bangor Payroll, Workmans’ comp, with Personnel Policies, required trainings,  and lots of compliance paperwork and forms to fill out. We have quite a lot of certifications and licenses to upkeep. All applicants should send cover letter and resume to [email protected] and should be able to operate in a business-like manner with digital communications, spreadsheets, various online portals etc.  We offer housing for farmworkers as well artists in residence, this housing is in a shared historic house, lovingly renovated and includes many amenities. We are grateful for the many wonderful people who have worked with us over the years and have learned to move slowly and carefully with hiring.