Valley View Farm is located on Sopers Mill Rd in Auburn, Maine. The farm consists of about 75 acres at our main location and another forty acres a short distance away at "Tuckaway Farm". Until 2007 a great deal of the land was in tree growth. That year most of it was harvested in preparation of increasing the pasture and garden acreage. We also grow a limited amount of produce at gardens in Yarmouth and Falmouth.
Most of the larger animals stay in a paddock / pasture located south of the house. They have the lower 35 acres to graze about freely.
One of the two 80 foot greenhouses has been transformed into a chicken coop. This coop houses almost 200 chickens, guinea hens and heritage breed turkeys. These birds free range around the farm and come and go in their coop most anytime they choose. In addition, we have lots of geese and ducks running all over the farm free
ranging. We have added four peacocks that we let roam around as well.
Kathy has been farming this property since the late 90's. She had been mostly concentrating on utilizing her greenhouses and garden space to supply her gardening business, growing flowers and a limited selection of vegetables for her regular customers.
Shortly after moving in she decided to sell her flowers and veggies at the Cumberland Farmers Market. This led to the gradual increase in types of vegetables produced on the property.
Kathy had always had exotic birds like peacocks and pigeons. She also had chickens, turkeys, ducks, a mini horse, goats, sheep, and dogs. To this menagerie they have added more mini horses, cows, pigs, lots more ducks and chickens, a mule, and more goats.
We have had some acreage cleared to make way for increasing the garden space and the pasture space. We hope to add more cows in the near future and expand our pig/pork program that has proved very popular.
Our philosophy is really quite simple; enjoy life and leave the planet better off than when we arrived. Toward that end, we are working to build sustainable agricultural practices at our farm. We will not use pesticides here. We will use proper crop rotation to best foster productive soils. We use our pigs, goats, sheep and cows to clear pastures and till and fertilize the land. We want to use our tractors as little as possible.