Beach Plum Farm is a slice of life as it used to be on the coast with a view of the dunes from its property edge along Route 1. One this 22-acre site on the northern end of Ogunquit you can see the remnants of an old New England salt-water farm, natural landscapes and wildlife habitat.
The farm hosts more than 50 community garden plots as well as a walking loop which circles the fields and gardens. Down by the salt marsh, you can see bayberry, beach plums and a variety of coastal birds. Benches along the path provide spots to sit and contemplate. The loop walk can be completed at a leisurely pace in a half-hour.
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The farm was donated to the Trust by Joe Littlefield in memory of his uncle, Roby who farmed and sold vegetables from there since the 1920’s. Roby established a tradition of community garden plots which the Trust has continued through this day. Barn #3 houses memorabilia from Roby Littlefield, who spearheaded the preservation of Ogunquit beach for public use, and served both in WW I and in the Maine Senate. Great Works Regional Land Trust offices are in the first barn. We invite you to visit us for more information on all of our conservation lands.
Directions: Located on the east side of Route 1, 6/10 mile north of Ogunquit village center, directly across from Captain Thomas Road.
from newsletter Fall 2003: Three Public Places
Beach Plum Farm in Ogunquit is already seeing extensive public use. The only open space in Ogunquit between Rt. 1 and the ocean, the 23-acre farm slopes gently down to the Ogunquit River, with wide open views out over the dunes and the Atlantic. Mown paths create pleasant walks through the fields, with benches to rest upon beside the beach plums. The farm was donated to the Trust in 1997 by Joseph Littlefield, to be preserved as open space in memory of his uncle, Roby Littlefield. The Trust had a year in which to raise the necessary funds to manage the farm and the outpouring of support from residents was phenomenal. Six years later, the Trust continues a 25-year tradition of renting community garden plots to local gardeners, which provides a focus of activity in the summer months. The house, after complete renovation, is rented to our caretaker, Parker Schuerman. One barn has been turned into the Southern Maine office of The Nature Conservancy, two are garden sheds and one is a museum providing some of the history of the farm and its founder. As with our other public places, work is ongoing and plans are still being developed for more public use. But you can go visit now. Beach Plum Farm is open in the winter months from 8 am to 5 pm. The wide open space is invigorating. Enjoy the late fall when the fields are mown and the gardens put to bed. Seasonal flocks of migrating ducks can be seen resting in the marshlands. In the winter, on snowshoes, investigate the creek, where the tide has cut into the snow and lifted the ice. Come in the spring when the grass fields are just turning green, fling your arms wide and take a deep breath. Take a walk in the summer and enjoy the garden plots, bursting with color and vegetables. Enjoy a book while sitting on one of the benches and escape Ogunquit's hustle and bustle.
Note 4/08: GWRLT opened up its first office in one of the buildings in December 2004.