Meet the Farmers

Pale Moon Farm is nestled in the western mountains of Maine. Our farm is dedicated to holistic farm management- focusing on Permaculture ideas for resilient sustainable living.

We farm seasonally; selling fresh heirloom variety vegetables, herbs and flowers.  We also raise grassfed heritage breed livestock; Galloway Beef, Red Wattle Pork, and Cotswold, Long wool Leicester, Red California, and Finn Lamb.

During the summer we also sell pasture raised chickens, ducks, geese, and turkeys. All packaged for pick up on the farm.

Other products are seasonal fresh pasture raised eggs, honey, and wool products.

FARMERS:
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Jon Mishaan started off homesteading on his families farm in Upstate New York after living in New York city and witnessing 9-11. He quickly moved to the family farm and bought a pig while fixing and preparing the farm for more animals and produce. He was searching for a more sustainable approach to living. Eventually he bought 5 sheep and the rest is history!

After the homestead “outgrew” just feeding himself, Jon turned to commercial farming after meeting Michelle. He has been farming for 7 years.

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Michelle Mishaan grew up on a small homestead near Buffalo, New York. Her parents, Earl and LaRae Danforth, grew many of their own vegetables, had grape vines, an apple orchard, and owned a goat. From an early age she ran barefoot and climbed trees. Michelle always knew she wanted to be a homesteader.

After meeting Jon, the opportunity presented itself to farm more seriously. Michelle was awarded a grant to go back to school from Holistic Farm Management for women; through the UVM and Cornell University system. She also won a grant to become a sustainable trainer of permaculture principles with “Landscaping for Life.” Michelle is a trainer and teacher of sustainable landscape practices and Permaculture design.

On the farm, you can also find classes in “Owning a family cow,” “Forest Food Farming,” “Growing and Using Medicinal herbs,” “Soap making basics,”  and “Building and using Hugelkultur.”

 

(Hugelkultur are no-dig raised beds with a difference. They hold moisture, build fertility, maximise surface volume and are great spaces for growing fruit, vegetables and herbs. http://www.permaculture.co.uk/articles/many-benefits-hugelkultur)

(Landscape For Life is based on the principles of the Sustainable Sites Initiative™ program (SITES™), the nation’s first rating system for sustainable landscapes. SITES™ is an interdisciplinary effort led by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin, and the United States Botanic Garden in conjunction with a diverse group of stakeholder organizations.)

“Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labor; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single product system.”
—Bill Mollison

 

We can also be found:

Local Harvest.org/ http://www.localharvest.org/palemoon-farm-M64787

Realtimefarms.com http://www.realtimefarms.com/farm/109706005/pale-moon-farm

Getrealmaine.com http://www.getrealmaine.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/findafarm.directions/locationID/4605/index.htm

Western Maine Market https://harvesttomarket.com/farmers-market/Western-Maine-Market/local-farms/Pale-Moon-Farm

Etsy.com https://www.etsy.com/shop/PaleMoonFarm

Facebook.com https://www.facebook.com/palemoonfarm

Landscapeforlife.org http://landscapeforlife.org/trainer-detail/?id=423

LinkedIN.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/michellemishaan

Twitter.com https://twitter.com/palemoonfarm

Pinterest.com https://www.pinterest.com/michellemishaan/

2014 MAINE LICENSED PRODUCERS AND DEALERS OF NURSERY STOCK
http://www.maine.gov/dacf/php/horticulture/documents/Alphabetical2014.pdf.

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