The kids call them “Oreo Cookie Cows” but they are actually Belted Galloway Cattle, and sometimes, the “Belties.” Ask anyone in Rockport to point you to the “Oreo Cows” and he or she will probably point to Aldermere Farm. Aldermere Farm is one of the world’s premier breeders of Belted Galloway Cattle. Aldermere Farm is a working farm, but it is also an educational center, which strives to help visitors deepen their knowledge of and appreciation for sustainable agriculture.
The 136-acre farm is owned and operated by Maine Coast Heritage Trust, thanks to a generous bequest made by the late Albert H. Chatfield Jr. Maine Coast Heritage Truse is an organization dedicated to protecting the natural beauty, ecological diversity, and working landscapes of coastal Maine. Disturbed by the urban development of Maine’s coast, Chatfield worked with MCHT to establish protective easements, which prevent subdivisions and/or development, so that today, Aldermere Farms is a living example of how a working farm can truly work for everyone.
You can visit Aldermere Farms for a farm tour and learn about the history of the farm, and what they’re doing now. These tours are offered monthly, June through September. During the winter months, visitors can join in on a moonlight ski tours. Weather permitting, the farm offers snowshoe and ski tours of the farm, and then treats their adventurers to a bonfire and hot chocolate! But perhaps the best time of year to visit Aldermere Farm is in the spring. Visitors are invited to see the newborn calves after they are born each spring, and in March, the farm welcomes guests to assist the farm in the tapping of maple trees, gathering of sap, and the production of maple syrup.
Aldermere Farm offers a variety of special events throughout the year. The farm has its own 4-H Club, “The Aldermere Achievers.” Kids lease a calf, halter train it themselves, and then show it at the Union Fair in August. The 4-H club operates year round, performing community service where they see a need. The Farm regularly holds workshops in several skills such as: wreath making, sketching, painting, and photography. Each August, the farm holds an art show to raise money for the farm. Call (207) 236-2739 for more information about the farm.