Orange Circle Farm is a small-scale vegetable farm located in Berwick, ME. Farmer Jeff Benton founded the farm in 2014 after several years working on other farms in the Seacoast region of Maine and New Hampshire. The farm serves the communities of Stratham, Kittery and Berwick with a CSA program through the peak growing season (June-November). Be sure to sign up for our email newsletter to stay updated on all the opportunities to bring these fresh vegetables into your kitchen.
Jeff Benton has been farming in the Seacoast region since 2010. Before starting Orange Circle Farm in 2014, he worked on several other local farms including Brookford Farm, Meadow's Mirth Farm and Touching Earth Farm.
He enjoys the constant challenge of growing the diverse array of foods required by the CSA and greatly values serving his local community with fresh ingredients for their home kitchen.
Favorite crops to grow: onions and carrots
Favorite crop to eat: potatoes
Favorite field activity: pruning tomatoes
Lease favorite field activity: hand picking potato beetles
Secret skills/certifications: Eagle Scout and Master Food Preserver
Favorite season: autumn
Favorite color: orange
Orange Circle Farm operated on rented land in Stratham, NH for four seasons (2014-2017). At the conclusion of the 2017 season, the farm moved to newly purchased land at 184 Blackberry Hill Road in Berwick, Maine!
The 70 acre Berwick property was conserved by Maine Farmland Trust in early 2017. In 2018, all production will be taking place at this new property.
We're looking forward to serving the Berwick community and all the exciting opportunities that this move will provide for the farm We'll be sure to keep you posted on the details in our weekly newsletter!
All vegetables produce on Orange Circle Farm are grown without using any types of herbicides, fungicides or pesticides, even OMRI listed products. Our methods of pest and disease prevention include crop diversity, crop rotation, maintaining a small scale, rotations with animals and more.
We will be applying for organic certification for our vegetables in 2020. Since our land was previously farmed conventionally, we must go through a three-year transition period before becoming "organic".
Through many sustainable practices, we are constantly aiming to minimize our impact on the planet. Piece by piece, we're always adding to this list with intentions of becoming less reliant on fossil fuels, nutrients imported from great distances, single-use materials and over tillage of our soil.
We're always looking for local sources of organic matter to add back to our soil (manure, compost, fall leaves, wood chips, etc.) Be sure to let us know if you have or know of a source for these types of materials.
If you ever have questions about what goes (or doesn't go) into growing your vegetables, please don't hesitate to ask your farmer!