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Family-Owned Nigerian Dwarf Goat Farm in Limington, Maine

About Bending Birch Farm

Our farm is the result of a persistent yearning for change and challenge – and most importantly a desire to live more simply.  We have been creating our new reality over the last year.  The vision is coming to completion although we know that raising goats will always mean changes and modification as the seasons and situations demand. 

The number of goats at Bending Birch Farm varies depending on the time of year but we will try to maintain a base of 7-10 senior does, 2 yearlings, and 2 kids. Our first kidding season in 2018 gave us 18 beautiful, bouncing babies to raise and snuggle!  Other animals on the farm include two curious cats, Lucy and Josie! Visit our Meet The Herd page to learn more about our family of Nigerian Dwarf goats.

We hope you will visit the farm to partake in a soap making class, or sample our products and visit our goats who provide the delicious, rich milk that sets our products apart from others.

 

Meet the Owners – Julie & Frank Defrancesco

Julie snuggles with a baby goat at Bending Birch Farm

After raising our two daughters in Saco, ME we decided it was time to explore the next chapter of our lives. In July 2017, we bought an octagon-shaped house (a replica of a 1780 sea captain’s home) in Limington and began turning our vision of a goat farm into reality. We transformed the garage into a barn, equipped with birthing stalls and a milking room. On the second floor we built a work room/creamery which is a State Licensed Dairy.  The magic happens here as we transform the milk into fudge, soap, yogurt and cheese. We also planted a large garden and can’t wait to incorporate the fresh vegetables and herbs into our products! 

Frank is an elementary school teacher in Gorham, Maine and I just retired after 28 years as a paralegal at a large law firm in Portland.  As the demands on my time increased here on the farm I knew I had to devote 100% to our herd and our new business. 

Learning and growing is a constant in our new farm life – and while extremely rewarding, we’ve also experienced our fair share of challenges. From dealing with the sadness of losing baby goats during delivery to medical illnesses, and keeping the herd safe and warm during harsh, sub-zero Maine winters, it has certainly been a learning experience!  While I’m sure we’ll encounter more challenges along the way, we’re working as a team to make this farm a positive, happy, and productive environment for our family, our fabulous herd and our visitors!

Pura Vida!

-Julie

 

Visit Bending Birch Farm

Bending Birch Farm offers seasonal events including Sunday Goat Snuggles, soap making classes, and other family-friendly group activities. Please visit our Facebook Page or event calendar for upcoming events. If you're in the area, we'd also love to have you stop by and meet the herd and try some of our delicious goat milk products (like fudge, cheese, yogurt, and milk). Please contact us for more information.

 

32 Old Meserve Ln
Limington, ME 04049

 
 
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