is to produce quality organic, nutritious food for our family and community using sustainable farming practices that promote a healthy ecosystem, growing business, and fulfilled, balanced farmers.
Cannons at Noon Family Sheep Farm, LLC is a family farm focused on sustainable organic agriculture established in 2014. We have integrated an organic crops operation onto land at the Noon Family Sheep Farm. On just under four acres, we produce diversified organic crops, cut flowers, sheep’s milk cheese, maple syrup, lamb and eggs. We market our products directly at The Kennebunk Farmers' Market, Kittery Community Market and Portland Farmers' Market in Southern Maine. We are excited to expand our reach to more markets in York and Cumberland counties, and are launching a self-serve farm stand for the 2019 growing season.
Noon Family Sheep Farm is certified organic by Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) Certification Services, LLC. We winter 40-50 ewes and 15-20 replacement ewe lambs and have been raising sheep since 1970. Our original sheep were Columbias purchased indirectly from the UVM flock dispersal. This flock is descendent from the foundation Columbia flock developed by Daniel Webster. Since that time the flock has evolved into a commercial mix of Columbia-Rambouillet-Leicester-Suffolk, etc. bloodlines including colored and white wooled brood ewes.
Most of the year this is a part-time operation, the exception being at the fairs, during lambing, and during haying season.
We own ~75-80 acres that we purchased in 1974 and lease an additional 30 acres of hay land. We have about 8.5 acres of pasture, and about 15 acres of our own hay land that we rotate the sheep onto after haying. Our fencing is mostly electric, permanent and portable. The sheep harvest most of the second and third crop of hay directly. The balance of our farm is in managed forest and wetland. Some of the 30 acres of hay leased from neighbors is sold in the field to support machinery, labor, and operating costs.
We direct market value added organic and natural lamb at select fairs and festivals through our lamb barbecue food booth. We also sell hay, and mail order organic fleeces, natural wool yarn, and sheepskins. Frozen Lamb sausage and other cuts are usually available at the farm.
Lana Cannon Dracup:
After graduating from Allegheny College with a BA in environmental studies, I worked and lived on the island of Matinicus, twenty-three miles off the coast of Rockland, ME. While working for the Island Institute and the small community there, I realized the importance of building strong, vibrant communities, and the value of inter-reliance of people and their environment. This took me to the Heller School at Brandeis University where I completed my Masters degree in sustainable international development. After spending nine months writing my thesis and completing my practicum at a conservation organization in Punta Gorda, Belize, I returned to Boston and had a difficult time finding a job that fulfilled my physical and intellectual needs. So, the universe worked its magic and led me to volunteer for the crops team at Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm in Lincoln, MA. Two days later I was hired and have spent two years learning and working under the seasoned tutelage of Matt Celona where I coordinated a 225 person CSA and worked to train fellow apprentices. My experiences with nonprofits and community-based, environmentally sound development have proven helpful in building and planning a sustainable small farming business. I am entering my fifth season as a farm business co-owner, and my seventh total season farming. I am a Steering Committee Member at large for the Kennebunk Farmers Market, and involve myself in the structure and operation of that market, while working to advance our local food movement, and the success of our farmers market.
I completed my BFA in animation in 2012 at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. My skills lie in mostly hand-drawn animation, illustration, painting, and printmaking. Aside from my education in the arts, I have participated in countless farm visits and lectures in Maine and Massachusetts involving topics like soil health, greenhouse management, crop planning, livestock, cover crops, succession planning, and more. I have worked for various certified organic farms all over the country since 2011. Before establishing our business I spent a full season as an apprentice under Matt Celona at Drumlin Farm. There I was tutored in greenhouse management, marketing, field, crop, pest and disease management, as well as storing winter crops and season extension. Because Lana and I worked together at Drumlin Farm, we shared a strong foundation on which to build our operation. Lana and I are moving into our fifth season as business owners and have seen a lot of growth and successes. We are looking forward to a vibrant future of managing this business and teaching our accumulated knowledge to young farmers.
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