Madawaska — On the outskirts of town sits one of the most important sites in modern Maine agriculture, the Two Goose Organic Co-Operative Farm, founded this day all the way back in 2012.
Started by a husband and wife team who relocated to the area from southern Maine, the farm has outlasted hundreds of other organic farming start-ups, and even outlasted the marriage of the two farmers who founded it.
“Hard to believe when we first came here, there was just an old house with a barn attached,” said Russell Chapman, co-owner of this historic organic farming landmark.
“A couple of apple trees, a small field, and that was pretty much it.”
But both Russell and ex-wife Angela Chapman were willing to put in the work to make the Two Goose Farm USDA certified organic.
“We spent a lot of time. A lot,” Angela said, recalling the sepia-toned memories of days of yore.
“We also spent a lot of money. Just staggering amounts.”
Was it worth it? Absolutely. The farm will be recognized in a small ceremony by the Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Association for its incredible streak.
“It’s rare to see a farm started and not abandoned, or signed over to a hired manager, after a few years,” Russell said with pride.
But it’s all worth it for the Chapmans, who say they may have lost a marital bond, but they gained a mountain of debt.
“We lose about $3-4 on every chicken we raise,” Russell said.