How Does Their Garden Grow?

Sustain Wayne Director Margot Gyorgy wrapped up a gardening class with elementary school kids at the Ladd Rec Center as part of its summer programming.

The group planted and tended the Melanie Lemieux Children’s Garden, which was chock full tomatoes, peppers, celery, peas and occasional nasturtium.

The kids had a learning about nature and plant care, watching their progress, and ultimately enjoying their bounty of fresh vegetables!

‘Tour the Hall’ Saturdays

Come tour the historic Masonic Hall in Wayne village and learn more about our efforts to renovate this gem into a multi-use community center. It’s a unique property and a fantastic opportunity. We’re open 9-1 every Saturday, in conjunction with the Wayne Farmers’ Market.

Hope for the Future Speaker Series

Thanks to all who attended Sustain Wayne’s 2016 “Hope for the Future” speaker panel. We had a lively and informative discussion at the Yacht Club about “Eating Locally,” featuring three speakers with local ties.

Laura is a native of Readfield, a Maranacook graduate, and a volunteer at Jon Bon
Jovi’s Soul Kitchen in Red Bank, New Jersey. The Soul Kitchen is dedicated to eliminating hunger, building relationships and celebrating community through an innovative menu and pricing structure. She spoke of the inclusive nature of the kitchen and many community programs it fosters.

Sustain Wayne board president and self-proclaimed “food nerd,” Sam Saunders, spoke of his vision for the teaching kitchen in the Masonic Hall, which will provide locally-sourced family style means and enhance our “collective widsom” around food.

Cindy Townsend of Cranberry Rock Farm on Mount Pisgah Road spoke of her personal journey into farming and how their operation strives to serve both the nutritional and the educational needs of our community when it comes to eating healthily.

It was a memorable evening for all.

Wayne Spotlight – Old Firehouse Farm

One of Sustain Wayne’s main goals is to promote the town of Wayne as a safe, lively, and prosperous community to live, work, and visit.  One way we aim to do this is by visiting local businesses and doing a weekly “Wayne Spotlight.”


This week we visited Jon and Gina Lamarche, the owners of Old Firehouse Farm at 519 Main St. in Wayne.  At Old Firehouse Farm, you are invited to sit on the sunny porch of the historic Bellefonda House while enjoying Maine roasted coffee, tea, and gourmet homemade baked goods like blueberry-lemon 6 grain and oat scones, a toasted almond dark chocolate bar, sea-salted rosemary shortbread, or a raspberry-almond cream cheese danish.  These delicious treats are self-served Thursdays and Fridays from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm and Saturdays from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.  It’s a perfect place to stop while you are shopping at the Wayne Farmer’s Market!

Not only is Old Firehouse Farm a unique café, but it is also a shop for Jon’s pottery work.  10441030_732572556796702_64358240143104300_nJon sources his clay from Wayne just down the street from their home.  Although he has been throwing clay on the wheel since high school, he has learned a lot since moving to Wayne by apprenticing with Molly of Wayne Village Pottery.  This spirit of collaboration is alive and well among artisans in Wayne, and can be seen in the shop which also sells goat milk soap from Birtwell Farm and dairy products from Wholesome Holmstead.  You will often see Jon working on the wheel during open hours, and can also check out his online Etsy store.

Old Firehouse Farm which looks out over the Mill Pond, was once known as Bellefonda Manor and Bellefonda Cottages during the 1950s and ’60s.  It offered rooms, breakfast, and cottages to those visiting Wayne during the summer months, as well as a private beach and boat rentals on Lake Pocasset.  It is exciting to see the porch at this historic house once again opened for the public to enjoy!  Wayne’s old fire station used to sit on Main St. just to the right of the home.  It remains on the property, but now sits in the backyard by the garden, hence the name Old Firehouse Farm.

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In the future, Jon and Gina hope to offer a variety of art and cooking workshops on the porch and in the backyard.  Their goal is to promote the lifestyle of homesteading, which is a way of becoming more self-sufficient through agriculture, husbandry, and craft.  They are also interested in becoming a local meeting place for group bike rides and runs in the Wayne area.  The porch would be a great spot to grab a bite to eat before or after a workout, to fill up your water bottle, or take a breather.

Next time you’re driving through Wayne, at the Farmer’s Market, entertaining friends and family, or looking for a meet up spot for a group bike ride, stop by Old Firehouse Farm for a scone and some fresh brewed ice coffee!  You’ll feel so relaxed, you’ll forget you’re not on your own front porch!

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Melanie Lemieux Children’s Garden

A children’s gardening space is being created at the Ladd Recreation Center in memory of former Ladd employee and avid gardener Melanie Lemieux.  Melanie deeply loved digging in the dirt and sharing what she knew about gardening with the children in the summer program at the Ladd.  In December of 2011 Melanie lost her courageous battle against cancer, leaving behind her daughter, Lily, son Ethan and husband Jason Voye.

Pesky Sumac
Pesky Sumac

During Wednesday’s after school program at the Ladd, children are preparing the soil, digging out invasive plants, some of which, like the chives and oregano, may be transplanted into their own gardens, and choosing which seedlings they would like to grow.  Here is their list:  rosemary, tomatoes, cucumbers, daisies, sunflowers, broccoli, lavender, carrots and pumpkins.

What does the plant need?
What does the plant need?

Gardeners Stan and Jane Davis joined us on our first trip to the garden bed.  Stan asked the children what it was that a plant needs to make it happy, explaining that a plant looks to get its needs met, just like us. It’s our job to make the plants happy and to look to see what it might need.

When asked what it was that we have to do when tending to our plants, the children answered, “water, weed and wait” = the three “w’s” of gardening in Wayne.

Community members are invited to come and share their knowledge and love of gardening with the children, just call Margot Gyorgy #897-8355, or Ladd director Donna Freeman at #685-4616.