Success Stories

SEED Economic Development Project with Fort Fairfield

SEED stands for sustainable ecosystem economic development. The model provides a framework for remote rural communities to work collaboratively with various stakeholder groups, including government agencies, businesses, non-profits, and education/academia, to name a few. It assists such communities in developing and maintaining healthy, sustainable, and thriving economies and ecosystems. To implement the model, our student […]

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Helen’s Restaurant

Helen’s, located at 111 Main Street, in Machias is a quaint restaurant perfect for families and friends to gather. Helen’s was established in 1950 by Helen and Larry Mugnai with the goal of building a reputation for great homemade food and outstanding pies! Bob and Joan Carter, customers of Helen’s, bought the restaurant in 1983 […]

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Trip to Cobscook Shores Park- Lubec, ME

Cobscook Shores is a must-see stop in Downeast Maine if you are there between May and October. There are fifteen beautiful parklands twisted along the shores of Cobscook Bay. We had the pleasure of visiting Farm Point nature preserve. This was the perfect short hike for us to stretch our legs, walk the dog, and […]

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Catherine Hill Winery in Cherryfield

Catherine Hill Winery Route 182, from Franklin to Cherryfield, is known as the Black’s Woods Road in Downeast Maine, with a long and mysterious history. It isone of those desolate country roads reminiscent of Sleepy Hollow, where you might expect to see Ichabod Crane. However, this road is said to be haunted by the lovely […]

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Mandala Farm

Mandala Farm– Gouldsboro, Maine    During our tour of Mandala Farm, Sara and Genio told us about the story of how the farm began. Their story begins at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine. Neither Sara nor Genio studied farming, agriculture, nor business at school, but both were interested in making change. […]

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Small Business Success Story, MaineStone Jewelry

MaineStone Jewelry:  346 Main Street, Wilton, ME 04294, 207-778-6560, This was a really fun visit.  The owners have mined the famous Maine tourmaline stones for many years and Ron uses his great artistic talent to create beautiful exquisite jewelry from the stones. Tourmaline comes in all colors and every piece he creates is unique! They also […]

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Small Business Success Story, Sewall House Yoga Retreats

Donna Davidge, the creative mind behind Sewall House Yoga Retreats, describes it as a place where people can find healing, both physically and emotionally. Sewall House rose with the Aroostook County town of Island Falls when it was founded in 1845. Owner Donna Davidge’s great grandfather, William Sewall, built the home, and history immediately began […]

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Rolling Fatties Food Truck

Rolling Fatties

Rolling FattiesRolling Fatties Food Truck Partners Polly and Rob MacMichael met while working at a restaurant, and after pursuing divergent career paths they decided to start their own restaurant business so they could work together, spend more time together, and have fun together! Given the challenges of starting a new restaurant, they decided to start […]

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Bigelow Fields Bison

Bigelow Fields

Welcome to Bigelow Fields! The Weavers at Bigelow FieldsThe Weavers at Bigelow Fields Bigelow Fields was started by first-generation ranchers Michael and Nichole Weaver along with their children, the second-generation ranchers Barrett and Nevada. Nichole grew up in Stratton and met Michael, who is from Alaska, while he was stationed in Rangeley serving in the […]

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Island Falls Opera House

Island Falls Opera House Success Story

Renovated Island Falls Opera House 2021 An old Opera House, holding a variety of history, still stands tall in the small town of Island Falls, ME. The 127-year-old structure is currently undergoing renovations by Chris Hartin and his family. After moving to Island Falls in 2003, Hartin grew up curious about the Opera House and the potential […]

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