Ellen & Jack McAdam
MCDOUGAL ORCHARDS ? SPRINGVALE, MAINE
In 2000, the Maine Dept. of Agriculture, under the leadership of Bob Spear, began sponsoring an action plan for farmland protection through the Land for Maine’s Future Program. My brother, Evan McDougal, floated the idea of selling McDougal Orchards’ development rights to keep the property from being subdivided in the future and to stabilize the farm’s finances. ?At the time, my father opposed the idea. He felt we would be signing on to something that would burden future generations and take away their rights as private property owners. He was eventually persuaded, and we began working on the sale of the easement. The sale finally went through in 2005. We continue to support MFT because we believe land suitable for farming should be preserved for that use. ?Everybody eats, and all that food needs to come from somewhere. We have had discussions with our two children and they are interested in taking over the operation in the near future. This would make the 8th generation on the farm. We hope the farm can stay in the family for generations to come but, if not, we know it will stay in agriculture.