The Ecology School Receives Gift of $5,000 from Fund for Maine Land Conservation

SACO — The Ecology School has received a generous gift of $5,000 from the Fund for Maine Land Conservation, a component of the Maine Community Foundation. The gift will support the School’s efforts to establish a longterm study of how human activities impact the overall environmental health of its recently purchased River Bend Farm (RBF) property in Saco. 

The School will work in partnership with local ecologists at the University of New England Department of Environmental Science to conduct the longterm environmental monitoring study, and will also partner with Maine Farmland Trust (the easement holders of the property) and the Maine Land Trust Network to lay the groundwork of the study. 

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The Ecology School Receives Generous Gift of $20,000 From Quimby Family Foundation to Support New 105-Acre Organic Farm

SACO — The Ecology School has received a generous gift of $20,000 from the Quimby Family Foundation, which will support the School’s development of a full-scale educational farm on its recently purchased property at River Bend Farm in Saco.

The Ecology School’s mission is to foster stewardship of the environment through immersive lessons in ecology, sustainability and food systems. The School plans to transition all of its programs to the 105-acre River Bend Farm property by 2019, with a longterm vision of establishing a full-scale organic farm with crops and livestock.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Ecology School Purchases River Bend Farm Property, Begins Transition to New Campus

SACO — The Ecology School has closed on its purchase of River Bend Farm in Saco, and will begin the transition from its rental property at Ferry Beach to this new campus over the next several years. 

“We are pleased and excited to have completed the purchase of this outstanding property, which will be the perfect new home for The Ecology School,” says Executive Director Drew Dumsch. 
 

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New Site - River Bend Farm

New Site - River Bend Farm

SACO — When Drew Dumsch stepped onto River Bend Farm, he knew instantly it was the perfect new home for The Ecology School.

Nestled along the Saco River in a rural corner of Saco, the 105-acre farm has a mix of farmland, forest and ponds, plus a half-mile of river frontage. It includes a farmhouse built in 1794 and a barn from the 1840s.

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