Warren & Helen Balgooyen
WISHING WELL FARM • NORRIDGEWOCK, Maine
Our friend Jim Hastings introduced me to MFT at an early meeting at his house in Skowhegan. As a career naturalist and environmental educator, much of my incentive comes from an interest in wildlife and conservation education. I’ve always been an avid land protector, and we worked with MFT to protect our 272-acre farm in 2004, and hope to add another nearly 200 acres in the near future. Over the last 20 years, development has swallowed up prime agricultural land. Climate change is having an effect via drought, new insects, and invasive plants. At the same time, we see more young people getting into farming- mostly small produce farms. MFT’s Farmlink and Farmland Protection programs have helped those who can’t afford the rising price of farmland. We hope MFT will continue to keep up the good work!
Warren Balgooyen passed away in January 2019, a few months after this interview.
MEMBER SINCE 2000, PROTECTED THEIR FARM IN 2004, and protected another 110 acres with 7 Lakes alliance in December 2018