Land Use History
Carroll Farm Trail
At Sweetgrass Farm
Sweetgrass Farm was originally owned by the Carroll family, who settled the land in the early 1800s. Five generations of Carrolls made this land their home, as they raised various livestock, vegetables, apples, hay, timber, and dairy cows over the years. The farm comprises 70 acres of woods and fields with frontage along the Medomak. In 2005, Keith and Constance Bodine purchased the farm to start Sweetgrass Farm Winery & Distillery with the goal of preserving working farmland and open space. Medomak Valley Land Trust (MVLT) was asked to help complete a trail that connects people to the river, their local landscape, and fosters an appreciation of the land and an active interest in protecting it. The Carroll Farm Trail is a welcome addition to the MVLT trail network as it provides access to the Medomak River in the northern part of our watershed.
Sweetgrass Farm occupies a unique position, nestled between the eastern bank of the Medomak River and the ridge that forms the watershed divide with the St. George River. This gives the property an interesting variety of habitats as it transitions from working farmland, to hardwoods and mixed conifers, down to a wide grassy intervale along the Medomak. The intervale, an old New England term, encompasses the low lying land along a river. In the past Maine's development was restricted by rivers, when they were the primary mode of transportation. Much of Sweetgrass Farm is now managed for wildlife. The intervale along the Medomak is hayed once towards the end of the year, to provide habitat for abundant wildlife. A large stand of hardwoods close to the farm is disturbed only for spring sugar tapping, and the rest of the forest is currently regenerating after a harvest some 15 years ago.