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A live-learn-work mentorship program for Maine youth, Bowsprit Foundation offers seasonal two-week intensive courses encouraging self reliance and perseverance, interdependence and creativity.
Working in the fields and in well-equipped studios, our participants are immersed in a supportive environment, empowered by a community with decades of experience in mentoring, farming, and craft-making. We each benefit from sharing our work, and from sharing our meals. Whether you are a student looking for a fresh perspective, a teacher with a recommendation, or a craftsperson wanting to pass on your knowledge and make a difference in the world, we look forward to learning together.
Bowsprit Foundation functions as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, registered in Maine, USA .
Our mentors are local farmers, foresters, and craft-masters who have spent decades doing what they love. Mentorship offers a means of reaching our area's youth in ways that the traditional classroom often cannot.
Working in vegetable and fruit production, livestock management, and in the forest, participants engage in important and practical work alongside skilled and knowledgeable farmers and foresters. Encouraging a sense of self confidence and building on Maine's traditional can-do attitude.
Participants work with metal, wood, ceramics, or fiber, in workshops led by craftmasters from Maine, who share their expertise and enthusiasm for their work.
Explore beautiful mid-coast Maine with us. Quiet days are spent swimming in local ponds and creeks, hiking the trails of Waldo County, and inspecting tidal pools along Penobscot Bay. Evenings include group discussion or singing, writing in journals, or attending open community dances.
Creating opportunities for youth-in-need to gain practical-skills experience in
agriculture, forestry, food preparation, and traditional crafts. Inspired by Rudolf
Steiner’s pedagogical approach, our programs aim to assist young adults in developing skills for independence, a capacity to contribute to the community, and a sense of self-
worth and hopefulness for their future.
After two decades of farming, life-sharing, and living in intentional communities, Graziella Cervi and Peter Brady are passionate about making a life out of their mission: helping the next generation discover genuine community. As well as both working as program coordinators, Graziella is the current Executive Director.
Our story of learning how to make a difference in the lives of others.
Our values are the building blocks of making a difference.
As of 2021 we are actively looking for farmer colleagues and project investors.
For Farmer Colleagues:
Are you farming? Does this sound like a great fit for you? Please come and talk with us. Do you know someone that might be interested? Please let us know. We’re actively building an experienced, competent, committed team who share goals for the land, but manage their own independent farm business.
We offer the opportunity to get involved in funding something long term (or short, your choice) that is an exciting and important addition to our local community here in mid-coast Maine. As well as supporting land access for farmers committed to regenerative agriculture, our investors will be helping to build living relationships between farmers, local craft and business people, and young people from the region searching for real connections in their world.
If you, or anyone you know might be interested in learning more, please don’t be shy. We’re almost always available, as is Bob Bernstein, Director for Northeast Farm Access, for further discussion.