Sound Pine Farm is located in Brunswick, Maine. We grow on three acres of land nestled at the mouth of Middle Bay Cove. To grow your food, we rely on cultivating a healthy farm ecosystem without the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. We do this by applying organic compost, providing natural habitat for beneficial organisms, cover cropping, and crop rotation.
Alessia and Virginia both grew up in Ithaca, New York, and first became friends when they joined the high school rowing team. While attending Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, their love of farming was ignited through working at Dilmun Hill, the university’s student-run farm. Following graduation, Virginia and Alessia pursued a few non-farming adventures across the US, until their inevitable return to agriculture here in Maine. Together, the two managed Crystal Spring Farm’s vegetable CSA in Brunswick for two years, before deciding to strike out on their own.
Alessia grew up in Ithaca, NY but has family ties to the Brunswick area, and had always imagined moving to Maine someday. Before her two seasons at Crystal Spring Farm, Alessia wore hats as a manager at Dilmun Hill, Cornell’s student-run farm, as a naturalist/programmer at the Wild Center Natural History Museum in the Adirondacks, and as a livestock farmer and educator at Merck Forest and Farmland Center in Rupert, Vermont. After Virginia’s first season at Crystal Spring Farm, she convinced Alessia to come join her there, and the rest is history. Alessia owes her love of plants and food to her parents– her father has always had an extensive fruit and vegetable garden, and someone has yet to feed her a better meal than her Italian mother.
Virginia has always felt a strong connection to food and farming, whether it be from her family’s vegetable garden, the flourishing farmers market, or helping her mother in the kitchen. After spending time as a seabird biologist in the Gulf of Maine, and working in environmental education in Hawai’i, Virginia made her way back to Ithaca and worked on Plowbreak Farm, Blue Heron Farm, and Nook & Cranny Farm. After searching for an area to put down her own roots, Virginia settled on Maine and started working at Crystal Spring Farm in 2016, where she stayed for three seasons. Her time on these farms has strengthened her feeling that there is no greater reward than growing food for her community.