Welcome to Cultivate:

Belfast Area FARM and ARTS Trail
& Fall Tour

Developed by the Belfast Creative Coalition in partnership with the Maine Farmland Trustthis trail highlights the richness of art, culture and agriculture in and around 26 coastal and rural communities in midcoast Maine.


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Cultivate Fall Tour – October 8, 2016

Welcome to Cultivate 2016! 

Developed by the Belfast Creative Coalition, Cultivate: Belfast Area Farm and Art Fall Tour highlights the richness of art, culture and agriculture in and around 26 coastal and rural communities in midcoast Maine.

Held during Columbus Day Weekend, 2016, on Saturday, October 8th, Cultivate is an open studio and farm tour with special workshops and demonstrations. Visit artists working in their studios and learn how farmers are entrepreneurs creating artistic consumer products from what they cultivate!

The Belfast Creative Coalition website will have full descriptions and images of the tour sites and suggested nearby attractions. All locations will be within 30-45 minutes driving time from Belfast – check back for a full Cultivate locations listing to come!

Why Farms and Art? 

Here in Waldo County we have a unique combination of farmers and artists. The farmers are creative and the artists keep a ‘hand in the dirt’. There are farmers that make fiddles, print original woodcuts or create their visions on canvas. There are artists raising sheep, making cheese, harvesting and processing food. The love of place, embracing the handmade and being “local” are ubiquitous. The Cultivate Fall Tour celebrates and appreciates this universal spirit.

Farmers and artists have much in common. Maine is a uniquely inspirational state where collaboration and neighborly networking are an everyday occurrence, calling to many, even from miles away. Farming and art making are creative, responsive acts. Both farmers and artists are deeply involved in process. Life is valued as part of something that is becoming, a seed in the ground, a seasonal life that often requires a variety of vocational pursuits. The connecting thread of creative energy runs through their hands, their hearts and their souls outward to touch others with what they produce. These entrepreneurs work on a small, human and local scale. Their work requires discipline and careful time management to create the fruits they share with you, their community.

Cultivate was one of four programs featured in the National Endowment for the Arts’ 50th Anniversary ‘United States of Arts: Maine’ video!

Check back for a full list of participating artist studios and farms, to be announced in 2016!


2015’s complete Cultivate: Belfast Area Farm and Art Fall Tour location list is below:

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery

Waterfall Arts

Kerstin Engman

Phyla Collection

David Estey

Kay Sullivan

Simon van der Ven

Good Karma Farm

Abbie Read Studio

Belfast Bay Shade Company

Prescott Hill Pottery – Betsy Levine

David Jacobson Glass

Mainely Pottery

Janalee Welch- The East Window Studio

Bright Bird Studios – Kate McLeod

Kimberly Callas

James Macdonald

Many Hands Farm

Kenny Cole

Please support the Cultivate Fall Tour with a donation:



Using Belfast as your base, you can venture forth on day trips that are as varied as the surrounding landscapes. Gather ingredients for a picnic lunch from any of Belfast’s numerous cafes and carryouts before you leave town, or enjoy discovering the terrific local eateries that dot the villages and towns you visit.

Take your kids to a working farm and watch them learn how to gather eggs, meet artists who live and work in the homes they’ve built by hand, and even discover what it is like to sleep in a yurt.

The map identifies artist’s studios, galleries, cultural organizations and farms in Belfast and beyond. Have fun creating your own itinerary, or use the ones we’ve suggested here. If you enjoy hiking, biking, boating or skiing, we’ve got that covered too! Midcoast Maine’s countryside, with all of its hidden treasures, is waiting for you.

If you have any questions, please contact:
emily@belfastcreativecoalition.org | 207.323.8692