Agricultural wonder Woman

Gloria Varney

Gloria’s role at Nezinscot Farm has been to educate all those that visit the importance of understanding and learning where and how food is produced. Offering opportunities for learning the skills necessary to be able to live a more sustainable and self-sufficient lifestyle is accomplished through her internship programs and extensive workshops. Gloria has created her own classroom at the farm; all those that visit are able to educate themselves simply by being present at the farm and getting first-hand access to the questions they have.

Gloria strives to work with organizations and groups that will help continue the educational process of creating local food systems, developing skills in sustainable agriculture, and provide nutritious foods year round.

Public Speaking

Agriculture 101

Motivational speaking on where our food comes from and the importance of supporting local agriculture, empowering people on sustainable living whether you live in the country or city, purchasing the family farm; the do’s and don’ts, What If?- a look at the question and how it can help us meet our basic needs on a daily basis.

About Gloria

Work History
Sustainable Farmer & Owner of Nezinscot Farm Store (1990-Present)

Assistant Lecturer at Bates College (2013 – Present) Short Term Class
Fitness Director at YWCA, Lewiston, Maine (1987-1989)
EMT Local Ambulance Service (1981-1983)

Awards
Homesteader of the Year by Mother Earth News (2013)
Member of Organic Valley, Farmer Owned COOP (1994)
First Certified Organic Dairy in the State of Maine (1987)
Outstanding Young Farmer of Maine (1990)

Education

 The University of Maine at Farmington
Community Health Education and Nutrition & Exercise Physiology, Public Health, Honors

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At Nezinscot Farm

In 1987, Gregg and Gloria purchased Nezinscot farm from Gregg’s parents Waren and Marguerite Varney. Gregg and Gloria have   five children, all of whom participate in maintaining and running the family farm and business. They pick eggs, milk cows and  goats, feed the animals of the farm and help with the harvest.

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Summer Herbal Health Day

Day-Long Retreat Join us for a day of herbs, health, wellness, and creativity. This one-of-its-kind wellness gathering featuring the communities leading innovators, teachers and herbalists. From invigorating workouts and hands-on treatments to inspirational,...

Summer Intern – Pierre Jurine

Join us in welcoming our new intern Pierre Jurine—Pierre will be working with Gloria and Damion throughout the summer months and into early fall as part of an exchange program with the Agricultural University in France.  He will be learning about the art of...

Gardening 101 | Picking & Preparing Stinging Nettles

Urtica dioica, often called common nettle, stinging nettle or nettle leaf, is a herbaceous perennial flowering plant that is native to Europe, Asia, northern Africa, and North America. Today nettles are used to make tinctures, tea, elixirs and are also wonderful in a...

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