Brittany Hopkins and Joy Trueworthy have owned and operated Wise Acres Farm in Kenduskeag, Maine since 2011. They got married on the farm in 2013.
Brittany is Wise Acres' chief farmer, bean-counter and bucket-washer. Before setting her sights on a career in organic farming, she had a long flirtation with plants, farming and food, including many years of hanging out at Maine agricultural fairs as a kid and a stint volunteering in an urban garden while living in New Jersey after college. Starting in 2009, she spent three wonderful seasons learning how to grow and market vegetables as an apprentice and farm worker at Peacemeal Farm, Parker Family Farm, and Fisher Farm in central Maine. She finds farming to be a source of endless challenge and interest and tries to remember that, as Wendell Berry wrote, "The mind that is not baffled is not employed."
Joy is the farm's weekend warrior and vegan. She works in Bangor during the week, but customers will see her at our market stands bagging salad greens and stocking veggies just about every Saturday and Sunday. She has also been known to pick rocks and berries when the mood or the need arises. A 12th-generation Mainer, she has ancestors who established homesteads and farms in southern Maine and the Ellsworth area as far back as the 1600s.
Each season, a dedicated team of employees makes it possible for us to get the veggies from our brains and seed packets to our market booths and CSA boxes. Visit our employment page for more info about working with us!
Joy and Brittany receive a significant amount of moral support (but absolutely no practical support) from their two cats, Latke and Wiebke (a.k.a. Winnie).
We are big readers, and books and blogs have played a major role in inspiring us to pursue farm life and informing our farming practices and philosophy. Click here to see a list of some of our favorites!
The first incarnation of Wise Acres Farm was owned by Brittany's parents, Paul and Marilyn Hopkins, who raised a herd of Nubian dairy goats on their homestead. Brittany spent her first two years there and spent many years after that showing descendants of Wise Acres-bred goats in 4-H. She feels lucky to have parents who already thought up a good farm name and don’t think she’s completely crazy for wanting a career in agriculture!