Apifera Farm - where art, story, animals & woman merge. Home to artist Katherine Dunn

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Apifera






Apifera Farm {"Apifera" means bee bearing in Latin} was established in 2004 in Yamhill, Oregon but in 2016 we relocated to Bremen in Midcoast Maine.

The Maine farm has a 1760 homestead, the oldest in the area we are told. We have 30 acres, including some wetland that we are developing and we also hope to work on butterfly conservation-as we did in Oregon.

We maintain a small flock of CVM?Romeldale sheep for fiber, raise Kunekune pigs, and grow vegetables and eggs. In 2017 we will add two hives for honey.

Katherine is an artist/writer, and Martyn is a landscaper who ran his own business for 20 years in Oregon. Katherine adopts elderly or special needs creatures into the mix-and they are lovingly known as The Misfits. While all the animal are therapeutic for guests, her donkey Pino, and a new little goat named Opie are her traveling therapy partners.

Fiber
The small flock of CVM/Romeldale sheep will provide beautiful fiber for spinning, felting and craft. A local mill will process our wool. Please stay tuned for our first shearing in 2017! Fiber will be for sale at the Etsy shop.

Kunekune Heritage Pigs
We breed Kunekune pigs. They are a wonderful pasture pig, known for their wonderful, easy personalities, smaller size making them an easier keeper than many breeds. Many love them for their wonderful markings. Please contact me for available pigs [we do have a littler coming March, 2017].

Eggs, Floral, Honey
This is our first growing season in Maine [2017] so things are evolving. Stay tuned.

Have donkey, and goat, will travel
Pino the mii donkey is a wonderful therapy goat and has proven it through his many events and special one-on-one sessions he has thrived in. We can come to you if the venue is right for us. We also have a little pygmy who was a bottle baby from hour one and is very personable and cute as a button. Opie the goat and I are especially interested in visiting the elderly.

The Adopted Barnyard of Misfits
Apifera is also a final home for many old special needs animals. Since first moving to the farm, Katherine has been taking "The Misfits". She shares her Misfits through story and art, workshops and drawing sessions at the farm.

Workshops and Retreats
Katherine does art workshops and more and the schedule is forming as we speak. The barn workshop is perfect for animal lovers-you'll be hearing roosters and pigs and more as you work away in the comfort of the AC workshop above the barn-complete with the adopted barn cats and Opie the goat. The workshop page will be updated as soon as workshops are made for 2017. I also plant to offer private workshops for individuals or small groups, and women's retreat days for well being. I plan to have schedules up by April, but contact me if you have questions.

Apifera Horticulture
Martyn Dunn is a licensed landscape contractor and operates Apifera Horticulture, formerly known as Horticulture Northwest. A graduate of Oregon State University in Horticulture, Martyn has owned and operated his own business for over 20 years. Serving clients in Portland and the western suburbs, Martyn is experienced in design, boulder placement, transplants, plant specifications, pruning and maintenance as well as designing and implementing water/irrigation systems. While Martyn serves many private homes and customers, he also collaborates with landscape architects and designers. At Apifera Farm, Martyn designed the front gardens and boulder placements. The garden was created to be draught tolerant, and includes as many native species as possible. Apifera Farm is also working with the State to increase native species on their river front, and through the CREPS program have planted and maintain over 400 trees. Contact Martyn.


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How Apifera was Born
Suffering a long lasting broken heart, a forty plus single woman writes a sacred list of three things she needs to do to recreate a sense of place for herself. It leads her across the country to Oregon where she meets her next door neighbor. Soon after, the man climbs a cherry tree in a heat wave and brings her his cherry harvest, hoping the cherries will cool her fair haired flush from the heat. The next day, still suffering in a heat wave, she bakes him a fresh cherry pie with the bounty he brought her. This leads to one of many epiphanies, that she must love him to bake in a heat wave. With her love for him sealed in that crust and fruit, they go on to move to a magical delapitated farm, and they call it Apifera. {Visit the illustrated book Katherine wrote about this}

Birdie the llama is a hit with guests
M'Lady Apple is old and beautiful































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One of The Misfits-special needs creatures- naps
Birdie watches over Kunekune piglets
The flock of CVM sheep-beautiful fiber