Pineland Center in New Gloucester, Maine was established in 1908 to serve as a home for the mentally handicapped of Maine. At the time of its official closing in 1996, Pineland consisted of a 28-building campus and 1600-plus acres. A large part of the acreage consisted of farmland which had at one time been cultivated to sustain the needs of the Center's staff and residents.
Through its real estate branch, October Corporation, the Libra Foundation of Portland, Maine purchased the Pineland campus and approximately 900 acres of farmland in June 2000. Since that time, extensive renovation, new construction and additional land purchases have brought both the campus and the farms back to life. The Pineland property now encompasses a 19-building campus and 5,000 acres of farmland.
The Foundation's vision for the campus is to create a unique community by attracting a variety of non-profit and for-profit businesses, organizations and services to lease space in the buildings. Tenants enjoy amenities on the campus such as a conference center, cafeteria and YMCA, as well as access to the farm programs and facilities.
The farms have been developed as a self-sustaining nonprofit organization known as Pineland Farms, Inc. In addition to the fully operational farm, Pineland Farms offers public educational programming, outdoor recreational activities and a world-class equestrian center. Produce from Pineland Farms, such as eggs and vegetables, supply the campus cafeteria, seasonal farm stand and the Welcome Center. Arrange your visit to Pineland Farms and discover more family-friendly attractions in New Gloucester using our New Gloucester trip itinerary builder website .
Pineland Farms Reviews
We visited the Dairy Barn to see all the beautiful Holstein cows. Really enjoyed the Equestrian Center, where we got to see the Morgan horses show their stuff. It was time for a photo op & a chance.... more »
Our tour group went here on a Thursday. Really neat experience started with a bus tour which included stops at a horse stable (especially if you like Morgan’s but I’ll save the surprise), a working... more »
This place is amazing. The food is top notch, local, organic, and made on premises. My party of two split a sandwich and we were both satisfied. They also offer a great selection of Maine Made products. The grounds are beautiful. Lots of activities. Highly recommend.
Pineland is a wonderful place to visit many times during the summer! It is truly a facility for young & old ! A Great place to have lunch and shop at the fresh market! Most food products are grown or raised on sight ! The highest quality foods are for sale and used in their large commercial Kitchen! Catering and even birthday cake's can be ordered for your special needs! Many outdoor activities are available you can even get Married or celebrate a special occasion on the well manicured grounds! You must visit this facility to experience it's beauty ! Enjoy !
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