Your destination DIY wedding; 10 things you need to know - Part I

From planners to venue selection to the 5-hour Rule this is the stuff you need to consider as you plan your Best Day Ever. The Fine Print: It’s tougher than you think, there are a lot of moving parts, the last few weeks will likely stress you out, BUT …. it’ll be one of the best decisions you’ll make for this special day but the good news is - you can do it! That should cover all the bases of what Live Well Farm has seen as concerns in the initial decision-making process.

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The Wedding Planner: Money Well Spent

As the bride you may even think you could handle the load because you’ve planned large events before BUT - You don’t want to direct the wedding, you want to be the star.

SPEND THE MONEY on a professional. I say professional because that’s what it will take to pull this thing off without a (or too many) hitch. A relative, a good friend who got married once, or a Type-A friend who convinces you he/she does this sort of stuff all the time will only serve you with post wedding regrets about ‘what could have been’.

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LWF hosts the Song Travelers Writing Retreat

The Song Travelers Writing Retreat for singer/songwriters just completed their stay. This group of 17 artists, gifted and highly regarded in the music industry, arrived with the sole purpose of writing songs and helping each other produce art. … These accomplished folk artists were a mash-up spanning genres from rock to indie to country, twenty something to 80+, left/right, sassy female to contemplative cowboy - they all left their imprint on Live Well Farm.

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Another Unique, Quality Vendor at LWF - Part III

Having worked on oyster farms from Maryland to Maine, Drew and Leslie built Cellar Oyster Company out of a desire to root themselves in their craft with passion, energy, and simplicity. The Company works to grow the finest shellfish in New England, focusing on the natural processes and environments that create an impeccable product.

And…. we at Live Well Farm think Maine oysters are the best around …

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Vendors: Live Well Farm’s Secret Ingredient

Without our vendors, we’re just a wonderful farm property on the coast of Maine. The event venue business in New England has exploded over the last few years bringing people to Maine from all over the world to experience our awesome beauty. Leading up to the 2018 season, we’ll highlight these proven business partners that will make your experience at Live Well Farm memorable.

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The B.A.R.N. Backstory Project

I love listening to someone tell a good story; especially when the story is rooted in a personal experience that teaches, inspires, and encourages further thought. ...With this in mind, we introduced the B.A.R.N. Backstory element to our 2017 summer season of wine/craft beer dinners in the barn. B.A.R.N. is the Live Well Farm acronym for Business, Arts, Recreation, N-richment/N-couragement/N-spiration. These presentations are TED(-ish) type talks except they’re less ‘important’, more fun, and without pretense. Each dinner .....

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Mistakes Make Us Better (most of the time)

The 2018 year for the Live Well Farm apple orchard produced some good apples for my annual release of Apple Jack hard apple cider. Apples were harvested over a couple different periods as their internal sugar content reached peak. The initial crush went well as did the fermentation process with champagne yeast. But two weeks later I noticed that something had changed when uncapping a bottle ... 

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Merry Christmas: The relationships that make it even more special

In most cases, we watched them deliberate, plan, and prepare for a year. They gather with family and friends, celebrate for a weekend and open the next chapter of their lives. The good news is that the story doesn’t end there for us.

Weddings provide a small picture of what we do but the value for us is realized in seeing that the next generation got its start with us, here at Live Well Farm.

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The Vinegar Diaries – Part 2 … The Plan

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Step 5: We board the Trenitalia train from Venice to Bologna to Cesena. We then take a taxi in Cesena to Giovanni’s woodworking shop carrying our large duffel bags and roll-aboard suitcases that will easily carry our barrels home to their new home.

Step 6: This is where the brilliant plan begins to unravel.

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The Ethos of Live Well Farm

Live Well Farm isn’t just an address on some road on Maine’s midcoast. Sure, there is a farm at 1583 Harpswell Neck Rd. Harpswell, Maine with orchards, gardens, a fabulous restored 1840’s farmhouse, and awesome barn; but its more than that. It's an ethos to learn, laugh, love …. live well.

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