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Belmont business owner lets nature be her guide

New farm store, plant nursery and retreat opening in Belmont
By Fran Gonzalez | May 04, 2021
Photo by: Fran Gonzalez Stacy Leafsong poses with her children May 3 in the former ballroom on her property. From left are Taula, Stacy and Robear Leafsong. The room is being converted to a farm store at 507 Back Belmont Road.

Belmont — Stacy Leafsong, owner of Leafsong Family Farm, will soon be opening a farm store, plant nursery and retreat on the Back Belmont homestead she shares with her daughter, Tuala, and son Robear.

The farm is on 89 acres consisting of open fields, forests and marshland. Leafsong said she fell in love with the land as soon as she saw it. The farm, which dates back to the 1800s, formerly grew squash, she said, but has not been farmed since the '70s.

The family acquired the property in 2019, but needed to do a lot of restoration work before moving in. "It was in rough condition," she said. "And we renovated the house and did most of the work ourselves."

The day before they planned to move in, Feb. 20, 2020, a fire destroyed the home.

Though the main house was lost, firefighters were able to save an attached ballroom and barn. Leafsong said the cause of the fire was never determined. Undeterred, the family built a cabin to live in while they built a new home. "The kids did a lot of the labor," she said. The new house was designed by Leafsong and her family, and they also served as general contractors.

The Republican Journal met with Leafsong and her children May 3, and toured the farm. On this day people could be seen working on the barn and renovating what was formerly a ballroom. "The woman who had the farm previously was quite eccentric," she said.

The large ballroom, Leafsong said, will now house the store, where she will sell organic produce grown on the farm, as well as house and container plants and hard-to-find quality tools. Above the store, on the second floor, is now a renovated cottage apartment, which will be available through Airbnb, as will the rustic cabin she and her children built while rebuilding their home.

The rental cabin and apartment offer guests a retreat where they can experience a farm firsthand, including the many animals there. Horses, sheep, donkeys, chickens and even a peacock can all be found on the grounds of Leafsong Farm.

There is also a greenhouse and a nursery yard where she will have plants for sale, including Maine-hardy high bush blueberry plants in Nelson, Blue Jay, Duke, Chanticleer, Sweetheart and Spartan varieties.

Leafsong said she is a lifelong farmer, artist and self-proclaimed nature lover with over 35 years of professional horticulture experience and organic farming. Growing up, Leafsong said, she tended formal gardens and she has worked as an estate gardener in California, Vermont and Southern Maine.

"My style is to let everything comingle," she said, where everything is one with nature. "I let the plants teach me and guide me."

Previously, Leafsong had a farm in Bucksport and sold her goods at booths at the Blue Hill Farmers’ Market, Bar Harbor’s Eden Farmers’ Market, and at the Common Ground Fair. She studied painting at Rhode Island School of Design and the Maine College of Art before turning her efforts to farming.

The store will have a soft opening on Mother's Day, with visits by appointment. Leafsong said she had filled all 13 available spots for the day. After Mother's Day, she added, the store will be open by appointment Tuesday through Sunday and, starting Memorial Day weekend, open to the public with no appointment needed.

To make an appointment or for questions, email Leafsong at leafsongfamilyfarm@gmail.com, call her at 342-2613, or send a message through the Facebook page at Leafsong Family Farm. The farm is located at 507 Back Belmont Road.

Chickens roam the grounds at Leafsong Family Farm May 3. The farm will be soon be opening a store, nursery and retreat starting on Mother's Day. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
A rustic cabin the Leafsongs lived in while they built a new home after a fire destroyed their home Feb. 20, 2020. Shown here May 3, the cabin will be available as a retreat on Airbnb. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
The new Leafsong family home May 3, situated behind the barn and ballroom at 507 Back Belmont Road. The family will open a farm store, nursery and retreat on Mother's Day. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
Inside the greenhouse at Leafsong Family Farm May 3, where Stacey Leafsong said she likes to let all the plants comingle. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
(Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
(Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
Garlic plants at Leafsong Family Farm May 3. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
(Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
A Feb. 20, 2020, photograph shows the damage to Stacey Leafsong's home after the fire at 507 Back Belmont Road in Belmont. Attached to the house and still intact are the ballroom and barn. (Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
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