In its first twenty-five years, Dragon Farm has sponsored or been a program incubator for many projects in Maine, the US, and around the world. Some were designed to be short term, some fulfilled their vision and ended, and others are still active today. The list includes:
Dragon Farm Salon, a 21st Century salon for fascinating women and men interested in thought-provoking conversation, fine food and laughter. Each salon is designed around an interesting woman and her work and features community leaders, public officials, writers, artists and more. For more information on the next Salon, go to the News tab.
Mainely Girls, a state wide organization founded by Mary Orear, to work with rural communities to assist them in focusing on girls’ needs in a positive and proactive manner; and to work on the state level to bring about positive change for girls. Their “A Girl’s Point of View Book Club” is found across the state for girls in grades 4-12. Mainely Girls also chairs the state’s Eating Disorders Network, providing ongoing training for treatment teams, preventative education, and a referral service. Mary Orear comments: ” Prior to starting Mainely Girls, I didn’t know what a non-profit was. Dragon Farm provided fiscal sponsorship as well as the information and guidance necessary to understand the non-profit world. They helped me refine and expand my vision, and they provided good fundraising advice. Looking back, I don’t know how I would have transitioned successfully from classroom teacher to founder and executive director without Dragon Farm.” http://www.midcoast.com/~megirls/
The Green Tara Project, operated in India, worked with Tibetan refugees who live in exile with the Dalai Lama, on a children’s book about their history and heritage.
Paddling the Rapids, founded by Carol Carriulo and Elizabeth Banwell, and led now by Carol and Deb Burwell, holds forums and leadership trainings for executive directors of non-profits. http://www.paddlingtherapids.com/
Living in a Body, an engaging solo performance work by Judy Nielsen encompassing a 20-year journey of living with multiple sclerosis. Judy was able to obtain a significant grant for this work and continues to teach t’ai chi, meditation and African drumming. http://healthforjudy.org/
The Thin Line, a powerful play created by Cathy Plourde that breaks the silence on eating disorders. This play is a part of her greater project AddVerb Productions, a program focused on providing health and wellness education to middle schools, highs schools, colleges and communities through provaocative theatre performances. In 2011, Add Verb Productions became a program of is the University of New England’s InterProfessional Education Collaborative. Cathy Plourde commented ‘Dragon Farm was available to me at a time when I had no idea of what the possibilities were. It allowed me to follow the beginnings of an idea that was meeting a real need in the community, and take it to the next level. I didn’t even know what fiscal sponsorship was at the beginning.’ http://www.addverbproductions.org/programs/
If you are interested in applying for program support or incubation, please email us for more information. Due to the nature of the support we provide, we limit the number of projects in order to provide each with the best resources we have.