Image by Kelsey Kobik
Meet the Farmers
Farming has been a part of who Noah is since he was young and has embarked on many different enterprises along the way. Noah grew up in an off grid, passive solar house in Franklin, Maine. He started Rainbow Farm when he got his first chickens at about seven years old. He came up with the name Rainbow Farm, because of the diversity of animals on his farm - chickens, ducks, angora rabbits, goats, and even a donkey. In his teenage years, Noah raised about 200 sheep and spun their fleeces into yarn that he knit into hats. When he was 18, he went to New Zealand and worked on several farms. Returning to Maine, he leased land on MDI to raise layers and broilers.
The daughter of an enthusiastic gardener, Lorelei grew up on a small flower farm in Sullivan, Maine. She enjoyed being surrounded with beautiful flowers that her mother grew, dried, and wove into sweet grass and cattail baskets. With an interest in farming, Lorelei worked on several in her early adulthood and met Noah during a stint as a professional gardener on Mount Desert Island. Introduced by mutual friends who knew they'd hit it off, Noah and Lorelei eventually moved Stockton Springs, Maine where they established their first farm and built a passive solar house. In 2021, they moved the farm to Orland. It’s there where they live with their son Almanzo and all of the happy animals that make up Rainbow Farm.
Meet the Guardians
Rainbow Farm employs Livestock Guardian Dogs (LGDs) to ensure that our poultry and sheep are protected from predation. Our chickens and turkeys would be unable to enjoy their free-range days without these Great Pyrenees. This old and gentle breed loves Maine winters. The dogs love their jobs, and we love and appreciate them dearly. Each dog has its own unique personality and skills that they bring to their work.
Henry has been the employee of the month for at least a year! He loves his chickens like no one else in his pack. He lays down and lets them groom him as much as he can. When he's sure his chickens are not in danger, he loves big hugs and getting brushed.
Image by Kelsey Kobik
Noodles joined the pack in November of 2021, when her first family in the big city could sadly no longer keep her when her nighttime barking bothered her neighbors. We knew that we could use that enthusiasm on the farm. Noodles is sure to keep the chickens safe all night by letting predators know she means business.
Prairie is a fierce and determined protector. She is the fastest Great Pyrenees I have ever seen. She runs at flying predators like no one's business. She is also the most shy and stubborn of the pack. When she is finally tired enough to sit still, she loves belly rubs.