In 1969 John and Kitty Sites, and their young son, traded in their suburban lives, for homesteading in rural central Maine. They bought a run down, 60 acre farm in the small town of Athens.
For many years, along with the help of their 4 children, other family, friends, and neighbors, they renovated the 1860’s farmhouse and restored the depleted lands surrounding them. They ran a small, self sufficient farm producing milk, butter, eggs, vegetables and of course, strawberries.
In the late 1990’s, their son, Luke, took over managing the farm. Along with much guidance from his parents, and trial and error, Luke has managed to grow his strawberry production from 1 acre, to 4 acres. He also planted blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. And he grew his father’s herd of Black Angus beef cattle from 10 to over 40 head.
Luke, and his wife Allyson now own and manage the now 250 acre farm. They enjoy raising their 3 children and growing their farm into the success that it is. Each year, thousands of visitors travel to Sites Farm, to pick berries and to enjoy it’s peaceful beauty.