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Shirley & Henry Hamilton

Hi, we're the Hamiltons of Otisfield, Maine. We set up this site originally because we thought we'd like to have a B&B at our farm. We have modified that idea.

We will rent the space for short stays, but you must do your own cooking, or enjoy area restaurants. So we offer a B without B. The space has a kitchenette with stove, refrigerator and microwave.

Call 207-627- 4458 if you'd like to stay at our farm @ $100/night for single or $25/ additional person. We can accommodate two couples @$150/night.

We, Henry and Shirley, are retired International Humanitarian Relief &Development workers, having spent our careers in W. Africa, E. Europe and Central Asia. During that time we worked for the Peace Corps, USAID, the State Department, the UNHCR, the UNDP, the Federal Government of Germany, IRC, Helen Keller International, World Learning, OSCE and UMCOR.

Now were retired and play farmer on our dream hobby farm. (This developing dream sustained us during some of the difficult assignments our careers took us through). As weve aged weve cut back on critter production, we no longer raise llamas, our poultry population has diminished, but we still produce registered Jacob Sheep, freezer goats & lambs, rabbits, exotic pheasants, peafowl and Sebright bantams. We maintain a garden, orchard, wild blueberry (usually called burn, but we mow ours so I suppose it's a blueberry mow) and woodlot.

We call our place the Maine Fun Farm because it's all about fun, not profit nor even subsistence. We could no doubt buy the food we raise & produce for no more than it costs us to do all the work ourselves, but we know our food& have a symbiotic relationship to it. If we just purchased our nutrition and fuel we'd probably get fat and unhealthy from poor quality food and lack of activity. Yup, we'd have to join a health club, take vitamins and who know what else?

For 20 years we lived on half our income and invested half with our minds firmly set on the end goal of the lifestyle we now delight in. We've lived in 3rd World Villages without electricity or running water, weve experienced animist, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and Christian cultures with all their individual variations. We've been on the cutting edge of world events in Bosnia, Sierra Leone, and Afghanistan; we've seen the most brutal aspects of human nature as well as the most humane. Weve marveled before the glorious creations of ancient civilizations and have been struck by the idea that basic human nature has changed not at all since the beginning of recorded time. Machiavelli or St. Francis, Pol Pot or Mother Teresa, our species has always manifested scoundrels and saints, and all types between.'

But our lives have been blessed by adventure and variation, health and wealth, Democracy and rule of law, thanks, in large part, to the chance of our birthplace and the opportunities it granted us. We are grateful.