Welcome to Yellow Birch Farm of Deer Isle, Maine! We are Eric Ziner and Missy (Melissa) Greene. We moved to Deer Isle in 1991. At this time, we were enjoying a very busy time as successful artists: Eric is an artist blacksmith and Missy is a ceramic artist. We had makeshift studios, a gallery in our barn, and lived right on the main road. Over the next 10 years, we put down roots, immersing ourselves in the community and starting a family. Eventually we decided we needed room to grow, so we bought an old farm up island on 52 acres and expanded our gardening, built proper studios, and moved the gallery into the barn. We called our farm "Yellow Birch Farm" because the property features a special tree: the largest Yellow Birch in the country!
As the economy shifted, we found our interests in organic food and sharing a more self-reliant lifestyle with our kids increasing. Our agricultural endeavors began taking on a larger part of our lives. We now have about one acre under intensive, MOFGA Certified Organic vegetable production, a herd of Alpine goats, several high tunnels, and a licensed dairy kitchen.
We strive for a balance of farming, the running of the gallery and farm stand in the summer, and in the winter? People always ask, "So, what do you DO in the winter?” We try to focus on our art in between skating, skiing, visiting with friends, doing chores, and maybe even relaxing! Sometimes it is all just too much fun, and then suddenly it’s April and we begin tilling, planting, milking, cooking, opening the gallery, and planning events like our annual Farm Dinners.