Stacy Brenner is an organic farmer and small business owner who co-founded and now operates Broadturn Farm in Scarborough. Brenner is a graduate of the University of Arizona, where she studied agriculture and plant sciences. She holds two nursing degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. She spent her early working career as a nurse-midwife, tending to the births of hundreds of babies at Mercy Hospital in Portland. She is a board member of Maine Farmland Trust and Board Vice-President of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Organization (MOFGA).
Raised in a working-class suburb in New Jersey, Stacy spent her childhood romanticizing country life. When she wasn’t watching reruns of “Little House on the Prairie,” Stacy would escape the suburban chem-lawns of her neighborhood to explore the wooded edges of the development with her brother. She always wanted to be a farmer. Like so many other folks from away, she was drawn to the state of Maine by its verdant landscapes, its supportive business climate, its thriving agricultural network and the amazing, hard-working people she met.
In 2002, Stacy, her five-year-old daughter Emma, and her husband, John Bliss, moved to Maine to become first-generation farmers. They entered the MOFGA farmer journeyperson program designed to support new entry growers, and taught themselves how to be farmers. In 2006, Stacy and John opened Broadturn Farm, which produces cut flowers and organic vegetables, hosts weddings, and runs a summer day camp focused on connecting youth with sustainable agriculture. Now employing 30 people at the height of the season, the farm is a thriving example of economic development on farmland protected with an agricultural easement funded in part by the Land for Maine’s Future program.
Stacy’s strengths rest in her dedication to building meaningful relationships with people in her community. She understands that the first step in creating connection is by listening to the concerns of constituents. When elected, Stacy will collaborate and engage with local community members to help build a strong, inclusive, prosperous Maine.
Stacy and her family have been residents of Scarborough for 14 years. Her daughter Emma graduated from the Scarborough school system and her youngest daughter, Flora, will be a freshman at the high school in the fall. Between her involvement with local schools and running a successful business, Stacy understands the issues that are most important to local children, educators, and families, and employers. And as a farmer for 19 years, Stacy understands the impact that people's behaviors and habits have on the land, sky, and waterways. We can trust Stacy to consider the needs of everyone in our community in every decision she makes in Augusta.
Stacy believes that running for office is about engaging people across the district to understand the changes we can make in Augusta to improve the lives of our neighbors. As an elected official, Stacy will examine legislative opportunities through a lens that lives up to our ideals of caring for one another while mitigating climate change in every possible decision. She believes her work as a farmer, a successful business-owner and employer, a midwife, a parent, and a daughter have helped her to become an effective listener, capable of taking the experiences of our community and translating them into solutions.
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Stacy is aware of the challenges facing small businesses throughout Maine and will be a strong advocate in Augusta for the citizens of Scarborough, Gorham and Buxton. We need someone in Augusta who will be a voice for our community, someone who listens and understands the issues in our district and that person is Stacy.
Heather & Neil Jamieson, Scarborough
Hon. Linda Sanborn, Gorham (State Senator)
Hon. Mo Terry, Gorham (State Representative)
Hon. Jim Boyle, Gorham (State Senator, 2012-2014)
"She knows the need for a stronger social safety net for Maine families, especially around health care and food insecurity. She has the passion and knowledge and is willing to do the hard work to find the solutions to get the job done for us in Augusta."
John Tiedje, Gorham
"Stacy brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise that the state will need to deal with the aftermath of a pandemic. Her unique combination of vision and pragmatism make her particularly well-suited for legislative work."
Jennifer Jones, Falmouth
"As a mother of school-age children heading into a year of unique challenges, I know that Stacy is exactly the type of person we need in Augusta: she is genuine, experienced in managing complex decisions, dedicated to protecting the interests of the community and of the environment."
Anca Gooje, Scarborough
"Stacy Brenner was endorsed by the Maine Youth for Climate Justice for her pro-climate justice platform. She clearly knows the importance of confronting climate change and taking the action necessary to reverse it in order to benefit everyone."
Kim Matthews, Westbrook
"Stacy understands the challenges involved in running a business, and since she knows that Maine’s small farms can be a critical piece of a thriving economy, creating jobs and combating hunger, her deep knowledge of agriculture positions her well to support the growth of small farms in Maine."
Mary Ann Larson, Portland
Heather & Neil Jamieson, Scarborough
"I’ve been a resident of Scarborough for the past 24 years and I’m writing to support Stacy Brenner for State Senate. As State Senator, Stacy will work hard to support people from all walks of life and will bring passion, knowledge, and strength to the Maine Legislature."
Abi Ordway, Scarborough
Stacy Brenner is a driven small business owner, mother, organic farmer, compassionate nurse, and true leader. All these attributes make her a perfect fit in our Maine State Senate, and we should feel comforted knowing she has the experience to guide us all in a positive direction.
Mitzi Mcintosh, Gorham
"Given Stacy’s experience in caring for patients, cultivating the land, and growing our local economy, I’m confident she has the knowledge and skills to tackle climate change, and more. We need a pragmatic, visionary, and collaborative leader like Stacy to represent our community."
Louise Secordel, Scarborough
"Stacy has unequaled integrity as well as great compassion for all around her. An example of this was displayed when the corona virus hit this area. Stacy went back to work at Mercy hospital to help support the community. In these difficult times we need someone with Stacy’s vision in Augusta."
Tom DiPasqua, Scarborough
"Stacy Brenner has a heart big enough to hold her staunchest supporters alongside her harshest critics, the resilience and adaptability inherent in all Maine farmers and small business owners, and the patience to nurture the smallest hopeful seeds – both literal and conceptual – into beautiful, bountiful harvests."
Erin Rowan, Scarborough
"I have been struck by Stacy’s warmth, thoughtfulness and commitment to our community. As both a small business person (Stacy and her husband operate Broadturn Farm) and health care professional (Stacy also is a nurse/midwife), she is particularly well suited to deal with the challenges ahead as we move forward from this crisis and use the opportunity to build a brighter, more-inclusive future."
Melissa Murphy, Scarborough
"And as a board member for the Maine Farmland Trust and the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Stacy has advocated for farmland conservation and helped other farmers wishing to grow businesses in Maine."
Kelsey Kaufman, Gorham
"In a time where many have become cynical about politicians, Stacy is hum- ble and sincere, as well as passionate and articulate in presenting her beliefs. She has the energy, commitment, and collaborative personality that are essential for knowing how to listen to people. She practices these listening skills with her patients, as well as her business clients, and then works to meet their needs."
Linda Webb, Gorham
"I value Stacy’s kindness, compassion, and ability to listen. I also appreciate Stacy’s creative approach to running Broadturn Farm, her leadership with the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Organization and Maine Farmland Trust, and her ability to roll up her sleeves and work hard. Stacy lives her values, supporting her employees and using her voice and business to lift up others in our state and community."
Emilia Dahlin, Gorham
"Democrat Stacy Brenner is the whole package. We met more than a decade ago as we tried to solve a tricky fundraising problem for our children’s school. It was there that I first witnessed the compassionate and fiercely creative energy with which Stacy is able to tackle complicated problems."
Masey Kaplan, Falmouth
"I first met Stacy Brenner through close friends who live in Scarborough. As a small business owner, registered nurse and community leader, she’s an amazingly well-rounded person. And during the pandemic, instead of staying home, Stacy went back to work as a nurse. That’s just who Stacy is: a person who is deeply committed to the health of her community."
Grant Provost, Portland
""I have known Stacy Brenner and her family for almost 15 years, both personally and professionally as a catering chef. Stacy is a fierce advocate and a legitimate Renaissance woman. She will fight for women’s reproductive health and access to safe and legal abortions. Her various roles as a nurse, farmer, community leader and business owner give her an advantage over career politicians who offer empty promises. We are in a crucial moment in history, and I believe Stacy’s unwavering stance on this issue will protect a woman’s right to choose."
"When I spoke with Stacy I was also struck by her dedication to public health and, especially in this risky time for front line workers, her willingness to go back to work in the nursing field. One of our greatest challenges right now is accessing affordable health care, especially with the job losses associated with this pandemic. More than ever we need people like Stacy in Augusta who know how important this is for everyone."
Dave Durrell, Hollis
Ellen H. DeCotiis, Buxton
Right now, too many Mainers — like the child care and grocery store workers on the frontlines of the pandemic — are working critical jobs and still not being paid enough to make ends meet. Meanwhile, we are heading toward record-level unemployment, and the small businesses that are the backbone of Maine’s economy are on life support. As we look towards reviving our economy in the wake of COVID-19, we need to invest in the workers and small business owners our economy depends on, not big businesses looking for more tax breaks.
As a nurse midwife with over a decade of medical experience, I intimately know the fears many people have regarding health care. Health care is a right, and no one in Maine should go bankrupt trying to pay their medical bills. I also believe that no one should lose their ability to see the doctor when they lose their job, especially in the middle of a pandemic, and that we need bold solutions to the racial disparities that have left too many Black, Brown, and Indigenous families without the health care they need during this crisis.
I believe high-quality education requires investing in our students and educators from Pre-K through college or vocational school, which is why I’ll fight against funding cuts to public education. Bringing down the costs of child care and Pre-K will help keep young families in the state, and making college and vocational training more affordable will help us retain the young talent we need for our state to thrive.
As a farmer and mother, I know the importance of preserving our lands for future generations. In the State Senate, I’ll fight to address the effects of climate change, which threaten our ability to grow the food we need and live healthy lives, and advocate for green energy solutions that provide good-paying jobs in our community. I’ll also support initiatives like the Land for Maine’s Future program, which has protected over 600,000 acres of land from unnecessary development and allowed young, local farmers to grow nutritious food right here in Maine.
Without adequate and affordable child care options, many Maine parents — especially working mothers — will have to continue making impossible choices between work outside the home and work inside the home. I believe no one should have to pay hundreds of dollars every month just to afford care for their children, and that we should invest in child care centers to cut down the costs for Maine families.