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 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.
Stacy is embracing an opportunity for interdependent leadership. She sees the community in SD 30 brimming with leaders and everyday folks ready to be engaged in improving their lives. She will always ask the questions:
1) Are we leaving anyone behind?
2) And are we considering all the downstream effects of our actions?
3) Are we helping people in the short term and setting future generations up for health and success?
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.