Orchard Ridge Farm is owned and operated by two generations of women who seek to invite their community to enjoy nature year-round by providing an environment that is inclusive and welcoming to all.

To Erica and Kristen, who had someday hoped to collaborate on a project like Orchard Ridge, this is a dream come true made a reality with the help of their mother, Mary. Together they all look forward to transforming the 38 acres into an agritourism destination by adding peaches, raspberries, and cherries to its u-pick offerings, developing a system of multi-use trails, building a livestock barn and camp sites, and creating inviting gathering spaces for events and classes.

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Erica Gottshalk

Erica has dedicated her career to the hospitality industry in Portland for over 12 years. She worked her way from host to Food & Beverage Director. Most recently, she has worked at The Back Bay Grill, Scales, The Press Hotel, and Canopy Portland Waterfront Hotel. She continues to work part time with Canopy Portland Waterfront Hotel. Erica’s F&B background lends invaluable experience in customer service and management as she oversees the farm store, dining area, and coordinates events here at Orchard Ridge.

Born and raised in Cumberland, Maine Erica has always loved all that Maine has to offer. She is happy to now call Gorham home for her, her husband Will Gottshalk, son Wesley Hamel, and pyrenees retriever mix Meeko. In her free time, she enjoys activities with her family – gardening, swimming, going to the movies, and exploring new places in Maine.

Mary Walker

Mary grew up in the lakes region of Maine. Access to its lakes and mountains instilled a strong connection with nature from a young age. Her love of hiking, canoeing, and camping is something she shared with her daughters throughout their childhood. Ultimately these values are what has led them to Orchard Ridge.

Mary is a practicing nurse in Harpswell, Maine. She has been nursing for over 15 years and helping people is what she loves the most about her profession. Mary is an active member of MOAC and enjoys the friends that she has met through the club over the years. Mary spends her off-time supporting the farm and her family however she can.

Kristen Walker

Kristen graduated from the University of Maine with a BA in Spanish. Her time studying and living in Central and South America cultivated a passion for environmental justice and food systems. Combined with her desire to make a positive impact on her community and love of volunteering she went on to get her Masters in Public Policy and Planning at the University of Southern Maine. During this time Kristen also worked in hospitality in Portland and still does to this day.

Some of Kristen’s fondest childhood memories are gardening with her father. This set the foundation for farming and starting a business with her family. In 2018 she decided to take a more hands-on approach to her food systems education and applied to be a MOFGA apprentice. This apprenticeship enabled her to combine her love for hard work, the outdoors, and food systems and she has been farming ever since.

Aside from farming, Kristen studies and grows medicinal herbs for teas, oil infusions, and tinctures- plants are medicine! If Kristen isn’t on the farm you can find her, her black lab/hound rescue pup Memphis, and partner Chris hiking, camping in their camper van, kayaking, fly fishing, surfing, and generally enjoying all that nature has to offer.

Kristen cares for the orchards, animals, and manages the many infrastructure projects here at Orchard Ridge.