Maxwell Farm - Cape Elizabeth Land Trust

Forever Cape

A Campaign for Our Community

Maxwell Farm – Dyer Field


CELT is partnering with Maine Farmland Trust (MFT) and landowners Nate and Kathy Maxwell to permanently protect 76 acres of beautiful working farmland in Cape Elizabeth. Located between Spurwink Avenue and Sawyer Road, this family-owned property has been a working farm contributing to the local food economy for generations.

Maxwell Farm-Dyer Field is the “icing on the cake” of a three year comprehensive campaign. Funds raised will secure the full value of a farmland easement on Maxwell Farm-Dyer Field, assuring the property is forever designated for farmland use for generations to come. A generous donor will match each and every contribution up to $854,000. Join us and your support will go twice as far. Help us ensure this working farm stays a working farm, supporting the local food economy for generations to come.

Here’s the story of Maxwell Farm-Dyer Field:


CELT is taking strategic and bold efforts to preserve Cape now by identifying and raising funds for today’s needs within the community and for stewarding lands in perpetuity. During a successful quiet phase of the campaign, CELT has raised more than $5 million dollars to support a comprehensive capital campaign. Charitable support from concerned members of the community is needed to realize a strategic vision for Cape that includes a goal of $6.25 million to secure and steward conservation priorities and education programming in Cape Elizabeth over the next 5 to 10 years.

Protecting Land in Perpetuity

Goal: $4 million — $3.2 million raised to date

Immediate Key Opportunities include 76-acre easement at Maxwell Farm-Dyer Field

Protecting and stewarding lands cherished by our community is our highest campaign priority. During the quiet phase of the campaign, CELT conserved both Robinson Woods III and the Pollack Brook Preserve on Spurwink Avenue using $2.2 million of funds already raised. Now, we turn our attention down the road to fundraising for a 76-acre easement at Maxwell Farm-Dyer Field.


Goal: $300,000 — $240,000 raised to date

5-Year Needs

CELT’s work does not stop when we purchase land. There are immediate needs such as bridges, invasive species removal, boardwalks and trail development to provide public access, all that require staff and volunteer time and materials.

General Endowment

GOAL: $1,200,000 — $960,000 raised to date

Ensure long-term financial health for CELT

Expansion of the General Endowment Fund as a part of this campaign will support preserving CELT properties forever and will allow the organization to continue to engage, educate, and connect the community with conserved lands.

Supporting Operations

Goal: $750,000 — $600,000 raised to date

Fiscal year ’18 through fiscal year ’20

This portion of the campaign ensures that annual operations revenue covers all budget needs for running the organization, including funds for educational programs, stewardship activities, land protection, and working with landowners so we can continue to do our good work.

Learn why community members find CELT’s role critical to Cape’s rural character:

Impact of Giving

Your gift to CELT makes a real difference to our mission. Here’s how your gifts help us protect Cape lands, take care of lands and trails, and educate the next generations. Thank you for all you do.

Land ProtectionLand & Trail StewardshipEducation
Major or Endowment Gifts$50,0002 acres20 acres/forever80 kids/forever
$25,0001 acre10 acres/forever40 kids/forever
Annual or Single Gifts$10,0000.4 acres100 acres/one yr.400 kids/one yr.
$5,0000.2 acres50 acres/one yr.200 kids/one yr.
$2,5000.1 acres25 acres/one yr.100 kids/one yr.
$1,00010 acres/one yr.40 kids/one yr.
$5005 acres/one yr.20 kids/one yr.
$2502.5 acres/one yr.10 kids/one yr.
Major or Endowment Gifts*Funds the Equivalent of:
Land Protection
2 acres
Land & Trail Stewardship
20 acres/forever
80 kids/forever
Land Protection
1 acre
Land & Trail Stewardship
10 acres/forever
40 kids/forever
Annual or Single Gifts
Land Protection
0.4 acres
Land & Trail Stewardship
25 acres/one yr.
100 kids/one yr.
Land & Trail Stewardship
10 acres/one yr.
40 kids/one yr.
Land & Trail Stewardship
5 acres/one yr.
20 kids/one yr.
Land & Trail Stewardship
2.5 acres/one yr.
10 kids/one yr.

*Options assume 4% endowment income from major gifts and the annual impact per year in PERPETUITY.

Read more about the Forever Cape campaign: Case Statement

Every gift counts!

Cape Elizabeth is a special place. Once CELT conserves land, it is preserved forever. Please join us conserving this beautiful place for generations to come. Your support will make a real difference in preserving the character of Cape and helping this community campaign succeed. To learn more about giving options, please contact CELT staff at 207-767-6054.

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