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Mar 14

Preserving Land for Future Generations

Blog Cabin 2012 Land Donation

Big news, folks! DIY Network has donated a portion of the Blog Cabin 2012 property (30 wooded acres, to be exact) to the Medomak Valley Land Trust (MVLT) in Waldoboro, Maine.

The forested strip of land, previously owned for generations by the Robie family, stretches between Dutch Neck and Gross Neck Roads and abuts 18 acres that are protected with a conservation easement held by MVLT. Together, the properties protect close to 1,000 feet of frontage on Peters Pond, a 12-acre pond that is distinguished from others in the watershed because of its depth (60 feet), steep granite cliffs, high shoreline and completely undeveloped watershed.

“We have been working with members of the community to find a way to protect it since the Robie property first came on the market in 2007,” says Liz Petruska, MVLT’s executive director. “When we heard about Blog Cabin, we contacted DIY Network to discuss potential conservation options. Thanks to their generosity, this important property will be permanently protected.”

“The Robie Farm is the last of the original land grants on Dutch Neck that has not been sub-divided or developed over the centuries,” says Eric Stark, a Blog Cabin 2012 neighbor whose property is also conserved. “Its presence reminds us of what life used to look like in Maine. The relationship between the land, the people, the farms that sustained them and the waters they harvested for fish, clams, oysters and lobsters is still visible on this property. It is very different than the relationship we have to these things today.”

To learn more about the Medomak Valley Land Trust, please visit the trust web site at

Note to fans: The Blog Cabin 2012 Giveaway, which includes a lovingly renovated, circa-1884 cape cod and 21 acres of land, launches in August. To learn more, visit our Coming Attractions page.

  • Posted at 9:28 am on March 3, 2012
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  1. I think it would have been better to leave that decision to the winner of the home. You have now limited the use and benefits of the land.

    Is it true that you build the homes to the spec of a potential buyer rather than actually building it for a winner? I understand most of the homes (diycabin, dream home, etc) end up being sold and that most actually have buyers already lined up prior to the prize being awarded? Could be an internet rumor but I'm curious if that's part of the overall plan.

    Carol on May 23, 2012 at 2:37 pm
  2. The thought of preserving the land from developers has 100% of my vote. You can take the Girl off the Farm, but you can't take the country out of the Girl! The granite basement would make a perfect place for canned goods.

    SusanG1956 on May 23, 2012 at 5:30 pm
  3. i also agree,r they going to build more cabins around the land,

    storage on May 23, 2012 at 9:19 pm
  4. i would love to win the cabin and all the gifts, hey it's ok to dream, anything DIY has i wnt. hahahah

    sunnyday on May 26, 2012 at 7:53 pm
  5. Being from Maine and having an great sense of stewardship, I am very happy to see that a portion of this property is placed in a local landtrust. I cannot express how important it is to maintain public/local access to areas that have always been used by the local community. I live in a town where we have many walking and biking trails, access to the local river and people who love to be outside. Too often in Maine the coast and areas that have water access are purchased and owned by people who completely restrict access. When access is restricted, the whole community looses and the State looses it character and history. Cheers DIY.

    GiggiGirl on May 27, 2012 at 9:35 am
  6. Fantastic donation! I am all for preserving the heritage of our lovely country!

    Magnolabelle on May 31, 2012 at 12:42 pm
  7. I tend to agree that this is a win-win situation! 21 acres of beautiful land and a wonderful home to the winner of Blog Cabin is still a wonderful, wonderful opportunity

    Sharon on June 10, 2012 at 11:41 am
  8. Glory Glory to whom may win this farm house and barn , here's my take on this subject concerning land donation to MVLT , it's all for a great cause, the greater good of land protection ,as the MVLT stated the new owner could still farm for working profit as well as have tax relief , What a blessing for both sides , and the new owner could use that beautiful barn for some sort of store front and really make a go of it .

    * Rene'e on June 13, 2012 at 2:06 pm
  9. NO STOREFRONT, PLEASE!!! That just kills the whole retreat idea and brings repeated, uninvited traffic to "your" front door. Your own business is a great American idea but not here in this residential neighborhood. Let's keep this area as peaceful as it is right now.

    Citygirl on June 23, 2012 at 3:41 pm
    • Greetings Citygirl – I appreciate your thoughts and understand how you feel! With the Farmers Market in town THAT would be the place for the winner to sell their wares. Note to future winner — Please be respectful of what business are already established in the community… Diversity builds! :) Truly, Lilly

      Lilly on July 28, 2012 at 3:26 pm
  10. Good for you protect all you can while you can it may not be around later for such a wonderful thoughtful gift to be made. You did it again ! Gave all of us a chance for a dream to come true and also protected the future for so many many others.

    Trish on June 26, 2012 at 2:18 am

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