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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. Wow, 20 acres to grow a garden. Maybe plant some fruit trees.How about some chickens for eggs and
    meat for the freezer.Sounds good to me. A DIY FARM.I think what BC did was a good thing.I would be happy if i won.But, so would any one else.

    C Vanderkaaden on March 14, 2012 at 7:05 pm
    • Don't forget the Rooster ;-) There is nothing in the world as beautiful as waking up to a Rooster's crow, or a rainy morning under a tin roof…. a flower garden behind the house and the smell of a fresh water spring, or going to the garden and picking fresh tomatoes, green onions, and green peppers for a sandwich. It is truly a blessed life!

      SusanG1956 on May 23, 2012 at 5:37 pm
    • I agree with you too C Vanderkaaden. 21 acres is HUGE! I created a "pick your own organic grocery store" on just 7 acres with a commercial sized greenhouse in NC and one season's worth of canning would easily fill the entire basement of the BC!

      Sylvia on September 11, 2012 at 8:59 am
  2. A wise use of the 30 acres, DIY. After all, if you're willing to give me the opportunity to win a charming, renovated Maine home along with that great red barn and 21 acres, I promise to enter the giveaway with just as much enthusiasm as on day one of this adventure, and furthermore, be forever grateful!

    Just one question: will I still be able to search for sunken pirate treasure in Peter's Pond?

    DBCoop on March 14, 2012 at 7:34 pm
    • The divers are poised and ready for you, Coop !

      LLColeman on March 15, 2012 at 4:02 am
    • Arrg! Go for it!^_^:po.0

      RuffyBC on March 16, 2012 at 8:47 am
    • Oh yeah! And besides ice skating, That's the other thing Hubby and I want to do! We can arm us a pirate treasure posse! Who's on board? Coop? LL? Ruffy? Anyone else??? Crashing at our BC… Then when we find the goods, it we can all come over to my BC and have lobster and steamers and melted butter n' corn on the cob and blueberry muffins and marbled brownies to our heart's content and divvy up the treasures, right?:DB);):p<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on March 16, 2012 at 11:23 am
    • Kitty, last year ruffy was going to procure a barge to ride the waterways down to VA from NY State, and I was going to join her…we had a number of other bloggers who wanted to come aboard along the way, heading for a coastal blogger party….Cheryl K has a genius for putting together the greatest menu ideas. Alas, a blogger did not win,,, now we have to plan once again, in the event a blogger –out of what I project to be 50 million entries—is the BC winner.
      I have to do some researching, but I know there is a pirate ship and piracy re-enactors who sail in the Maine waters: I'd found them on a website last fall…so what'll it be? a pirate ship to sail up the Medomak., or a party barge ? I'm on board, me hearty, and I imagine ruffy will go for it also…..
      We need a pirate emoticon with an eye patch…arrrgghhh…… ;) o.0 B)

      LLColeman on March 17, 2012 at 12:18 am

      Avast ! And Mary, don't withhold cabincam photos , lest ye be keelhauled…

      LLColeman on March 17, 2012 at 12:25 am
    • Aye matey's, me must gain passage on this great adventuarrr!
      Meself could do a fair days work for passage, and only eat bananas.
      Meself can climb ye mast, steer ye prow, navigate by stars, and summon me mate Peter Pan and lassieTinker Bell with me magic flute. What say ye, me hearties? Shiver me timbers! Let's not belay smartly ye blogger party whence a blogger wins.

      Good luck to all me mateys! And thanks for the laughs :)
      Liz if you are still following this blog thread, yes this is normal blogger behavior-LOL

      Mel on March 17, 2012 at 8:38 pm
    • Well LL, I don’t have a peg leg but I do a great emotional acting side, and have a three-footed cane that’ll pack a whack if I dare and I can wear a patch over one eye going north and the other going south, just to confuse’em—does that count? I live about 1.5 miles from the Intracoastal Waterways so that’s convenient. Nobody’d ever suspect … if we set sail from down south here. There’s a good place to convene for meals and meeting at a park in Chesapeake City, VA, where pirates were known to convene, including Blackbeard himself.

      o.0 TIGER

      DwnSoDwnEaster on March 17, 2012 at 7:13 am
    • LL
      You know I am on board arrghh! I am going to bring "Bark" chocolate, with almonds,crackers and lots 'O' butter. Yum:) It will keep us fortified as we search for that sunken treasure:po.0 I can still come get over to maine by barge from NY State:) Looking forward to the trip!o.0

      RuffyBC on March 17, 2012 at 9:51 am
    • That's music to me ears, that is ! Plus, it will be loads of fun to keep calling to each other to "Pass me another piece of the Barrrrk chocolate" ……

      LLColeman on March 18, 2012 at 3:01 am
  3. Thank You Mary for sharing this news. It reminds me of a popular saying, "Your good deed adds another jewel(or star) to your crown". DiY you have given away five wonderful blog cabins, this year will make six, add this good deed just announced and that's seven jewels so far…keep going DiY, never stop adding jewels to your crown. :)
    I agree with the bloggers who see this as a win-win situation.

    Mel on March 14, 2012 at 7:40 pm
    • I like the land trust angles to this year's and last year's properties….no gaudy Mc Mansions or golf courses.

      LLColeman on March 15, 2012 at 4:03 am
    • Me too LLColeman. I hope McMansions go the way of the dinosaurs.

      Mel on March 17, 2012 at 5:27 pm
    • Mel,
      Beautiful thoughts! Never heard that saying before.
      Thank You,
      Windee :)

      Windeeone on March 15, 2012 at 9:46 pm
    • You're welcome Windee.
      Next time you are the recipient of a kind deed you can use it :) I hope you don't have to wait long!

      Mel on March 17, 2012 at 5:49 pm
    • Mel,
      You took my breath away with your kindness! Not that you are not kind, but that was a very loving thing you said! and I Thank You! :)
      Ya know what they say, what goes around, comes around. Wouldn't that be nice!…..your next :)
      Have a lovely evening!….Windee :)

      Diane Manning on March 18, 2012 at 8:01 pm
  4. Yes, it is a win/win situation. Good thinking there DIY.

    rosieGirl2 on March 14, 2012 at 11:05 pm
  5. People are picking the fomal door,knocker then picking natural entry? Don't understand that. I picked formal all the way.

    Patricia on March 15, 2012 at 7:54 am
    • To me a farm house might not be a formal space. I voted once to see the options but I'm not going to vote anymore- I'll just be surprised at the choices made.

      Nebraska on March 17, 2012 at 10:21 am
    • I saw that too! I vote under the auspicious of them (the items) complimenting each other. IMO I dont think the exterior of the home should be eclectic.

      mommyto8 on March 17, 2012 at 2:43 pm
    • Patricia, I agree some things seem out of balance. I never saw the original front door which the new door will imitate, but from the voting pic, it seems too formal with the etched glass to be partnered with the more casual look of the home in general. I thought the other door choice (with the window grid) would look better next to the windows (just inches away) and the window seat. Was the original entry a double door? By moving the entry, I think they only have room for a single. That could change the whole concept. Others have mentioned the original door knocker as a 'best' choice. If they're going 'original', why not the whole way? Also, an etched glass door with a pergola over it? I missed the whole first half of the BC, so I hesitate to comment on things; but some combinations seem odd.

      At the same time, I'm sure the DIY team would not allow choices that would not complement the home. I have faith that at the end of the project, it will be a beautiful BC that everyone will want!!!

      MNLass on March 18, 2012 at 5:59 am
    • The original front door was a double with etched glass and it will be the front door to the master suite. I don't know what they are doing with the original and wonderful antique door knocker of an old man–I think he should be put back at the front of the house–like a centurion of days gone by…. In keeping with the essence of the original Greek Revival Style/ Cape house, I'm voting for the handmade etched glass single front door–a last nod at what was, of this lovely antique girl. :) ^_^<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on March 23, 2012 at 9:50 am
    • Thanks, Kitty, for the door info. I guess I can't blame you for trying keep some sort of historic connection for the 'lovely antique girl'. Is it possible that the DIY team had the same thought about the door knocker everyone is favoring? Maybe it's being preserved in a frame and will be placed in a spot of honor when the cabin is decorated? Let's hope so…

      PS Sorry about the delay in responding… Killer week with only short sporadic opportunities for blogging or email. (Yours was about halfway thru 147 emails in just a couple days–I need to 'unsubscribe' some things— like why would someone think I'd be interested in buying a forklift?) LOL!

      MNLass on March 26, 2012 at 12:41 am
  6. A gift is a gift and a sweepstakes is a sweepstakes. I'm not looking this gift horse in the mouth! Good move DIY! I wouldn't have cared if you presented all the land including the barn to the MVLT! Goodness, just being presented with the Blog Cabin would be a great pleasure to me. I'm familiar with my local land trust for our river and they do outstanding work to keep it pristine, yet accessible to those who want to share in its beauty.

    I would also like to thank all of the locals that have contributed to this latest thread of the BC blog. Your information is invaluable.

    BunnyInTheSouth on March 15, 2012 at 10:02 am
    • I agree and join with you, BunnyInTheSouth! I have lived in the South most of my life but my roots lie in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island specifically. I've been to Maine annually most of my life and its in my blood! I eat, drink, breath and love it dearly! I am elated for the MVLT, just disappointed it was not I who got the chance to make the donation I was already planning to do, should I have won the Waldoboro property! Really! :) My hubby, a Certified Financial Planner, and I were already working out how we'd pay our taxes and sustain the property so we could keep it and live there half a year. at least. The locals Carole, Lisa and Another Neighbor have been wonderful!

      On another note, did you get to watch Animal Planet last night, "Too Cute" They featured Tonkinese and Ragdoll kittens—I learned a lot about your Tonkinese and how mischievous they can be–and intelligent!Oh, so pretty! I even learned that Ragdoll are born white and get their color as they grow–new to me. Zuri has lots of white muted into her taupe back and ears. The Mother Tonkinese looked like yours! The babies were all lightr color with light but beginning to darken faces and very sleek—xD:pB)<3<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on March 18, 2012 at 11:36 am
    • it's not being ungrateful because noone has even won anything. it's about diy announcing the whole property as prize and then reducing it before the draw date. it leaves a bad taste in the mouth as someone here has said. I agree. But then again, diy doesn't care even if we rant about it. They're just laughing it off. 30 acres donation, wow! who got the tax credit? or is it even just tax credit?

      Lienr on July 31, 2012 at 9:46 pm
  7. Thanks Liz at MVLT – You have clearly answered the question I had regarding future use of the remaining 21 acres that will be part of the DIY giveaway. Looks like win-win all around. I would be interested in hearing the details of your suggestion of an easement on the house side. What exactly would you propose and how would it affect the use of the land?
    Mike of Southcoast, MA

    Mike on March 15, 2012 at 10:09 am
  8. Seems like a win win to me. The winner doesn't have to pay taxes on the 30 acres but still gets to enjoy the undeveloped acreage. Preserving natural habitats along our waterways is so important to maintaining the health of our waterways for everyone. While probably not large enough for a commercial farm,. twenty acres is plenty large for a hobby farm. My parents had a farm that was 15 acres and we had corn fields, a large garden, cows and chickens. It was definitely a pain in the neck to mow all the grass as a kid.

    Susan on March 15, 2012 at 10:41 am
  9. Thank you Mary for the wonderful update and news. I also loved my "little walk back to Peter's Pond". The woods and trail will be so much fun for the winner. (Bloggers be sure to click on the photo for more pics)

    SweetLiz on March 15, 2012 at 10:44 am
    • Thank you SweetLiz! Loved the little walk myself!

      BunnyInTheSouth on March 15, 2012 at 10:55 am
    • Oh thanks SweetLiz, I didn't try that.

      vicki_in_Utah on March 15, 2012 at 1:22 pm
    • Thank You SweetLiz for mentioning the pictures. I didn't think to click on the picture and would have missed it had you not said something. Peters Pond is rather large for a pond. Very pretty!__ Thanks Again,__Windee :)

      Windeeone on March 15, 2012 at 9:36 pm
    • Thank you, Sweet Liz ! ( How is the Great Dane project going ? Windsmurf posted on CBW's blog that she and her grandson have taken in an abandoned and maltreated G.Dane puppy–maybe you can share pointers on fostering ?)

      LLColeman on March 16, 2012 at 3:12 am
    • Hi LLC, My first foster dane was adopted by a young couple from Ontario on St. Patrick's Day. Her name was Siegi. She was a wonderful dog for our first time. She had been found as a stray on the streets of Detroit and only weighed about 76 lbs. The Michigan Anti Cruelty Society got her up to 98 lbs and spayed and microchipped her. We had her for almost 2 1/2 months. You can see pictures of her on Perfinder (she's not marked as adopted). Great Dane Rescue Inc. is the rescue I am working with. I now have a one year old "little" guy for my second foster. He is a small dane, not malnourished, maybe he was the runt of the litter (only weighs 87 lbs). He is really afraid of men (he barks at my husband – he better get over that) and doesn't know any commands. We don't know much about him…he was turned in by people that had another large dog and had only had him for about 3 months…don't know where he was before that. I'll have to correspond with Windsmurf about her adventure in dane land. Thanks.

      SweetLiz on March 18, 2012 at 3:16 pm
    • The Great Dane puppy, now named Bella, is getting stronger every day. Also playing and running and BITING, like any other less than 10 week old puppy. Housebreaking is moving along, still quite a few accidents. When no one is at home we put her in her cage in the kitchen, the other animals visit her and she can see out the back door into the yard. She complains about the situation for a minute or so (What, I'm cute, you can't be serious, let me out), but settles down right away. She goes back to the vet for a followup this week, so we'll see how much weight she has gained then.

      Windsmurf on March 19, 2012 at 12:59 pm
    • Hi Windsmurf, what color is you puppy? I have a whole bunch of training info form Great Dane Rescue if your interested. I could scan it and email it to you. Not sure how you can get your email to me. I can no imagine someone that was going to kill that poor puppy. Sometimes I just don't understand what goes on in some people's minds! Bless you. Liz S.

      SweetLiz on March 19, 2012 at 1:49 pm
  10. Very happy about that… land trust.. it's wonderful, that the land and view will be preserved… it's a beautiful place and whoever wins this home will be very blessed..

    Carrie Miracle on March 15, 2012 at 11:00 am
    • Also means less taxes for the winner to pay.. ;)

      Carrie Miracle on March 15, 2012 at 11:01 am
    • Here you are, Carrie ! Hope your family is well…I have been missing the long time bloggers who have not posted much lately….

      LLColeman on March 16, 2012 at 2:50 am

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