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McKay Farm and Research Station

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McKay Farm and Research Station is Unity Environmental University’s multi-faceted greenhouse and field facility in Thorndike, Maine. Certified by Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, the farm sits on 13 acres and comprises five greenhouses, one hoop house, and a residential dwelling.

As a working production farm, McKay Farm and Research Station products are available in local grocery stores. The farm also provides contract growing services and bench rental space to local farmers and the general public as an opportunity for seed-starting, overwintering, maintaining a delicate plant collection, or research projects.

History of McKay

Originally known as Half Moon Gardens, McKay Farm and Research Station was gifted to Unity Environmental University in December 2013 by Isabel McKay and Rick Thompson.

Mint from McKay Farm
Thyme from McKay Farm
Gardening tools
Farm Grown Culinary Herbs and Edible Flowers Products Sold

Our Products

Our fresh-from-the-farm herbs and flowers are full of flavor and grown with care in our Thorndike, Maine greenhouses. We are committed to creating a sustainable world through environmental stewardship and use 99% plant-based compostable packaging for all our products.

Certified Organic Products Available for Purchase

  • Chervil*
  • Chives
  • Cilantro*
  • Culinary Lavender
  • Dill*
  • Edible Flower Mix, Mild
  • Edible Flower Mix, Spicy
  • Garlic Chives
  • Genovese Basil**
  • Lemon Thyme
  • Lemongrass
  • Lovage
  • Marjoram
  • Oregano
  • Papalo (Summer Cilantro)**
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Salad Burnet
  • Savory
  • Shiso Perilla**
  • Spearmint

*Seasonally from September-June
**Seasonally from June-October

If you are interested in carrying our products in your store or purchasing them for your kitchen, contact the farm at

Contract Growing Coming Soon

We partner with local farmers, non-profits, florists, grocers, and wholesalers and specialize in growing vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Contact McKay Farm and Research Station for any special growing needs you have. Website coming soon.

Greenhouse and Field Rental Program Rates & Hours

Greenhouse and Field Rental Program

Rental Program

McKay Farm and Research Station’s rental program is an opportunity for seed-starting, overwintering, or maintaining a delicate plant collection. Bench and field space is available to the general public, individuals or businesses, including local farmers.

Rental Rates

January 15-March 3

  • Full bench  (90 sq. ft.)
    • Weekly: $75.00
    • Monthly $300.00

March 4-May 31 and September-November 15

  • Full bench (90 sq. ft.)
    • Weekly: $47.50
    • Monthly: $190.00
  • Half bench (45 sq. ft.)
    • Weekly: $27.50
    • Monthly: $110.00

June 1 – September 15

  • Full bench (90 sq. ft.)
    • Weekly: $10.00
    • Monthly: $40.00

Greenhouse Hours of Operation

February 15 – March:

  • Monday – Friday 9am-4pm
  • Saturday 10am-2pm


  • Monday – Friday 9am-4pm
  • Saturday 10am-4pm
  • Sunday 10am-5pm


  • Monday – Friday 8am-5pm
  • Saturday 9am-5pm
  • Sunday 10am-7pm


  • Monday – Friday 9am-4pm
  • May be closed on select holidays
Mckay Farm Green House

Additional Services

  • Heat mat rental
  • Shade cloth rental
  • Unheated storage
  • Watering services
  • Mist bench space
  • Contract growing
  • Propagation services


Interested? Please reach out to our greenhouse manager and let us know of your needs.

  • (207) 509-7180
  • 54 Greenhouse Ln, Unit 1
    Thorndike, ME 04986