December 30, 2014
By Katie Seraikas
ELIOT, Maine – For years, couple Jonas Zev and Amylyn Amberger have referred to themselves as “first generation farmers,” a term they based on their disproportional amount of farming experience after acquiring a plot of farm land in Eliot, Maine. Today, they are quick to point out that the “first generation farmers” label does not accurately describe who they are or what they envision for Shilo Farm’s future.
The Ambergers, owners of Zev Yoga Studio, admit to being not really farmers (though, after visiting their home and seeing the 6-acre lot filled with goats, chickens, bees, flowers and herbs, one would beg to differ), but rather stewards, with dreams of offering guests a glimpse into the peaceful rhythms of a working homestead. Part of that experience comes as Jonas and Amylyn ready to open their farm as a bed and breakfast this winter. The finished project will be unlike any B&B in the area.
“My personal philosophy is to live close to the land,” explained Jonas. “We purchased this thinking we would certainly use it for farming, but after walking the land we realized the property wanted to become more than just a homestead.”
“It is meant to be a place where community gathers and where guests can unplug from the busyness of their lives and enjoy the serene surroundings with the amenities of Portsmouth just around the corner,” he added.