The Sebago Center is a learning destination on the shore of Sebago Lake in Standish, Maine. Located on the largest privately owned property on Maine’s second-largest lake, the Sebago Center sits at the intersection of Portland’s urban population center and western Maine’s rural communities.
Sharing the campus with its founding institution, Saint Joseph’s College of Maine, the Sebago Center features the Stone Barn, cross-country trails, lakeside access, fitness facilities, and other college campus amenities. The campus operates a closed-loop food system, producing greens in the Freight Farm (the first hydroponics facility of its kind in Maine), preparing and serving food in multiple locations, and providing catering services—all in partnership with local farms.
Over the next few years, additional infrastructure will be constructed. The U.S. Department of Commerce has provided federal resources through the Economic Development Association for the development of infrastructure that will support the growth of the food and beverage industry. The Hannaford Charitable Foundation has provided foundational support for this public works project, and alumni and friends of Saint Joseph’s College have committed their personal resources. Cross-sector partnerships with industry, employers, government, and other stakeholders have contributed significantly to the vision, energy, and momentum leading to the development of the Sebago Center.
1. Stone Barn at the Sebago Center
This historic barn is a premier Maine event destination in the Lakes Region and Greater Portland area. Home to the Center’s Agritourism program—Stone Barn Dinners, Sebago Cookouts, concerts, and farm-to-glass gatherings—the Stone Barn also hosts weddings, private parties, and corporate events.
2. Hydroponic Farm (forthcoming)
The Sebago Center Hydroponic Farm is designed as a center of excellence to drive the growth of this emerging agricultural industry by developing a hydroponics workforce and disseminating new techniques and efficiencies in hydroponic growing and environmentally controlled agriculture.
3. Hannaford Food Venture Center (forthcoming)
The Hannaford Food Venture Center is a 3,600-square-foot small-scale food manufacturing environment designed to stimulate the growth of new Maine food processors and to contribute to the growth of Maine’s food and beverage industry by modeling new food production technologies and helping companies scale up to meet growing demand.
4. Senior Residential Community (forthcoming)
An intentional community designed to meet the needs of older adults is currently in design and will be located along the shore of Sebago Lake. This state-of-the-art housing development and agrihood will feature energy-efficient homes designed for active seniors. The pedestrian-friendly lakeside community will be integrated with the 474-acre lakeside campus and offer residents ready access to an intergenerational community and health and wellness programming.
5. Lodge (forthcoming)
A lakeside lodge is planned to provide hospitality to learners and other guests visiting the Sebago Center. It will also serve as the home of learning opportunities to support the transition of Maine’s hospitality and tourism industry from resource-intensive to a more sustainable industry. Learning opportunities in ecotourism, agritourism, edutourism, and wellness tourism are reinforced with radical hospitality and integral ecology.
New parking areas will accommodate students, staff, and visitors and develop the campus into a hub for regional connectivity.