Natalia Bragg – Wade

Natalia sitting in her shop.

Photo Credit: Chris Bennett

40 Stories for 40 Years – Profilee 25

When Natalia first came to New Ventures Maine (then Women, Work, and Community) she was going through the divorce process and needed support. She had been a homemaker and was hoping to turn her operational farm into a business.

To start, Natalia joined NVME’s My Next Career Move class to help figure out her career path.  Next, Natalia participated in a training with NVME focused on building a business plan. Natalia says that “I started with $40 and had been providing some seasonal farm tours and wanted to grow that idea.” She found the training essential in growing this idea and making it possible.  The class helped her to realize that she had more resources, knowledge, and skills than she thought.

Natalia reached out to NVME many times over the years for support. She is thankful to the organization for providing free and accessible training that was crucial to her moving forward. She has been the operator and owner of the Knot II Bragg farm for many decades. Her business has grown to provide both herbal products, farm goods, and educational resources.

Inspiring and Teaching Others

Natalia says that she has “became an environmentalist, fish farmer, and historian” over time. She enjoys writing and has been published. She has also been featured on many television programs focused on herbalism. In addition, Natalia has been a speaker at both local and national conferences. She hopes to continue to speak publically since she enjoys providing education.

Natalia continues to operate a store selling her herbal products, syrup, wreaths and other goods during the summer months. She would like to inspire and teach other young farmers from Aroostook about the abundant natural resources of the area. She believes strongly that these local resources could lead to economic security for many farmers. Her advice – “use your smarts, intuition, and every resource available to you!”

ClassDateProgram AreaLocationRegion
Work for Yourself@50+2019-09-24 September 24, 2019Start a BusinessLewistonWestern
Business Basics2019-09-16 September 16, 2019
(ends September 30, 2019)
Start a BusinessBangorNorth Central/Downeast
Work for Yourself@50+2019-10-01 October 01, 2019Start a BusinessFarmingtonWestern
Introduction to Self-Employment2019-10-03 October 03, 2019Start a BusinessFort FairfieldNorthern
Introduction to Self-Employment2019-10-03 October 03, 2019Start a BusinessONLINEStatewide
Introduction to Self-Employment2019-10-08 October 08, 2019Start a BusinessMexicoWestern
Work for Yourself@50+2019-10-10 October 10, 2019Start a BusinessWindhamSouthern
Introduction to Self-Employment2019-10-10 October 10, 2019Start a BusinessLewistonWestern
Foundations for Online Marketing2019-10-12 October 12, 2019Start a BusinessBangorNorth Central/Downeast
Work for Yourself@50+2019-10-16 October 16, 2019Start a BusinessGorhamSouthern
Work for Yourself@50+2019-10-18 October 18, 2019Start a BusinessONLINEStatewide
Foundations for Online Marketing2019-10-21 October 21, 2019Start a BusinessSacoSouthern
Introduction to Self-Employment2019-10-22 October 22, 2019Start a BusinessOaklandCentral
Business Basics2019-10-17 October 17, 2019
(ends October 24, 2019)
Start a BusinessBrunswickMidcoast
Creating your Web Presence2019-10-28 October 28, 2019Start a BusinessSacoSouthern
Business Basics2019-10-15 October 15, 2019
(ends October 29, 2019)
Start a BusinessPresque IsleNorthern
Introduction to Self-Employment2019-10-29 October 29, 2019Start a BusinessMechanic FallsWestern
Business Basics2019-10-16 October 16, 2019
(ends October 30, 2019)
Start a BusinessLewistonWestern
Fueling Your Online Presence2019-11-04 November 04, 2019Start a BusinessSacoSouthern
Foundations for Online Marketing2019-11-06 November 06, 2019Start a BusinessLewistonWestern
Business Basics2019-10-23 October 23, 2019
(ends November 06, 2019)
Start a BusinessEllsworthNorth Central/Downeast
Tax Readiness for the Self-Employed2019-11-07 November 07, 2019Start a BusinessONLINEStatewide
Introduction to Self-Employment2019-11-19 November 19, 2019Start a BusinessBoothbay HarborMidcoast
Business Basics2019-11-05 November 05, 2019
(ends November 19, 2019)
Start a BusinessFarmingtonWestern
Creating your Web Presence2019-11-20 November 20, 2019Start a BusinessLewistonWestern
Venturing Forth: Business Planning for Entrep2019-08-28 August 28, 2019
(ends November 27, 2019)
Start a BusinessPresque IsleNorthern
Tax Readiness for the Self-Employed2019-12-03 December 03, 2019Start a BusinessONLINEStatewide
Fueling Your Online Presence2019-12-04 December 04, 2019Start a BusinessLewistonWestern
Introduction to Self-Employment2019-12-12 December 12, 2019Start a BusinessLewistonWestern
Venturing Forth: Business Planning for Entrep2019-09-16 September 16, 2019
(ends December 16, 2019)
Start a BusinessSacoSouthern
Venturing Forth: Business Planning for Entrep2020-02-19 February 19, 2020
(ends May 13, 2020)
Start a BusinessSouth PortlandSouthern
Venturing Forth: Business Planning for Entrep2020-03-05 March 05, 2020
(ends June 04, 2020)
Start a BusinessBrunswickMidcoast