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Daniel Mays - Owner, Farm Manager

Daniel grew up in Chester County, PA, where through his Waldorf and Quaker educations he developed a respect for nature and a sense of environmental responsibility. Since then he has studied math and physics, taught at a boarding high school, bicycled through Mexico, earned a graduate degree in environmental engineering, and worked on a number of farms. He is passionate about farming and excited to have planted roots in Scarborough. He believes farmers should be stewards of the land, not miners of its resources, and that farms should be hubs of the community, not distant sources of its calories. He also believes that economic sustainability need not be sacrificed, but rather can come directly from the union of environmental stewardship and community involvement. Grounded by these beliefs, Daniel started Frith Farm in November 2010.

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Ryan Lertora - Livestock Manager

Ryan grew up in Northport, NY. After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in History he became more excited to work with his hands and spend his time in the outdoors. Over the course of four years he worked as a Mason’s Apprentice and began exploring the importance of what materials and food we expose ourselves to on a daily basis. He feels that a healthful lifestyle should not be difficult to attain and enjoy. While exploring these subjects it became clear that he wanted a hands on experience. Last season he began farming at Frith, as an apprentice, and has returned to focus on understanding small scale diversified farms and how the environment can benefit from them.

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Shon Mahoney -
Farmhand

Shon would like to first and foremost give thanks to Frith Farm for having him on the land this season! Born and raised in New England, Shon has followed a winding path to have landed in Maine. His past life has taken him to many states and countries, inspired by cultures near & far, culminating in his current time as a farm hand, growing daily towards his vision of living a more natural & grounded life. He is very glad to be working with The Frith squad to heighten his knowledge and understanding of the sacred task of working with the earth and providing high quality food to his community! Shon has a deep love for coffee, rivers and finds joy aligning his creative & spiritual trods within his daily drawing practice. Give thanks every day.

PAST CREW MEMBERS:

 

Katy
Katy Perry
- Field Manager

Katy is excited to continue rooting into Scarborough and Frith Farm this season. Having been here for a year now, she is grounded in the farm's life and receives so much joy from the daily growth and seasonal transitions on this nurturing piece of land. Forever humbled by the abundance found on farms she knows this is her future: to grow and raise food for those around her. She is furthering her knowledge and application of medicinal herbs and awaits the day when some of the fruit trees here will start bearing! When her hands are covered with soil and her body is physically active she's fulfilled, and believes it is that simple. Katy is ready to continue thriving with the plants and animals at the farm this season and hopes to continue preserving this important way of life.

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Daniel Hoffman -
Apprentice

Daniel spent his summers growing up at a lakehouse his grandfather built in southern Missouri, where he hiked, swam, caught fish and turned a shade or two darker under the sun. Somewhere in between chasing crawdads and catfish he began cultivating a sense of wonder for the natural world and a general enjoyment for walking in the woods. Since then he has followed a circuitous path that involved lots of music and eventually brought him to human powered agriculture, first in St. Louis and most recently as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal. He is grateful to be at Frith Farm and is slowly taking in the relationships between plants and the two (and sometimes four) legged creatures around him.

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Laura Cloutier -
Apprentice

Laura grew up in Maine, always being within reach of the ocean, mountains and forests. Having an innate connection to nature, she attended USM and studied Environmental Science for all of two semesters. Laura spent the next 3½ years as a Direct Support Professional, working with adults, teens and children with developmental disabilities in Portland. While working in Portland, Laura witnessed both the push towards supporting local businesses and local farms, but also witnessed wastefulness. Laura ultimately decided that the best investment for her future would be to gain knowledge and skills of how to not only reap the benefits of the land, but how to give back to the land. Laura finds herself learning daily while apprenticing at Frith Farm and is excited to continue her growth mentally, physically and spiritually!

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Isabel Neal
- Apprentice 2015

Isabel is smitten with vegetables and with work outside. She learned how to grow food on family farms in France as a WWOOF volunteer and in southern California as an undergraduate.  After earning degrees in Food Systems and English, she worked as a baker, a backcountry steward, and a grassroots organizer for fair farm policy.  New England's seasons brought her home, and Isabel served most recently as a FoodCorps member in Downeast Maine, teaching gardening, cooking, and nutrition in public schools and building capacity for farm-to-school programming.  She is very glad to work and learn with the crew at Frith and honored to be a part of Maine's young farmer movement.

Alex

Alex Ethier - Apprentice 2014, Livestock Manager 2015

Alex was born and raised in Northport, New York. At a young age he began to cultivate a love of the outdoors, and with time has developed a sincere passion for the natural world. His pursuit of a BA in Environmental Studies grew his understanding of the complexities that define contemporary environmental issues. After an exciting and expansive 2014 season, Alex will be returning to Frith to focus on the many residents of the farm's livestock populace. Inspired by observing and assisting in the relationship between land, animal, and steward, the 2015 season will provide an opportunity to build on his time as a caretaker. Recognizing and respecting the value of meat as part of the human experience, Alex is grateful to gain more species-specific knowledge while assisting in the animals' many contributions to the ecology and diversity of the farm.

Drew


Andrew Legge
- Apprentice 2014, Field Manager 2015

Intrigued by the combination of planning, management, hard work, and observation, Drew is returning to Frith in 2015 to focus on the farm's less mobile, more rooted residents. The 2014 season helped him experience the inexplicable joy of growing really good food for himself and the community and taught him the endless possibilities that vegetables and herbs offer from a growing and culinary standpoint.  He hopes to expand his knowledge and is so grateful to have the opportunity to explore and hone in on so many aspects of farming and simple living. Drew is excited to take up residence in Chateau Girard for the season and lead a more mindful existence in that space while experimenting with new crops and cementing his legacy as Maine's premier okra grower.

Sarah

Sarah Longstreth - Livestock Manager 2014

Sarah grew up in rural Michigan, just in time to remember her grandparents’ farms as working farms. As a child, she had her feet in the woods but her head in books. She eventually made her way to college and graduated with a degree in Anthropology, though upon graduation, found herself dissatisfied with the lack of practical know-how and physical application her degree afforded her. Soon after, she started her first apprenticeship at an organic farm in downeast Maine - and has kept on. She’s since worked as a farm educator in Minnesota, an urban agricultural teacher to urban youth, and an apprentice at a diversified dairy farm in southern Maine. Farming is the only work Sarah knew she could dedicate herself to, as it is the only one that could equally satisfy her body, mind, and spirit. Sarah joined Frith Farm in 2013 and has since moved back to Michigan to start and run her own farm. You can check what she's up to at www.goodsteadfarm.com.

Naomi

 

Naomi Hiromitsu - Apprentice 2014

Naomi grew up in the heart of Denver, Colorado in an old brick house with her grandparents, parents, four siblings and their sweet old dog. At an early age she was surrounded by stories of mountains, distant lands and adventure and has since been searching for a better understanding of how humans interact with their environment. This is her first full season of farming and definitely will not be her last. Naomi is looking forward to this season with Frith Farm and hopes to continue growing her skills and knowledge.

Wester


Wester Ortiz - Apprentice 2014

Wester is from Guatemala. He is 17 years old. He is a person who is interested in everything. He likes to ask many questions and to participate in many things. He doesn't like to be too serious, and likes to help others. He does not like to fight for any reason. He enjoys the tradtions of the past, and loves mother nature. He likes to try to make jokes in English because in Spanish he has many. He does not like to say no when someone asks. He seeks respect by showing it. He likes to always be happy with his life and to do what makes him happy. As his mother told him, it is not easy to keep a smile on your face unless you love what you do, and that's how Wester lives.

Josh


Josh Girard - Apprentice 2013, Field Manager 2014

Josh grew up in a small town in southern Maine. After high school, he moved to Boston, earning a degree in engineering. Fueled by his curiosity about other cultures and places, he joined the Master’s International Program at the University of South Florida. As part of his graduate studies he spent two years working as an aquaculture extension agent for the Peace Corps in Zambia. His experiences in gardening in Zambia and at home taught him the joys and rewards of growing food. After working for a season at Frith Farm as an intern, he is looking forward to joining the team again for the 2014 season as field manager to grow his skills and knowledge around farming. He hopes someday to grow his own farm community and is driven by his belief that local farms are at the center of movements for social change. Josh is now running his own farm - check it out at www.girardfarm.com.
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Will Troy - Apprentice 2013

Will grew up in Massachusetts, but moved to Colorado at the age of 18 to get a degree in Anthropology. After looking into the infinite abyss of corporate “real world” jobs, Will decided that the only logical thing to do was to become an organic farmer. Since that decision, he has worked in central California, southwest Louisiana, and now, Maine. Experienced primarily with vegetables, Will is delighted to be learning more about the day-to-day habits of Frith’s various animal friends. An avid surfer, you are more than likely to see him at the beach after a long day of work, washing off the sweat of the day in the beautiful Atlantic ocean.

Cricka

Cricka Hall - Apprentice 2013

Cricka grew up in Yarmouth, 25 minutes from Frith Farm. He studied Baking and Pastries at the New England Culinary Institute in Vermont; after graduation he spent the next few years cooking in restaurants in both Vermont and Maine. It wasn't until he started his own vegetable garden at home that he realized where his real passion lies; his love of food is rooted not in the kitchen, but in the earth. There is nothing more satisfying than stepping outside and being able to grab some swiss chard and a zucchini right out of the dirt, cooking it up, and having dinner without ever going to the store. Since his initial raised bed, his garden has grown to eight 4x16 ft beds where he grows his own greens, vegetables, and berries. He has come to Frith to experience food from field to table on a larger scale. He is most interested in learning about animal care and management and to expand his knowledge of organic vegetables and soil maintenance. He hopes to someday move back to his home town and start his own farm with his parents, partner Alison, and dog Roscoe.

Joe


Joseph Natividad - Apprentice 2012

Joseph spent his early years in the Philippines, with memories of his grandpa tending to the family garden and raising pigs in the backyard. Moving to Pinole, California when he was nine years old, Joseph later attended college in San Diego and lived in Washington, DC after graduating in 2011. On the bus to work every day, he read books on farming and agriculture, soon yearning for a chance to apply what he studied on paper into actual practice. Trading in his leather shoes for a pair of rubber boots, Joseph looks forward to being a part of the full season at Frith Farm and continuing to learn about sustainable farming methods. In the future, he hopes to join the Peace Corps as an agricultural volunteer.

Dawn

Dawn Charnetzky - Apprentice 2012

Dawn spent her youth in the tropical humidity of southeast Florida catching snakes, lizards and spending as much time as possible in the water.  A lifelong fascination with insects, birds and undersea creatures as well as drawing and sculpting led to a split degree in Biology & Art from University of Miami, and a string of unrelated jobs from laboratories to courthouses.  After several years in Colorado she started caring about where food comes from.  Eventually her passion for gardening and desire for outdoor work blossomed into a full-fledged obsession with small scale organic farming that could no longer be contained within the cubicle walls of her office job.   Dawn is thrilled to be a part of the philosophy and daily rigor at Frith Farm and grateful for the hands-on opportunity to learn sustainable agriculture outside of a classroom.  As the only resident underwater hockey player, she enjoys surfing and swimming when not being immersed in dirt.

Kirsten


Kirsten Gill - Apprentice 2012

Kirsten joined the team at Frith Farm later in the season after moving back from the French Caribbean island of Martinique, where she was an English teacher. She grew up off the grid in the forests of New Hampshire with three siblings, trained by her mother to slave in the vegetable garden but otherwise free to run wild. This upbringing fostered a strong connection to the land. Kirsten recently graduated with a B.A. in both French and Studio Art, and comes to Frith Farm with an interest in developing her ability to be self-sufficient.

Jeff


Jeff Ruby - Apprentice 2012

Branching out from his Midwestern roots, Jeff has spent much of the last two years traveling and pursuing a hands-on education in alternative agriculture. He is thrilled to continue that education in the energetic, joyful environment of Frith Farm. Humane and sustainable livestock management, closed-loop agricultural systems and artisanal food & beer are of special importance to Jeff. When not fully absorbed in farm work (or related literature from the likes of Pollan, Fukuoka, Berry, etc.), Jeff may be found playing or listening to music, or on an exploratory bike ride. He hopes that one day his wandering ends (at least for a while) in a peaceful country life of his own.

Jack


Jack Chebuske - Apprentice 2011

Hillary


Hillary Barnard - Apprentice 2011

Hilary hails all the way from sunny California. She fell in love with
farming while pursuing an environmental studies degree at UC Santa
Cruz, and try as she might, she hasn't been able to stay away from it
since. She has farmed and gardened in New Mexico, Costa Rica, Southern
Oregon, various locations throughout California, and now Maine! She is
so excited to be living the simple life in the "pine tree state" and
learning the ways of the Maine fahmah. When she's not wrestling
piglets or planting beet seeds, she can be found combing the beach for
treasures, geeking out on essential oils, or hiking around in the
woods. She is slowly but surely becoming an Atlantic seafood
connoisseur, and can't wait for spring to show its colorful face!