Maine has a rich agricultural heritage—it was considered the ‘breadbasket of the Northeast’ during Civil War times, when it provided much of the wheat for the Union Army. Today we are experiencing a resurgence of interest in farming, as a new generation takes to the fields to provide us with local nourishment. This week we speak with David Herring and Matthew DeGrandpre of Wolfe’s Neck Farm about the transformations they have witnessed, and why they are passionate about Maine agriculture.
Matthew DeGrandpre is the farm operations manager at Wolfe’s Neck Farm. Born and raised in Freeport, Maine, Wolfe’s Neck Farm has always been a part of Matthew’s life. His grandfather moved the family up to Maine in the late 1960s, from a dairy farm in Massachusetts, and immediately began transforming and managing the farm.
David Herring has been in management and leadership roles for nonprofit organizations for the last 15 years. He became executive director of Wolfe’s Neck Farm in 2012 and, since then, the Freeport-based nonprofit has gone through a major transformation that includes an ambitious new long range vision and the impending launch of a major new initiative to support the future of Organic Dairy in Maine and New England.