I went to the University of Vermont and left Burlington with a degree in environmental studies and a few agriculture internships under my belt. After graduating, I set on a path towards finding work that would balance having a “grown up job” with being outdoors and doing something I loved – plus finding a community of people equally as passionate about the local food economy. Wolfe’s Neck couldn’t have been a better fit!
There is so much happening at Wolfe’s Neck every day! I chase farmers, Teen Ag crew members, and summer campers with a camera in hand to capture the fascinating moments happening here, then share these experiences with the public through emails and social media.
Off the farm, you can find me doing yoga, crafts, cooking, and enjoying nature.
After 20 years in the land conservation realm and being an integral part of a growing organization supporting operations to do this amazing work along the coast of Maine, I had the opportunity to step away and explore new personal challenges. I found the new position as the Finance & Administration Manager at Wolfe’s Neck Farm in 2016 an ideal opportunity for me to bring my experience and passion for effective organizational development to the growth and transformation currently happening here. It is a joy to come to work every day to a beautiful location and work with a great group of people who are honoring the past and looking innovatively to the future in all diverse areas of operations here at Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture & the Environment.
I have oversight of the financial management of organizational operations and seek opportunities to support all staff in creating systems to work most effectively in support of a growing and dynamic organization.
When I am not working, I spend as much time as I can outdoors enjoying Maine with my family and friends.
In addition to his work at Wolfe’s Neck Center, Dorn is a farmer working his 250-acre certified organic family farm in New Hampshire. As a founder of the FarmOS software platform and the Farm Hack community, he is passionate about sharing open source agricultural tools, software and data to accelerate innovation and quantify environmental services from regenerative agriculture. He has a PhD from the University of New Hampshire in Natural Resources and Earth Systems Science.
Nathan’s path to Wolfe’s Neck Center has been a winding journey that started with his spending time as a field biologist before navigating into environmental education and finally diving into the world of organic farming. Luckily, he found a position with the Maine Conservation Corps that has allowed him to continue pursuing all of these interests. As an Environmental Steward, his role here is to connect and educate the many visitors we receive to our mission by developing and implementing new community and visitor programming to show the public what we’re all about.
During his off-time, you’re almost certain to find Nathan outside looking for birds.
I was born into the DeGrandpre family and remember my grandparents babysitting me in what is now our office space. At Wolfe’s Neck Center I keep all the moving parts of the farm moving and well oiled!
When I’m not at Wolfe’s Neck, I enjoy the outdoors and wrenching in my home shop.
I grew up on a small beef operation in western Montana. I earned a BS in Animal Science from Montana State University and worked in the seedstock beef cattle business. My wife and I had twin girls 5 years ago and moved to her home state of Massachusetts to be closer to more jobs and better hospitals and services. My wife got a job working for WEX in South Portland, and I was extremely fortunate to land a job at Wolfe’s Neck. I was involved in the transition to organic dairy and have seen a lot of great progress and changes here.
At Wolfe’s Neck, I manage the dairy cattle and other livestock, implement and oversee the grazing plans, and also work with Matt haying and cropping. A very big part of my job is teaching the apprentices about grazing, animal health, feeding and nutrition, and best management practices on an organic dairy.
I love spending time with my family, reading, watching football, and playing and writing music.
I was immediately captivated by the beauty and the potential of this place to play a more meaningful role in the community and in securing a more sustainable future for farming and food. The opportunity to lead the organization towards a renewed focus and vision was one that really excited me then (in 2012, when I took the job) and even more so today.
I work every day to provide the leadership and vision necessary to move the organization forward or, according to my daughters, I shovel poop.
When I’m not at Wolfe’s Neck I like to play outside as much as possible exploring Maine’s natural beauty and spending time with my wife, two young daughters and 10-year-old Berner.
While I originally grew up in New England, I have just returned for a five year hiatus living in the Northwest. Before joining Wolfe’s Neck Center, my career has varied from teaching secondary education, to marine ecology in coastal Maine, and leading tours and demonstrations on a farm. Most recently I was able to be a part of the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, where I was involved in all of the amazing public programs on and off zoo grounds.
Now that I’ve moved back, I couldn’t be more excited to bring my experiences to WNC. Our events give visitors and families a chance to deepen their connection with this magical place, and to be part of that is pretty special.
When not here, I am generally running through the woods somewhere, or if the weather is noncooperative, attempting to be musical and/or eating as much food as I can find.
Prior to coming to work at Wolfe’s Neck Center, I was a staff Accountant at Maine Coast Heritage Trust. That experience provided me with a deeper appreciation for the value of land conservation. I have come to believe that the most successful conservation work is achieved when individuals feel connected to the land. Through the generosity of the Smith family, the wider community and people of all ages can now enjoy this property in a variety of ways. I consider myself fortunate to be working in a capacity where my professional and personal interests are closely aligned and grateful to be part of this meaningful effort.
Outside of work, you can usually find me with a chainsaw, stacking wood, painting or mowing fields on Louds Island in Muscongus Bay.
Originally from north of Boston, I “discovered” farming after volunteering on a farm in 2009, and never looked back. My educational and professional journey since then has cultivated a deep passion for helping others experience that sense of wonder I discovered years ago through getting my hands dirty. When my husband and I made the decision to root back in New England, I was immediately drawn to Wolfe’s Neck, and the convergence of the ocean and forest in Maine. I feel grateful every day that I can help move this important organization forward. I hold a B.A. from Skidmore College, an M.S. in Leadership for Sustainability Education from Portland State University, and two Permaculture Design Certificates from Israel and Oregon.
At Wolfe’s Neck Center, I manage all digital communications for the farm, helping to spread the word about our mission and programs. My favorite part of the job is having the opportunity to go around and take photos and video, attempting to capture all of the incredible energy happening here at the height of the season.
When I’m not working, you can usually find me harvesting in the garden, going on long bike rides, exploring the Maine wilderness, or baking challah.
I grew up on an island in Maine digging in clam flats, climbing rocks and exploring the coastal woods around my house so Wolfe’s Neck feels a lot like home to me. I was educated in Maine for the most part, leaving briefly for graduate school and happily returning to live and work in our beautiful state. Most of my professional life has centered around politics and public policy where I focused on issues of conservation, environmental health and early childcare and education. Connecting people to agriculture and Maine’s coastal environment through festivals, farm to table dinners and celebrations at the farm is a wonderful way to highlight this amazing resource. My family and I are fortunate to be neighbors of the farm and live in this incredible area, and I am so happy to be part of the Wolfe’s Neck Center team.
After completing my B.S degree in Sustainable Agriculture and Food systems from the University of New Hampshire, my partner Paige and I backpacked throughout Latin America. We immersed ourselves in food and culture while volunteering for nonprofits and working at research farms. We returned home to N.H, and decided to move to the coast of Maine.
I train future organic farmers at Wolfe’s Neck Center, and contribute to addressing food security, wellbeing and education in our community.
When not working, I can be found hiking, camping or paddling in Maine’s mountains and waterways.
Having spent much of my life in Oregon, I developed a passion and appreciation for open space, the natural environment, and eco-friendly practices. My experience includes working with nonprofits, farms, education centers and small businesses to improve workflow, communication and marketing through the use of technology. Wolfe’s Neck has held a special place in my heart since my first visit fifteen years ago. In fact, it was here that my husband proposed marriage! As an avid lifelong camper, I am thrilled to be part of an organization incorporating spectacular camping, eco-focused education and sustainable agriculture in such a breathtaking setting.
I am lucky enough to live right around the corner, and ride my bike to work most days. It is has long been on my professional “bucket list” to be part of the farm, and when the opportunity to work closely with campaign chairs Tom Whelan and Carol and Joe Wishcamper arose, I knew it was the right time! Helping raise money for such a great organization and worthwhile mission is my dream job.
As Campaign Coordinator, my job is to be part “harpy” and part cheerleader! While is certainly can be challenging at times, it has been great fun to work directly with the members of the capital campaign committee encouraging and nagging them towards success. Volunteers that are out there asking for capital campaign support are incredibly dedicated, and I am grateful for the opportunity to help keep them organized.
We are Sugarloafers during the winter weekends, and boaters and sailors during the summer here on Casco Bay.