We are young farmers who are passionate about creating a healthy, ecologically sustainable food system here in Maine. We both have New England roots: Nate grew up in Central Maine, Gabrielle in Western Massachusetts. Our first experience with sustainable agriculture was working for the harvest season at Sewall’s Orchard in Lincolnville, Maine. Gabrielle then worked at farmers markets in New York City for two years, following which we both apprenticed at Pleasant Valley Farm in Argyle, New York.
Becoming apprentices marked our decision to pursue farming as a career. As we became comfortable with different tasks, farmers Paul and Sandy Arnold gave us greater responsibilities. We learned to manage the greenhouse, use the tractors, plant, harvest, and sell a wide variety of crops. Over the summer we went from considering apprenticing again the following year to perhaps managing a farm and finally to the idea that we could try to start our own farm.
Wanting to stay near our families and friends, we focused our search for farmland in New England. The best situation we found was a lease for land in Bowdoinham, Maine. With great soils, pre-existing barns and coolers, and nearby farmers markets, the conditions allowed us to start farming right away.
We moved to Bowdoinham and started Six River Farm in 2007. We enjoy our work on the farm: long days outside during the changing Maine seasons, growing nutritious food, and sharing our harvest with those around us. We appreciate the challenges and rewards of running our own farm and are grateful to live and work in a beautiful place. In 2011, we bought a house and land near our leased fields, adding to the acreage we can bring into farm production and permanently connecting us to our farm and community.