Ann Hayden Baldwin grew up in Virginia, attended Lincoln Sudbury High School in Massachusetts and first came to Maine to attend the University of Maine in Orono. She later earned a Masters degree in Special Education from the University of Maine. In Portland, where she lived for 25 years, she worked for the City of Portland in Finance, then taught at a Montessori School in Falmouth and public schools in Cumberland and Portland. Ann moved to Damariscotta in 2000 and worked first at Skidompha Library in the children’s room before teaching for six years at Bristol Consolidated School. She moved to Cape Cod for five years and taught in Marstons Mills and Hyannis, keeping her house in Nobleboro. Ann and Neil then happily returned to Maine and now live in Walpole on the Damariscotta River, where she frequently swims and loves being on the water. She is an active FARMS volunteer, often assisting the Youth Program Director with cooking classes for school children and high school students.
Patricia Bradley grew up in New York and Pennsylvania. She graduated from Hollins College in Virginia and subsequently earned a BA in studio art from Old Dominion University which led her to the MS Art Therapy program at Eastern Virginia Medical School. While in Virginia she practiced art psychotherapy in in-patient settings. She moved to New Hampshire in 1988. While in NH she worked extensively with sexually abused children in private practice and for the state of NH. She remained in private practice in Portland with her move to Maine, continuing to specialize in child and family therapy. Past volunteer activities include the collaborative creation of a free drug clinic in Virginia Beach, and the opening of a group home for girls in Norfolk, VA. More recently she led an art group at Florence House in Portland. She has a daughter in Portland, a son in Belize and four grandchildren. She recently moved to Bristol and is enthusiastic about becoming more involved with the Farms organization.
Ellen Durgin graduated from Merrimack College with a B.A. in English Education and earned a Masters of Education from the University of Maine. She began teaching at the high school level, but spent most of her career teaching the primary grades. In her spare time she organized professional development workshops for teachers in her district. She was awarded a National Science Foundation grant to study marine education and then started marine science programs in her schools. In 2010, Ellen retired after 38 years of teaching. Since then, she has been active as a classroom volunteer. Her favorite projects are school gardening and the Junior Oyster Gardeners Program. Because of her continued interest in Marine Education, she volunteers at the Darling Marine Center of the University of Maine and at Pemaquid Beach where she mans the touch tank. Ellen also serves on the Education Committees of the Pemaquid Watershed Association and the Damariscotta River Association. As a FARMS volunteer, she organized and worked with students in the Healthy Local Snack Program.
Mr. Goetting is Lincoln Academy’s Associate Head of School for External Affairs, where he oversees fundraising, admissions, communications, and community relations. Prior to arriving in Maine, he served as the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Girard College, a 1-12 residential school for scholarship-able children, in Philadelphia, PA. It was at Girard that Matt became interested in issues related to food insecurity through a program offered by St. Christopher’s Foundation for Children called “Farm to Families.” Each week, community-based organizations work with local farmers to offer fresh, affordable food to families in North Philadelphia.
Mr. Goetting transitioned to the field of education after starting his career as a management consultant in Washington DC and San Francisco. Moving to Maine was the fulfillment of a dream for Matt, his wife Karen, an elementary school art teacher and graphic designer, and their beloved dog Franklin. Since their arrival in Maine, they have added a son, Malcolm Stone, to the mix! Matt grew up visiting his amazing Auntie Joy in Maine and, more recently, he and Karen vacationed on Peaks Island before striking gold with their relocation to the midcoast. Matt and Karen most enjoy spending time with their friends and family but love tending to their chickens and finding ways to participate in the life of this incomparable region and community.
Marilee Harris is a local girl who grew up in Woolwich and has returned to Maine with her husband Val, to raise their two daughters, Lydia and Emily. Marilee left Maine after graduating from Morse High School to work on her college degree in ornamental horticulture and floriculture. The Bath Garden Club sponsored her as she completed her B.S. and Masters of Education degrees, from Cornell University. After traveling and teaching in foreign countries she returned to the United States to complete a MDiv at Fuller Theological Seminary. Marilee is excited to take her 25+ years of teaching experience, from ages kindergarten to adult, and assist FARMS in developing creative programs that will promote a passion and knowledge of plants and gardening.
Virginia Hill has a BA in English from Bridgewater State University, a Master’s in Urban Education Policy and Planning from Fordham University and doctoral study in Educational Psychology. She taught English in Braintree, MA and also worked on an innovative school redesign initiative. After relocating to New York, she leveraged program design and development experience as: Assistant National Director of Juvenile Justice Programs for the National Boys’ Clubs of America; Manager in Citigroup’s Community Affairs Division designing community development programs; Assistant Vice President of National Public Issues, responsible for the design/delivery of senior management training and education in public affairs programs. The design and management of a Citicorp/United Negro College Fund Scholarship and Mentor Program received the 1986 Martin Luther King Award for Corporate Social Responsibility Programs; Director of Admissions, Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education. During her tenure at Fordham, Virginia was adjunct instructor in Management of Adult Education and Program Design and Evaluation; Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Student Development, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (a CUNY college,) serving as Commencement Coordinator, Student Advisor, Law School Advisor, and staff writer for the President and Vice President. She is a volunteer with FARMS, Morris Farm, and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Samuel Kaymen is former President and Chairman of Stonyfield Farm Yogurt, which he founded in 1983. He also founded the Northeast Organic Farmers Association, serving as its president for ten years, and went on to found the Rural Education Center, an organic farming school. He promoted organic agriculture internationally many years as a board member of Sustainable Harvest International (Maine) and of EARTH University Foundation (Costa Rica). Locally he serves on the board of the ElderCare Network of Lincoln County and is helping to start a Midcoast Investment Club to strengthen the local food economy by making small loans to farms, fishermen and the food businesses they supply.
Jean Kerrigan, who was born in Pennsylvania to a military family, moved many times in childhood before returning to her home state for junior high and high school. After graduation she moved to Fredericksburg, Virginia, to participate in an American Institute of Banking management program. She continued in the banking industry for several years while also learning, through countless classes and seminars, about food, cooking and the food and wine industry. On a whim, she moved to Damariscotta in 1978, and soon afterward decided to move into the food industry full time. She met her husband Rick Hirsch at a local restaurant, and they have managed, owned and operated restaurants in the area ever since. Currently they are proprietors of the Damariscotta River Grill, Red Plate Catering & Events, and the PREPKITCHEN. Jean has been a volunteer and donor of services and space for many local organizations and has served on the boards of Healthy Kids, Central Lincoln County Adult Education and the Damariscotta Region Chamber of Commerce. One of the most exciting changes in the food industry, she says, has been the growth of possibilities to buy from local farms and to work with local purveyors of aquaculture and other local products. Getting involved with FARMS has allowed her to extend her volunteerism to the all-important component of educating children and adults about “real” food.