Steve began his farming career 20 years ago in his home state of Wisconsin, continued in California and arrived in Maine 12 years ago as a MOFGA apprentice. 10 years ago he started work on the New Leaf Farm, Durham, Maine. His responsibilities expanded to manage field crops, harvest and deliver produce, fieldwork, and tractor work and run the farm crew. This is where Steve met his daughter’s mother. Steve slowly added livestock to New Leaf’s operation. In 2007 he decided to buy his own farm and go at it on his own. Steve purchased the 70 acres in 2008 and in 2009 Old Crow Ranch was born.
Steve is again working with New Leaf Farm, managing their vegetable operation as well as running his own livestock ranch. New Leaf and Old Crow now work together to farm 100 acres.
Magnolia attends Merriconeag Waldorf School and splits her time between Old Crow and her mom’s in Freeport. She’s a creative artist and enjoys helping dad with daily chores.
Seren is the “johnny-come-lately” to the party called work here at Old Crow Ranch. But she wasn’t so late that she missed the house build of 2011! Seren, a Maine girl through and through, transplanted herself from her city of Portland to live with Steve and Magnolia in the country. You can take the girl out of Portland but many of her jobs and friends remain there. Luckily, it’s only a 30 minute drive to work at Merrill Auditorium or CCCC where she works as an IATSE Local 114 Stagehand.
Seren comes from a family business, frying seafood at fairs and festivals around Maine and is no stranger to working hard.
2012 was Seren’s first foray into raising broiler chickens. And they’ve been steadily selling out year after year. The next adventure will be laying hens.
In early December 2011, Red joined our family at eight weeks old. He’s an Australian Cattle Dog. Steve’s training him up to help herd the pigs and cows. Maggie is also a contender to turn Red into an agility dog. He’s very smart and has a big mouth!