What's life without good friends?
We like to joke about how this isn't a one-man operation anymore...and actually, it's not been for quite some time. Thankfully we have a lot of good friends and family who make all this possible. As we all get older the physical side of the work on the farm is significant on it's own...but frankly, all that we do around here is just more fun with friends.
We hope you enjoy a quick introduction to some of the folks who help out around the farm.
Jean Hines - Regardless of what Rich might tell you, Jean's the boss around here. She's involved in all aspects of what goes on at the farm...and is, in addition, one heck of a cook. Her waffels during the maple syrup season are to die for. How busy is Jean with her work around the farm? Well she's as busy as...well, as busy as a bee.
Rich Hines - Rich is the chief 'idea guy" and architect behind everything you'll see here at the farm. Boundless energy along with a drive to really understand how this all works - combined with his refusal to grow up - is the driving force behind what we do. If Rich tells you he caught all the fish in the picture below...don't believe him.
Joe Velovitch - Joe will never admit this but he's the brains - and the brawn - behind a lot of what we do here. Both Joe and Rich have a lot of knowledge about why and how all this works. A serious scientist by training and career, Joe is like a "pig in mud" at the farm...always learning...always having a good time. Joe's in his element in the picture below...teaching outdoor skills to kids.
Jim Hines - Jim is the little brother...the one "mom liked best". He'll tell you right up front that his work at the farm makes life fun these days. Having spent much of his career on an airplane bound for some far off place in the world, you'll most often find Jim at the pond with a fishing poll...and a good cigar. Re: picture below, why do the younger brothers get all the nasty jobs around the farm?
Ron Muir - Ron adds a ton of experience and wisdom to what we do here. When we get stuck on something...or something won't work...Ron is our go-to guy for experience and practical solutions to thorny problems. He's also the best fisherman among us but don't tell him we said so. As seen in the picture below, Ron also serves as Chief Fish Cleaner at the farm.
Steve Dunnuck - Steve is a good friend of the farm who's always around to help with maple syrup season...especially cutting and splitting firewood. And when called to do so, Steve shows up with his trailer and the "mother of all grills" to do pancakes at our open house events. Beyond a great farm hand, Steve is a wonderful customer...seen below loading up maple syrup to give away to friends and family.