Earl Mitchell and Penny Savage
Earl Mitchell (Mitch)
Mitch and Penny operate a small, family run maple business in Bowdoin,
Maine. They tap 700 maple trees to make 125-150 gallons of maple
syrup each spring. In addition to their maple business, they also
grow organic dry beans, oats and vegetables. Mitch’s many times
great-grandfather, Jacob Mitchell settled North Yarmouth, Maine
in 1727. A family of carpenters, farmers, and fishermen for eleven
generations, Mitch worked for a time as a lobsterman and horse logger.
Today Mitch and Penny still work to keep the tradition of self-sustainable
living alive on their farm.
|While they continue to work off the
farm, their hearts and dreams are attached firmly to the land: the
fields, the gardens and their sugarbush. Their three grown sons, Lars,
Caleb and Luke, off pursuing their own dreams, always return each
spring to help "sugar". They gather a few pails and help out as best
they can and anyone who has ever lugged a full pail of sap fifty feet
through three feet of snow knows what a help that can be.