Continuing a Family Tradition
|Prescott College Affiliation||Alumni|
|Area of Study||Environmental Studies, Agroecology emphasis|
|Location||Plainfield, New Hampshire|
On the Eastern banks of the Connecticut River, Prescott College Alumnus Ray Sprague ‘05 oversees the seasonal production of diversified crops by his family’s own agricultural enterprise, Edgewater Farm.
Ray Sprague studied agroecology at Prescott College, knowing he planned to return to his childhood home of Plainfield, New Hampshire to carry on the legacy of farming the land on which he was raised. Edgewater farm is unique in it’s diversity. They operate a farmstand, a CSA, strawberry fields, greenhouses, and sell wholesale, employing between 15 and 20 workers full-time.
Many other Alumni from Prescott College have been employed by Edgewater Farm since Sprague graduated: Jesse Delia ‘05, Adam Katzman ‘05, Chris Kopek ‘05, Courtney Johnson ‘04, Sarah Monteiro ‘07, Khalila Gillette ‘07, Jeanette Aranson ‘07, Amy Danch ‘07, and Griffin Judy ‘06. The main crops include strawberries, corn, potatoes, tomatoes, and blueberries. Six seasons in, Sprague and the other full time farmers work 60 - 75 hours, six and a half days per week to produce the farm’s abundance of quality plants and produce.
Despite the overwhelming amount of work he puts in, Sprague maintains an impressively positive attitude. “Life is usually pretty good. It can be crazy and demanding and fun and all those things. But when all is put in perspective it is a good life, good food.”