Brendan McGuire was born in Manchester, New Hampshire, but has lived in Farmington, Maine since he was four and considers it his hometown. His enthusiasm for farming and gardening stems from a lifelong interest in plants, animals, and natural systems, coupled with a strong interest on personal and community level self-sufficiency.
Brendan has had experience in a wide variety of agricultural pursuits, from vegetable production to dairying to beekeeping (his favorite!). He worked and volunteered at Green Mountain College’s Cerridwen Farm for three years before graduation, as well as working on several other small farms in Maine and Vermont, and he was a summer intern at Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds in Missouri during the summer of 2013. Brendan graduated from Green Mountain College in May 2014 with a double major in Sustainable Agriculture & Food Production and Environmental Studies, and joined the staff at Upper Pond Farm immediately afterwards. In addition to his agricultural experience, Brendan’s skills include foraging, construction, and folk music.
It didn’t take Brendan long to fall in love with the farm and the Old Lyme area. He was an apprentice at Upper Pond Farm for the entire 2014 growing season, serving as the resident beekeeper and seed saver as well as taking part in all kinds of vegetable chores.
In 2019 Brendan was promoted to the esteemed title of “Farmer”. Baylee and Quinn are so proud to have Brendan as a leader at Upper Pond Farm. He manages the PYO patch, runs the Saturday Summer CSA pick up and keeps a rabbitry at the Farm.
2020 will be Brendan’s 7th season farming at UPF, and his 10th season working with Baylee.