Sara Cawthon, Garden Manager
Sara grew up in the central Midwest, in Farmersville, Illinois where her family has been farming since the 1840’s. She attended the University of Missouri and received her Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources Management and subsequently received her Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies from Antioch University. Sara enjoys the small farming communities in Maine that remind her of home and the constant learning involved in growing food. Please contact her for any Bowdoin Garden information or questions.
Photo credited to Mary Quinn Doyle
Mike Perisho, Garden Assistant
Mike is from Evanston, IL and studied ecology at the University of Puget Sound before moving to Maine in 2010. First attracted to Maine for its outstanding network of farm apprenticeship opportunities, Mike might just stay for good thanks to the vibrant rural culture and seemingly endless potential for exploration and recreation he's found here. Mike has completed full-season apprenticeships at Long Meadow Farm in West Gardiner and Crystal Spring Farm in Brunswick, and spends off days cultivating an "oversized kitchen garden" with his girlfriend on her family's land in Gardiner. When not gardening, Mike can be found surfing uncrowded waves along the Midcoast.
As well as providing wages for the Garden Manager, Assistant, and Student Interns, Dining Services provides oversight for the program and sends volunteers out frequently. Our chefs also work in the gardens, taking all those wonderful products and infusing them into our menus.
We rely on two summer student interns each season, hired in April. We depend on numerous student volunteers throughout the season.
Our 2014 season interns are Tara Palnitkar and Elina Zhang. You can read about them on the Get Involved page.