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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Aitkenhead Stepping Down as Wakeman Farm Steward

After almost six years, Mike Aitkenhead will step down as steward of the town-owned Wakeman Town Farm on July 1 when his contract expires, First Selectman Jim Marpe announced today.

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Aitkenhead, 37, who will continue as an environmental teacher at Staples High School, returned to the farm as steward with his wife Carrie and two children in November 2011. (See WestportNow Nov. 15, 2011). He had served there earlier when it was leased to nonprofit GVI.

“My family’s time at the farm has been an amazing adventure and incredibly rewarding experience,” he said in the announcement of his departure. “Its greatest gift, though, has been the sense of community the farm has fostered in our lives. 

“The people we’ve come to know and work with who have helped us build the farm have enriched our lives immensely, and we’re forever grateful for all the support we’ve received from this incredibly supportive community.”

The Wakeman Town Farm Committee, under the direction of the Parks and Recreation Department, will post the position for a farm director in the upcoming weeks, the announcement said.

Marpe praised the Aitekenheads’ tenure on the farm, saying they had made it “a successful and thriving educational farm and sustainability center.

“On behalf of the town, I am grateful for their hard work, dedication and commitment. I wish them and their family well.”

The Aitkenheads’ departure comes as a major renovation is underway of the farmhouse and other improvements on the property.

The announcement said the farm’s summer camp programs, which will run from July 10 through mid-August, are currently fully staffed with qualified educators and a team of experienced counselors.

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