Welcome to our farm! -Randy and Nate
First and foremost, I would like to thank you for visiting our website and for your interest in the Souder Station Farm. My name is Randy Canarr, and I am the owner and operator of Souder Station Farm in Winterport, ME.
I started Souder Station Farm in 2010 after returning from active duty with the United States Army. I couldn’t wait to get back home and regain normalcy in my life. Not surprisingly, integrating back into civilian life was no easy. A poor diet, alcohol, and lack of exercise all contributed to the downward spiral of my health. I was looking for purpose, fulfillment, and community in my life and Souder Station Farm gave me that.
Then in the fall of 2011, I was blessed with the birth of my son, Nathaniel, and my perspective pertaining to all aspects of my life changed that instant.
“What do you feed a newborn? What ingredients are in baby food? Where does it come from? These questions and more danced around my head and I began seeking answers. It was my duty to provide the best possible life and opportunity I could for my son. I was to lead by example. The hardest part was to re-invent 30+ years of questionable eating habits of my own.
I poured over videos, books, and ideas without any luck. Finding the answers or support I needed proved to be harder than I thought. I was eager to share my enthusiasm but not everyone was receptive.
Then, like a warm hug from an old friend, the realization came to me – I would raise my own food! Even thought I lacked and formal farming experience, I had no fear.
I started small by planting a garden and purchasing several chickens. At first, I had laying hens for fresh eggs. Not long after I raised broilers for meat raised on pasture. Over time, just a couple of piglets turned into an entire herd. They blended well with the fields and forests around the farm. Then, the bees arrived. They provided pollination, excitement, and sweetness to my growing farm. Maple syrup was a natural complement to the honey and before I knew it, my garden had grown to include a four season greenhouse. Our small farm had become a living breathing ecosystem, playground, and business.
Today, Souder Station Farm is lucky to have an amazing group of supporters. Our family, friends and customers strive for a healthier lifestyle and we are here to help that happen. The root of anyone’s health starts with food choices. You will find highest of quality, humanely raised, and ecologically sustainable foods here at Souder Station Farm.
If I would not give it to my son, I would not give it to you. That’s a promise.
Together we can make true changes within ourselves and each other. I share this great opportunity daily with my son and we welcome you on our journey to become healthy, happy, and strong.