Kids learn the ropes early when growing up on a farm
When Ethan Malmborg was 5 years old, his father came downstairs at midnight to find his son at the dining room table eating Cheerios and toast, dressed and ready for a day in the potato fields.
“If anyone was born to be a farmer, it’s this kid,” his father, Kris Malmborg, said.
Now 10 years old, Ethan Malmborg got his start in farming much like his father and generations of St. John Valley farmers — hands-on experience as soon as he was able to walk and reach the pedals on a farm truck with his feet.
The farm was started by Kris Malmborg’s great-great-grandfather Minal Caron, and so many of Caron’s descendents still live in a cluster of homes near the original farmhouse, the area is known around Fort Kent simply as “Caron Village.”