The Star-Herald

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.

And he’s still often the first one up and ready to hit the fields on his family’s potato farm, the Caron Farm near Little Black Lake in Fort Kent.

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.”

To read the rest of “Kids learn the ropes early when growing up on a farm,” an article by contributing Bangor Daily News staff writer Julia Bayly, please follow this link to the BDN online.

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