Lincoln Academy, 2005
Bates College, 2009
Current town: Morrill
“Receiving the Mitchell Scholarship said to me, ‘You matter to Maine, and Maine supports you.’”
Ellen always knew that she wanted to live in rural Maine, and put down roots, literally. Her 9-to-5 role is doing outreach and communications for the nonprofit Maine Farmland Trust, but in her spare time, she and a friend have built a flower farm called “Half Hitch Flowers.” She loves to grow things that can be shared with family and friends, and the farm’s flower club has become quite popular.
How are you having an impact on your community?
Farms and food are fundamental to Maine’s future. In my day job, I like the opportunity to amplify stories about Maine farms, and get people excited about how Maine food connects all of us. Local farms are vectors for building community, and it is fun to put that into practice through Half Hitch Flowers as well.
What is your favorite spot in Maine?
Sheepscot Village has always been a cornerstone of my identity. The village is at the confluence of fresh and saltwater, which is representative of Maine in many ways. It is the quintessential little village nestled along a river, in line with Maine's identity.