Board of Supervisors
Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District is guided by a volunteer board of local landowners - three elected and two appointed supervisors - who each serve overlapping three year terms. The District also is advised by non-voting associate supervisors appointed by the Board to expand the pool of knowledge, interest, and volunteer assistance for District programs and projects.
Board meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm at the District Office and are open to the public.
Meet Our Supervisors
Mark F. Hedrich (Chair) has been an elected Supervisor since 1986. Mark and his wife, Linda Rose, own Agricola Farms, a diversified 117 acre farm in Union, where they raise forage crops, flowers, bedding plants, and vegetables, in addition to operating Agricola Farms County Store and a Gallagher Power Fence dealership. Mark graduated from the UMaine at Orono with a B.S. in Animal and Veterinary Sciences and received an M.S. from Cornell University, specializing in ruminant nutrition. Formerly, he was a planner and administrator at Roswell Park Memorial Institute in Buffalo, New York, a dairy farmer, and has served on numerous regional and local committees. He was a member of the Executive Board of the Maine Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) for 8 years, serving as President for two years. Subsequently, he was a member of the MACD Advisory Council and served as Councilman to the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD), traveling extensively throughout the U.S. representing Maine. Mark also was active with the Farm Service Agency County Committee for 21 years, serving as Chairman for 10 years. Currently, Mark is the State Nutrient Management Program Coordinator for the Maine Department of Agriculture.
Tim Hathorne (Vice-Chair) joined the District in May, 2008 and is a strong advocate of the District's many environmental, agricultural/forestry, and educational programs. Tim’s background includes both formal study and experience in agriculture, technology, animal and veterinary science, and over 40 years in education as a teacher, principal, and director/superintendent. He enjoys working with people to develop and implement soil and water conservation projects that are environmentally, socially, and economically friendly and has a special interest in alternative energy initiatives. Tim has been actively involved with "Agriculture in the Classroom" projects and volunteers regularly at the Plant Sale and Conservation Fair.
Rick Parent, Jr. (Secretary/Treasurer) became a District Supervisor in the fall of 2007. He lives in Warren with his wife, Ann, and daughter Molly, where he has a small custom sawmill. Rick graduated from Rockland District High School and the University of Maine. He worked for the ME Dept. of Agriculture in various capacities for about 12 years before transferring to the ME Dept. of Transportation where, for 26 years, he was a real estate manager with the highway program. Rick retired in April 2008 and is busier than ever, serving as a Knox County Commissioner and on several boards and committees, including Time & Tide RC&D Council.
Sharon G. Chadwick (Supervisor) lives with her husband, Gerald, and daughter Shelby at BenEva Farm in Warren, which was started more than 65 years ago by her grandparents, Ben and Eva Barbour. Sharon and Jerry “came home” to run the farm with Sharon’s grandparents in 1988 and still operate as a conservation farm, raising commercial Black Angus beef for the freezer and feedlots, and selling hay. They expanded nutrient and pasture management practices with a manure storage facility, a heavy use pad area, and, recently, a livestock barn. In addition, Sharon works in laboratory research at Lonza BioScience in Rockland and Jerry works for the Nobleboro Sanitation Department. Sharon looks forward each year to judging the Annual Poster Contest and helping out at the Conservation Fair and Plant Sale.
Gary A. Balducci, Sr. (Supervisor) lives with his wife, Donna, at Wishing Well Acres, a 40-acre diversified family farm in Edgecomb. He has been farming for 28 years and provides customers with fresh, local products, including chickens, meat goats, lamb, holiday turkeys, llamas, and emus. Gary is President of the Knox-Lincoln County Farm Bureau, of which he has been a member for 17 years. In 2001, he received the Friend of the Farm Bureau Award as well as recognition for outstanding leadership. Gary is President of the Maine Poultry Growers Association, a Chairman of the Sheep and Goat Committee, and has been an instructor of the Knox-Lincoln County Tractor Safety Course for 10 years.
Honorary Lifetime Member of the Board
Robert W. Spear received Knox-Lincoln’s Honorary Lifetime Membership Award in 2005. Bob served as an Associate Supervisor of Knox-Lincoln SWCD for 8 years and a Supervisor for 20 years, and was Maine’s Commissioner of Agriculture from 1999-2005. His expertise and dedication are greatly appreciated by all who share his values of agriculture and conservation. Bob is generous with his time and talents, representing Maine across the US to ensure continuing accomplishments in resource conservation. Bob and his wife, Janet, reside in Nobleboro where they operate Spear’s Vegetable Farm with their sons and grandchildren.
Barrie Brusila - Mid-Maine Forestry, Warren
David Hayden - Angus Acres, Whitefield
Barry J. Tibbetts - Sheepscot Valley Farm, Whitefield
Thank you to these dedicated volunteers who make it possible for the District to fulfill its mission!