WHO WE ARE

The Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine

The Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine is a group of industry volunteers appointed by Maine's Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.

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DAVID BELL

CHAIR

Cherryfield Foods Inc.


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SIMEON ALLEN

VICE CHAIR

WR Allen Inc.

Simeon Allen was born and raised on the Blue Hill peninsula where growing up he enjoyed helping his family work the blueberry land that they have owned for five generations. In 2006 Simeon graduated from the University of Maine with a BS In Forestry Management and soon after came back to the peninsula to join his family in the wild blueberry industry. Simeon is the Co-Owner and General Manager of W.R Allen Inc, located in Orland, Maine, which grows and manages about 500 acres per year within 25 miles of its processing facility.

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MARIE EMERSON

Wescogus Wild Blueberries

Marie and her husband Dell operate Wild Wescogus Blueberries, a farm and fresh pack operation in Addison, Maine. They also own the iconic Wild Blueberry Land bakery and retail store in Columbia Falls and Marie serves as a board member of the Agricultural Wild Blueberry Heritage Center and Virtual Museum (click here: Maine Wild Blueberry Museum). Marie taught at Washington County Community College in the Food and Nutrition program for 30 years, and received numerous awards and accolades throughout her career.

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DARIN HAMMOND 

Wyman's


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LISA HANSCOM

Welch Farms 

Ms. Lisa M Hanscom grew up on the family’s wild blueberry farm, Welch Farm, started by her great grandparents Frank and Mary Welch in 1912. She learned the business by following in her father's footsteps, raking her first berries at the age of four, leading a crew of 70 at the age of 12, and running equipment by 15. Lisa operates her family's wild blueberry farm in Roque Bluff's. She is a strong voice in her community serving as First Selectman of Roque Bluffs, and on the Washington County Budget Committee, Bold Coast Scenic By-way Advisory Committee, and the Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce Board.

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NICOLAS LINDHOLM

Blue Hill Berry Co.

  Mr. Nicolas Lindholm graduated from Bates College in 1986 and completed a semester program in Sustainable Design at the New Alchemy Institute in East Falmouth, Massachusetts. Nicolas and his wife Ruth purchased their farm, including 25 acres of wild blueberries, in 1995 where for twenty years they produced and marketed 2 acres of certified organic vegetables and 5 acres of certified organic wild blueberries. In 2009 they founded the Blue Hill Berry Co. which employs up to 16 seasonal workers. Blue Hill Berry Co. currently grows wild blueberries on 65 acres owned or leased by Nicolas and his wife across eight fields in five towns on the Blue Hill peninsula. 

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WILLIAM MALLAR

Pumpkin Ridge Farm


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TODD MERRILL

Merrill Blueberry Farms

Todd grew up in Ellsworth, and began raking wild blueberries when he was 11. After graduating from the University of Maine with a B.S. in Business Administration/Marketing, Todd settled in the big city of Portland for 15 years. In 2008, Todd’s family came calling and convinced him to return to his roots in Ellsworth. Todd is now the 4th generation to run the family business, as President of Merrill Blueberry Farms. Alongside conventional wild blueberries, Todd began also accepting organic wild blueberries in 2009, making Merrill’s the first processor in Maine to become certified for organic processing. Todd is also the current President of the Wild Blueberry Association of North America, trying to put that marketing degree to good use!

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DARREN PAUL

Passamaquoddy Wild Blueberry Company

Mr. Darren Paul is the Manager of the Passamaquoddy Wild Blueberry Company, overseeing all operational activities on the 2,000 plus acre farm. He has been managing the farm operations of PWBC since 2008. Prior to this role, Darren worked as a technician with Clark’s Plumbing and Heating, and served as the Waste Water Technician and Educator for Passamaquoddy Waste Water. Darren is also an active volunteer fire fighter and a participant in Passamaquoddy tribal government affairs.