Keith LaBrie is a 3rd generation potato grower in St. Agatha, Maine, one of the northeastern-most locations in the United States. Both he and his brother, Duane, finished college in 1989 and returned to the farm to officially become growers. They are particularly grateful for their parents’ support and guidance as they became established. In 2008, their father ‘retired.’ Still, it remains, in Keith’s words, “a true family farm,” as both parents are actively involved, along with Keith’s and Duane’s respective wives and kids.
The brothers grow varieties of potatoes bound for both the produce section and for French fry processing. However, the 1,200 acres of potatoes they grow are just as important as the conservation practices they employ. The LaBrie family has been honored for their stewardship of the land. Keith credits his grandfather and father for implementing conservation practices and teaching his brother and him about its importance. “We were taught that land is a valuable resource, and in order to pass it on to the next generation we need to protect it.”
Keith and his wife, Jocelyne, have a daughter and a son. “From a very young age, I had a strong connection to the land,” LaBrie explained. “I consider continuing the family tradition of farming a great opportunity for me and my family.”