Central Wyoming College’s new farm manager and instructor Ethan Page will develop the college’s grant-funded Farm Incubator and Beginning Farmer Training program. As part of the Alpine Science Institute, Page will oversee the development of student training plots, farm training curriculum including crop production and farm business management, and recruit and mentor aspiring and beginning farmers.
To the new position, Page brings a diverse background experience that includes organic vegetable production, controlled environment agriculture, operations management, education, and environmental science. Originally from New York, Page has been involved with agriculture since he was young.
“From age 8-18 my summers were spent traveling around showing sheep, and when I wasn’t doing that I was playing baseball,” he said.
Page earned a bachelor’s degree in large animal science and environmental studies from Delaware Valley College in Pennsylvania in 2009. He met his wife shortly after while doing volunteer work in Australia, and the pair continued traveling.
“We’ve bounced around between Australia, the UK, Canada, and the US, living wherever we could both make it work,” Page said.
Page earned a master’s in bioscience with a focus on local food production in developing countries from the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom. In 2015, he and his wife moved to Colorado, where Page worked for an urban farming company in Boulder for three years.
Page accepted a management position at Altius Farms in Denver in 2018. Here, he managed the construction and daily operations of a 7,000 sq ft greenhouse. When Page saw the farm manager/instructor, Wind River Farm Incubator position online, he was interested in the opportunity to combine his agricultural and instructional skills.
“I have always been involved with production agriculture or education, but never both together. I wanted to find an opportunity that would put together all of my skills and experience in a way that could make a bigger difference in local food systems beyond production or backyard gardening. ”
Page said he had some familiarity with the area from previous travels.
“My wife and I had both been through Lander in the past for various trips and loved it, and my wife encouraged me to apply,” he said. “Sure enough, here we are.”
Now that he has landed the job, Page is looking forward to launching a unique and innovative program that shows people they can make a living growing local food.
“I want to bring the vibrant local food scene that I’ve experienced in other places to Lander and Fremont County,” he said.
In his free time, Page will take advantage of the county’s outdoor recreational opportunities.
“Aside from growing food, I like cooking, all kinds of outdoor activities, spending time tinkering with our camper van, and hanging with our two dogs,” he said.
Though he’s relatively new to the area, there’s a chance you’ve seen Page before. As a second-grader, he was cast as the body double in the movie, “Nobody’s Fool.”
The film was shot near his house and starred Paul Newman, Bruce Willis, and Melanie Griffith.
“At one point, Bruce Willis taught me how to honk the horn on a big semi-truck near the set,” he said. “The two of us sat there for a few minutes just honking the horn on this thing while everyone watched. It was hilarious.”