Our Team

Theda Lyden, Farm Manager

As farm manager, Theda plans and oversees all growing and harvesting activities. A long-time resident of Greene, she is a Master Gardener and ceramic artist. Previously, Theda operated her own farmers market business, Dig it Farm, selling certified organic herbs, flowers and perennials at the Portland Farmers Market. She also worked many years as the executive chef at the award-winning Harraseeket Inn in Freeport, Maine. As a chef, Theda was instrumental in building partnerships with local farmers and growers, with an emphasis on organic and all-natural local food. For fun and relaxation, Theda is an avid sea kayaker and alpine skier.


John Newlin, co-owner

For the past few years, John has been focused on diversifying operations and expanding the use of climate-friendly methods at Scatter Good Farm, including the creation of Growing to Give. In addition, John is a climate advocate trainer with Citizens’ Climate Lobby, senior advisor at Re-Fridge, and the board chair of Unity College, the first college in the U.S. to fully divest from fossil fuel investments. Previously, John worked 30 years in Maine as a high school teacher, school reform coach, facilitator, and nonprofit director. His work is infused with an entrepreneurial and collaborative spirit. For fun and relaxation, John enjoys eating out, watching movies, singing, kayaking, walking in the woods, dancing with Patty, and talking about doing more yoga. FMI: please visit https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnbnewlin

Patty Carton, co-owner

Patty started her career as a pediatric physical therapist, and early on she combined her love of horses with her skills as a therapist, starting a nonprofit in 1993 for people with disabilities called Riding to The Top (RTT) Therapeutic Riding Center, which is now located in Windham, Maine. Since then, she has worked at RTT as the executive director, volunteer coordinator, program director, board member, and riding instructor. Patty has also worked a massage therapist, and has run a fiber summer camp for children at Scatter Good Farm, teaching animal husbandry, sheep wool processing, spinning, knitting and crocheting. Most recently, she has begun a new career, tutoring dyslexic children in reading skills. In addition, she has served as a coordinator for numerous nonprofit fundraising and community-building events. For fun and relaxation, Patty enjoys cross country skiing, kayaking, singing, campfires, board games, and spending time with family and friends.



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