By: Julia Holup
Assistant Grower, Cameron Lunardo
An Exeter native, Cameron has always grown up around an atmosphere of family, farming, and good food. Cameron smiles as he talks about his mother's cooking, herself a professional cook for 30 years, and his favorite cookbook -- his grandmother's collection of recipes from Sicily. "Why do I love farming? You need vegetables to eat," he kids.
When Cameron was younger, he spent many hours at the Bodwell's Farm in East Kingston. Surrounded by the farm and its livestock, he developed a love and appreciation for agriculture and the outdoors that stuck with him.
Before joining Stout Oak, Cameron studied Integrative Agriculture Management at UNH, and worked at both New Roots Farm in Newmarket and Applecrest Farm Orchards in Hampton Falls. Last year he set out to test his growing skills on his own, planning and managing a one-acre vegetable garden in East Kingston. "Tomatoes were difficult to grow, but my favorite to harvest," he adds.
This season, Cameron looks forward to learning more about organic pest control methods, irrigation systems, and greenhouse management. He hopes to continue to improve his skills and understanding of organic farming towards the goal of one day having his own small farm and on-farm bistro where lower-income families can enjoy a good meal made with fresh, wholesome ingredients.
Fun Facts About Cameron:
Favorite Vegetable: "Garlic."
Cooking Inspiration: "My grandmother's cookbook. I use it all the time."
Free Time Fun: "I'm a borderline psychotic fisherman. I love fishing."