Neil Ward’s grandfather owned a pick-your-own strawberry farm in Durham and his father worked in Auburn’s shoe factories. Ward was born in 1960 and grew up at Allen Pond in Greene, Maine. After graduating from high school, Ward worked briefly in the Bates Mill in Lewiston and then in shoe factories in Auburn until they closed in the 1980s. When the shoe factories closed, Ward worked at Maine Egg Farms, took a job surveying land for a number of years, and then went to Unity College. There, he earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental policy. He and his wife scraped by to finance his education, and to finance hers as well. With his degree, Ward worked for a number of years in Augusta in environmental consulting, but then left as his company was downsizing. He stayed at home to raise the family’s young son, and took on part-time work with what would become the Androscoggin River Alliance, where he continues now.
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