92-year-old Aroostook farmer nonetheless harvesting potatoes

HODGDON, Maine — Gene Lenentine has labored 82 potato harvests, and at age 92, he’s nonetheless climbing on tractors at 6 a.m. to assist carry within the crop.

Born Whitney Eugene Lenentine on Jan. 27, 1931, in Bridgewater, Gene, as everybody calls him, was on one finish of a two-man crosscut noticed when he was 8 years outdated and selecting barrels of potatoes at 10.

The Hodgdon resident has been working largely seven days per week since; the important thing to his longevity and energetic life, he stated. He’s labored within the woods, on farms, repaired vehicles and even shoed horses. Lenentine by no means took a trip to chill out or go to different locations, he scheduled his trip within the fall to work the harvest.