Amy Stiner (seated) at the Farm Stand during Tide Mill's Open Farm Day on Sunday, the 21st, with apprentice, Molly.
The tragic death of Amy Stiner and Melissa Moyer last Tuesday in Roque Bluffs has shaken the community at large. After losing their way hiking at Roque Bluffs State Park, the two women and their dog, Gunnar, were rescued and taken back to their vehicle by the Maine Warden Service. The women took a wrong turn, however, and rode to the end of Schoppee Point Rd., where the minivan they were driving went into the ocean off the end of the boat ramp.
Stiner, who was 37 had been living in Maine for about a year with her husband Gregg. The couple was drawn to Maine from Pennsylvania to become farmers and interned for a summer at Tide Mill Organic Farm in Edmunds.
The couple decided to return to Maine to raise their own farm and family, and was staying at the old Schoppee Farm on the Kennebec Rd.
Though Amy and Gregg were new to the community, they were quickly becoming integrated, especially in regards to locally grown food. Partnering with Tide Mill Farm, the couple was raising livestock on the land and Amy was working closely with Aaron Bell and Carly DelSignor of Tide Mill during farmer’s markets.
Amy was due with the couple’s first child in September. The family at Tide Mill Farm and Creamery has been devastated at the loss of not just a farmhand and friend, but as someone who was becoming a part of the family.
Melissa Moyer, Stiner’s friend who was also lost in the accident has been reported to be a teacher’s aid in her local school district in Pennsylvania.
Amy Stiner has been described as a devoted farmer, a formative thinker and doer, passionate, as well as a gifted artist and photographer with a contagious smile.
There has been a memorial fund set up in Amy’s name, with all of the donations going to her husband Gregg. For more information and to donate, visit http://www.grovedesignsolutions.com/stiner-donation.html.