Phil and Carol Baideme
Loretta Baideme and son Phil
The Baideme Farm, presently owned by Philip G. Baideme, is located on Rt. 5 along the shore of Lake Erie, east of Barcelona. Phil is the son of Loretta and the late Phil Baideme Jr. In the late 1940's Phil Jr. and his brother Joe took over the farm from their parents, the late Jennie and Philip Sr. Phil Jr. soon become the sole owner and in 1991 Phil Jr. and his wife Loretta became members of the Growers Co-Op. Over the years this third generation farm has grown a variety of crops and was also once a sizable poultry operation. The most notable recent crop from the farm, other than grapes, was strawberries that Phil Jr. and Loretta worked in the 80's and early 90's as a retail and "pick your own" operation.
Phil and his wife Carol are both graduates of Westfield Academy and Central School. Phil is a graduate of The Ohio State University while Carol is a graduate of SUNY Fredonia. Both hold Masters' Degrees and Certificates of Advanced Study in Business Administration from SUNY Fredonia. Phil teaches agriculture and eighth grade technology at Westfield Academy and Central School. Carol teaches second grade at Chautauqua Lake Central School in Mayville.
Phil and Carol have two sons, Matt and Nate, who are both graduates of Westfield Academy and Central School. Matt, a 2002 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY with a degree in Environmental Engineering, is a Captain with the U.S. Army's Combat Engineers and is currently serving his second tour in Iraq. Nate, a senior at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY will graduate in 2007 with majors in criminal justice, psychology, and forensic psychology.
Phil developed his strong interest in agriculture from his father, his early work on the farm, and from his own high school agriculture classes under Mr. Ed Fauler.
Phil and Carol continue to be busy with their sons and their teaching careers where they support the grape and agriculture industries. The operation of the Baideme Farm on Rt. 5 takes up most of Phil's extra time and is usually where he can be found when not teaching. The farm is his home away from home.
Without a doubt, farming and agriculture are part of the Baideme family. Perhaps this grape farm, and its close relationship with Growers Co-Op, might even become a fourth generation operation someday.