Bruce moved back to the farm in 1998 and with David Prouty bought Bruce’s brother out of the farm. To this end, they formed a Limited Liability Company and plan to continue the Howden pumpkin legacy.
Bruce Howden and David Prouty, are the current operators of the enterprise, have experienced successful business careers outside of agriculture. David, grew up on a small farm in Rutland Massachusetts, and after completing over thirty years as a professor at Middlebury College has become one of the partners in Howden Farm. Bruce, after growing up on this farm, moved to New Hampshire and managed one of Merrimack Farmer’s Exchanges Retail Stores (like an Agway); then worked for a vending machine company, for ten years, pioneering their business
in Burlington Vermont; owned and operated his own Bed and Breakfast for fifteen years and also BMH graphic design and printing for twelve of those same fifteen years before returned to the farm in 1998 after his father’s death on September 11,1997.
Howden Farm is a member of Berkshire Grown, Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation, Inc., North American Farmers’ Direct Association, and New England Vegetable & Berry Grower’s Association. Bruce is on the Agricultural Commission in Sheffield, Sheffield Farmers’ Market Steering Committee and is currently the President of Berkshire County Farm Bureau and also the Vice President of Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation. He is a past board of Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce.